After what has been a tough few months we all really need a break and some time away from home, fresh air, space and time away from internet, pones and distractions. Time to be a family. Things are going to be really busy for us this year with some major changes a foot so we took advantage of some downtime and booked a full weeks holiday In the Forest of Dean with Forest Holidays. The drive down was pretty uneventful (much easier to do when your not camping!) but we stopped to stretch our legs in the very pretty town of Ross-on-the-Wye. A really picturesque little town with pretty houses and beautiful views.
The building below had information about the "Man of Ross", he was a local man named John Kyrle, who was responsible for making some important changes to the town. He introduced a water supply to the town, repaired the church spire and also added a tenor bell, he helped the poor and sick, settled local disputes, set up funds for needy children to go to school and generally helped beautify the town whilst living on a moderate budget. It was the poet Alexander Pope who nicknamed him "Man of Ross" .
The old Market House and Ruben
Whilst we were here we ad a walk around the shops and stocked up on some extra hats and gloves as it was so cold and the weather looked like it was going to continue being freezing for the rest of the week. I was nervous about the lodge being cold but I needn't have bee thanks to the underfloor heating! It was so warm I didn't sleep because I was far too hot. Tallulah (our Jack Russell) was in heaven being able to flake out on the warm floor after the walks. The lodge was lovely and full of glass and windows for looking into the forest=sooo relaxing :D