Muddy Sunny

20180205_092343.jpgYesterday morning, after I had dropped my little boy at playgroup, I decided to pop down the road to the beach. The weather was bitterly cold with a nippy wind, but that sunshine was too good to resist. On this particular day there was a fair amount of mud and even though this path runs alongside farm land and is nearly always muddy, my spur of the moment decision meant that I was completely unprepared in the footwear department! Luckily on my way towards the beach the mud was completely frozen, so I managed to negotiate it pretty easily, however the journey back wasn’t quite as easy as it had started to melt by this point. I ended up walking so slowly to avoid slipping over, I’m sure I looked hilarious!

20180205_092506.jpgThis is a route I have walked lots of times before as it is very close to where my husband grew up and indeed where his mum still lives. I have memories of us as teenagers walking these paths together, oh how time flies! This particular field is mainly covered in grass at the moment, but during the growing season it’s usually filled with crops.

20180205_092804.jpgAs I made my way through the mud I started to notice that as the ice was melting it was making these beautiful shapes. What do you see in the picture above (apart from a whole lot of mud of course)? I noticed that one of the pieces looked a bit like a feather… or maybe a leaf?

20180205_093206.jpgI have lived near the coast for nearly all of my life and must have had hundreds of trips to the coast, but I still get a jolt of excitement when I get that first glimpse of the sea in the distance. It’s almost an instant thing that as soon as I’m there I feel all the tension and stress of everyday life leave my body, I’ll never get bored of that feeling!

20180205_093931.jpgI spent a lovely hour wandering along this beach, soaking in the sun and watching the wildlife (there are usually some interesting birds around here, but I didn’t manage to get any good photos of them). I am trying to make a conscious effort to have more mindful moments like this in my day, where I just take some time out to reset. We could all do with remembering to do this sometimes, I think.

xx

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Post half term catch up

20170520_140029 (1).jpgAs a mum with a husband who works in a school, life for us very much moves in motion with the academic year.  We have just had our half term break which means we all experience a shift in routine, for hubby and the kids it’s a chance for some well earned wind down time and for me it signifies less crochet time some serious adventure time. Our half term was super busy, lots of trips and experiences as well as some quieter moments too.  The above shot was taken during a picnic, I spotted this beautiful blue butterfly fluttering round this bright pink flower and couldn’t resist a photo!

So here’s a little round up of what I’ve been up to recently.  There was a forest walk…

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a beach trip…

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where I was able to try out my new crocheted beach bag.

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Hubby and I enjoyed a night away without the children, something we haven’t done in a couple of years. We chose to stay in Winchester where we visited the Cathedral…

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and the Great Hall…

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which holds King Arthur’s Round Table (now known to date from the 13th century, but still very impressive)…

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We went to the Living History Festival at the Weald and Downland Museum, a place which is very special to us. My husband and I had our marriage here 4 years ago and we visit it often, particularly when they are holding an event.  We saw musketeers…

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and Knights fighting…

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and an amazing horse drawn fire engine…

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which raced to put out a fire in a tiny wooden house…

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And lastly my daughter and I enjoyed a day together on Monday, which really was so special as we don’t often have this time just the two of us. We went out for a drink, some shopping and then a picnic lunch where we did some crafting in the park together…

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Such lovely memories of a super special week.  I hope you’ve gained some special memories lately too.

Lots of love,

Juliet xx