Friday Focus 17/06/2022 – Sunshine

We’ve been enjoying the sunshine this week. I’ve loved being able to sit out in the garden and work when Sophie and Thomas are at school and preschool and getting lots of washing dried on the line.


The word 'sunshine'


Sophie had her first Girls’ Brigade outing since Covid. She had a lovely time at Hanwell Zoo. The last time they visited Hanwell Zoo was with Jessica on the only GB outing she went on. One of the GB leaders sent me a lovely photo of her and Sophie which made me smile, but also made me feel sad too as I have a very similar one of her with Jessica.


Thomas decided to get hands on and do some digging in the garden one afternoon while Daddy was in charge. I was picking Sophie up from her dance lesson and Thomas was quite a sight when I returned – he’d been rubbing soil into his hair and had clearly had a wonderful time in my newly-planted pots. It took quite some time in the shower to remove it all – especially his hair, which took three washes before it was clean again!



What I’ve been grateful for this week:


Thomas playing in a tray filled with pasta and seed; Sophie with one of her GB leaders; Sophie and Thomas riding mini bumper cars; a pot of tea; Thomas looking at fish in a small fish pond; me, my friend and Sophie at the theatre; Thomas sitting on a chair in the garden eating raspberries - "#365daysofgratitude 2022 - Week 24"


  • Day 161 – I am grateful for finding ways to include numbers in play to help keep Thomas amused. He loved counting the pasta to see how much could fit in the cup (162 pieces if you were wondering).


  • Day 162 – I am grateful that Sophie enjoyed going on a trip to Hanwell Zoo with Girls’ Brigade today.


  • Day 163 – I am grateful for the delight on Sophie and Thomas’s faces at getting to have a ride on the little bumper cars in town this afternoon.


  • Day 164 – I am grateful for a nice pot of tea and being able to drink it while it was still hot!


  • Day 165 – I am grateful for a lovely lunch with a friend at the rural activities garden centre.


  • Day 166 – I am grateful for a lovely evening out seeing a friend performing musical theatre songs with the Beck Community Choir.


  • Day 167 – I am grateful for home-grown raspberries and wild strawberries.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • The arrival of our jar of caterpillars. This is our third time raising caterpillars and getting to see them metamorphose into butterflies. It’s such a lovely thing to do with the children.


  • Watching the birds on the new bird feeders in the garden. The squirrels were emptying the old ones so I replaced them with ones that are hopefully squirrel-proof.


  • Sophie trying on some of the masks in Grandma’s mask collection after having a singing lesson with Grandma.


Sophie holding up a half-face mask in front of her face


  • Driving my husband’s new car. I particularly like how the seat setup is linked to our keys so it automatically adjusts for whichever of us is driving. Given my husband is 6’4” and I’m 5’0”, there’s always a lot of seat adjustment whenever we swap over!



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14 thoughts on “Friday Focus 17/06/2022 – Sunshine

  1. It’s so nice that the whole family has been enjoying the garden. We’ve also had some lovely days outside too. Glad Thomas’ hair is finally clean again. That sensory thing is so important for kids. An adult would never think to see what the dirt would feel like in our hair, lol.
    We love reading your posts and hope you have a lovely week ahead.
    PS That butterfly kit sounds lovely. Have fun

    1. Lol, I did have to keep reminding myself that it is good for kids to have that sensory play – just not so much fun to have to deal with the result of it!

  2. That’s really interesting about your car, we’d need that if I was still driving because my legs are really long, even though we are the same height. How exciting that you are raising butterflies again. It sounds like you’ve had a lovely week and I’m glad you’ve made the most of the sunshine. Ahh, I remember the days when my Little Man liked to rub everything in his hair! x

  3. The weather has been lovely!! I’ve been enjoying the sunshine too.
    It sounds like Sophie had a fab time on her Girls Brigade outing and it sounds like Thomas had a fun time in the garden. hehehe
    Lovely photos. Enjoy your caterpillars and that mask is really pretty. x

    1. It was nice to be able to enjoy the sunshine. We’ve now got another batch of caterpillars which are just starting to turn into butterflies.

  4. Glad the girls brigade outing was a success. Sounds like it’s been a busy week. Friends of ours had a car that did the same. Very useful.

  5. I’d never heard of a car doing that before! technology is wonderful isn’t it? But not as wonderful as getting covered in dirt in the garden LOL! The weather has been fabulous.

    1. Yes Thomas certainly loved getting covered in dirt although I can’t say I felt quite the same way about it…!

  6. We’ve had cars that automatically adjust but we’ve never programmed the keys. Oops to Thomas with the dogging in the garden and glad Sophie enjoyed her trip

    1. If it was down to me, I’d probably never get round to programming the keys but my husband loves to play around with all the technology in the cars!

  7. Bit hot for my liking but lovely to hang the washing out! My grandparents lived round the corner from the Beck and were ushers for many years so have fond memories of being there. My hubby and me are always moving the seats in our cars! #project365

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