Aug 8th, 2008
Okay so this post isn’t strictly about ‘my tiny plot’ but I wanted to tell you about something we’ve been doing this week that I feel comes under the same umbrella as growing your own, leading a more simple life and generally looking after yourself and the environment at the same time.
We’ve been on holiday. But we stayed at home – at least we used our home as a basecamp from which to go on day trips here, walks there, or just stay in and have a movie day. I’m calling it ‘Holiday at Home’ after the campaign, during the war in the 1940s, for more people to ‘holiday at home’ in order to conserve money and curbÂ unnecessary travelÂ for the war effort.
Holiday at Home is designed to give us more time together (very little traveling), with all the comforts of home (ideal when you have a small child), and the opportunity to explore in and around our favourite city (Bath).
This has been our schedule:
Day One: Exploring Bath and Geocaching (waaay too complicated to explain here so it’s best if you follow the link)
Day Two: Day trip to Glastonbury (officially full of weird things)
Day Three: Movie Day at home (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone still rocks!)
Day Four: Pig Hunt in Bath (with a map and everything)
Day Five: Trip to Blenheim Palace (wow!)
Day Six: Boat trip from Bath toÂ outlyingÂ villages (we saw three Herons and a Kingfisher)
Day Seven: Walking on the canal and swimming at the Bath Thermae Spa
Day Eight: BBQ in garden
I realise this is not for everyone (nor am I suggesting it should be). But it’s been great for us.
The Pros are many:
It’s cheap. You don’t have to pack. You don’t have to travel. You don’t have to get someone to feed your cat. You can plan your days far in advance. You can cook your favourite meals and put them in your freezer to eat while you’re on holiday.
The Cons are:
The weather may be sucky (be prepared). You may have the urge to do the washing (resist). It’s easy to be sucked into ‘house stuff’ because people don’t really believe that you’re on holiday (ignore the postman).
But in general it’s a great way to spend a holiday.Â It’s not really an attempt to reduce our carbon footprint.Â I have to admit, Holiday at Home is not our only holiday. No, Holiday at Home is more an attempt to see if we can have a holiday on a low budget and near our home and still have great family time. So far, so good!
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