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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…

Sophie looking at the water wheel in the Garden of Time at Iver Environment Centre

10 places to enjoy outdoor fun with kids in South Bucks

We love getting out and about in our local area for adventures. Being based just outside Greater London gives us the best of both worlds – countryside on the doorstep…

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

#366daysofgratitude 2020 – Week 8

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…

Hubby, Thomas, Sophie (holding her JoGLE for Jessica T-shirt) and me in front of the trophy table at the Land's End - John O'Groats Annual Dinner

Me and Mine – February 2020

It feels like quite a long time since this month’s photos were taken. For once I was organised and made sure we got our family photos in at the start…

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

Country Kids 29/02/20

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 'park' with a tree forming the 'p' and a swing hanging from the 'r'

Friday Focus 28/02/2020 – Park life

We’ve been enjoying lots of time at the park this week. I’m trying to get outdoors with the children as much as possible at the moment so after-school trips to…

Sophie looking at her Beautiful Birds trail by the water wheel at Iver Environment Centre

Half-term fun at Iver Environment Centre

Iver Environment Centre has become one of our favourite places to visit during the school holidays. It’s a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away just off the road between…