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.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015


Roll on the holidays, we are all tired and tempers are frayed especially at bed time.  Little one is struggling and really just wants to stay at home rather than be going to school.  Four more weeks left! But 4 weeks of unsettled days at school with things being out of the usual routine, visits to new class, new teacher and also mixing up of the 2 classes.  (Very unsettling for a child who loves routine, stability and knowing what is happening)  So looking forward to not having to get up early for six whole weeks and to spend lots of time outside whatever the weather.  Camping weekends are planned, a week's holiday booked and even camping in the garden.  I think lots of unstructured play in the garden as well and trips to the park.  And lots of time together.

Can't wait !!!!!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Summer at last?

Quite a few times this year it has seemed like summer and then all of a sudden the weather has changed.  This week has been so nice weather-wise.  It has been warmer, even warm enough not to have to wear a cardigan or sweater.

It has also been a busy week with Sports day at school (for little one) and various trips/walks around the local area with those that I work with at school.  Thankfully the weather has been kind to us and we have had fun.