Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!


We went out with a...

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?


Yeah for the #weekend!! It...

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?


What a great #friyay it’s...

🐝 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

🐝 We have really loved...

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.


Our half term routine (it...

🐾 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?

🐾 Happy 12th birthday to...

A breathe of fresh air in the Yorkshire Dales

We spent our half term week in an old chapel, in Buckden in the Yorkshire Dales. I had no idea what to expect but was so very pleasantly surprised. We had a fabulous break away and the children walked nearly 20 miles across the week. I was impressed with Holiday Lettings, who made the holiday booking experience easy and quick. The cottage looked exactly like it did in the photos and we have such lovely memories to share forever now. I love holidays like that.


The Old Chapel is a lovely little cottage, set back off the main roads and the hills behind, in Upper Wharfedale. It is a beautiful two bedroomed cottage, converted from an old chapel (hence the name). There is a book in the cottage written by a rambler around 1904 and it talks about the chapel, there is even a photo of it in its chapel days. During the war it closed down and was then re-opened some 40 years later. In the 1990’s it was converted into two cottages, we stayed in the front part. It was very cosy, nice little finishing touches and the kitchen had everything you could possibly require. The good thing about this place too, was no signal or WiFi. Bliss! Especially when you have a busy online life like me and my husband.


Our Yorkshire Dales adventures


On Sunday we went to Malham, this is what inspired Daddy to choose the Yorkshire Dales for our half term break. He had watched Bear Grylls climb Malham Cove and the sheer beauty of the landscape sucked him in, sucked us both in to be honest. It looked overwhelming on film and was incredible in real life. The children walked around 4 miles that day, including the 384 steps around the side of the cove up to the top. It was magnificent. Perfect weather to take in the views and just so relaxing to sit up there and sip our teas.

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We took a walk from Grassington this time, it led us down through Linton Falls and across hills and fields until we walked through Linton, Thresfield and back to Linton Fells again. The scenery was breathtaking: fields up on fields, hills, rivers, old train lines and streams pouring in off the hilltops. We walked around 4 miles in all, chased by cows and had lots of fun dodging the sheep poop in the fields. The children had a fabulous time making up stories and songs along the way. Again, the weather was perfect, which made the day more fantastic.

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We drove an hour to get to Ingleton, for what was advertised as the most beautiful walk you can do in the Dales and I have to admit it was pretty breathtaking: Ingleton Waterfall Trails. It cost us £14.00 for the family, it was 5.5 miles and took us the entire day to make it round. Isla was walking about a mile an hour at this point, but I was so impressed with both kiddies. This trail was up and down steep stairs, hills, cliffs and crossing fields. It was no easy feat. I loved it. The waterfalls looked mesmerizing and they sounded it too, we sat and ate lunch by one of the larger ones which was nice.

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We had a very “north” day today, it rained the entire day. Which to be fair we were expecting all week. The children had coughs at this point, so I thought it best not to take them out all day and get soaked. Daddy went out and did a big walk, whilst me and the children baked and played LEGO. Around lunchtime we put on our wellies and coats and walked to the “beach”, which is what the locals call an area by the bridge in Buckden as it has a sandy bit. Due to the rain though, we couldn’t see the sandy bit. It was quite amazing really, in 20 minutes the river had raised so much so that we couldn’t see the stones anymore and we had to move up the bank. The river rose so quickly with all the rain coming off the hilltops. It was nice to get out for an hour though, even if to throw stones in the river.

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It started off like Wednesday, very wet. But by 2pm it had cleared up and the sky was blue with the odd white puffy cloud. So we took to the hills behind the cottage and walked a route over Buckden Beck and up Centennial path. It was great fun as the Beck was fast and strong due to the rain, so we had to carefully cross the stepping stones and we walked 2 miles up hill. Only to reach the top and Noah cried as he had had enough, so we walked all the way back down again. Walking down was a lot more fun, and quicker too! The views from up the hill were brilliant, we could see the chapel and the sun setting behind the hill across the valley looked great too. Boy did it get chilly quick though, when the sun went down.

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The weather did much the same as Thursday, so we got out about 2pm and had the most eventful walk of the week. We walked from Starbotton to Kettlewell, which is a 2 mile walk and they are the next two villages along from Buckden, so not far. I say eventful as we nearly lost the dogs once and Rambo once too: at one point the dogs were a mile up the hill chasing the sheep and rounding them up. Once we had them back and the fear of them getting lost was over, we actually felt quite proud that they had done a good job. Then later on in the walk, we had to cross another strong stream of rain coming down from the hilltops, this time inbetween two walls. The lower wall had a hole in it, I guess where the stream normally trickles through. But with the rain it didnt just trickle, it was quite strong. Before we knew it Rambo had been sucked through the wall and was on his way to the main river (which was ridiculously fast, strong and incredibly dangerous). Daddy had got rid of his phone and darted for the main river, in a hope that he would get there before Rambo to save him as we knew he would drown in the main river, but thankfully clever little Rambo and his doggy instincts saved him. He made it to the bank of the stream before he hit the river! I have never been so frightened, Noah was in tears too – it was a scary moment. But we are so glad he is safe, and Daddy too for that matter. It would have been dangerous for an adult let alone the wee Jack Russell.

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We really enjoyed our week of Outdoor Fun and we are looking forward to going back to the Dales next year!
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  • The Reading Residence
    November 2, 2015

    It looks absolutely stunning. So many beautiful views and walks, I know my kids would love running about out there. We’ve been thinking of booking a holiday to Yorkshire next year and you’ve convinced me to go for it, thank you.

  • Husband
    November 2, 2015

    A lovely read Sonia and great to look back on all the lovely places we walked around, BIG thank you to you and the kids for a lovely holiday! xx

  • Coombe Mill - Fiona
    November 3, 2015

    I knew I was going to love these photos. It looks like you walked miles and the kids did so well in their little welly boots. I really don’t know Yorkshire at all but the scenery actually reminds me of here in Cornwall. the cottage sounds very cute and a perfect base for your days out. I do admire that you even went out in the rain, our river swells just the same with a full day of rain, Impressed that your husband has shorts for the week in October, that is very Bear Grills! Thank you for sharing your week of wonderful outdoor memories on Country Kids.

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