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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,…

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

#366daysofgratitude 2020 – Week 32

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…

Sophie, Thomas and Jessica walking in front of me holding hands

Siblings – August 2020

Summer days are for family time outdoors together. Making the most of the longer days, the sunshine and warm weather. Going out on adventures together; watching the children having fun…

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

Country Kids 15/08/20

Welcome back to Country Kids. I hope that you are all keeping well and safe during this time.   With the summer holidays now here and more places being open…

The word frazzled in purple with lightning bolts in the middle of the letters

Friday Focus 14/08/20 – Frazzled

I’m feeling quite frazzled this week. It’s been one of those weeks where everything just feels too much. The heat; trying to juggle work, looking after the children, doing housework,…

Thomas and Sophie playing with sand in the tuff tray

Summer days in the garden

Summer holidays are normally jam-packed with days out, meeting up with friends, weekends away, trips to see family and lots of other plans. This summer is a much quieter one…

Jessica wearing a fairy costume in the woods, facing away from the camera

Grief and life after Jessica: as if she never existed

One of the hardest things about living life without Jessica, is the merciless passing of time that takes us further and further away from our life with Jessica. Early on…

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

#366daysofgratitude 2020 – Week 31

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 08/08/20

Welcome back to Country Kids. I hope that you are all keeping well and safe during this time.   With the summer holidays now here and more places being open…

The word 'garden' as a doodle - the 'ar' is drawn in the shape of a watering can and there is a spade leaning against the 'G'

Friday Focus 07/08/2020 – Enjoying the sunshine in the garden

We’ve been making the most of the sunshine and spending most of our days out in the garden this week. My home office at the moment is sitting at our…