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A drawing of me looking sad, holding a happy mask in front of my face and looking into a mirror

Grief and life after Jessica: Behind the mask

I had a conversation with an acquaintance the other day which went something like this:   Them: “You look miserable today, what’s the matter?” Me: “Jessica’s dead.” Them: “Oh, is…

A damselfly on a leaf

#30dayswild 2019 – Week 1

#30DaysWild is a challenge from the Wildlife Trust to connect more with nature every day in June, joining in with “random acts of wildness”. This is our third year taking…

A paper heart with "Jessica" on it hanging from a tree and #365daysofgratitude

#365daysofgratitude 2019 – Week 23

Since 2016, I have taken part in a daily gratitude challenge, sharing a photo of one thing I am thankful for each day on Instagram. There have been days when…

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

Country Kids 08/06/19

Welcome to 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 I joined in…

Tired - this week's word of the week

Friday Focus 07/06/19 – Tired

I am tired this week. So tired. Thomas is waking multiple times a night at the moment. I think it might be due to teething given we are getting through…

Sophie walking along the Grand Union canal near Denham

#30dayswild – A guided nature walk at Denham Country Park

Denham Country Park is one of my favourite places to explore. It’s a great place for learning more about nature and they often have sessions for children, such as river…

Sophie walking in front of the mayor and mayoress

Sophie’s first sponsored walk

Halo Children’s Foundation is a charity that helps support bereaved children. Sophie has enjoyed going along to some of their sessions and days out over the past year. At the…

Sophie's nature journal with a bouquet of roses

#30dayswild – Making a nature journal

At the start of this year’s #30DaysWild challenge, Sophie made her own nature journal to help her record our wild adventures. Over the next month, we’ll be filling it with…

A paper heart with "Jessica" on it hanging from a tree and #365daysofgratitude

#365daysofgratitude 2019 – Week 22

Since 2016, I have taken part in a daily gratitude challenge, sharing a photo of one thing I am thankful for each day on Instagram. There have been days when…

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

From the mouths of babes – June 2019

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