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

Country Kids 29/08/20

Welcome back to Country Kids. I hope that you are all keeping well and safe. Summer is now coming to an end and Autumn is on the horizon – can…

The word 'making' with a doodle of a painting above the 'ma' and a cake above the 'ng'

Friday Focus 28/08/20 – Making

We’ve been having fun this week doing “making” as Jessica would have called it. Sophie had fun with me in the kitchen making Daddy’s birthday cake last weekend. She did…

Sophie and Jessica looking down at the mirror pool at Upton House

Grief and end-of-summer sadness

The evenings are drawing in and summer is drawing to a close. As the days get shorter, the end-of-summer sadness descends. Autumn is nearly upon us. I know a lot…

Toy dinosaurs on top of sticks in a tuff tray filled with sticks, bark, long grass, and water

Sensory play in a tuff tray dinosaur swamp

Our tuff tray has certainly had plenty of use over the last few months thanks to us spending so much time in the garden. It comes out most days, mostly…

Sophie's shoebox theatre with cartoon figures of me holding Thomas, hubby, Jessica and Sophie stuck to wooden skewers

How to make a shoebox theatre

One of Sophie’s Christmas presents from us last year was her ‘Special Time with Sophie’ box – containing twelve envelopes of activities that I had planned to do for each…

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

#366daysofgratitude 2020 – Week 33

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 22/08/20

Welcome back to Country Kids. I hope that you are all keeping well and safe and have been enjoying the summer holidays.   Country Kids is back to running as…

The word 'precious' with a drawing of me and Sophie reading a book and sitting on the 're'

Friday Focus 21/08/20 – Precious moments

With the end of the summer holidays starting to come into sight, I’m becoming more and more aware of how precious this time right now with my children is. Five…

Sophie and Thomas walking towards the house at Hughenden

Enjoying family time together at Hughenden

Family days out have been a rare occurrence this year. I miss being able to just jump in the car and head out for a spontaneous day out somewhere. We’ve…

Jessica as a toddler with a speech bubble saying "From the mouths of babes"

From the mouths of babes – August 2020

From the mouths of babes is an occasional feature capturing some of the things my children say. It originally started as a weekly linky but as this gradually fizzled out,…