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Fun for Four

You don’t know how excited we’ve been with the sporadic pockets of sunshine that we’ve experienced over the last couple of weeks.

Whenever the forecast predicts rays of sun, we’ve made a conscious decision to get out and enjoy it, especially as you can’t say how long it will last. It has felt so nice to be able to have the back door open and watch our son in the garden, which is usually out of bounds simply due to terrible weather conditions, exploring like a little David Attenborough.

The other day all four of us jumped on the bus and headed to Ham Common to have a run around and play. We brought a blanket and a little packed lunch and introduced the children to the concept of picnicking. They were so excited with this new experience, more so my baby girl who was also trying to come to terms with the notion of grass, we’ve decided to invest in a traditional picnic basket so next time we can enjoy a three course picnic experience with all the trimmings.

Michael and I haven’t had a holiday in years and have been thinking about the options for later in the year. Now, the idea of travelling abroad with two small children has been a bit daunting but now they are a bit older, a little less so. One place we’ve considered is Italy. As a couple we would try to visit as often as we could, so much so, Michael decided to learn the language and bought all the CDs to help him. Unfortunately his enthusiasm to become a native Italian soon dwindled with the constraints of day-to-day living, but he’s dusted off the cobwebs with a renewed vigour. So a road trip in a camper van could be on the cards with stop-offs at some child friendly B&Bs.

Whatever we decide to do, whether at home or abroad, our holiday will be memorable, and one for the family album. We’re taking another trip to Carfest this year, Farnborough Air Show and London Zoo, so plenty to keep us busy and when Michael and I want to relax after a manic day entertaining our two, we can sit in the garden and watch the sun go down with a glass of fizz.

Angellica Bell is a TV presenter living in Kingston