Yeah for the #weekend!! It seems to be the only time where tensions aren’t high and there is a calm amongst us.

We have no grand plans, obviously, but we do tend to get the dogs walked first thing (as it’s too hot later on) and then we do some gardening.

Yesterday I spent an hour pulling all the weeds and long grasses from the front garden. It looks so much neater now but I still have a lot of work to do.

I love this photo of us of all, we do not have many as we never sit still long enough 🤪 This is our family lockdown portrait though and it’s a nice memory: sunny days, rainbows and quality time together at home.

Do you have any special memories throughout this lockdown?

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What a great #friyay it’s been! We spent the morning “washing” the food shopping, then went for a nice big walk around Godmanchester meadows. It was a beautiful walk and nice as there was a breeze which cooled us down.

Yes, I did say wash the shopping. Is anyone else doing this? I basically Zoflora all of the food shopping as I unpack it. The actual shopping process takes a lot longer and now I’ve added an extra 30 mins with the clean. We just want to be sure it’s not harbouring anything. Peace of mind if nothing else.

Then this afternoon we let the kids have movie time. They’ve been getting too hot in the garden. It is super hot in the garden, it seems to be a little sun trap. Which I’m not complaining about.

Daddy then took the kiddies to the park to play croquet and I had a snooze in the sun.

All in all it’s been a beautiful day and chilled. Probably one of my favourite Fridays.

What did you get up to?

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🐝 We have really loved spending time in our garden. Exploring the nature and wildlife that shares the space with us. We found a moth caterpillar today; it was amazing to see it so up close and personal. We ended up discussing the Hungry Caterpillar story from their childhood, it was a nice nostalgic moment.

Yesterday, we spent some time counting up all the bees we could see in the garden. We found the 15 in the back and 4 in the front garden. They love this purple flower that has popped up this month. Sometimes you can see the bees with all the nectar hanging off the back of their legs. It sparked a discussion about the process of making honey. The children are fascinated.

We are lucky to live by a large park; it has woodlands and a big open space with lots of wildflowers and long grass. We often spot wildlife during our daily walk and sometimes sit and see what fly’s past. Obviously sticking to government guidelines.

For those animals that we do not live close by, or are even in the same country, we’ll be snuggling up to Sky Nature, the new channel from @skytv that is dedicated to exploring the natural world. Isla’s favourite animal is a ring tail lemur, she carries one (usually in her mouth) everywhere and so I couldn’t help but series link the Gangs of Lemur Island episodes. I am going to make a quiz about lemurs to test her afterwards! This is a favourite activity throughout lockdown, a great way of learning something new.

Sky Nature is available now, it’s channel 130 on Sky Q and it comes at no extra cost.

#ad #SkyNature #NatureAtHome

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Our half term routine (it really doesn’t feel like a half term) is dog walk, craft or sport activity and then garden fun.

The weather has been incredible over the past few days and it looks set to be the same for the weekend. Lots of paddling pool #games in the garden and adventure dog walks in our nearby parks.

How does everyone feel this evening with the new lockdown rules? I’m not sure how I feel. The kiddies grandparents can come and visit, but still can’t hug or be “normal”. I’m not sure the kiddies would be able to not do this, especially if they are sitting in the garden.

Maybe I’ll wait for the guidelines to be added to the gov.uk site before I try and decide what it will mean for us. Gather the facts... make a decision... get through it with a smile. Seems to be my lockdown mantra.

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🐾 Happy 12th birthday to my beautiful furbaby; Rocky. Despite making the neighbours mad over the past few weeks with the bird capturing (all of which flew off in the end) he is the best.

Not many of you will know that Rocky was an engagement present to me from Hubby. He came home from work one day with Rocky meowing behind his back... he had the cutest squeak. He was a little ball of fluff.

Rambo (our Jack Russell) immediately took ownership and they’ve been best buds ever since.

He’s such a handsome cat, yes I’m biased, he gives me snuggles at night and entertains us with his chasing and playful moments.

I can’t believe he’s 12. He’s lived in 5 different houses and his dog cat qualities are incredible. He seems to understand commands like the dogs... he sits for food and is quite obedient for a cat.

I’ll be sharing some cute Rocky photos in my stories today... his kitty look is adorable.

Has anyone else enjoyed spending all of this time with their pets?

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The best #view comes from the hardest climb!

Now I know this is not a mountain, it’s a collapsed tree trunk and it didn’t take hours to climb, it took 20 minutes.

The point is something can be a difficult journey mentally. This journey we are all on throughout lockdown is difficult. We are sailing along in our little boats, trying not to rock them too much.

We WILL get through it. We will see that better view. One where we can hug our family and see our friends again. Where we can go out to eat with our loved ones and splash about at a water park.

We just need to stay strong. Be patient. Be resilient.

