It’s the last day of Spring break and it’s been lovely taking time out to enjoy the holidays. For the first time since becoming a teacher, I completely switched off during the break and had some well-deserved ‘me time’. It was a conscious decision to recharge the batteries and gain inspiration from some fun holiday activities.
The highlights of my break included an Easter Chocolate Market, Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, Woodlands Trust Farm and strolling through flower gardens. All left me feeling appreciative of the ‘little things’ in life which can make a huge difference.
Firstly, by visiting an Easter Chocolate Market in Chelsea it was the perfect way to sample the visual delights of chocolate artistry. The handmade chocolates, Easter eggs and sweets were produced by established and up and coming chocolatiers and confectioners.
I felt inspired because there were people from all walks of life lovingly selling their creations to the public. The stall holders came up with an idea to make something tasty, no doubt with a few failed attempts beforehand, but with determination and persistence, they took a chance and pursued their goal anyway. The chocolatiers’ passion was evident just by the buzz in the air, visions of their artistry and looks of appreciation every time they made a sale.
The Tall Ships Regatta was held in Greenwich over the Easter weekend. A stone’s throw away from the infamous Cutty Sark, the event hosted live performances, street food markets, band stands, firework displays and was enjoyed by over a million people. Around 30 ships cruised and paraded along the River Thames over the weekend and are now sailing towards Europe and The Americas.
I felt inspired by all the creativity, diversity and cultural activities, which cemented this event for me. It captured what it felt like to be part of a community of Londoners and tourists all coming together to enjoy just a snippet of what this amazing city has to offer!
Lastly, I loved visiting the Woodlands Trust Farm in Kent. It’s a charitable project run mostly by volunteers. The farm had a gorgeous sensory garden, vegetable patches and dipping ponds. The animals and wildlife included lambs, chickens, cows, ancient woodland and much more. I enjoyed exploring parts of the 89 acre site with my 5 year old niece during an Easter Egg Trail. It felt serene to be in a peaceful environment away from the busyness of the city.
What inspired me here was the amount of hard graft and dedication the owners and volunteers had put into setting up this farm. I could see a lot of thought and care had gone into maintaining this farmland to ensure its inhabitants were living in the best possible conditions, children had inclusive learning access at the farm and members of the public received a warm welcome. Such a humbling experience.
I hope this post encourages you to be open to cultural events and different activities in and around your city. It may just take you out of your comfort zone, leave you feeling inspired or create some lasting memories.
Miss H ♥