‘You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

After talking last week on the stressful start to the school year. I am pleased to announce this week was a lot better. Harry had his first full day on Friday and although exhausted this weekend, he cracked it.  Although he does seem less keen on the fact that it is now daily. I think he quite liked the three days a week idea and I don’t blame him!

Since the boys and we were all tired from settling into the new routine we were going to keep this weekend a quiet one at home.  And for the most part, it was. However with the constant babble in the news about the potential for a nationwide lockdown. We thought we would make the most of our  National Trust cards and headed to Scotney Castle on Sunday afternoon. I only booked tickets on Saturday morning so was delighted that they had some available.  We only spent a couple of hours there, but the weather was fabulous and it was really quiet.  I think getting out in the fresh air helps everyone.

I chose three photos this week. The first is of Harry tucking into a large vanilla ice cream. He absolutely loves ice cream and since it was so warm it would be wrong not too. We all had one and  I tried out black ice cream!  It was a little off-putting initially but tasted lovely.

Charlie was on good form asking for photos.  Sometimes he really doesn’t want his picture taken but other times he will request posing at various places. Today was one of those days.  It also meant I could get a photo of them together on the window sill, where they were both looking at us for a change!

I am hoping this week will be another successful one on the school front. That I lose some of my anxiety about suddenly being told we will have to self isolate as one of the other children has tested positive.  And that the news about the impending national lockdown will allow us to still get away next weekend to the seaside as planned.



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  1. It sounds like you had a lovely trip – we’ve only used our NT membership once since the beginning of the pandemic, I’m hoping we’ll get more chance to use it next year. I hope last week was a bit less stressful – we’re under local measures again now which means we can’t see my parents for now but everything else still feels pretty much normal. I’m just getting through the days and trying not to think about it too much x

  2. Margaret Gallagher

    Happy days – a delight seeing smiling joyful family times

  3. I hope you’ve had another successful week this week. Our two are so incredibly tired from school x

  4. Vikki Bowker

    Looks like you’re making the most of the activities before the weather is supposed to change this week!

  5. I’m so glad that your little ones are settling into a routine – we too have tried to keep weekends fairly low key and quiet. I adore your sons gorgeous rainbow top!

  6. Andrea Fletcher

    Harry is definitely enjoying that ice-cream. Have never heard of black ice-cream.

  7. Apocalypse Daddy

    Ohhh…. Black ice-cream. Perhaps one way to stop our kids eating so much of it? I should try that.

    Great photos. I hope the second lockdown doesn’t come and we can all enjoy our new found freedoms.

  8. Priscilla Stubbs

    Lovely photos, I have not tried black ice ream, but I’m always willing to give something a go. This thought of an impending lockdown is very scary

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