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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This evening we had a little family scoot around our town, with a very special mission in mind.

My beautiful friend @gembro82 has started off a very long and colourful snake. The idea is you decorate a rock and add it to the snake. 🐍 Over the past 2 weeks its grown to over 400 rocks.

We loved it. It’s quite moving seeing all of these rocks, #rainbow themed or character themed. It shows just how many children are sitting at home missing their friends and that interaction.

It also demonstrates how we can support each other and work together through these daunting times.

Do you have a #SnakeRock near you? Or, do you have something similar?

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Would you believe me when I tell you this was this morning? It was. It was directly in-between 2 rather scary looking rain clouds that unleashed their power!

The kiddies didn’t mind. They loved splashing around in the river, despite us warning them the weather would be changing very soon. Thankfully the blustery rain showers were short, albeit powerful.

The kiddies love this spot. They’ve asked to go every single day since they discovered it. I see it being a popular choice over the Summer.

This was taken with my phone. I am completely in #love with the camera on this phone. I love the fact I can take clear, vibrant and detailed photos whenever I have my phone with me.

Have you got a favourite spot that you visit more frequently than before lockdown?

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A great way to spend some time whilst waiting for the best delivery of your life! It was fun watching the kiddies play this game; daddy had to find the kiddies on the trampoline. I love how vibrant the colours are in this photo. Especially the #orange opening.

It seems easy but it’s quite disorienting. The kids love it. I love the anticipation of when Daddy will get them!

Our big delivery was our garden furniture. I’ll post some photos when it’s not quite so windy. The wind blew the cushions all over the place this afternoon. Our rather large patio is looking like a cosy spot to spend the summer now!

I’m hoping we’ll get in some chill time this weekend, enjoy our garden and just be safe at home.

What are you up to this weekend?

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Noah’s family tree… Where I came from?

I thought it was important to have my family tree, so that when Noah and baby numero 2 grow up, they can see where they came from and from who!

It all started about 5 years ago when my grandparents were discussing the fact they had family that they didnt know, my Grandad had 2 sisters which he lost contact with about 40 years ago and they were not sure what had happened to them. This gave me the motivation I needed to get going! After sitting down with grandma and grandad for a couple of hours and finding out the basic bits, I was able to get involved in websites and subscriptions, census’ and certificates to track down the Bentley line for my Grandad.

This was the last photo my Grandad had with his 2 sisters when he went over to visit them in New Zealand, this was the last contact he had and he only managed to get there due to a posting whilst he was in the RAF.grandadmabelalice

Well, I started off by finding out about my Great Grandma, Amelia Rosetta Stockley, and sourcing the records for her birth, marriage and death and then expanding that search out to her children, my grandads sisters and brother. My grandads family history and life story is absolutely fascinating and Ive told him at the ripe old age of 89 he should write a book about it. His brother toured New Zealand as a lad and kept a diary of his journey and what he discovered, which I have nearly finished transcribing. Its simply fascinating! After locating the birth records for his siblings, I was then able to start tracing his sisters over to New Zealand where my grandparents knew they had gone back in 1948. It turns out, unfortunately, that I was late in locating them and I came across their burial documentation in Wanganui, which also led me to the cemetery where they were buried and I was able to speak to someone who worked there. They were able to check the plots for me and got back to me with details that it was indeed my Grandads sister, Alice. I knew Alice had a son called Mike, a memory my grandparents told me as they had met Mike many moons ago, so I looked through the New Zealand white pages to find the Mike in question and came across someone in the Wanganui area fitting the description, so, me being me, I called the number! I made sure to call when people are awake in New Zealand 🙂

After the initial shock, on both parts, I was deeply excited to know that I had in deed contacted the right Mike and that he was in contact with Mabels family too. Mabel being grandads other sister, who sadly had also passed away.

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In speaking to Alec, Mabels son, I was able to introduce our Bentley line to them and this led to Alec and his beautiful wife to come over and meet the family in 2009, whilst I was carrying Noah! It was a fantastic time and an absolutely amazing feeling, knowing that because of the years of work I had put into finding his family, I did and there they were together in grandads kitchen! I think that’s probably one of my greatest, private achievement’s, not many grandchildren can tell their families that they helped their grandad find his nephew from thousands of miles away.

My grandparents in the front row and Alec and Judy in the back row, I was overwhelmed with how much Alec and my grandad looked alike – you can tell they are family!grandadandgrandma

I think anyone that is contemplating finding their family members and researching their trees, should definately pursue it. I haven’t looked back at any point in doing mine and I am still going strong 5 years on…

I would be happy to help anyone get started into looking into their tree, or help with more complex matters, I think its such a good thing to have and especially because I have my own children now, I think its lovely that Noah will know where he came from.

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2 Comments
  • redrosemummy
    January 10, 2012

    Great post, You should be very proud of this achievement, it must have been so wonderful for your grandparents to have reconnected with their family due to your hard work. I’m also researching my family history, because I want Bud to know where he comes from. I haven’t got any exotic stories like yours at the moment though.

  • noahconstant
    January 10, 2012

    Thanks… I am very proud! Not something you can say very often is it? 🙂

    I think its great you are looking into yours too, Bud will love reading it when hes older and hearing stories of your family.

    PS love the name Bud 🙂 x

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