A Holiday In Scarborough And ‘Slowing Down’

Last week I spent four nights away with my family and it was a really welcome break, as I had been feeling really tired lately.

We went to Scarborough in Yorkshire and stayed in a Travelodge.  We booked the holiday last July and managed to pay just £153.20 for bed and breakfast for all four of us in a family room.  We like the Travelodge as we know exactly what we are staying in, as they are all vitually the same…the rooms are basic, but they are clean, warm and have an ensuite bathroom.  The breakfast is nice and filling too.

Our family room was a bit on the small side, but the view from the window definately made up for it.  It was lovely sitting watching the sea from the window:


We expected the weather to be wet and windy at best (especially after all the storms we have had recently), or extremely cold, but it was really amazing.  When we arrived on Sunday it was sunny and it stayed dry the whole time.  In fact, most days we walked along the seafront eating ice creams!  Even my youngest daughter could join in this luxury as we actually found a shop that sold ‘lactose free’ ice cream which made my daughters holiday, as this is so unusual.


We also expected most places to be shut in February, but everything was open and it was busy too.


I really enjoyed this holiday with my family, even though we didn’t do an awful lot, it was wonderful to just spend time together.

We walked, talked, played bingo on the seafront and lost a few 2p’s in the arcades togther.  We visited the shops and my eldest daughter spent some of her birthday money and in the eveings we played board games.  To me it was sheer bliss.


We took pasta salads to eat the day we arrived and then we used our Tesco vouchers to have a couple of free meals at ‘Ask’ and we also had fish and chips whilst sitting on the seafront.  We took crisps and drinks to have whilst we were in our room and out and about, so it really was a cheap holiday.


When the sea went out it revealed some fantastic rock pools, so we spent quite a bit of time walking around these.

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All in all it was a fantastic holiday.  I know it wouldn’t be everyones ‘cup of tea’, but we had a lovely, relaxing time.


The last of my stored apples

The last of my stored apples


While I was there, it gave me lots of time to think about ‘this’ and ‘that’.  Recently, I have felt like I haven’t been able to see the wood for the trees and I have once again found myself rushing everything and generally feeling run down and tired.  I have also felt like I’ve not been achieving as much as I usually do.  So I decided to go back to basics and think about the things that are important to me.  Obviously my family are important as they mean the world to me, but other things that are important to me are:

My allotment and living simply.

Reducing mine and my families carbon footprint.

My blog and sharing recipes and gardening tips, in the hope it will help one or two people out there.

My music – I play the violin and last month I started piano lessons.


Just by writing this down, it made me feel a bit better and more focused about what I want to acheive.

  I then went on to work out what ‘living simply’ means to me and what I needed to do to acheive it and I actually realised I was doing quite well, except for ‘slowing down and enjoying the moment’…and that’s when the penny finally dropped…I have once again gone back to multi-tasking and rushing.  I have been trying to do too many things in a day and I have stopped enjoying what I have been doing, as it now feels like a ‘chore’ instead of a pleasure.

So I realised things have got to change.

The first daffodil to show at my allotment

The first daffodil to show at my allotment


Since coming home on Thursday I have made a real effort to slow down and enjoy each and every job I do.  I have spent time checking my stock of food and making sure I know exactly what is in my cupboards and freezers.  I have meal planned and batch baked, made our meals from scratch and washed and ironed our holiday clothes.  I have also spent time at my allotment.

Homemade Rolls

Homemade Rolls

Each job has been completed slowly and on it’s own, without multi-tasking.  Strangely, I actually feel like I have achieved quite a lot, even though I have slowed down, but more importantly, I have enjoyed each and every task.  I’m not sure if it’s because I have slowed down or if it’s because I have finally had the time to focus on my goals and what is important to me…but it doesn’t really matter why.

I once again feel like I have a spring in my step, looking forward to each new day.

Viburnum tinus, spotted laurel and vinca flowers from my garden

Viburnum tinus, spotted laurel and vinca flowers from my garden


Thank you for reading my blog today.

