We've swapped houses with my sister and brother-in-law for a week. They get to visit London but we get to have a fabulous north Devon break. It's an excellent arrangement, and their house, in Braunton, is a beautiful cottage in the centre of the old town. Another benefit is that our kids get a whole bunch of toys, new playstation games, DVDs and a trampoline too, courtesy of their cousins, to entertain them.
The only problem is the weather. Suddenly it's October when it's supposed to be August. It's chilly and wet. Despite this, we've had plenty of fun, spending almost all our time in Braunton Burrows, a remarkable system of sand dunes sitting behind Saunton Sands - it's an absolutely huge area that is also used for military training, so that means that younger son has fun collecting used blank bullets. The kids love it, as does RTL, who doesn't stop running around and finishes the day totally exhausted.
Yesterday we spent several hours there, lunching on sausages cooked on a one-use barbecue. Today we got rained on, but then the sun came out and it was glorious. It's great to be able to have a change of scene for a week - I can do a bit of work, and combine this with family time. Result.