Last week I posted my first Happy Days Linky hosted by Katy at WhatKatySaid & Jenna at Tinyfootsteps – it was a really therapeutic thinking about all the things that made me happy – I had trouble keeping it to ten! As I sit here indulging on Mon Cheri pondering if the box could be made into ‘pirate gold’ and therefore giving me the excuse to open the second box (I have only got three left honest, chocolates that is not boxes!) life feels pretty good. Their aim of helping us appreciate the little things in life definitely seems to be working. This week I have decided stick more the the traditional way of doing things.

Out & About

As I work four days a week I try to pack a fair bit in at the weekends or early evenings now that we have the light and for the first half of this week the weather. However this week all and all has been busier than most. On Tuesday evening we headed out to find some bluebells at the top of our lane, the light was perfect for photos and Monkey was intrigued following the little paths, trying not to step on any of the wild flowers. Last year I got some beautiful photos of him, now he’s almost three it was a lot harder getting a natural pose and not just playing up to the camera ‘cheese’ photos. I think we may have started a tradition… a blue bell photo each year..


Thursday evening I helped a friend out and had her little boy for a couple of hours while she prepared for a Masters exam. Please don’t judge me but we were all at the park at 7.30pm, bedtime is normally 7-7.30! The boys loved it and it was such a nice start to the weekend, plus it made me feel good helping a friend out. Then on Friday we had our Music Bus session as normal in the morning, a lot of the older children have stopped as they are getting ready to start school. This makes MonkeUnknowny one of the oldest and suddenly it seemed quite noticeable causing me to reminisce about our times there. From the class we picked up Nannie and headed over to Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent for the Superworm Trail. You can read the full blog post here. It was a last minute decision, I was expecting to head over to Alice Holt in Hampshire but it wasn’t until Friday morning that I realised it wasn’t on there! I did um and ah a bit about whether it was too far, but I am so glad we did go it was a lovely afternoon, so peaceful and relaxed – just the three of us, wandering around in the woods, discovering hiding places and collecting sticks. The weather was really kind, so much so when walking across the sand covered play area looking down you could almost have been on a European beach somewhere….

Fun at Home

Theres not been much art and craft going on this week although we did make a blue (Monkey’s favourite colour at the moment) for St Georges Day – albeit a day late on Friday!


The rest of the time we have been working in the garden – our potatoes have gone in, as have our garlic and onions. We were neglectful last year so have decided to keep planting to a minimum and have opted for a whole bed of potatoes. The varieties we have chosen are Premier (first early), Charlottes (second early) and Pink Fur Apple (main crop), we are hoping it will help break the bed up for next year too.  The tomato plants are in their grow bags in the greenhouse and we have planted some more seeds to bring on in the conservatory. Monkey is also very proud of his sunflowers with are coming on a treat.

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Time for Me

Um – well been a bit rubbish here… although I am having an hour to myself now as Monkey naps? Does that count even if I am blogging? We also went out last night with some friends to a localish Thai restaurant, it was good letting our hair down a little although Hubby drove – bless him. The friends in question now live in a different town from us so we don’t get to see them as much as we would like, they also have a young family and so are also constantly juggling. Our friendship works because we both realise this and don’t put additional pressure on each other to over commit, its just not possible at this point in our lives, but when we do get together we make the most of it …red wine anyone?

My Happiest Moment

Has to be sitting alone quietly for a couple of minutes outside the cafe at Bedgebury in the sun right on the waters edge listening to the ducks. It was so peaceful… it was really good for my soul!

Next week I would like to…

Read The Art of Mindfulness for Children by Alisa Reddy. I am flying up to Edinburgh and back in the same day for work on Thursday so hoping to get the majority of it read then. Its not a long book so achievable if I don’t fall asleep, it has some mindfulness exercises in it which I want to start using with Monkey and I might pick up some tips too.

Wishing you all the best for the week ahead xxx



  1. littleoandme Reply

    Such a great idea to take photo’s in the same place each year. We are taking Oliver to the Superworm trail some time next month, I’m so glad you had a lovely time. I’m off to google that book sounds right up my street.

    • Oh brilliant I hope you have a lovely time 🙂 …also hoping to find a rape seed field too in the next couple of weeks the yellow makes such nice photos. xx

  2. travelingchristie Reply

    I work 4 days and its a juggling act isn’t it? I love the Dragon and I too love getting out for a nice meal, its great getting together with friends but tough to arrange sometimes isn’t it, although as our children are getting older life is getting easier x

    • Completely and now I am getting hooked on blogging so needing to add that to the list – hubby’s like you on the mac again… oops!! xx

  3. Sounds like a lovely week and I love the sound of the Superworm trail. That blue dragon looks amazing and so glad you enjoyed a night out with your hubby.

  4. I loved reading about your week. 🙂

    You’ve made me realise I need to get a move on with my veggies. Most are still taking up residence on our window sills when I really need to start moving them out. I think keeping it simple with growing is the best way to go. It’s my first year growing my own veggies and I’ve already realised that perhaps I’ve been a bit too ambitious. Potatoes and tomatoes are always useful though, eh?

    Monkey’s dragon looks absolutely brilliant. 🙂

    Thanks for joining our #HappyDaysLinky

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

  5. Oh yes and they taste the best homegrown 🙂 if you get a glut of tomatoes let me know as I have the best simple passata recipe going.

    To be honest we kinda make it up as we go along…. we have only just sewn sweetcorn, squash and courgette in the greenhouse which is a little late and we missed putting the peas in all together – doh!! So they will need to wait now until autumn so we still get it wrong a lot!! But its fun and a great way to teach kids where food comes from – added bonus! 🙂

    Thanks for commenting and also hosting xx

  6. What a lovely, busy week you had. The photo of Monkey in the bluebells is so lovely, I definitely think you should make it tradition to take one each year!
    The Superworm trail sounds great fun, glad to hear it was worth the journey.
    I hope you have a good week and manage to read that book on your flight xx

  7. Oh that mindfulness book looks good, I want to introduce my daughter to it, she’s 11 but I want to get her into the practice before exams start. Sounds like a great week and I wouldn’t judge you about having them in the park at bedtime, it’s about making the most of the weather. I hope this week is a good one xx

  8. Katy (What Katy Said) Reply

    I love your happiest moment, I know exactly those moments and they really are good for the soul aren’t they? Glad you had a good week- I adore that bluebell woods photo! Thank you for joining in #HappyDaysLinky xx

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