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#366daysofgratitude 2020 – Week 50

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…

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Friday Focus 18/12/20 – Overstretched

I’m currently at that point in the festive season where the to-do list looks overwhelming, there don’t appear to be quite enough hours available in the day and I’m feeling…

Crafting with kids: Tissue paper ‘stained-glass’ Nativity scene

Small squares of tissue paper stuck on to sticky-back plastic is a great way of creating ‘stained-glass’ decorations to go on windows. We still have the Christmas tree and star…

Sophie and Thomas dressed as shepherds with Sophie's toy goat and Jessica dressed as an angel against a starry sky background

Siblings – December 2020

Our festive siblings shot for our Christmas card photos has become a tradition over the years. This year was a little harder to try and come up with an idea…

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#366daysofgratitude 2020 – Week 49

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 12/12/20

Welcome back to Country Kids. I hope that you are all keeping well. This week’s Country Kids linky will be the last one this year and will run over three…

Father Christmas riding a golf buggy covered in tinsel

Festive fun at Chiltern Open Air Museum

This time of year, we’d normally have lots of festive days out planned. This year though, the calendar is looking very empty without the usual Christmas events. We did have…

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

#366daysofgratitude 2020 – Week 48

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…

Friday Focus 04/12/20 – Preparation

Advent is a time for preparation and the last couple of weeks have been busy preparing for various things. Obviously, the preparation for Christmas is underway – most of the…

The wooden carving of Jessica at her forever bed with yellow roses and goldenrod in a wooden vase behind her

Grief and life without Jessica: learning to live with grief

Grief has become part of my life now. It’s a constant presence in our everyday lives. Sometimes grief sits quietly in the background and we are almost able to forget…