What do you think life will look like the other side of lockdown?

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Oh #lastyear. What fun memories. What happy times. Our last holiday abroad was a year ago, Crete was beautiful. I’ve spent lots of hours during lockdown looking at our photos and remembering our family time together.

It feels like ages ago since we were there. But also it feels like last month! Does anyone else feel like this with things that happened before lockdown?

The past 8 weeks have gone so quickly, it’s quite unbelievable to think we are heading into Summer. The whole of Spring would have been spent in lockdown. But it doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for a season.

I can’t wait to go on holiday again. Once Crete opens its gates, I think we’ll head back. Family time with all inclusive. Just the ticket to focus on!

What are you focusing on to get you through this?

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What a lovely chilled #bankholiday we’ve had today. It started with a dog walk, before it got too hot, I love this photo of my babies.

Then we had breakfast in the garden, it was 17 degrees by 9am I think this morning.

I mowed the lawn and cut the edges with my grass scissors 🤣 and set the paddling pool up.

We’ve all spent the afternoon dipping in the pool, playing on the trampoline and even a little bit of crafts.

This evening we carried on our Marvel fest, we’re doing the chronological story order (not the created order) and we’re up to Iron Man. It was brilliant. A great action movie.

I’ve never seen any of the marvels. Until now. I’m so grateful for @disneyplusuk keeping it all in one place!

Have you seen them?

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10 Commandments to adhere to when moving house

Even if you’re the kind of person who likes to let events run their natural course, without too much planning or scrutinising, it is near impossible to move house without some degree of preparation. This is not just a major life decision, it is a complex process and, if you want to start your new adventure the right way, it is important to be organised. The below are 10 commandments I thought would be helpful for other people thinking of moving house, or in the process of.

The easiest way to successfully relocate is to call in the help of professional house movers in Melbourne. These experts are trained in the most efficient ways to load, transport, and unload furniture and possessions, so they can get the job done fast. And, your valuable items will be fully secured and kept safe at all times; significantly safer than if they were to be loaded into a car or self-drive vehicle.

For more helpful hints and tips, keep reading this guide to the ten commandments of a successful house move:

  1. Stick to Your Moving Date

You are advised to avoid moving on the weekend if possible, because there will be more traffic and it will take longer for the moving van to make it between the properties. However, if this is not an option due to work commitments, the best approach is to start early in the morning.

  1. Take Out Insurance

The second thing that you need to do, after setting a date, is take out cover on your valuables. This is essential for anybody who needs to move expensive furniture, antiques, artwork, instruments, or electrical equipment.

  1. Delegate and Accept Help

Moving day can be extremely stressful for families with pets and small children. The key to dealing with the pressure is to accept help wherever you can. It is much better to hand over care of toddlers and babies to a trusted friend or relative while you handle the relocation.

  1. Pack Things Correctly

By the time moving day arrives, the vast majority of your possessions should already be packed and ready to go. Unloading at the new property will run much more smoothly if you organise the items correctly. So, prioritise things that you know you’ll need soon; cleaning supplies, cutlery, crockery, clothing, toys, etc. Label these boxes and move them first.

  1. Don’t Hang Onto the Past

When packing, don’t be tempted to waste precious time and space on things that you know you don’t need or use. There may be plenty of room for them at the new house, but there’s no real reason to hang onto them if they’ll be pushed to the back of a wardrobe again. Relocating is a great opportunity to clear out and declutter.

  1. Contact Energy Suppliers

Take the time to get into contact with your energy suppliers in the weeks leading up to the move. You can do this after you relocate, but it is much easier to get it all sorted and approved before you leave. That way, you can have the setup at the new property started already; your electricity, cable, gas, and water suppliers will be ready to go.

  1. Change Your Mailing Address

Also, don’t forget to update your mailing address. Otherwise, you might miss out on important post, letters, and bills. It is a good idea to leave a forwarding address written somewhere in the old house (on a cork board, perhaps), so that the new occupants can send any stray letters to your new location.

  1. Keep Your Documents Safe

Gather up all official and legal documents (passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, etc.) and keep them together in one secure place both before and during the move. These are items that you can’t afford to lose, but they are easily misplaced if not organised correctly.

  1. Create a Moving ‘Survival’ Box

Put aside one small box and fill it with little items that you know you’ll need immediately at the new house. For instance, box cutters, toilet paper, biscuits, a mug, the kettle, painkillers, scissors, and spare light bulbs (if applicable).

  1. Stay Calm and Collected

It is certainly true that moving house can be a really stressful process, but the end result is worth the hard work. If you can stay calm, cool, and collected, you’ll avoid mistakes and everything that needs to be done will get done. Minor mishaps are possible, but it is important to keep the bigger picture in mind.     

Family in moving boxes image by ShutterStock.

 

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