Wednesday, 25 November 2015


Not long now and we will be talking about winter.  The leaves have fallen off the trees.  We have  had a few frosts.  I do like this time of year, well parts of it.  I love it when the leaves are changing colour.  I love the sunrises and the sunsets.  I think the majority of my recent pictures on instagram have been pictures of sunrise or sunset.  They are so beautiful.

In home life change is also happening.  We are reconsidering a different school for little one, he is not happy or are we.  He relaxes Friday night but then by Sunday he is very anxious again.  Not good for one so young (he is 6).   I  told school about 2 weeks ago that I would not be able to do casual supply as of January and I am going to start persuing my creative side - I think I need this break as well.

Roll on the Christmas Holidays when we can all relax a bit and enjoy spending time together.

Monday, 26 October 2015

So long

I can't believe it has been so long since I last wrote on here.  It is not that I have been that busy, well no more than usual.  I just have not been sure what to write.

Recently I have been doing a bit of cycling and it has been lovely to venture a little bit further than I would on 2 feet.  On Saturday a friend persuaded me to go out with the local cycle club (all very serious), it did mean getting up really early - 6.30am early!  Something I am not accustomed to at the weekend.  It was a lovely cycle despite the rain but I think I need to get in some more practice with big hills before I go again.  I have also made the decision to try and get my running back on track rather than being very ad hoc as it has been recently.  I need to set aside some time each week when I know I will go for a run.  I would like to try and alternate a cycle and a run if I can.  I am hoping that once I have got this under my belt I can then get back into doing some races.  Mind you perhaps I ought to book the races to provide me with the impetus to get out.  Oh well, here goes, let's give it a go.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Filling my time

Joshua has now gone back to school and seems to so far has settled in well in his new class and likes his new teacher.  Phew!

So now I am at home by myself during the school hours and filling the hours seems to be no problem. I am hoping to get back to doing a little more exercise each day as well as the usual bits of housework and maybe the odd bit of knitting.   So far I have cycled and done some running and it feels good.  The endorphins from exercise make you feel so good.

But I do miss the constant background chatter of the little one and look forward to picking him up each day and spending some quality time together after school and before bedtime.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015


All too soon the summer holidays are gone and we are back to the school routine.  We actually still have one more day holiday but that will be gone soon too.

At the start of the holiday I was thinking what are we going to do for 6+ weeks but the days have been filled with lots of things to keep us busy.

I shall miss having Joshua around with the constant background chatter, the cuddles, the tantrums!! (And yes we still sometimes have those even though we are six years old.)    Oh well I shall just have to remind myself of the things we have done over the holidays and look forward to the time we have between coming home from school and bedtime.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015


 On holiday we went climbing/ walking in the mountains.  We had amazing weather to climb both of the mountains that we wanted to .  (Views climbing up towards the summit of Snowdon)

The views from the top were amazing.

Looking back up after climbing to the summit.

Mountain number 2.  Again good weather and amazing views.  It is not always like this in Wales.

Little one likes to climb.

We did also go to the beach.  Skimming stones lesson.  Not sure we really got the idea.  Most of the stones that were thrown went high in the air.

And we did some castle visiting and walked on the town walls.

And visited waterfalls.

We had a fabulous time in North Wales and squeezed a lot in in a week.  The weather was mixed - the week started off sunny and warm but we also had rain but it wasn't such that it stopped us doing what we wanted to do.

Now back home thoughts have started to turn towards the new school term starting and with all that entails.  The buying of school uniform and shoes.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Shaun the Sheep Hunting

Last summer we hunted for Gromit around the city of Bristol, this year we have been looking for Shaun the Sheep.  Each one has been sponsored by a company and decorated by various artists.  They are all great.  The advantage this year is that they have broken it into several trails, so we have been doing one trail a week.   Sometimes they are easy to find, sometimes hard.  Yesterday we decided to do the ones that are near the waterfront in Bristol and do it the other way round from lots of others.

We rounded off our hunt with a lovely coffee (for me) and cake and juice for J at the Arnolfini cafe. it is so long since I have been there.  What a lovely cafe.  Need to look in the shop for longer but J does not really do shopping so once he goes back to school I think I shall visit again.                            

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Summer Holidays

Summer holidays - a time to slow down and do things we don't normally have time to do.   We have been for lots of walks with the dog in the fields to throw his frisbee.  So far the weather has been a bit mixed with showers but also sunshine as well.

We still have several things to look forward to camping trips (this weekend) with family and holiday to North Wales.

Last night we had one very excited little boy when the combine harvester and the bailer were in the fields behind our house. Of course, we had to go out and watch them working.  And then this morning we got up to find that there was a tractor with a bale fork putting the bales onto a trailer to take to the barns where they store them until needed.   Oh the joys of having the countryside on our door step.