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?


This evening we had a...

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?


Would you believe me when...

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?


A great way to spend...

We are very excited to announce a fabulous competition with @toysforapound_ - they are giving away 2 bundles of 25 toys for 2 of my followers.

The kiddies had fun going through all the toys, there is a great choice of toys too. Something for everyone: including little ones. Or even the grown ups.

Enter on the blog, link in bio or check out my competition stories. You’ve got to be in to win it!

#Quicktip if you want to impress the kids this summer order a bundle of toys from @toysforapound_ - they were amazed with the amount of goodies in the box!

If you want a 10% discount code, please use CONSTANT10, this will work once per customer!

Good luck! #mummyphotoaday

We are very excited to...

I had precisely 30 minutes of sunshine this evening to test out my new iPhone camera. I absolutely love it.

The photos I have taken are stunning. The quality of the colour and the light, the fun angles of the new lens. I took this photo by accident, I adore it.

It’s world #bee day today and when I was taking this photo all of a sudden I noticed 5 or 6 buzzing around me collecting the pollen. 🐝 They fascinate me.

I can see I am going to have a lot of fun with this new phone... Anyone else have any cool tips for the new iPhone?


I had precisely 30 minutes...

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, this week, and the topic is KINDNESS. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but the effects of being kind to someone can have many benefits. I would definitely say cost vs value, value wins every time! 🤣 I think that kindness is more important at the moment as everyone needs that extra lift to make them smile.

Smiling releases hormones, endorphins, which makes us feel happy and also helps to reduce stress. So, it’s a good circle: be kind to someone - make them smile - make yourself feel happy in the process.

On Sunday Hubby showed me kindness when he took the kiddies out for a bike ride and gave me some time on my own. I needed the headspace as I’ve felt frazzled over the last 2 months. He knew that, subconsciously, and knew that taking the kiddies out would make a difference to my day. It did.

I smiled. I painted. I chilled. I felt happier.

In honour of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek - I want to spread a little kindness in my teeny square part of the world!

Comment on this photo and I will reply to you with kind words, which will hopefully make you smile.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind.


It’s Mental Health Awareness Week,...

I find I spend most of my days, at the moment, just watching these 2. When they are friends, they are the best of friends. They have the most bizarre conversations and talk about the most random things. But I love listening to that!

One of my #projects over this lockdown period is to get our garden into tip top shape for Summer and another is to take more photos. I love taking photos, it’s my favourite hobby and I’m looking forward to trying out the new iPhone 11 camera at the end of the week.

This photo was taken with my iPhone 8 Plus. I think it takes amazing photos. So I can only imagine the 11 will be better! 💛 Have you seen my iPhoneography tips on the blog?

Do you have any Summer, lockdown, projects?


I find I spend most...

We’ve been busy little bees 🐝 today! The kiddies got through 95% of their schoolwork, yes that’s right! I was gobsmacked when I finished work. They get set weekly tasks on a Monday, then new Maths & English tasks each day. Is tomorrow they have 1 weekly task left, then it’s just Maths & English. I am so impressed. They’ve completely smashed it!

I had a productive day too, I had 2 new starters at work and had to ensure they are settled in their roles. It was different via Teams but I’m hoping I can still manage effectively remotely. It’s so hard not sitting next to people, as you just don’t know how quickly they work or how they work. I’ve got to learn to talk a bit more! I’m so happy we have a full team though! 🥂

Another 2 reasons why I’m feeling happy today: our outdoor furniture is being delivered this week (2 weeks earlier than I thought) Whoop Whoop and my iPhone upgrade is due this week. I can’t believe I’ve had my iPhone 8 Plus for 2 years! It’s the best iPhone I’ve had to date.

These guys are trying #new things in the garden too. Isla got this for her birthday. I used to love a skip ball when I was a child. And a Pogo Ball? Can anyone remember these?


We’ve been busy little bees...

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So what is your garden worth to you?

To me, it is a place for the kids to have fun and explore, wildlife to live and the flowers to grow. I love beautiful flowers, colourful gardens and neat and tidy lawns. My garden still has quite a way to go before I get to that stage!

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The deadline for entering the giveaway is Wednesday 3rd July at 00:00am. Good luck.

The winner of this competition, chosen by Sainsburys Bank, is Donna Bird. Congratulations.

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  • Gillian Holmes
    June 26, 2013

    Fresh air

  • melanie stirling
    June 26, 2013

    The trees and the peace and quiet.

  • Helen Moulden
    June 26, 2013

    The cherry tree at the very end of the garden 🙂

  • Donna Bird
    June 26, 2013

    Has to be the childrens playset, keeps them quiet 🙂

  • olivia kirby
    June 26, 2013

    The grass! I hate formal gardens, I like them to have grass and fun!!

  • Chris Reid
    June 26, 2013

    My bird table it brings so many lovely birds into the garden.

  • Tracy Nixon
    June 26, 2013

    We have a water fountain with two angels in the centre of our fishpond – it represents the two babies I lost due to being born too early.

  • Jane Willis
    June 26, 2013

    The wonderful herbs, veg and salads my husband grows

  • Katherine L
    June 26, 2013

    I value my potato grower the most! We’ve invested loads of time and dedication to it .. and are eagerly awaiting our first crop!

  • deborah godbolt
    June 26, 2013

    the water feature it is so calming to hear trickling water 🙂

  • Lucy Zelazowski
    June 26, 2013

    I love having space to running around and thats its secure. When we first moved from our flat, we were disappointed as our garden had no gates and lead in to our neighbours gardens. But now is a safe place to play & relax

  • Beth
    June 26, 2013

    I love sitting on my lovely swing seat with a good book and a nice glass of Prosecco! ;o)

  • Lynsey Buchanan
    June 26, 2013

    The wooden bench which we use to relax in the sun when it is out.

