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Daddy, Grandad and Sophie watching the Mummer's Day parade

A visit to Padstow on Mummers’ Day

On our last full day of our stay at Coombe Mill – Boxing Day – we decided to head to Padstow. Grandma had expressed a desire to visit Padstow during…

One frozen bubble and one partially frozen bubble on the grass

Making frozen bubbles

We’ve been getting outside each day this month thanks to joining in with The Ladybirds’ Adventures and Thimble and Twig for their Wild about Winter challenge. One of the daily…

The three houses made from felt/foam and a craft stick; the Three Little Pigs puppets, a Big Bad Wold puppet and Mummy Pig against the background of a brown paper bag decorated to be a background scene

The Three Little Pigs: a story-telling puppet craft

One of Sophie’s Christmas presents last year was a box for “Special Time with Sophie”. Twelve envelopes. One to open each month. Each containing an activity for Sophie and me…

A picture of a blue dragonfly on a reed with the text "#366daysofgratitude 2020"

#366daysofgratitude 2020 – Week 2

At the start of 2016, inspired by a friend, I started a daily gratitude challenge – posting one thing that I was thankful for each day on Instagram. I enjoyed…

Jessica standing in front of a tree looking out over a big branch - "Country Kids"

Country Kids 18/01/20

Welcome to another week of Country Kids. Country Kids, originally hosted by Fiona at Coombe Mill, is all about sharing outdoor family fun. It was one of the first linkies…

The word 'stressful'

Friday Focus 17/01/20 – Stress with a side order of smiles

The last week has been quite a stressful one. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and anxious about various things going on around me; trying to juggle too many balls; pouring from…

Hubby and Sophie standing in front of the house at Lanhydrock

A brief visit to Lanhydrock

One of the things I love about having National Trust membership is how it gives you so many options of places to visit around the country without the pressure of…

Thomas looking at the carving of Jessica on her memorial while Sophie gives it a hug

Siblings – January 2020

I love watching Sophie and Thomas together, seeing the beautiful bond they have with each other, and the way their bond mirrors the one that Jessica and Sophie had. So…

A picture of a blue dragonfly on a reed with the text "#366daysofgratitude 2020"

#366daysofgratitude 2020 – Week 1

At the start of 2016, inspired by a friend, I started a daily gratitude challenge – posting one thing that I was thankful for each day on Instagram. I enjoyed…

Jessica standing in front of a tree looking out over a big branch - "Country Kids"

Country Kids 11/01/20

Welcome to another week of Country Kids. Country Kids, originally hosted by Fiona at Coombe Mill, is all about sharing outdoor family fun. It was one of the first linkies…