I will be back at my usual time on Friday.

38 thoughts on “A Holiday In Scarborough And ‘Slowing Down’

  1. I think this is really sound advice. I find that I become stressed by thinking about all the jobs that need to be done in the allotment, rather than enjoying the time I can find to be out there and getting satisfaction from doing even a little bit well. Thank you too for all the information on your blog. I have learnt loads from reading it.

  2. Glad you all had a nice time away and thank you for sharing I think we all get like that at times I know I do I am home all day and sometimes feel I should of done more than I have or the other way round depending on what I am thinking about

  3. Glad you managed to blow off those worrying cobwebs,
    I attended a conference in the Spa Complex a few years ago out of season.. IN between presentations we had a wander over the rocks on the beach.

  4. Sounds like my kind of holiday too. We use to go to Waterville,County Kerry and just chill out and walk along the promenade or go beach combing. Nice to take a step back and do one job at a time, really think we’d get more done well that way 🙂

  5. Sounds like you had a fabulous holiday – I so agree with you on the slowing down thing, I get really fed up of rushing around when I slow down and do one chore at a time I think I actually get more done and certainly feel less frazzled

  6. Scarborough looks lovely, I’ve never been there.
    It’s true, slowing down helps to get more done. I know what it’s like to feel frazzled, it usually means nothing very much is achieved & I then feel so tired.
    Best wishes,
    Angela (Devon)

  7. Your holiday sounds perfect, and i too have been looking into slowing down and simplifying, and enjoying the moment, life can become too hectic and its good to take stock of things.

  8. Your holiday looked and sounded lovely! I would love to have a TV and computer free holiday, but my husband would raise hell, so I cope 😉
    Thankyou for bringing up ‘slowing down’ again. Since the smoke has been making us all miserable these last three weeks I have been feeling sick and harassed and unhappy that I have not been able to accomplish what I notmally would and so have been pushing, but this is a timely reminder that I needent 🙂

      • We all seem to be slowing down. The incessant brown coal smoke doesn’t look like its going to let up anytime soon, and while we are doing our best to bunker down, its an old house, and the smoke will find a way in 😛 We’d pack up ourselves and the animals and leave only we have no where to go, so we are showing true Aussie spirit and making the best of it.
        Your posts have been so comforting these past few weeks. I did especially like this one, though, because I was able to imagine myself there with you 😉

  9. Very inspiring post. I m also somehow trying to slow down, to be able to understand what I want. And be happily speeding again, but in the right direction. Life Is complete when you re satisfied and happy. I should list my basics as well. Thank you very much for sharing this post

  10. I’m sure you know this poem.

    What is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.
    No time to stand beneath the boughs
    And stare as long as sheep or cows.
    No time to see, when woods we pass,
    Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
    No time to see, in broad daylight,
    Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
    No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
    And watch her feet, how they can dance.
    No time to wait till her mouth can
    Enrich that smile her eyes began.
    A poor life this if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare.

    Happy Slowing Down.
    Love from Mum

  11. Sounds like a blissful break to me, totally my cup of tea. So glad you had such a lovely time. I’m very happy to have found your lovely blog, and I’ll be following along. I have an allotment too, so I’ll be interested to see yours and pick up some tips.

  12. i went to Scarborough at the weekend and enjoyed it so much I’ve been trying to convinced the other half that we should move there *lol* Did you see the vegan cafe? it would be great for your lactose intolerant daughter 🙂

  13. Glad to hear you have blown away the cobwebs. sometimes you need to get away from your home and it helps you to ground yourself again.

    gardening is good for the soul. nothing better than your hands in the dirt.

    Ive never been to Scarborough, that seems like a really good deal for the hotel.

  14. Your post really struck a chord with me. There are so many things I love doing – gardening, growing veg, cooking, making home made beauty and cleaning products, blogging the list goes on – but I too sometimes view these activities as chores! Slowing down and doing one thing at a time sounds like a good cure. Thx for the reminder and good luck with the piano! I sometimes play too……when I have the time!!!

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