Bucket loads of fun…
Boy, oh boy, my wheels have barely touched the ground this month! I can’t believe it’s been a whole four weeks since we last caught up. August is one of the busiest months at the park as the summer holidays are in full swing which is always bucket loads of fun!
The sun has been shining, the birds have been singing and the flowers have been, well, flowering! But it’s not just the plants that have been benefiting from the warmer weather. There’s been so many families making the most of the sunshine, lazing the days away on the beach and dipping in and out the pools!
I love welcoming all the families who come to stay, however there are some who really touch my heart and stick out in my mind. Everyone thinks of the summer holidays as a time to relax, have adventures and make the most of playing with friends before school starts again. But this isn’t always the case for some families.
Young carers have to work so hard all year round and carry a lot of weight on such young shoulders. I recently got told there are 700,000 young carers in the UK – 700,000 – it’s hard for a little old caravan like me to imagine that number! I feel really honoured to host them and make them feel extra special when they come to stay. They get the chance to laugh, play and feel carefree for once – which was definitely the case when the Wilson’s came to stay!
Mum, Julie suffered a lot with her health, meaning daughter, Emily had to spend a lot of time looking after her. It had been such a tough few years for them both, so I was determined to pull out all the stops so they had the best time ever. Emily was so excited to stay in the caravan that she bounced up and down so hard I actually felt a little queasy!
Whilst away, Mum felt so much healthier and they both loved being by the sea and in such lovely natural surroundings. There’s something incredibly calming about being by the seaside – I guess there’s a reason people listen to wave sounds to help them get to sleep! They spent so much time outdoors exploring and didn’t stop laughing together. Mum was determined to try and keep doing this back at home, but her health does make things very tricky.
When the weather wasn’t so good, they cuddled up in the caravan and enjoyed snacks and watching films together, which they said they hadn’t done in forever. I am a pretty cosy caravan to spend a rainy day in, even if I do say so myself! It was just wonderful to see Emily relaxed and carefree.
This is what Mum, Julie had to say:
“The break meant so much to us. We have had a very difficult few years and a challenging one ahead. To be able to spend time together, away from the worries of home and concerns over the future gave us chance to reconnect with each other and enjoy each other’s company in a way we may have found impossible a year or so ago. We have some major challenges ahead but feel a little more resilient to be able to cope with these.
“Thank you from the bottom of our heart, we really appreciated having a break together and realised what we had been missing out on all these years. I wish we had realised years ago how much a break could help us.”
Until next time…
Jammin’ the Caravan