Isn’t it appropriate that the month of the tax begins with April Fool’s Day and ends with cries of “May Day!”?
I’ll admit, todays planning left a lot of room for improvement. The Mayday bank holiday had rolled around and we wasted half of it trying to work out what we were going to do with our day. I originally had a plan, which was what we ended up doing, but a few other options had presented themselves which caused some debate between us, on top of my wife’s inability to make decisions, leaving them up to me! My original plan was to drive north about 65 miles to the Peak District and visit a place I haven’t been to in years, a little village called Dovedale with a lovely national trust walk with some great hills and views. I was also presented with the option of meeting a few friends at the local mayday festivities, which I was quite tempted with, but I still really wanted to visit Dovedale. Then we had the idea of driving out to the seaside as we were expecting the temperature to climb a bit today. The only problem with the beach was the distance and the time spent driving, it wasn’t really fair on Olivia being stuck in the back of the car on her own for at least 5 hours! In the end it was clear that a decision would only be made if I made it myself, and so Dovedale it was then!
We didn’t have enough in to make sandwiches for lunch to take with us, so with Olivia due her lunch, we decided on an early lunch ourselves and then headed straight out on our roadtrip after that! The journey was fairly quick and we were parked up in n time, ready to start our walk. Dovedale was busier than I expected, but just as lovely, the walk was relaxing and the fresh air felt good in our lungs, plus it was good to be without a phone signal for a few hours! I had Olivia in a chest harness to carry her round, as it really wasn’t the terrain for buggies, although we did get some amusement from the few who tried to give it a go. We also came across this, a little unexpected…
When Olivia started to get tired we figured it was time to turn around and head back to the car, although we didn’t make it and some screaming ensued before I could get her settled. On our way home we stopped off at a bar/restaurant to feed Olivia and grab a bite to eat for ourselves, but they were full up so we instead headed home via our favourite local indian takeaway. Delicious!!