This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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🌾 I adore this photo!...

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!

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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?

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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?

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What a great #friyay it’s...

Family life in the 1930’s: part one

I was on a long journey with my grandma last week, those journeys where conversations can lead from one thing to another quite quickly. On this particular journey Grandma responded to one of my comments with “we didn’t have fridges when i was younger and we coped”. It got me thinking about how life is so different now compared to 80 years ago, Grandma didn’t have a fridge let alone an iPad – how would Noah and Isla feel about that? 

From that comment I ended up asking a lot of questions and by the end of our four hours in the car Grandma said she would start writing up some memoirs from over her 80 + years. It is fascinating to read and when you compare it to how life is today, there is quite a contrast, even during the non war times. 

aacm_wmGrandma was born in Birkenhead in the early 30’s, she lived at 107 Beckwith Street. When she was a toddler, the house didn’t have electricity – they had a fire in the front room, a big old fashioned iron grate and it had a big mantlepiece which two gas lights sat above. No Tv’s or radios (Grandma didn’t experience a radio until she lived with her auntie when she was six, it ran off valves and accumulators), no tablet devices and most certainly no YouTube! 

Grandma writes about one of her earliest memories: a big reel of electrical wire had been left on the stairs and her dad was cross and told the man off. She was a toddler so in the mid 30’s was the first time the family home had electric. There was a single light in each room, in the middle of the ceiling. They didn’t have plug sockets, so no electric kettle or irons that we have so readily. They had heavy flat irons that you had to heat up on special bars on the fire. Everything must have taken quite some time to complete, especially heating up water for a bath. 

Bathtime for Isla and Noah can be made in a quick decision, a bath can be ready in minutes and be nice and hot. Something that we take for granted. Grandma describes bathtime in a very different light: 

UnknownBathtime was on a Friday night, they name it Amami night as the shampoo they used was called “Amami”. The entire family would bath on a Friday night and all hair would be washed. They kept a big galvanised bath in the yard, it was brought in the kitchen for bathtime. The kettle and pans, full of water, would be heated on the stove and used to fill up the bath.  

Grandma’s Dad would have his bath first, then her Mum, they her two older brothers and finally Grandma. When her two younger sisters came along they went after Grandma, can you imagine being 7th in line for the bath? She did say it would be topped up with warm water throughout. 

The toilet used to be at the end of the yard, newspaper squares cut out and hanging on a hook (no luxury toilet paper). Grandma said it was “flipping” cold in the winter and I can well imagine. They had gazunders (chamber pot) under the beds, so you could wee in the middle in the night without going outside and she thinks thats how they were toilet trained. I bet that was quite difficult, it’s bad enough nowadays with portable potty’s and pull ups! 

In the kitchen there would be a gas cooker with four rings and an oven. They had a dresser to keep food and crockery in. There was a big store cupboard under the stairs too. Milk was kept chilled in the summer by standing it in cold water, meat was bought from butchers and used on the same day. No 24 hour supermarket. Bread was made at home, fruit and vegetables were also bought when they were needed. 

Grandma finished off this chapter by talking about Christmas and how she would get one particular present (she vividly remembers her doll) and a sock with an orange, a shilling, some chocolate and sometimes some nuts. Its vastly different to now, shops closed for days over the Christmas period and no choice of toys like we get now. There wasn’t the money to spend on all of these toys and gadgets. Her dad earned £6 a week, which had to feed them, clothe them and pay the bills. 

Family life in the 30’s seems so much simpler, but at the same time completely horrendous. I guess that is because I can compare it to what I have now and the choices we have, Grandma certainly doesn’t see it in a negative light.  I am looking forward to Grandma’s next instalment of family life and finding out how people in the 1940’s lived and what children did back then for fun. 

If you have any questions for Grandma please do comment below, she would love to answer them and I would be interested to read. 

 

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