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Sophie and Thomas lying together in the spider swing at the park holding a photo of Jessica

Siblings – March 2020

Watching Sophie and Thomas together these days brings back so many memories of days out with the girls. As Thomas gets more able to join in with things that his…

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

#366daysofgratitude 2020 – Week 10

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 14/03/20

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 'birthday' with the 'i' as a candle and a red balloon tied to the 'h'

Friday Focus 13/03/2020 – A big birthday celebration

We spent last weekend with my family, having a big party to celebrate my mum’s eightieth birthday. It was so lovely to see so many of my siblings, nieces and…

Jessica and Sophie sitting on a bench at Blackgang Chine with giant garden gnomes on either side of them

Grief and life after Jessica – the last of the shared experiences

This half-term is proving to be quite an emotional one. As I dropped Sophie back at school on the first day after the half-term break, I couldn’t help but remember…

A crescent moon in the night sky

Stargazing at Ruislip Lido

The West of London Astronomical Society (WOLAS) hold two public observing sessions each year at Ruislip Lido, taking place over three nights, Friday to Sunday. The first one tends to…

Mum looking at her birthday card with "Happy 80th birthday Mum" and a doodle of me and my siblings with her inside

80 years young: my mum – the heart of our family

When asked what she wanted for her eightieth birthday, my mum’s reply was “to have all my family around me”. Family is everything to my mum and the importance of…

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

#366daysofgratitude 2020 – Week 9

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 07/03/20

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 'singing' written on a musical stave with the 'S' forming part of a treble clef

Friday Focus 06/03/2020 – Singing along

It’s been nice to be singing regularly again now that rehearsals are underway for the concert that my mother-in-law and I are organising. We’ve been working through the ensemble numbers…