The Portugal Diaries #16

A big thing happened at the start of October. At 3 years and 9 months of age, BattleKid finally became a forward-facing car passenger. We had kept him rear-facing as long as possible, but his legs were starting to get cramped, and so we made the decision to change him around. Continue reading “The Portugal Diaries #16”

5 Free Things to Do in Bluestone with a Toddler in Tow

It’s safe to say that we are huge fans of Bluestone National Park Resort. We have gone no less than 5 times since being first introduced to Bluestone by friends of ours and the fact we’ve returned every year since our first visit is testament to how good it really is. Many of our visits have been weekend breaks with toddlers in tow and we very recently had the pleasure of experiencing a mid-week stay there too. Since we’ve had quite a few Bluestone holidays with toddlers now, I thought I would put together a list of 5 free things to do in Bluestone with a toddler in tow, just to show there is plenty to do without having to break the bank.

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Be In The Picture 10

Better late than never. That should be the new name of this series on the blog. However, I’ve finally gotten around to stealing the pictures BattleDad has taken of me during October for this months post. If you missed September’s Be in the Picture post go check it out.

October started manic and then went quiet. We started off with a trip to Bluestone in Wales and I’ve written about our mid-stay and about our fab Grassholm Lodge already. Leaving Faro sporting my new CabinZero bag we headed for Bristol and onto West Wales.

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Leaving Faro for Bluestone with my CabinZero bag

And yes, we were met by the rain. Although it didn’t rain all week, it was wet most of the time, hence the running theme of my blue rain jacket and BattleKid’s yellow raincoat!

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Selfie on the Bluestone buggy
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Fun in the new playground in the Bluestone Village
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Enjoying the Halloween-theme disco in the Village at Bluestone
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Fun in the new playground in the Bluestone Village

When we arrived back, we had a lovely few days with my sister, brother-in-law and niece who were visiting and staying with my folks. We headed to O Castelo in Tavira with them for a lovely meal.

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Walking to dinner with his Mum and Lolo

We’ve enjoyed some time at the playground this month and still find it crazy that at the end of October we’re still enjoying sunshine, blue skies and temperatures of low 20’s!

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Gotta get a push from my boy!
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Glorious sunset on our way back from the playground

And another highlight of the month was our trip North for BattleKid’s first motorbike lesson to see if Father Christmas might bring him one. He had a ball being taught by Portugal’s #1 trials riders, Filipe Paiva. He loved it, listened to the instructions and thought we were bringing one of the bikes home with us. Eh no, not this time!

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Walking to start the boy’s first bike lesson with Filipe Paiva

Other than that, we’ve had a quite October and November will most likely end up the same. I had thought there weren’t many pictures taken on October but I was pleased to see there were. 

Have you managed to Be in the Picture recently?


The idea behind Be in the Picture is to encourage us to get in front of the camera instead of always being behind it. I’m guilty of this and by joining in with Be in the Picture, it ensures BattleKid will have pictures of me as well of himself when he grows up.

I recently read a great blog post by Lucy of Real Mum Reviews in which she discusses the fact that some photos will never be and that we are becoming increasingly lazy about being in the pictures ourselves and not creating photo albums for our kids by printing out pictures anymore. It has resonated with me as it tells me I’m doing something at least to ensure there are pictures of me for BattleKid to treasure in years to come, but that I should be printing them out and creating albums. Well, I am going to do something about that!

The Grassholm Lodge at Bluestone – A Lodge for 8

As you’ll know, we were kindly invited to have a mid-week stay at Bluestone and we stayed in a Grassholm Lodge. This lodge sleeps eight and is very comfortable. All lodges at Bluestone have the look of a log cabin and never fail to impress me. We’ve stayed in a variety of lodges but this was our first time staying in a Grassholm lodge at Bluestone.

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A Mid-Week Stay at Bluestone – Our Visit and Review

Regular readers of the blog will know that we have been to Bluestone several times in the past. But last week, we were kindly invited to experience a mid-week stay at Bluestone. We have always had a weekend break at Bluestone but since giving up my job to move to Portugal, a mid-week stay at Bluestone suddenly became a very real option.

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