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Sunday, 1 February 2015

01.02.15 Silent Sunday

muddy walk

Friday, 30 January 2015

Picking your battles

My son was a relatively easy child to parent during his toddler and pre-school years. You asked him to do something and he generally did it. If he didn't, counting to three always worked. I thought I had it sussed. I will admit that I thought I was pretty good at this parenting lark and watched others struggling in the supermarket whilst I felt a little bit smug.

My daughter was around nine months old when she started having tantrums. I quickly caught on that if I was going to get through the toddler years with my sanity relatively intact, I was going to have to pick my battles. 

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

The Photo Gallery - Play

The Photo Gallery - Week 215

This weekend we went away with friends to Bowness in the Lake District. It was time for a few beers, letting our hair down and relaxing (as much as you can with four children running around). On the Sunday, the weather forecast was pretty rubbish, so I Googled rainy days in the Lake District and the first result was Brockhole in Windermere. There were all sorts of outdoor activities there and also some indoor soft play, so we thought there might be something to do there. When we arrived it hadn't started raining, so we thought we would have a go on the Treetop Nets, which is essentially over 1,500 metres of trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels made out of netting. This is all suspended from trees up to nine metres off the ground! It is for both adults and children and looked like a giggle.

Treetop nets Lake District

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Week 119 - What has made me happy

It has been a good week. The snow lingered and crunched under our feet. The children made snowmen in the school playground. I do love snow. I think I must be of Scandinavian descent because I love the cold, the snow and the sunshine. We went away for the weekend with friends and had a cracking time. We went back to a house we had stayed in last January which was a bargain and has four bedrooms, which is plenty for ours and our friend's children. We all enjoyed spending time together, Our children are all the same ages and it's nice to see them all enjoy each other's company!

Here is what has made me happy this week...

Making marmaladejars of marmalade

Sunday, 25 January 2015

25.01.15 Silent Sunday

Keswick footpath

Friday, 23 January 2015

Florida Grapefruit and Walnut muffins

When our Bed & Breakfast guests come down for their breakfast, they are treated to fresh grapefruit, with mandarins. In the summer they also get fresh strawberries and raspberries from the garden. I have strong memories of grandma sitting in the kitchen peeling and chopping fresh grapefruit. What I hadn't realised was that there is a specific grapefruit season, which runs from November until May. I was sent a hamper by Florida Grapefruit with some fabulous grapefruit goodies inside, including three grapefruit. 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The Photo Gallery - Trees

The Photo Gallery - Week 214

autumn leaves

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Week 118 - What has made me happy

It has been a busy week. I have been working hard on the B&B website and researching where we should advertise and what is working well and not so well for us. We also had our first guests of 2015 and it was really lovely that they were our first return customers, who had stayed with us back in the autumn. It felt good to know that people want to come back and stay again. We must be doing something right!

Here is what has made me happy this week...

Snowy Dalesdry stone walls and snow

Monday, 19 January 2015

I hate that lady...

My daughter has just reached that delightful age (nearly 4), where she perceives it to be her duty to point out people's imperfections. She obviously doesn't do this quietly, or when we are at home, but when we are out and the strangers she feels the need to comment on can generally hear her.

It started before Christmas with asking me very loudly in B&M, "Mummy, why is that man SOOOO fat?". Cue a request from me that we shouldn't point out that people are overweight because it might upset them and it's not nice. Two minutes later, as we went around the corner she smiled and said to me "Mummy, I didn't say it then", "didn't say what darling" I replied, having no idea what she was talking about. "Mummy, I didn't say THAT lady was fat (pointing her out, just in case the humiliation wasn't enough), but she is". "Oh, erm, well done for not telling me!".

Sunday, 18 January 2015

18.01.15 Silent Sunday

Yorkshire Dales snow