99e39a7ac92411e2b5c422000a1f9a53_7The ultimate in bikinis, non?

We are slowly getting back to the rhythm that is normal life with the holiday now a retreating paradise rapidly disappearing into the horizon…but it was a brilliant break.

Holidays are tough with kids: No matter how exotic the place, the beauty is sometimes the only positive of being away..which actually isn’t enough.  Expectations are so high, the relaxation so needed..but the chores still remain the same: Planning, shopping, cleaning, cooking, sick wiping, world war 3 crisis talks, bottom wiping, parenting..but with none of the normal safety nets like toys, dvds, sound proof rooms, play dates, drugs...added to which you don’t know where anything is, it’s stinking hot and no-one is sleeping at night…


Spotted at Faro Airport. An unfortunate name…

Generally I embrace the grot that makes the foundation of home life, but sometimes, just sometimes….I want someone else to take over so I can step off the continual conveyor belt of care and re-charge my own batteries..

In Portugal we had meals provided, a kiddies club from 9-12.30 in the morning for both children, then again at 2.30-5.30 for Bella if she wanted it.  Kids tea at 5.30 or they could eat with us later.  More games (rounders etc) with her friends for Bella at 7.30 pm if she wanted (she did!) followed by a film and bed till we picked her up at 11.00. And a film club and a bed for Charlie from 7.30 – 11 pm.  It was utter and absolute bliss..I read books!!..with never a worry a child could be drowning, I swam for myself..I went to the toilet – BY MYSELF..The Husband played tennis, mountain biked..we had romantic meals together..we drank, we ate, we talked..we became human beings again..

Which lasted..until we got through our front door and found the washing machine was broken..Oh life. With one hand it gives..and with the other it taketh away..

Laters, Kate xxx


  1. fingknitcoolgal

    I am sorry to hear about the broken wahsing machine. It happened on me once. Coming back with a bag full of laundry and not being able to deal with it immediately is horrible. I hope it didn’t cause too much disruption.
    Glad to know that you had a quality time with your family. (^-^)

  2. Lia in Brussels

    On a positive note… hey! it’s still August.. that silly, lazy time of the year before everyone goes back to ‘school’ and our frenetic routines? Let’s hope we can still enjoy a couple of decadent evenings before the craziness begins! xxx

    • MasonBentley

      I have been experimenting on the kids this year(!)…each day is different, but the format doesn’t today is ‘playground’ – but we try to find a different one each week..then on Tuesdays I drag them off to whatever I want to either going to be the exhibition at Kensington Palace tomorrow..or the art installation at the Round house..weds is play date, thurs is their day out, Friday is creative..I’ll let you know if it works and keeps us all vaguely sane.. xxx

    • MasonBentley

      How nice! And you get to do all your holiday shopping in the sales!!..just hope there isn’t a baggage allowance hey..! Aren’t those bikinis just sugar? I love the cut of the bums, the bows, the floral trims, the extra material on the ties..everything! xxx

  3. Fashion Mayann

    Love the adorable bikinis and your thoughts about life (the end of your post kills me …). Happy to know that you had some quality time in Portugal though ! XXXX

    • MasonBentley

      Praia de Luz..pretty town, sandy beach, perfect temp – hot in day, cool in evenings so you can sleep, 2 hours 20 mins from Gatwick and no time difference…ticked all the boxes for me! xxx

  4. vintageattitude

    That’s my girl! My kids got taken to many random exhibitions over the years but I knew I hadn’t been selfish the day my son identified a Mondrian painting in the background of a tv show he was watching….he was about 7 at the time. Fulfilled mum = happy kids. Welcome back x

  5. juniorlookbook

    What a perfectly apt description of vacationing with children! It can be so hard! It’s a fine line between is this really worth it for the amount of extra work it is!? I need to find a place like you did and experience a real vacay ASAP!

    • MasonBentley

      When the rosy tinted glasses crashed to the floor we made the decision we would be happier staying at home and employing a cook and a nanny for two weeks if we had to…we then started looking into anywhere and everywhere that had kids clubs..and it did seriously transform our lives! xxx