Athena & Arlo – July 2018

I took these photos at Scotney Castle last weekend when we were camping near by, it was such a gorgeous weekend and the kids were thoroughly enjoying being outside and exploring, more pictures here! The ground of Scotney Castle have two castles, one is more of a stately home and this one which is the ruins of an ancient castle. Guess which one they loved more? They were a little disconcerted by the overly friendly geese here, but thankfully the geese wandered off when they realised we had no food for them and the kids could jump off the wall and carry on exploring! They’re still thick as thieves, with the odd argument chucked in to keep us on our toes. Athena has been incredibly supportive of Arlo when he…

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Dirty Little Urchins

Dirty little urchins would be about the best way to describe Athena & Arlo over the weekend. They spent their time hurtling around the campsite, barefooted and feral. Swinging on tire swings, clambering up dusty banks, chasing each other over wooden bridges and generally having as much fun as possible. Our evenings were spent toasting marshmallows and staying up late… and obviously making a mess. The bathwater when we got home was a sight for sore eyes after scrubbing these two little urchins clean in it! But I wouldn’t have it any other way! Roll on Summer… I’ve only just unpacked from this trip, but I’m off on my travels again today to the Netherlands but this time it’s just me, the kids are staying home with Sam! Hope everyone…

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Me and Mine in June 18

Just the one photo to share for this month as although I thought the month was shooting by I didn’t actually get my bum in gear to take a photo until a couple of days ago! We spent one afternoon after school last week at the park and had a picnic tea with friends, and my friend’s daughter took this one for us! Complete with the little old man playing bowls on his own in the background! This month Sam has been full speed ahead with his driving instructor training and should be able to start his franchise next month, but I think the thing he has been most excited about is the sailing he’s been doing! He’s signed us up for family membership and we spent Fathers Day at…

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Scrapbook Loves – June

Is June going so incredibly fast for anyone else, or just for me? It seems like Athena’s birthday on the 6th was ages ago and I keep expecting the date to be a lot closer to the end of the month than it has been! I think it’s because my mind is on a count down to summer already, equal parts excitement at getting to spend all day every day with my kids and terror at getting to spend all day every day with my kids. So on to this months ‘Little Loves’… Read This month I’ve read the following 5 books: Four of them were really good, Be Mine was just a bit meh, readable but I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it! The Great Alone…

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Summer Fun with the Disney Store

It’s so hard to believe that only around nine months ago I was getting ready to take Athena to school for the first time ever. Now she’s almost finished her reception year of school and is loving it, and it was only after the last half term that she ever said ‘what, school… again?!’ one morning. Other than that she’s been so keen to go in and ‘do my learning’ as she puts it. I have watched her grow into a confident little thing, who will correct me if she thinks I’m wrong, who never stops asking questions and who loves to write and draw. I am almost dreading the summer holidays because I am not sure how I am going to keep her occupied and her mind active for…

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If Money were no Object, this is what I’d change

If I won a substantial amount of money somehow these are the five small changes I would make… Every day I would wear new knickers, and if it was a sock-wearing sort of day new socks too. There is nothing quite like the feeling of pulling on new underwear! I appreciate this is fairly wasteful in the grand scheme of things so I would happily donate my (cleaned!!!) cast offs to be sent off to people that could really do with new undies! I would pay the school lollipop man to start 10 minutes earlier at pick up, so that he can see the parents safely across the road on the way to school, and not just after pick up. I would pay him finely for this directly, rather than via…

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Sunday Scrapbook – London, Vapiano + Beach trips

I’ve had a genuinely lovely week, lots of family time, time with friends and a bit of shopping too – which always helps! Last Saturday we had Athenas best friends birthday party at soft play, so the kids pretty much entertained themselves whilst we chatted! After that I headed into Brighton for the evening with a group of friends who I’ve not seen in years, literally years! We spent the evening and night catching up, swapping stories and generally having a bit of a drunken time! We’ve all moved around a bit and it was a nice walk down memory lane, although there were a few noticeable absences as people are living abroad and things! Sadly I had to head home before the trains stopped running, but that did mean…

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