I have been planning a surprise for Dave since January, and last week it finally came round! I had organised a trip to Devon, to stay in a yurt for a few nights! I wanted to do something really different and thought that this glamorous style of camping would be absolutely perfect!
We visited Sidmouth, The Donkey Sanctuary, Exeter, and Escot Park, and although the weather wasn't excellent on the last day, we still had a really good time!
We got up to such a variety of different activities. The Donkey Sanctuary is based near to where we were staying, in Newton Poppleford, and is a place I visited quite a few times as a child, with my Grandparents. It's free to visit and always so nice to see the donkeys! I even managed to get Dave to give one a hug (then it stood on his foot...), which was a great photo opportunity! Later in the afternoon, we went to Sidmouth for lunch, and to walk along the seafront. We both ended up with sunburn - the weather was so beautiful! The next day we went into Exeter and went on a tour of the Underground Passages, which was really interesting! We both donned our hard hats and went 7m underground, into the 600year old passages, which were originally built to house the first water pipes into the city. Finally, we visited Escot, which is a large country park. It was lovely wandering around the maze and then the gardens, taking photos of some of the beautiful flowers. There were also play areas and a drop slide, which Dave couldn't resist!
All in all, it was a really great experience. Our yurt, provided by Hunger Hill Yurts, was absolutely gorgeous and such a contrast to "normal" camping. We had everything we could ask for, and it was great being able to cook over a fire for the duration of our time there. So my secret holiday was a success. We both relaxed, got away from it all, and enjoyed ourselves! There is my excuse as to the lack of Treasury Tuesday last week - I had no internet!