Welcome to my monthly round up post of my most liked instagram posts. April seemed to fly by, mind you I’m not surprised considering we had the Easter holidays, birthday’s and parties to plan. If this is your first time reading my monthly posts and you want to see the others, make sure you check out my top 5 posts from March, February and January.
I must admit I have fallen out of love a bit with Instagram this month. The change in algorithms have really changed how my feed looks and I don’t seem to be seeing all the regular accounts I follow. I have also noticed a drop in engagement with my posts. Even though I really try not to be driven by numbers I did find this disheartning.
I am also part of a couple of pods, but I haven’t been using them in the proper sense they were set up for. Due to the change, I have actually found them a good way to keep track of some of my favourite accounts, so at least I am getting to see their pictures. Maybe thats why I’m seeing less engagement. Instagram may be punishing me by being part of these!
But I have given myself a good talking too, and reminded myself why I like being part of the Instagram community. So I have gone back to the good old days of posting what I want to post, not thinking what people want to see.
So let’s get onto my top 5 posts for April.
In fifth place it is a tie! The first picture is of the girls sat on the sea wall at Broadsands, which is our local beach. This is where we have our beach hut too. This was taken in the early evening after we had spent a lovely afternoon chilling out and getting settled into our hut.
Well yesterday polished off a great four days with these two. It was glorious down the beach & even though we only intended to stay there for a few hours we didn't end up leaving until after 6. That's when I snapped this of the girls, watching the tide rise, being kept warm by their @saltrock_clothing hoodies after these crazies went in the sea (they did have wetsuits on honest, it was bloody freezing!) Anyway, back to Monday & back to work for me. Hope you enjoyed your weekend, what did you get up too?
The other picture in fifth place is the one of a little stone snail nestled in the grounds of Coleton Fishacre. Coleton is a National Trust property just around the corner from us. I saw it, liked it, snapped it and just shared it!
The other day I mentioned I was like a busy bee but now I want everything to slow down! Works busy, party planning is reaching fever pitch and I think my eldest will implode with excitement the closer it gets to her birthday this weekend. At the moment I am very envious of this slow paced snail, but I can see it on the horizon, I just need to get there!
The picture in fourth place is also from the gardens at Coleton Fishacre. We visited Coleton during the Easter holidays and took part in their Easter Egg trail. We had never visited before, and I am so glad we finally did. The house was built in the 1920’s by the man who was the proprietor of The Savoy Hotel. Coleton was his country retreat. The gardens were stunning. I think I took something like 80 photos while we were there!
The shot in third place was also taken in the gardens at Coleton. There were so many paths winding around the estate and this one took you through the woodlands, with bluebells climbing the banks.
Well we have made it to the last day of the school holidays, at the beginning they seemed like they would last forever but they did end up going quite quickly. And even though we were juggling work & the girls we still managed to get some fab days out, like this one at @ntenglishriviera Coleton Fishacre. It was our very first visit and we had such a great time! The house was amazing (watch out for Art Deco interior spam coming to my Insta account this week) and the gardens were stunning. Have a fab Easter Monday everyone. If you are back to school/work tomorrow – good luck! If you are still on your hols, hope you have a fab weeks off.
The picture in second place was actually a throwback picture to a couple of years of ago. It’s of my eldest daughter on another local beach. She was just throwing stones into the water and I just snapped her at the time her hands were in the air. I posted this to show how full of excitement she was for her upcoming birthday. We had been on count down for weeks!
So I've been talked into doing a sleepover for this ones birthday at the weekend! It's our first one with friends and there's going to be 4 of them, in one room, all night! We are going pottery painting finished up with a McDonald's then back to ours to trash the joint, sorry 'have fun' 😬! Anyone got any tips on how to survive your first sleepover? And before you ask, yes I have wine & chocolate sorted for me 😂🍷🍫
So to the picture in first place. This month it is one of our beach hut. The 1st of April sees the start of the beach hut season in Torbay and we can all get access to our huts and get them ready for the summer season. It really represents to us that hazy summer evenings are not far away.
Welcome to April everyone, and welcome to beach hut spam as today is the day we get our beach hut back!! #sorrynotsorry Oh I so can't wait for those lazy sunny days sat outside the hut, drinking tea/beer/wine eating way too many portions of fish and chips watching the kids playing on the beach. Just need to get rid of these grey clouds and rain and we will be there!
So what is your favourite picture this month? Also, if you are on Instagram how have you found the recent changes? If you would like to see my other pictures for April you can find me on Instagram here.
See you in another four weeks for the next update.