02 June 2014

...happiness my youngest's face during her birthday party, the wonderful homemade presents she received from her friends, my parents coming to stay, swimming in our village outdoor pool for the first time this season.

...sadness at feeling helpless to know what to do for a dear friend who is having a really hard time of it right now.

...creating a knitted vest, a dress, a hood on a cardigan, a birthday 'fairy' cake, five bracelets, a beautiful painting

...reading How Eskimos Keep their Babies Warm by Mei-Ling Hopgood, and these picture books*, which you can read a short review of here, 156. Esme's Eggs by Neil Griffiths, 157. Superworm by Julia Donaldson, 158. Hog in the Fog by Julia Copus, 159. Horse by Malachy Doyle, 160. Pip and Posy, The Scary Monster by Axel Scheffler, 161. A Royal Fairytale by Ink Robin

...learning about the letter F, the Hittites and their empire, ants, transplanting, weeds

...thinking about a weekend camp I am running for twenty Explorer Scouts in a couple of weeks time

...hoping that we have warm enough weather this summer to swim in our village pool often

...looking forward to a visit to Hadrian's Wall again this week

*as part of the 300 Picture Book Challenge 


  1. Lovely post. Re the second point - I have often felt like you in this sort of situation but I do wonder whether we are always called upon to help or try to come up with a solution when there isn't anything we can do to make a difference and that perhaps just letting your friend know that you care is enough to help them through and to find their own solutions. Just a thought.

    1. You are right, thank you for helping me to find the right perpesctive. I do need to just be there for when I am needed. It is always wonderful to know there are people around for you at a time of crisis.

  2. There are some really lovely moments here, naturally I am drawn to everything you've been making (wow!). I'm happy your daughter enjoyed her party, such a special moment for her:) Sending you some big hugs for the sad moments, though, too. xo


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