February half term is a peculiarly dull concept. Unless you are a snooker fan & want to spend a week in a darkened room in Cardiff, there's not a lot to do. It's cold, it's probably raining, and Christmas was only five minutes ago. So rather than suffer a soggy week in the house, we jumped on an Easyjet plane to the Costa Del Sol, in search of sunshine and cheap wine.
|Honestly taken this February. Why can't the UK look like this?|
We were blessed with some glorious weather, just right for collecting shells on the beach for our school homework (make something to do with aquariums on a piece of A4 card). There's nothing better for recharging your virtual batteries than a few days of sunshine to break the endless grey of home.
Early in the year, Spanish resorts seem to be full of elderly Spanish ladies playing endless card games and rarely moving from*their* seat in the hotel bar. In fact, I learned recently that the Spanish government actually fund subsidised holidays for all pensioners living in Spain, to be taken in Spain of course, even though who aren't of Spanish origin. Can you imagine what the Daily Fail would make of that, if we sent all our pensioners on a week's holiday to Torquay? Even more so those who have moved here to steal our jobs, homes, women and benefits? I can see it now, and it's not pretty.
I even found the perfect way to occupy a 5 year old for more than 2 solid minutes. Find a patch of grass with a high clover content. Challenge said 5 year old to find a lucky 4 leaf clover. Sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet while they mutter "three, three, three" and throw leaves around.
Our sunshine break wasn't exactly 5* glamour and luxury, but I wouldn't want it that way. What it was though, was a perfect way to spend an otherwise chilly half term. I'll say nothing about the hailstorm we landed in on our return home. We got to spend our half term outside in the Spanish sunshine, learned a few new Spanish words, and generally de-stressed. Now it's back to the grindstone.
Linking up with Coombe Mills' Country Kids linky. Our holiday is a little different to theirs, but the escape & revitalisation remain.