Brancaster Beach, 31st May 2019
Memories

Scattering His Ashes

  I’ve never scattered ashes before or really had anything to do with them. My grandparents are buried in a cemetery in West London. My father’s ashes are buried in a church graveyard in Manchester. I was there when the burials took place but I’ve never…

22nd July 2019
Brancaster, May 2019
Adventures

Ode to Norfolk

  It was the proximity to home that first attracted us to Norfolk 5 years ago. We wanted a short trip away in early September to celebrate Andy’s 40th and had a 3 month old baby who hated being in her car seat. The North…

6th July 2019
The Science Museum
Memories Wellbeing

Checking In – April 2019

  Wow it’s been a while. The last time I wrote a blog post and publicised it was 7 months ago. Andy has been gone for 10 months now. I’ve been updating the blog over the last couple of weeks. Getting a few posts…

7th April 2019
New Year 2019 Watergate Bay
Adventures Memories Wellbeing

A New Year Escape

  New Year. I had to get away. I always find the lull after Christmas Day a bit claustrophobic. Too much time spent indoors under artificial light. Or brief trips to the local playground until we get too cold or it starts getting dark.…

7th April 2019
Girls walking through the snowy trees at Lapland UK Christmas 2018
Lifestyle Memories

Christmas After Loss

  I think it’s usual to want to escape to somewhere hot and sunny the first Christmas after a loss. Somewhere without the usual traditions to remind you of Christmases past and what you’ve lost. A hot beach and plenty of uplifting sunshine was…

23rd March 2019
Beautiful tree with red leaves in Regent's Park
Memories Wellbeing

Autumn Blues

  After September, I guess I didn’t have any big distractions any more. The fogginess of the early days was lifting and I was more able to take in what was happening. Daytimes were mostly filled with the routines of caring for small children…

21st March 2019
Plate of blueberry pancakes with 1 blue candle
Memories Wellbeing

September Birthday Celebrations

  I am finally getting round to publishing some long overdue blog post drafts, here is the first one, going back 6 months ago to late summer / early autumn… If June into July was a time of shock and July into August was…

13th March 2019
Adventures Memories

Staying out for the summer

  If you glanced through my summer photos and didn’t know the backstory (how often do we do that on social media?), then you would be forgiven for thinking we had an idyllic summer.  If there was a “perfect childhood summer to do list”…

16th September 2018
Memories Wellbeing

9 Weeks

  9 weeks gone. 2 months and 2 days. The months that have a 31st in them have new meaning now. As another Thursday rolls round I can add another number to the weeks he’s not been here. Coincidently, I’ve counted Thursdays before. Both…

2nd August 2018
The First Two Weeks Without Him
Memories

The first two weeks without him

  Just over two weeks ago I read an article showing newly released photos from Lyndon B. Johnson’s hurried inauguration on board Air Force One hours after JFK’s assassination. Jackie Kennedy stood next to him and I couldn’t even begin to imagine what horror…

14th June 2018
Chelsea in Bloom 2018
A Creative Life Adventures

Chelsea in Bloom 2018

  I escaped the usual Wednesday afternoon routine yesterday to the dream land of Chelsea in Bloom 2018. Chelsea in Bloom 2018 It is a fringe event to Chelsea Flower Show, an art show where the shops and streets of Chelsea are adorned with…

25th May 2018
Adventures

6 Family Adventures in the Lake District

  Over Easter we took a family holiday to the Lake District. We stayed in a little place called Cunsey, pretty close to Sawrey (famous for being the home of Beatrix Potter). We were sandwiched in between the lakes of Windermere and Esthwaite (Beatrix said that…

1st May 2018
Hertfordshire Bluebells, Gobions Wood
Adventures

Bluebells in Hertfordshire – Gobions Wood

Bluebells in Hertfordshire – Gobions Wood, Brookmans Park Looking to find spring bluebells in Hertfordshire? We visited Gobions Wood in Brookmans Park yesterday to see the bluebells. The girls and I visited there last April and were eager to return this year (and take daddy this…

24th April 2018
Goal Setting and Intentions for 2018
Adventures Wellbeing

Goal Setting and Intentions for 2018

Thoughts on Goal Setting I’m guessing – now it’s February – you’ve thought about your plans / goals / intentions for the coming year. Of course, you can set those at any time not just at the beginning of the calendar year. In fact,…

20th February 2018