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?

#mummyphotoaday

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.

#mummyphotoaday

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 trip to the Lake District – The Old Stables and Binsey Hill

A Bank Holiday weekend, is the perfect opportunity to spend a few wonderful days with my little family and I have to say, I love nothing more. Forgetting about the busyness that is back home, the usual day to day things and you know, life. A few days away to just be together, explore and laugh, it was just what we needed. 

After browsing Cottages.com (the new cottages4u) for hours, I finally came across this wonderful little cottage called “The Old Stables“, that was just perfect for our little family of four. We decided to go away without the dogs this weekend, so they went to have their own little holiday and we had a weekend of concentrating on the children. Little did we know, the cottage sat on part of an estate called Ireby Estate and it was full of history, nature and interesting things to see. Both the children and the grown ups loved every minute of our weekend.

We arrived Friday evening at 10pm, after a long 4.5 hour journey, and we couldn’t see anything outside. We didn’t know what to expect when we woke up, but the cottage looked quaint with some wonderful stone features that had been kept from the renovation work. The owners, the Gurney family, left a photo album on the side, full of photos from the renovation stages and also historical photos from when the older generations owned the estate. There used to be an old stately home called The Grange, that sat metres from the cottage, all that remained were little hidden signs that a family once lived here on this estate. It was fascinating. Searching for the hidden parts of the old garden has inspired me on my children’s story idea that I have been working on for months now, with little inspiration, this location was what I needed.

IMG_1348-1When we woke up on Saturday morning, we were very pleasantly surprised, the views out of the lounge and kitchen windows went on for miles. You could see cottages on the hills the other side of the valley and the immediate gardens full of trees and wildlife kept you entertained for hours. We would sit at the breakfast bar looking out at the birds and end up sitting there for quite some time. It was nice not having the children charge off to go and play, they liked soaking up the scenery as much as we did.

Saturday was a busy day, but a chilled out one too, we walked around High Ireby and found lots of baby lambs in the hills, we then went to explore the hidden gems in the gardens of Ireby Estate and then after lunch we took a walk up Binsey Hill. The children did it too, 1500ft and lots of snow fights at the top. It was a lot of fun. You could see for miles, Scotland one way, the coast another and snowy topped mountains in the opposite direction. The walk down was definitely a lot quicker than going up!

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Sunday was a little drizzly, but we still managed to get out, this time we drove 15 minutes around lake Bassenthwaite and walked up Sale Fen. This was not as high as Binsey Hill, the wind and rain didnt help, we got as far as we could before the children were not enjoying it anymore. Then we had a pitstop in the local pub, The Pheasant Inn, which was recommended by the owners of Ireby Estate. We agreed it was a lovely place to stop, the bar was over 500 years old and it looked full of history and stories. We could have sat there all afternoon.

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Here is a little video of our Saturday in the Lake District, some snippets of the Old Stables, the beautiful grounds and our fun up Binsey Hill:

A huge thank you to Cottages.com for sending us to The Old Stables, we had a fabulous Bank Holiday with some lovely family memories to share forever. All opinions are my own. 

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