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At our happiest Outdoors

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One of the things we realised looking back over the last year, was that as a family unit we tend to be at our happiest and most content when we are outside. It doesn't matter whether its at the beach, the woods, on the allotment or on the moor, it just seems to be that open space surrounded by nature suits us all. So with this in mind and the fact that the children are now at ages when they can keep walking for quite a while before the youngest says 'pick me up' we have been making a conscious effort to get outside as much as possible lately. Wrapped up warm, with a flask of hot chocolate for them and coffee for us and of course a treat of something sweet like cake we have already done quite a bit of walking this year. We are lucky enough to live on the edge of Dartmoor, which is a magical moorland that covers an incredible 954 square kilometers, so gives us plenty of space to explore! And with the first signs of Spring appearing and the prospect of warmer days to come I a…

January 2015

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A bit like a wind up toy, I feel exhausted after a Christmas spent celebrating whilst also nursing 3 poorly children, who of course couldn't be ill all at the same time, no they feel ill one after the other until every day of the holidays was spent looking after a sick child! So I am finding January quite difficult. I can't seem to get myself going. If only someone or something could come along and wind me up! The dull days, the cold, the rain, lack of sunlight, non of it helps, it really is a case of digging deep and trudging through these first few months of the year, hanging on to the thought that Spring is just around the corner! I am not one for making New Year resolutions. I have tried in the past and in general fail. I do like however to spend the start of a new year thinking about the past 12 months. What can we learn from it, what did we do wrong, what should we change, what could have been better. But there's the thing, its often easier to think and to stress ove…

The Good Life Experience

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This time last week we were in a field in Flintshire surrounded by camp fires, listening to an array of wonderful music, chatting to people as though we had known them for ages and watching the children run free laughing with their new found friends. We were at The Good Life Festival and it was just that the, 'Good Life'. We had such an incredible time that I wish we could experience it again and again and again? The Good Life Festival was the first festival put together by Cerys Matthews and Charlie and Caroline Gladstone of Pedlars. It was about the Great Outdoors, culture and food and so much more. They managed to create an event which felt very much like a gathering of like minded people, with a party atmosphere which was both relaxing as it was exciting.  For us it began on the Friday night at the camp site. We spent the evening sat round a huge camp fire eating gorgeous barbecued food and making friends. Of course the highlight was when Cerys Matthews came guit…

The Mundane but Necessary that Annoyingly Takes Up Head Space!!!

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Boy Back To School Coats by acraftyhen on Polyvore

Zara Parka With Inner Vest, / UNIQLO KIDS Light Warm Padded Parka / Home at Fat Face / Field Jacket 85030 Coats & Jackets at Boden / NORI 14 JR down jacket
We are back from our very windy camping holiday and I have just about got on top of the laundry and are packing away the last of our camping gear. Apologies to all of you that were hoping this was a 'Shops Back Open' post. That will, I promise be happening soon.
It really does feel like the countdown to returning to school has begun. The last few days have been filled with hair appointments, shoe shopping and the buying of school uniform. My mind has been a whirl of navy and grey clothes interspersed with images of kids winter coats, like the ones above! I don't know if it is just my children but none of them are keen coat wearers! But seeing as we walk to school and live in one of the wettest places in the UK a coat is a very necessary part of their uniform so I am de…

Window Shopping

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I've been having to sit down and rest over the last few days due to problems I'm having with my back, but the sitting down and resting doesn't come naturally too me, especially as every where I look there is house work to be doing and piles of sewing to be finished. Even sitting at my sewing machine has become uncomfortable and I can only do it for short periods of time. What it has meant though is that I have done quite a lot of browsing online! It's so easy to loose yourself and time when looking on sites like Pinterset and Etsy! I've been busy searching for art work for my boys bedroom. We decorated it over a year ago now when my boys who share a room moved into bunk beds. We wanted to create an inspiring space for them to play and study but we haven't quite got there yet and their walls are still quite bare. My sons are no younger little, they are at the stage when they consider themselves to be quite grown up but at 8 very nearly 9 and 6 they are far from …