Forest Mushrooms

Since stumbling upon a beautiful fairytale toadstool I’ve been longing to find them once more. After seeing someone post about a visit to Half Moon Common in the New Forest I decided it was a spot I wanted to go to, to try and find them once more.

A little bit of looking under ferns and by silver birch trees, and we gasped when we found what we’d come looking for!

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Visiting the Welsh Mountains

For years I’ve been saying I wanted to visit the Welsh mountains and that I wanted to climb Snowdon but we’ve never managed to get me there. A combination of motherhood, Disney trips and home life meant neither visit nor climb ever quite happened, until this weekend…

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Snow Days are the Best Days

Over the past few years much of the country has had snow at some point, whereas there seems to be a conspiracy for where we live, as we have been missed…until this week! This week, the south saw the first snow in 5 years – schools closed, my daughter woke me with eager anticipation to see snow for the first time in her memory, and so it began! Thursday started with a light dusting of snow all around, so off I went to work as I was in the midst of a busy week and the hubster stayed home on daddy daughter duty

In the afternoon a message circulated to site to state that the snow was getting heavier and the site was closing – the same message to us as many other companies were doing in the area. As you can imagine, the roads became incredibly busy and traffic was backed up to our site, and so I set off on foot for home some 6ish miles away

Reaching some fields I stopped and listened, there wasn’t a sound to be heard aside from some birds tweeting. It’s amazing just how infrequent this happens, and so I stood for a few minutes listening to the soundtrack of birds and emptiness before meeting up with the hubster and J for some fun in the snow

J had been out in the snow for quite some time, and so had that gorgeous red glow on her cheeks and nose, but also had the mood of an overtired and hungry child to accompany it. We played for a bit, took some family photos (March has been completed!) and then decided to set off home again with her newly purchased (and broken) sledge

Friday was just as good – I had a snow day and the hubster worked from home, so it was my turn to take J out and play with her. Olaf was built and hills were slid on, before we came inside for a bit to thaw out. J had caught the snow bug, and so ran outside in the back garden with Lexi, who instantly turns into a puppy in the snow and played for ages with J

Snow’s a funny old thing – I wanted it for so long that I was envious of everyone else, and when we had it I loved it for a day or two,  but because the south just isn’t equipped to cope with it I wanted it to be gone after the second day, feeling trapped in my own surroundings and not free to head out. Thankfully the skies agreed with me, and so on Saturday it started to clear

It has made the hubster and I talk about a winter holiday at some point, as J adored sledging, and we think she’s about the right age for it – not that we will be foregoing a summer holiday though – we all need our sunny weather!

The Ordinary Moments

Me and Mine {January 2018}

And so we’re already through the first month of 2018. I’m not going to lie, I’m exhausted! There’s been a lot of change,, a new job, new routines and new activities each week but it’s been a good start to the year and although we’re all very tired, we’re all really pleased we’ve done it all and made it through to the end

For most of the month January was miserable weather wise, we had grey sky upon grey sky, and it made me question why I always say winter is one of my favourite seasons. Thankfully the sun decided to shine at the end of the month and we managed to finally get out, and that works for me. I’m not saying we’re a family of fair-weather walkers – we’re quite the opposite, but it’s been really windy and wet, and that’s just not fun

We wanted to continue the theme of outdoors family photos and my cousin’s husband kindly took these for us when out on a walk on the last weekend, as the end of the month seemed to creep up on us

This month:

Sherry loved

  • Starting my new job. I was a bag of nerves on my first dayand there’s a lot to learn, but it was the right change and I’m pleased with that
  • Having a mummy daughter day mid month
  • Having lunches out. My mum and dad kindly got us restaurant vouchers for Christmas, and we used them on the weekend for some quality family lunches

The hubster loved:

  • Roast dinner Sundays. It sounds silly but family afternoons at home on a Sunday with a dinner he cooked made him smile
  • Playing lots of tennis
  • Watching J do the Kevin McAllister (Home Alome) eyebrows – too funny!

