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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2017

Last week was spent hibernating inside with a sick baby, trying our hardest to keep the feeds down and recover from this latest horrible cold. Theo spent the week building up to his birthday in a state of excitement that may have verged on too much a few times! 




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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2017

Last week was spent hibernating inside with a sick baby, trying our hardest to keep the feeds down and recover from this latest horrible cold. Theo spent the week building up to his birthday in a state of excitement that may have verged on too much a few times! 




A family walk: Mother's day

So it was my first Mother's day as a mother of two. For the past few years we've ventured to Wales to celebrate with my friend and her little boy and go on a lovely Spring walk around St.Fagans. We were all set to go but last minute train problems stopped our plans so we made a last minute decision to visit Prior Park in Bath instead. It was a nice little unexpected alternative and actually good to discover somewhere new to explore. The weather was bitingly cold with the sky heavy and little flurries of snow occasionally, but it was worth it for the views as we climbed to the top of the park and the fresh air to blow out the cobwebs.

Our Mother's day celebrations weren't that grand, but they were loving, which is all that matters. I got a homemade card from Theo, a tray of chocolates and some Lush bath bombs, but mainly I was thankful to be able to spend the day out with both my children. That and a lie in!



A family walk: Mother's day

So it was my first Mother's day as a mother of two. For the past few years we've ventured to Wales to celebrate with my friend and her little boy and go on a lovely Spring walk around St.Fagans. We were all set to go but last minute train problems stopped our plans so we made a last minute decision to visit Prior Park in Bath instead. It was a nice little unexpected alternative and actually good to discover somewhere new to explore. The weather was bitingly cold with the sky heavy and little flurries of snow occasionally, but it was worth it for the views as we climbed to the top of the park and the fresh air to blow out the cobwebs.

Our Mother's day celebrations weren't that grand, but they were loving, which is all that matters. I got a homemade card from Theo, a tray of chocolates and some Lush bath bombs, but mainly I was thankful to be able to spend the day out with both my children. That and a lie in!



A family walk : A devon woodland

A few weeks during half term Theo and I adventured down to Devon once more for a mini break. As always it came at a time when I really needed to escape the city and all the stresses that we had been going through and just relax and be by the nurturing sea.

Theo had been tired, the first term of school taking its toll on him, and me too. The new routine, full days and everything he is filling his brain with was showing. We didn't plan much but we did manage to get out the house one afternoon for a little walk in a woodland near by. In the middle of houses lies this little hidden trail following a small stream down the valley. The ground was littered with golden Hazel leaves and we foraged for left over hazelnuts. We carried on our walk stumbling upon a mini waterfall and walked through tunnels of autumn colour.

 It was just a great reminder that no matter how small or short, getting out for a walk always does your soul the world of wonders.


A family walk : A devon woodland

A few weeks during half term Theo and I adventured down to Devon once more for a mini break. As always it came at a time when I really needed to escape the city and all the stresses that we had been going through and just relax and be by the nurturing sea.

Theo had been tired, the first term of school taking its toll on him, and me too. The new routine, full days and everything he is filling his brain with was showing. We didn't plan much but we did manage to get out the house one afternoon for a little walk in a woodland near by. In the middle of houses lies this little hidden trail following a small stream down the valley. The ground was littered with golden Hazel leaves and we foraged for left over hazelnuts. We carried on our walk stumbling upon a mini waterfall and walked through tunnels of autumn colour.

 It was just a great reminder that no matter how small or short, getting out for a walk always does your soul the world of wonders.


A family walk: Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Slimbridge wetland centre

So last week Theo's little friend turned four and we decided to take a day out from nursery to celebrate together. It's rare that we get full days together other than in the holidays, and it's sometimes it's good to take advantage of the week days in school time. Before long that will be us, confined to visiting places on school holidays and battling the crowds. I'm going to miss these days. 

Anyway, we decided to travel to Slimbridge in the slightly chilly sunshine for a day exploring the wetland centre. We bought food for the birds and spent a good while just watching the swans and birds as they swam and dove in the water. It's a tranquil place which seems to enforce a sort of calmness, if only for a short while. When that calmness wore off we headed to the welly boot land and let the boys explore the streams and bridges, pleading with them not to get too wet! 

We listened (rather animatedly!) to a talk on otters, watched the flamingos, found a tree stump in the shape of a four (rather aptly for our fourth birthday trip!) and played in the playground all before calling it a day as the sun started to dip and heading back to Bristol for pizza.

I think the boys both had a great day in the fresh air listening and watching the birds fly over head. As did we. 

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A family walk: Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Slimbridge wetland centre

So last week Theo's little friend turned four and we decided to take a day out from nursery to celebrate together. It's rare that we get full days together other than in the holidays, and it's sometimes it's good to take advantage of the week days in school time. Before long that will be us, confined to visiting places on school holidays and battling the crowds. I'm going to miss these days. 

Anyway, we decided to travel to Slimbridge in the slightly chilly sunshine for a day exploring the wetland centre. We bought food for the birds and spent a good while just watching the swans and birds as they swam and dove in the water. It's a tranquil place which seems to enforce a sort of calmness, if only for a short while. When that calmness wore off we headed to the welly boot land and let the boys explore the streams and bridges, pleading with them not to get too wet! 

We listened (rather animatedly!) to a talk on otters, watched the flamingos, found a tree stump in the shape of a four (rather aptly for our fourth birthday trip!) and played in the playground all before calling it a day as the sun started to dip and heading back to Bristol for pizza.

I think the boys both had a great day in the fresh air listening and watching the birds fly over head. As did we. 

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