Last year I joined in with Me and Mine with a plan to have me in front of the camera and for us to have family portraits. I am so glad I joined this as even in the months when I couldn’t put the words together we still took a photo every month and I really enjoyed looking back on the year. We also have photos for the walls at home – something I’ve wanted to do since moving in 4.5 years ago
J’s birthday present was a camera and since then she hasn’t put it down. At some point I’m going to have to go through the hundreds of photos she has amassed on it and select some with her to get developed but she absolutely loves looking back through them
I honestly cannot believe we are nearly at the end of the 1st month of 2017. Whilst illness has dominated most of January we did manage to venture out and explore some of the south. One of my favourite Instagram communities is #MyFamilyAdventures, and when I was told there would be a monthly round up linky on the blog I knew I just had to join in
Right at the very beginning of January we visited Deerleap in the New Forest for a walk. J took her bike for the first time since learning how to ride without stabilisers and decided to ride through every puddle she could find, which made for some really funny moments (especially when she got stuck!)
I have spent a couple of weeks with what seems to have been flu mixed with a chest and throat infection and no voice. I’ve been in bed at my mums where she has helped to nurse me back to health but my oh my I have missed this girl
Last Monday we were making chilli in my mums kitchen (one of our favourite winter warming ‘English Mexican’ dishes)
J was helping me, chopping away (mostly eating the yellow peppers) and grating cheese (again mostly eating it) and in between mouthfuls was singing along to the trolls soundtrack – her favourite thing right now. In fact there has even been a conversation about whether she could have pink hair like Poppy. We compromised and agreed that when she is 18 she can have pink hair… one day she will figure me out I’m sure!
The rate that this girl is growing and the speed at which school is approaching makes me want to stop and savour every minute with her. I keep looking at her and wondering who this grown up child is, with these tumbling curls and beautiful blue eyes. To be honest I’d be quite happy for time to slow down right now and for school to hold off a little bit longer
We decided to head out for a last minute walk /scoot just before 4pm on Saturday. It’s nice that the evenings are staying lighter but as we pulled up to the country park it started to rain. With waterproofs on we continued with our plan and on the way back to the car we came to this field
With the evening mist, rain and dark cloud it looked so spooky and atmospheric that I just had to take a photo. Winter may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is one of my favourite seasons – for views like this, for the crisp, cold mornings it brings and the empty parks as dusk arrives
Linking with Darren at Photalife for My Sunday Photo
I’m not sure how many times I am going to have to retype 2016 to a 17 but here was another! I still keep getting confused by the year we’re in and I’ve found myself questioning the day of the week even though work routines kicked in this week. Even though it was a short week I found it took forever for the weekend to get here but I am so glad it finally arrived
We saw New Year in with our very great friend RH in Crewe and drove back down south on New Years Day with a plan to give us Monday 2nd to recover before starting back at work on the Tuesday. Unfortunately plans don’t seem to work out for us and the week didn’t start as we had hoped. My parent’s dog was taken to an emergency appointment at the vets as she was incredibly poorly and as a result she is no longer with us, leaving us at a tender age of 7
Monday afternoon an evening was as you can imagine; full of tears and it completely drained us all. Even though it is an animal and not a blood relation a dog really does become part of the family and there is now a gap in the house and atmosphere where she once was. None of us slept well that night and I started back at my weekday routine with a heavy heart and a sleepy head
Having to deal with a bereavement is hard, but it got much harder having to tell J and as a result Tuesday was a difficult day. I dreaded the working day finishing as it meant we had to sit her down and explain that Apple was no longer with us before heading to her nanny and granddads for dinner. She didn’t quite understand initially and looked a little confused, before continually asking to see her
Lexi got an extra special cuddle on the sofa and a sleep on the bed that night. She is about to turn 8 and the house is so empty without her when she stays with friends that I can’t bear to even consider thinking about that day. This weekend she will get an extra special walk with a little girl who adores her, even if we’re pretty certain Lexi continuously wonders when J is going and when peace will be restored!
I am forever finding new places through Instagram, with the most recent being Alice Holt Forest in Surrey. Several posts with Gruffalo sculptures in them confirmed it was firmly on the list of places I want to visit over the next 12 months. We decided we couldn’t wait and visited on the Christmas break, taking J’s bike with us as she’s really enjoying it. We love Surrey and through the year we will often make many trips, with Guildford and the Devils Punchbowl high on the list. As we’re in neighbouring Hampshire, it’s a short drive away for a great day out
So here we are in 2017 and once again I find myself looking back over the past 12 months, wondering where the time went and how best to plan the next 12 that I am faced with. I realise there’s a lot of writing and a lot of my favourite photos here, but humour me for the indulgent post, they don’t happen often!
We arrived back home on New Year’s Day after a fantastic few days in Crewe with our good friend RH, and had quite simply the best Christmas break – I’ve literally loved every minute of it. In comparison to last year this Christmas wasn’t plagued by voice loss and me spending it in bed, instead we spent quality time together, visited woods, hills, cities and counties and found new places for adventures
The overwhelming theme to 2016 for me was illness, I spent April through to July with recurring chest infections and numerous x-rays, antibiotics and blood tests. I lost much of the year, the blog took a back seat and I regret that time I lost not being able to do the things I love with the people I love
When I began to write a round up post on Instagram on New Years Eve I started to say how I wasn’t sorry to see 2016 go and how happy I was that 2017 was fast approaching, all because I initially focused on the illness that had plagued me throughout. Whilst there is an element of relief that the year was over I started to think about what had actually taken place and realised that despite the hard times, 2016 gave me so many wonderful memories, and sometimes you have to scratch the surface to reveal just how great the underneath is
Last year was the year my amazing, clever, funny daughter learnt how to ride a bike without stabilisers. It was the year she learned how to spell her name, grow confidence in swimming and the year she went on stage at the pantomime and made us laugh and cry at the same time