12 May 2014


...this week of...

...happiness our first family bike ride, my seedlings surviving an attack on them by the mice, being part of a lovely knit-a-long

...sadness at an invite to a friends wedding that has left me baffled, a four hour evening reception 250 miles away that the children are not invited to

...creating a pattern, rows of knitting, doll clothes, lego dragons

...reading dipping in and out of How Eskimos Keep their Babies Warm by Mei-Ling Hopgood, and these picture books* which you can read a short review of here, 137. Taking a Bath with the Dog by Scott Menchin, 138. The Very Clever Crocodile by Jack Tickle, 139. Magic Farm: Friends Forever by Ashley Birch, 140. The Snake who Came to Stay by Julia Donaldson, 141. Who wants to be a Poodle, Not I!  by Lauren Child, 142. I will be especially very careful by Lauren Child, 143. Great Big Air Book by Richard Scarry, 144. Busiest People Ever by Richard Scarry, 145. The Tree that Grew through the Roof by Thomas Berger, 146. Princess Grace by Mary Hoffman, 147. Hen's Cake by Malachy Doyle, 148. Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel, 149. Mr Stofflees and the Painted Tiger by Robin Mellor

...learning about Archaeology, sea worms, decomposition, compost, Mummies, adding up, taking away, letters, music notation

...thinking about all the teenagers I know who are about to sit their exams

...hoping to go on a bluebell walk this week, I have arranged to do this twice but the weather was so wet we decided against it, this is the week..........

...looking forward to a BBQ with friends later this week

*as part of the 300 Picture Book Challenge almost half way!


  1. So much going on! I hope you get to visit those bluebells this week:)xo

  2. Just catching up here, and reading your lovely Q&A with Leigh :)

    We've had similar wedding invitations in the past, and I agree, they really are a cause for sadness.

  3. Hope the wedding invite problem doesn't dominate your week and that the proposed bluebell walk goes ahead as planned.

    Hugs San x

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I have already decided I am not going, but I simply cannot decide how to reply. I have known about this wedding since before Christmas and had to change plans that were already in place inconveniencing friends up here. I had a dilemma at my own wedding as I had just moved here and most of my friends lived far away we couldn't afford to invite them all for the whole occasion. I wrote a note in all the invites that were evening only acknowledging that is was a big ask for them to come so far for such a short amount of time and I completely understood if they didn't come.

  4. My 3 year old loves those Richard Scarry books. Sorry to hear you have to fend off mice..they must be so difficult to control. I never did get the no kids to wedding thing. Have a great week!

    1. The mice are a nightmare, my biggest pest. I have to be in constant control otherwise they wreck havoc......


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