We are a family of seven: two (almost) grownups, two under 7’s, two dogs and a cat. During the week, we are probably the average family, doing ordinary things. School run routines, work, walking the dogs, feeding, playing, cleaning and sleeping. You know the usual things. So, at the weekends, and some week nights depending on the beautiful sunshine, we love to get out and about. We are always on the go, but when do we get time to ourselves?
On Mothers Day we managed to get out in the local park for an hour or so, usually we either rush around the park with the dogs or we go somewhere else. It was nice to just be at the park and be there! No rushing around. We enjoyed the space around us and explored, it was fun and we found some parts of the park that we hadn’t seen before.
On Saturday we took a little trip to Norfolk to try out BeWILDerwood, we drove past it everyday when we stayed at Hall Farm Cottages in Ludham and we have been desperate to go since then. The weather looked dry and mild on Saturday so we knew it was the right time to go. BeWilderwood is in Hoveton, very near Wroxham, it’s a lovely area if you are planning a holiday as there is so much to do.
Today we went for a stroll, in the not so deep dark wood and we didn’t see a mouse but the puddle jumping was good. We found our reflections in the rippling ground and jumped on plenty of mole hill mounds. The family fun was nice and good, especially the puddle jumping in the Brampton wood.
Recently when I have been getting “agitated” with the children’s behaviour: the squabbling, bickering and arguing over stupid things, it got me thinking about questioning them. For example the power of “why” is incredible, usually they give me sensible and thoughtful answers. Not childish answers, which surprised me a great deal. There are 5 magic words that will help you with this: why, where, what, when and how!
This post is basically a big “tip” for those of you that struggle to get out of the house in the morning, whether that is for work or the school run in-between. I have been struggling for months in a cycle that literally started off my day in a frustrated, built up way that effected the rest of the day to come. I am pretty sure the children really didn’t like it either. I made one change, to begin with and it changed my entire mood.
No, I am not just talking about the fact my hair looked good, so I needed to capture that in a photo. I am talking about the recent decisions I have been making that effect my family and my work, being a working mum you have to consider the balance on both sides. Recently there has been an equal balance of work and family, but nothing left for myself and so I had to do something.
I adore the beach at Wells-Next-The-Sea, from the carpark with the new Joules hut to the miles and miles of sand. I do not think we have ever been there and had a bad experience, it’s great for the dogs and the children as there is just so much to do and so much space to explore too.
In one of my “mindfulness” moments I asked my Uncle if he could share a poem on my blog, he is very creative and I am glad I have someone who I can share creativity with. I have been trying to find more time for me lately, doing the things I love and reading some of my Uncle’s poems really inspires me to start writing again. I downloaded “Headspace” from the App Store this week and I am going to try and start doing a bit of meditation, clear my head before the busy life. Take 10 minutes to think about nothing at all and see what magic sparks from the blank canvas. And what better way to kick off this creative train of thought than with a thought provoking and inspiring poem…
As you may have gathered from the title of this post, it is just a little walk (30 minutes to be precise) that I was able to practice getting the focus right on my new lens. What’s the point of having these wonderful things if you can’t take gorgeous photos of your family with them? So this is the Sony Alpha camera that I got for Christmas with a 50mm (f1.8) lens on. It takes amazing photos. I love them.