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Not to break with tradition, I totally forgot to take back to school photos on the first day at school. With added complications, due to a move to a new school and a delay in starting, I was caught up in the rush of it all. So on a more relaxed ‘second day’ of school, I grabbed the camera out!

Unfortunately the enthusiasm for a back to school photo was pretty one sided, even bribery didn’t work this time. I’m hoping that other parents experience the explosions and arguments about who touched who, who stood on whose feet etc etc in setting up any type of formal photograph.

Daisy lightened the mood with her uncurbed desire to always be cheeky, and we enlisted the help of daddy to get some giggles!

We got there in the end…sort of ?!

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August Highlights


August ended with an amazing Bank Holiday sizzler, as despite all the odds, the sun actually appeared and shone gloriously as we possibly beat our record by having 3 BBQs in a row! I feel decidedly unprepared for September this year, so I’m still in shock that August has actually passed me by. However, we managed to squeeze a lot in…some of the highlights include:

  • We kicked off the month with a fun-filled, family camping trip to Wales.
  • Two birthday celebrations, a day apart (didn’t plan that well ha ha!).
  • Lots of walk in the countryside, trips to national trust properties, family days out and BBQs!
  • I read 2 books! Together by Julie Cohen, which has a great twist at the end! And The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce – one of my favourite writers…it has given me the desire to buy a retro record player now though!?
  • I really enjoyed listening to Robert Webb’s ‘How not to be a boy’ on book of the week on Radio 4.
  • In an effort to get some kind of exercise into my life, I have been doing Adrienne’s 30 days of Yoga. I haven’t managed it everyday, but I always feel great when I do.
  • With a glut of plums from the tree in the garden, I made some plum chutney ready for Christmas from The Modern Preserver I didn’t realise it would stain my finger nails a rusty brown colour for days, so hoping the delicious taste in a few months will be worth it.

Now we move onto cooler, shorter days the slow cooker will make an appearance for warming stews and soups ready for more hibernation indoors.

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All looking smart and beautiful for a wonderful family wedding. Can’t believe I’m old enough to have a nephew that has just been married! So exciting to see a couple starting their life together anew, so many adventures and happy times ahead for them both!

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A Wild Time at the Wild Place Project

Summer holidays = a very empty bank account! So it was a real treat that the girls got a free voucher each for completing the Summer Reading Challenge at the library this year to The Wild Place Project. We hit it on a beautiful, sunny day with a bag filled with a picnic lunch, a change of clothes and wet wipes (as advised by friends in readiness for the barefoot trail, which can get quite muddy and messy).

There are lots of trails and activities in between visits to the range of animals there, as well as an insight into the effect of the choices of others and their impact on animal species, such as illegal poaching, mining and deforestation. The girls asked lots of questions about this as it is something they haven’t come across in the past, a great opportunity to discuss some big environmental issues.

A favourite was watching the giraffes gracefully moving around their living space, they are truly amazing close up!

We got up very close to the lemurs, who put on a good show of extreme cuteness as they curled up together for an afternoon snooze.

The barefoot trail was lots of fun (to watch…I didn’t participate), of course the best bit was the sticky, sludgy mud!

Our final adventure before we headed for home was a go on the huge, extremely scary swing, which falls from a great height. To show that I’m brave too, I went on the swing with the two older girls…as we hung high up waiting for the fall E said ‘how did I get myself into this?’ And I had to agree! Suddenly remembering my fear of heights, I decided I wasn’t so brave after all!! It provided much amusement to all the spectators as we descended without much composure or grace!?

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