Back to Cala Bona

Having visited twice last year and loved it, we went out again at the end of the summer holidays for a week in the sun. It didn’t disappoint.

We love visiting Cala Bona in Majorca. Last year we end up visiting twice. First around Easter and then again at the end of the summer holidays. When booking our summer holiday abroad (all wonderfully handled by my wife) we had no hesitation in booking again for the same resort.

Majorca is a lovely island and provides all kinds of holidays. For us, with two children it provides all we need. The kids love the pool(s) and then can spend all day playing around, diving in and going up and down the slides. For us it provides a nice relaxing place to sunbathe and is a good safe space for both us and the children.

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What’s in my bag?

Being into tech and travelling around to conferences, holidays and what not, I tend to carry around a fair bit of kit. Lets take a look what is in my bag.

First of all, I guess it is the bag itself which is not included in the picture. My bag is a Case Logic 14inch Laptop bag. It is not that big and sometimes I regret not having purchased a larger bag so I can fit more in, however it has its benefit being a bit more compact.

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A short break near Grassington

Having been before and enjoyed the area so much we headed back to the area around Grassington in Yorkshire for a few days, staying in a lovely AirBnB house, while the kids stayed in the caravan with grandparents.

With the kids staying on the caravan site with grandparents, I managed to find us a lovely AirBnB place to stay within walking distance. It was delightful and pretty much like a 5-star hotel, with a full English breakfast each morning! We had our own living room with TV etc. bedroom and bathroom, all within the owners house. I would highly recommend Low Field farm if you are looking for something – Lydia, our host was lovely.

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The Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club

Having been to this event over 10 years ago as a marshal and thoroughly enjoyed it, and as the event was held at Royal Lytham & St Annes Gold Course which is not far I decided to go again and had a great day out in lovely weather.

If you have never been to watch a golf tournament before then I would highly recommend the women’s events. The players are brilliant and the crowds not quite as busy as for the men’s event.

In fact whether you like golf or not, you will still have a great day out, particularly if the weather is nice as it was today.

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Highrise Digital retreat #2 – Clifford Chambers

In order to get together the members of our remote working team, we spent just over 2 days at a beatiful cottage in the small village of Clifford Chambers, near the town of Strafford-upon-Avon. We had a thoroughly enjoyable and productive time.

Retreats are really important for us as we are a remote working company and this was the second one we had been on. It is a great opportunity to get to know the team a little better and of course get some valuable time together to complete some tasks. On the agenda for this retreat was to look at our WordPress maintenance plans.

We all arrived in the delightful little village of Clifford Chambers, just after lunch. The village itself is very quiet and very much reminds me of France, especially with all the hot weather we have had recently.

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A Day Out at Windmill Farm

Our youngest was invited to a birthday party at Windmill Farm in Ormskirk. We had a great time looking at all the animals and playing about. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Everyone else had been before except me and I was pleased to greeted with a lovely, friendly, family atmosphere at Windmill Farm.

The farm has a number of ‘attractions’ including farm animals, pets, a miniature train as well as reptiles and snakes. In addition there are lots of play grounds and a soft play area for the kids to play as well as the cafe.

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9 Holes of Gold at Highfield Golf Course – Higher Wheelton

I used to play golf a lot when I was younger. I must have been around 14 or 15 and I used to go to this course at Highfield nearly every weekend. Having not played a proper round for a few years I headed back to Highfield on a sunny June afternoon for another go.

The course a lot smaller than I remember it, but I guess that was because, back then I was a lot smaller than I am now! We (I played with my father) at the first and both hit really good first shots nice a straight. I would love to say to the golf got better from there but, for me at least it was not particularly impressive.

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A Sunny Stroll Around Brockholes Nature Reserve

With the superb weather we have had over the last couple of weeks, we decided to head out for a walk with the kids. Brockholes Nature Reserve is somewhere we have been meaning to go for ages and never got round to it. Today we finally paid it a visit.

The nature reserve us just off the M6 motorway at Junction 31. In fact you have to look for the signs in order to take the correct road or else you will end up on the motorway.

There is a selection of short walks you can take, which go in and around the nature reserve. We went on the perimeter walk – well sort of having got a little lost but ended up on a nice walk along the river.

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My Very First Concert – Ed Sheeran at the Edithad

Being in my late 30’s, I still had not been to a concert however this week I had the opportunity to take someones place to see Ed Sheeran at the Etihad stadium in Manchester – home on Manchester City FC. It was quite an experience and a night I will remember.

Note: see if you can spot the celebrity in the photos (not someone on stage or performing at the concert of course!).

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