  • Susan Ellams
    June 26, 2013

    My greenhouse 🙂

  • kathleen hooper
    June 26, 2013

    Many of my plants have been grown from cuttings out of friends gardens, so when I look at them they hold happy memories of friends past and present

  • Diana Cotter
    June 26, 2013

    The space and the green of the trees all around

  • Hilda Hazel Wright
    June 26, 2013

    I love being in the countryside away from it all, so living in a town my garden is the nearest I get. Its a wildlife zone in the middle of noisy chaos! I have a pond full of newts, bumble bees nesting in a birdbox and frogs in my ‘wildlife corner’. Time spent out in the garden is mostly about creating places for wildlife to be happy and safe, peering into the pond to see what I can see and being chased off by bees for getting too close!

  • Janine Phillips
    June 26, 2013

    I love my garden furniture x

  • Frances hopkins
    June 26, 2013

    My BBQ I cook on everyday, better than the kitchen anyday!!

  • Maddalena Dalton
    June 26, 2013

    sitting on my wooden bench in the sunshine day dreaming.

  • esther james
    June 26, 2013

    I love the stunning views, not so much the steep climb though!

  • Helen Porter
    June 26, 2013

    i love my boys vegetable patch they love planting and watering and watching things grow x

  • Diane
    June 26, 2013

    I love the peace and quiet, and knowing that it’s something that has been created by my own hands

  • laura banks
    June 26, 2013

    our herb garden that took ages to grow

  • Chas Gilbert
    June 26, 2013

    My blackcurrant bush – loaded with fruit this year

  • Ellie
    June 26, 2013

    A place for my little girl to play in as she grows

  • Jill Mann
    June 26, 2013

    I enjoy having my early morning cuppa sitting on my wooden bench and listening to the birds in the trees.

  • Diane Wareing
    June 26, 2013

    I love to see the garden come to life in the spring, new flowers bloom and wildlife starts a new cycle. The summer months it’s my own little haven where I go to relax. But most of all it provides me with wonderful fruit and vegetables: perfect!

  • leigh
    June 26, 2013

    My dog house, they love it 🙂

  • Jo welsh
    June 27, 2013

    I love our vegi patch home grown is always better

  • Hele R
    June 27, 2013

    Our garden was covered in paving slabs and concrete when we moved in. It’s recently undergone a makeover and we now how turf, flowers and a veggie patch. Most importantly, it’s safe for my little one to play in now.

  • Maya Russell
    June 27, 2013

    I value the privacy, wildness and variety of plants in my garden. Helps destress me.

  • Hazel Rea
    June 27, 2013

    Our blackberry bush – lots of fresh fruit and plenty for jam and the freezer for winter blackberry and apple puddings.

  • kim plant
    June 27, 2013

    my flowers xx

  • Kay panayi
    June 27, 2013

    I’ve just moved so having a garden for my kids is
    Amazing but the built in BBQ is the best bit

  • Christina Curtis
    June 27, 2013

    My greenhouse!

  • Suzanne Cooke
    June 27, 2013

    My strawberry plants, I plan to make my own jam this year but I am battling the slugs!

  • Jayne T
    June 27, 2013

    My veggie patch.

  • Ellie S
    June 27, 2013

    My beautiful lavender bushes. In summer, they’re a magnet for busy bumble bees & moths. During the winter months, the bushes look knarled & lifeless but by late spring/early summer, they suddenly burst into life. Bumble bees are suffering a hard time and I love my precious lavender bushes because they’re such a valuable food source for the bumble bees that visit my garden.

  • Jane English
    June 28, 2013

    I have a birdhouse/table that my late BIL made me, he passed away suddenly a couple of years ago, healthy fit Lancashire badminton player just three days short of his 60th birthday. No one expected it so I cherish it dearly.

  • raj sandhu
    June 28, 2013

    the veg patch

  • Helen Dickinson
    June 29, 2013

    The huge rose bush in our garden when it is blooming!!

  • Karen Barrett
    June 29, 2013

    Depending on the season it’s a football pitch, tennis court or cricket field, however the ball is allowed nowhere near my patio or flower containers and baskets! I’m very lucky to have an enclosed garden surrounded by trees, we love sitting in the evening watching the bats do their fly by, with a glass a chilled wine, that’s me not the bats :0)

  • Stephanie Boulton
    June 30, 2013

    It’s very small but I have just enough space to grow some vegetables and have a compost heap

  • Dawn
    June 30, 2013

    My bench and blossom tree

  • Jen @mymummyspennies
    June 30, 2013

    My children’s vegetable planters as they take so much care of them and alays make sure they are well tended.

  • Tracy Hanley
    July 1, 2013

    I have a little gnome my mum bought me

  • Rebecca Beesley
    July 1, 2013

    we have recently put up a little play house for my little girl and it needed some decking first to go under it – so because of all the time and effort involved, it is probably the most value. And it looks lovely. It terms of actual monetary value then it is probably our table and chairs although they are getting a few years old now.

  • Carolin
    July 2, 2013

    The space my children have to play out in the fresh air.

  • Erin
    July 2, 2013

    The part of my garden which I value the most is the raised vegetable beds Hubby built for me for our ‘wooden’ wedding anniversary!

Tuesday 25th June 2013 “Bootiful” (176/365)

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