Friday Focus 25/08/17 – Just visiting…

I’ve had a bit of a break from the blog this week as we’ve been visiting family and then had my friend Gillian visiting us for a few days. We didn’t have the smoothest of starts to our weekend away though. I arrived at “the moon” (Premier Inn) to find that hubby had booked the wrong date and there was no room at the inn. Thankfully I did manage to find a lovely B&B nearby for the first night and another “moon” about 30 minutes away for the second night. We then had a couple of nights staying at Auntie Fizz’s house before heading back home for Godmummy Gillian’s visit.


Visiting - this week's word of the week


Things I have loved this week:

  • Spending time with my mum and siblings.


  • Catching up with one of my school friends.


  • Going on the Gruffalo Spotter trail at Alice Holt Forest.


Sophie and Jessica with the Gruffalo


  • A day at the beach with my twin sister and our girls.


Jessica, cousin Ebony, Auntie Fizz, cousin Erin, Sophie and me standing outside a blue and white beach hut on West Wittering beach



  • Jessica appearing in the Daily Mirror to help raise awareness of congenital heart defects and the fab work Tiny Tickers do with helping to improve early detection.


  • Stopping off at the Devil’s Punchbowl and going for a walk there on our way home from visiting my family.


Jessica sitting on a tree stump at the Devil's Punchbowl


  • Following the Reptile Trail at Black Park.


  • Spending time with my friend Gillian.


Jessica and Sophie with Godmummy Gillian


  • The beautiful quilt that Gillian’s mum has made for Jessica to take with her into hospital when she has her surgery. We’re still waiting for a date for the surgery.


  • Being able to put the washing out on the line.


  • Being able to take the girls to the park on their bikes thanks to Godmummy Gillian providing an extra pair of hands.


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  1. August 25, 2017 / 7:50 am

    What a lovely week you have had, apart from the hotel mix up, that would have stressed me out. I’m glad you managed to find somewhere else. The weather has been a little kinder this week too x

    • Louise
      August 29, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      It’s been glorious over the last few days. So nice to see a bit of summer returning 🙂

  2. August 25, 2017 / 11:25 am

    I’m glad you’ve managed to get a break from blogging, it sounds like you’ve had a lovely week. I do hope it doesn’t take too long before you get a date for Jessica’s op, it must be terrible waiting and not knowing.

    • Louise
      August 29, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you Nat. It’s not fun waiting but on the plus side, we’ve had the whole summer to enjoy which was more than I was expecting at the start of the holidays 🙂

  3. August 25, 2017 / 11:38 am

    What a great week (ignoring the date mix up), visiting family and friends. Good to have a blog break too and enjoy your time with everyone, I should imagine. I am loving getting the washing on the line. No-one is interested but I still tell the family every day how many loads of washing I’ve dried! What a lovely thought to make Jessica a quilt for hospital. Hope next week is wonderful again for you. #wotw

    • Louise
      August 29, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Thank you Cheryl – the break has been much needed I think! 🙂

  4. August 25, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    Oops. I bet your hubby was in the bad books for messing the dates up. I am glad you managed to find somewhere else to stay. It sounds like a lovely week and looks like you had plenty of fun! #WotW

    • Louise
      August 29, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Thanks Kim – I wasn’t very impressed about it! The place we ended up staying in was lovely though so he was soon forgiven! 🙂

  5. August 26, 2017 / 9:36 am

    Sounds like a wonderful week, aside from the problems with ‘the moon’ – glad you sorted something else out, though must have been a stressful moment or two! Looks like the girls have had plenty of fun and it’s always great to spend time with family and friends x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Louise
      August 29, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Thank you Jocelyn, it was lovely to have a break and catch up with family and friends 🙂

  6. August 26, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    What a lovely week. Now I’m thinking I need to check our dates at the ‘moon’ as this is something I’m sure I would do #WotW

    • Louise
      August 29, 2017 / 10:05 pm

      Easily done, I think although it’s the first time I’ve known hubby get his dates mixed up and he books the ‘moon’ a lot for work trips

  7. August 27, 2017 / 8:42 am

    Sounds like a busy week, I cant believe he booked the wrong date eeek thank goodness you found somewhere. Looks like its been a busy week surrounded by family and friends. I hope the wearer holds up for a while xx

    • Louise
      August 29, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      It was a busy week but lots of fun. The weather has been gorgeous – we’ve certainly made the most of it! 🙂

  8. August 27, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Sounds like you’ve been up to lots of lovely things. #WotW

    • Louise
      August 29, 2017 / 10:08 pm

      It’s been busy but lots of fun 🙂

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