Tigerlilly Quinn: Sumer Family Fun

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Sumer Family Fun


Hey! Did you know Summer is over? What a lovely summer we have had, a real one at long last. We've had picnic's in the park, street BBQ's, trips to the seaside and even a rather fancy dip in a glorious outdoor pool. Before I talk about my family's summertime fun however I was to take a trip down memory lane to show you what summer family fun meant to me as a child.

I guess it wont come as a massive surprise to you that my parents lean to the more alternative side when it comes to lifestyle, I mean how many 'Fritha Moonbeatle Tigerlilly's' do you know? The memory of my early childhood seemed to always involve the outdoors. When my brother and I were small my parents were still in their mid twenties, they had this rather beautiful yellow truck and later a pretty little grey BMW campervan. For my parents it was always (and still is) all about travel. I was lucky enough to see some beautiful places, ride sleeper trains, eat pastries and green marmalade (a very vivid memory) sleep for weeks on end in a squishy little tent with my big brother and my parents.



'Wanderlust - a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world'

Perhaps its the photos that ingrain in me these memories, but to my childhood summer holidays meant walking across new and foreign terrain, dusty landscapes, stopping for snacks of olives and fresh bread. They were my childhood holidays and they are quite rose tinted in my memory.



I on the other hand have always been the homemaker, the longing to uproot and travel leaves me uneasy. Perhaps it was the constant travelling, moving homes, towns, countries and schools of my childhood that has led me towards the opposite. I've always wanted to create a base for myself and my family. That's not to say though that I don't want to create some of these experiences for Wilf. I'd love to show him different countries, ride a sleeper train, meet different people and cultures, just to perhaps do it on a smaller scale, like a week or two a year? ;) that would be lovely, thanks!

Our holidays this year (and last) have been UK based but I feel so lucky to have been able to visited family, dip our toes in the sea and watch Wilf enjoy his first ice-cream! 



What do holidays mean to you? As a child or as a parent or both?

11 comments:

Globalmouse said...

Aw this is a lovely post and you've got some beautiful photos. Obviously we're big into travel and we love seeing new places - our children call themselves 'adventurers' and I love that. But I also like to feel rooted in a place and secure with where I am, I like familiarity so long-term travel isn't really for me either.

Hannah said...

Lovely photos! And great name! Xx

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Katie R said...

What a fantastic way to grow up! My mum travelled with me and I have so many great memories and experiences because of this. I haven't done as much adventurous travels with my children. Yet...

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

The photos from your childhood are bloody awesome and your name is FABULOUS!! xx

Hyggelig Sarah said...

I love this post Fritha, the top picture really remind me of camping holidays when I was little with my parents' big 70s tent! But the bit that really struck a chord with me was the part about you being a homemaker, like you the longing to travel leaves me uneasy... It's something I've always put myself down a little for, seeing all my friends go off on gap years and knowing that it wasn't for me, and feeling a little inferior... but now I am proud of my homemaking skills! I like to go away for a week or two but there is nothing so nice as coming home. It's comforting to know it isn't just me :)

fritha strickland said...

I feel the same! I've always felt like a bit of a loser for not doing the whole Australia trip when my friends did. I love creating a home for myself and my family, I do like seeing new places (and don't get me wrong I would LOVE a holiday) but I also really look forward to getting back from them! ;) xx

fritha strickland said...

haha yes I reckon that was the last time I've been anywhere near that tanned! That's how I feel, love the idea of a holiday but know constant travel is not for me! Oh and thank you!! x

fritha strickland said...

haha thanks Jess! xx

fritha strickland said...

thanks Katie! Do you plan to travel with your kids? I often feel so lucky for the experiences my parents introduced me too and wonder if I should be doing the same for Wilf but I know I also craved security as a child so I like that I am creating a base for him xx

fritha strickland said...

ha thanks Hannah! x

fritha strickland said...

that is SO lovely! I think I considered us adventurers too as a child and I sometimes worry that I've gone the complete other way and maybe become a bit too conventional with Wilf's upbringing to far. I know in my heart though that long term travel is not my thing. I holiday though I would gladly snap up! xx

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