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Thomas in the garden wearing his preschool jumper

To Thomas on starting preschool

Darling Thomas, This week you started preschool. I still can’t quite believe you are big enough to be going to preschool. You made a friend at the gate waiting outside…

Jessica's birthday cake - a round cake iced with aqua buttercream with three fondant dragonflies, a green fondant lilypad and the words "Jessica" and "10" in chocolate writing

To Jessica on your tenth birthday

Darling Jessica, Today is your tenth birthday. It is ten years since you entered the world, bringing joy with you from the moment you arrived. That moment when I heard…

The word 'friends'

Friday Focus 03/09/21 – Friends

We’ve been making the most of the last few days of the summer holidays and enjoying time with friends. Last weekend was filled with outdoor parties – a birthday party…

Sophie standing in her school uniform in the garden

To Sophie on your first day of junior school

Darling Sophie, Today is your first day at junior school. A new school, a new adventure starts today. You were excited to go off to your new school this morning;…

Hubby, Thomas and Sophie (in matching rainbow striped tops) and me (holding a photo of Jessica) outside our lodge at Coombe Mill

Me and Mine – August 2021

The end of August always brings a sense of sadness. Sadness that another summer is drawing to a close. The awareness of how quickly time passes as we prepare for…

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

Country Kids 28/08/21

Welcome to last Country Kids linky. This linky, originally started by Fiona from Coombe Mill, has been running since before I started blogging seven years ago, but over the last…

The word 'fun' with the 'u' drawn as a person juggling

Friday Focus 27/08/21 – Fun

We’ve had a lot of fun over the last week. It was hubby’s birthday on Monday and the weekend before his birthday felt like one big party weekend. We had…

A view of Baby Bay looking from the sea

An afternoon on the beach at Baby Bay

A beach trip is a rare event for us as we’re at least 90 minutes’ drive from the nearest one. We made sure we got a beach trip in though…

The word 'overstretched' written as a stretched out word

Friday Focus 20/08/21 – Overstretched

I’m feeling a little overstretched this week. It’s just been one of those weeks where there have been a few too many balls to juggle. A week where I’ve had…

Sophie and Thomas wearing matching rainbow T-shirts and blue shorts standing in Grandma and Grandad's garden with Sophie holding a photo of Jessica

Siblings – August 2021

The summer holidays are always a time for having lots of fun together and making memories. This is my time with the children – the time when they are all…