J loved:

  • Starting 3 clubs in January – we were only going to do 2 but she pleaded with us to do all 3 so we are trying it for a term to see how tired she is
  • Starting at a childminders – after school club was a bit too overwhelming for her, and since starting at the childminders, we’ve had to drag her out in the evenings
  • Going for a dog walk with her cousin. She absolutely adores her younger cousin and although L wasn’t feeling it on the walk, J had a brilliant time!

Lexi loved:

  • Rolling in as much fox poo as she could find – horrid!

February has another half term where the hubster and J have some time together, a month of school diary activities and a couple of evenings out planned. I have a feeling I’ll be saying how quick the shortest month of the year seemed to pass by!

Exploring Trentham Gardens in Winter

Whenever we go ‘up north’ to visit our friend we always try to go to Trentham Gardens in Stoke on Trent. It’s peaceful, tranquil and beautiful – just what we need in amongst our busy lives

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5 Places to Visit and Walk in the New Forest

We love the New Forest and visit it many times in the year. I love how somewhere so close to a big city can be so vast, and I love how you can get lost in your thoughts whilst admiring nature and it’s beauty around you. I’m often asked where is best to walk, so here’s a round up post of some of our favourite spots

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Me and Mine {November 2017}

A few days late for our Me and Mine post for November, and for good reason – the hubster and J’s birthdays. I think this should be the last time I mention it, but every birthday is such a big milestone and so bittersweet that I can’t help but not focus on them

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Me and Mine {October 2017}

And so we say goodbye to my favourite month in the calendar. The month of beauty in the skies and all around us, the month where we spend so much time outdoors and the month where we pick pumpkins, play in the leaves and naturally start thinking about cosy evenings with hot chocolates and marshmallows

October was simply wonderful for us; a weekend away, half term holidays, birthday parties galore, a new business position for the hubster and a new job for me. October is always full of adventure and anticipation, and is the one month I’m always sad to say goodbye to

We actually had a photo organised at the beginning  of the month, a photo with us and the dog taken by my cousin’s husband while we were on a walk, but then we went to the New Forest for a weekend and the sun shone. I just couldn’t help but set the camera up for another family portrait even though the dog wasn’t there, and it was funny to watch the hubster run to and from the tree – my remote still isn’t fixed and I was too short to jump up onto the fallen tree



This month:

Sherry has loved…

  • The feeling of accomplishment after a month of blogging every day. It’s safe to say I don’t plan on doing it again for a while but it was nice to explore my  creative side
  • Going on a mini break with the hubster and J in a camping pod
  • Pumpkins and pick your own in preparation for Halloween. The hubster rolled his eyes so many times when J and I arrived home with our treasures but he secretly loves it…I think!

The hubster has loved…

  • Going away for the weekend, having our family portrait and walking down by the river
  • Having a child free date night
  • Playing our new favourite game, Staccups 

J has loved…

  • Staying in a camping pod. She bounced with excitement when we arrived in, and it was a welcome change from school runs
  • Going to lots of birthday parties, playing with her new school friends and getting a head teachers award
  • Seeing her cousin and going on lots of outings with them

Lexi has loved…

  • Staying with her doggy pal Archie while we were away and being treated like royalty

We move into November at a rate of knots, the month dominated by 2 birthdays, family traditions and weekends of busy schedules. Every weekend between now and Christmas is busy and booked up that I’m looking forward to resting during the break

The outtake for this month is when child and dog decided not to play ball – at least the grown ups are looking!

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Wooly Hats, Welly Boots and Sunny Autumn Skies

Oh autumn you’re beautiful, you bring the most striking sunsets and gorgeous skies, and I’m totally and utterly in love with you. If only you’d last longer, continue to provide us colourful scenes and ensure the grey skies stay away, that would be just perfect

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Visiting Mottisfont in Half Term

We’ve had our National Trust passes for a couple of years now but it’s been a while since we went to Mottisfont. I offered J a variety of things to do on the first day of her school holidays and she proudly told me that she hadn’t been to Mottisfont for a long time, and wanted to go there Continue reading “Visiting Mottisfont in Half Term”