Yup! Another National Trust trip/post!

This time was a bit different though! Rather than go with my family, I went with one of my best-friends (Ellie), her family, and her children (my God-Children). I was very fortunate to have been given a family pass for these special people and we decided to visit Seaton Deleval Hall during the Summer Holidays for one of their special week’s activities to not only celebrate the School Holidays but also, to highlight the eccentricity of the family who once lived in the Hall.

I’ve known Ellie for eleven years now; we met in College where we had both taken two of the same A Level courses (Philosophy & History). I still remember the first day we met – I arrived to class late and the only spare seat was next to Ellie! It’s incredible to think that back in that moment we never would have guessed we’d still be friends all these years later and that her Children would have such a huge place in my life and heart.

I was so pleased to find out that Ellie was pregnant for the third time around seven or eight months ago because during her last two pregnancies I’d been so poorly with my mental health that I’d been unable to really be there for her and to get to watch the Children grow from Day One. Luckily, I’m in a place in my mental health recovery where I have been blessed with the ability to have watched Kasper grow into the six-month-old child that he is today! It’s an absolute honour to watch him go from the small, crying bundle to sitting up by himself and loving cuddles from me!

I have two other best-friends (Lauren & Sophie) who I’ve also known for eleven years now and they each bring something different to my life. With Lauren, she’s unconditionally supportive and when we’re together we’re like the same person; we have so much in common and we’re constantly saying, “I was literally just about to say that” or “that’s exactly what I was thinking!” Lauren makes me feel less alone and she’s amazing at distracting me when I am struggling with my mental health.

For Sophie, not only is she beautiful on the outside but also on the inside; she’s one of those people who lights up the room when she walks into it. Her confidence seems effortless, but I know the strength and work that it has taken her to build such a quality; and that’s why she’s an inspiration for me.

Growing up, I was one of those people who thinks that life is better the more friends you have. Now I’m older and have learnt a lot of life lessons, I understand that it’s not about the quantity!

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