Last night when I edited this I might have cried a few times. Once because iMovie was being tricky, twice because I managed to solve the problem, thirdly because I feel ever so slightly overwhelmed by my to do list right now, that this holiday footage seems like a dream, fourthly because the world is just so incredibly beautiful, and fifthly because the ending just slotted in, exactly as you see it, best timed ending I ever did. Then I laughed a lot as I sped up the Trunki races, and smiled at time spent with old friends J and C, who live out there. J was our best man.
Our time spent reviewing Villa Kentia in Malta for James Villas was magical, you can see just how magical the villa was in the video. Several times I woke, for some unknown reason, and found myself walking out onto the terrace to look at the view, only to be greeted by the most incredible sunsets and sunrises. David Gray’s Real Love was constantly buzzing round my head, so I wanted to use it somehow.
The dawn in all its majesty
Is stealing me away
The dawn in all its honesty
Is turning me to clay
It’s a song that also reminds me of tough Winter mornings driving to work as the sun rose, before I had kids, before I worked from home. So it was great to find it pop up in a happier context.
I don’t think there is anything I have found that makes me happier than travel. The more we travel as a family, the more I feel like it is the most important legacy I want to leave my kids. But the cruel blow is that the travelling life is one of huge highs and lows.
And something in the heart of me
Is telling me it’s time
To meet the eye of destiny
And leave it all behind
It’s hard to adjust at times, to ‘leave it all behind’ to go, and to come back.
It was amazing to see friends we don’t see enough of, to celebrate Mr A’s birthday in the sunshine, to eat cake and walk down to the beach, to collect glass, crystal, driftwood and to see the waves crashing. To spend loads of uninterrupted time as a family. To eat and drink and play board games once the kids were tucked up in bed.
I don’t write this blog as a way for my kids to remember stuff particularly, I hope they will be too busy filling their lives with new experiences and taking us with them in spirit, to dwell on the past. But kids, you might like this one, I sped up the Trunki races just for you.
More on James Villas, Malta and Gozo
Find out more about James Villas
Find out more about what we did beyond the villa
Read my Top 5 Things in Malta with Kids on Space in Your Case
Tour the stunning doors of Malta and Gozo over on A Residence
Disclosure – our villa stay was provided by James Villas.