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Project 365 2015 #40

What a lovely sunny Autumn week we have had.

Project 365 #40

Project 365 2015 day 270 - Apples and blackberries // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 271 - Apples and blackberry pie // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 272 - Autumn run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 273 - Autumn leaves // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 274 - Star Wars PJs // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 275 - Running in the dark // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 276 - Floral photography at Blog on Win // 76sunflowers

Day 270
A day of baking with the foraged goodies from yesterday's haul.
Day 271
Apple and blackberry pie for a rare pudding tonight.
Day 272
A lovely Autumn run through the park in town today.
Day 273
Autumn leaves in the garden catching the sun this afternoon after work.
Day 274
Lazy photo of Star Wars PJs following a late Parents Evening at work.
Day 275
Evening running in the dark - long running tights and reflective trainers are very much needed now.
Day 276
A lovely day at Blog on Win where some floral photography took place.

x x x

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Project 365 2015 #39

Autumn showed its face this week with cool sunny days, acorns and foraging.

Project 365 #39

Project 365 2015 day 263 - Rugby & running // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 264 - Acorns // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 265 - Running & asters // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 266 - Pump & yoga // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 267 - Spiders at work // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 268 - Evening run by moonlight // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 269 - Foraging for sloes & blackberries // 76sunflowers

Day 263
Today we appeared to be a super fit family with the boy doing rugby training, me doing a training run and all of us having a good throw around of the egg shaped ball with a final bit of basketball!
Day 264
We spotted acorns on the walk home from school today. The first additions for my Autumn table at work.
Day 265
Training run day again and a quick peek outside to check on my aster.
Day 266
Back to work day and a destress with a Pump workout and the first bit of yoga for over a week - it felt good!
Day 267
Lots of spiders hanging around the outdoor area at work lately!
Day 268
Evening run. I left the house with the sun going down and returned to moonlight. I'm not looking forward to the clock changes and running in the dark again.
Day 269
A lovely Saturday with an unplanned walk along the canal foraging for sloes and blackberries. Tonight I made the first sloe gin of 2015 from the haul last week and tomorrow I plan to make crumbles and pies. I love Autumn!

x x x
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Project 365 2015 #38

It's been an up and down week of tiredness and emotions for week 38 of Project 365 2015.

Project 365 #38

Project 365 2015 day 256 - TomTom Runner // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 257 - Sloes // 76sunflowersProject 365 2015 day 258 - Packing // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 259 - Bath Rooftops // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 260 - Big School! // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 261 - Sloe gin // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 262 - Morning cobwebs // 76sunflowers

Day 256
The first run with my new TomTom runner and half marathon training gets underway so the week starts off on a high.
Day 257
The husband returned from his bike ride with 2lb worth of sloes in his bag - they are now in the freezer ready for the gin to be purchased.
Day 258
My girl is all packed ready to head off tomorrow on her Year 5 residential. She is growing up way too quick for my liking.
Day 259
A trip into Bath today on the train with my lovely class. It was very tiring but worth it - and the forecast downpours held off until 3:00 pm.
Day 260
I went to look around the local secondary school tonight. I was very impressed but lots of discussions to be had before any decisions need to be made. The night ended with me getting teary over the fact we are looking around secondary schools already for my girl.
Day 261
Friday! I had no guilt in ditching a planned run tonight as I was too knackered. Instead I dug out the sloe gin from 2013!
Day 262
Saturday started foggy with some beautiful cobwebs on the car first thing before they blew off on the drive to swimming lessons. I should have ran today but a negative mind and tired daughter led to staying in where I did a double dose of Davina Cardio Box and Pump instead to get the endorphins buzzing. I will get out tomorrow!
x x x

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Project 365 2015 #37

Week 37 of Project 365 for 2015 saw the first full week back to work with a full class - but not full days yet!
Tiredness has set in already but a birthday at the end of the week kept me going.

Project 365 #38

Project 365 2015 day 249 - Parklife // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 250 - Running & Yoga // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 251 - Sam's Kitchen, Bath // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 252 - Evening run // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 253 - Vegetarian Haribos // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 254 - Birthday presents // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 255 - Glastonbury graffiti // 76sunflowers

Day 249
Time for some local parklife today in a nearby town. The weather was beautiful, we grabbed a coffee and played some rugby with the bandstand brass band for background music.
Day 250
Half marathon training officially started today! Not having run regularly all summer it was a tough 5k and the yoga was much needed afterwards.
Day 251
A rare morning and lunch in Bath at Sam's Kitchen with the husband where I picked out my birthday present.
Day 252
Work Wednesday was ended off with a much better 5k on my evening run.
Day 253
Tonight I baked and prepped for cake day tomorrow at work. I also bought vegetarian Haribos - which were a bit different.
Day 254
Birthday! I am now VERY close to the big four zero. My lovely TAs spoilt me and I opened my, already picked out but much wanted, birthday present TomTom running watch.
Day 255
Following swimming lessons and morning chores we packed a picnic and headed over to Glastonbury for a walk up the Tor and a wander around the town. I love the hidden alleyways and shops in the town and all the colours in the wall art graffiti that brightens up the place just perfectly. I think my local town could take note.

x x x
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Project 365 2015 #36

We find ourselves back to school and back to routine for week 36 of Project 365 for 2015.

Project 365 #36

Project 365 2015 day 242 - Rugby boots // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 243 - Apple & Raspberry crumble // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 244 - Sunflower & bee // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 245 - Yoga by candlelight // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 246 - Scissors // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 247 - Poppy heads // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 248 - Half marathon plans // 76sunflowers

Day 242
The boy was brave and went to his first ever rugby training session in town today. He has three weeks to decide whether to commit but judging from his smiley face when he came home I now foresee myself as a Sunday morning rugby mum.
Day 243
A lazy Bank Holiday Monday with the kiddos at home whilst the husband went to work. I made a rather tasty apple and raspberry crumble with the latter fruit from the father in law's allotment.
Day 244
Training day at work today. Walking up to my room I saw a very happy bumble bee on the droopy sunflower.
Day 245
First day back with the children and I have decided to throw myself into 30 days of yoga to help relax every night. Tonight I lit a candle and incense stick and totally zoned out. Bliss.
Day 246
Back into the routine of observations and photos of learning. I brought them home forgetting to cut them all at work first so it was old fashioned scissors at the ready.
Day 247
Friday means I get home earlier and collect the kiddos from after school club. Making the most of the light evenings I wandered down the garden and noticed all the poppy heads had gone to seed.
Day 248
An early start wasn't actually needed as swimming lessons start next Saturday, not today! I went to Asda instead then chilled with the Saturday paper before making some firm training plans for next year's Bath Half Marathon - which I signed up for last Saturday night fuelled by Prosecco!

x x x


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Project 365 2015 #35

It has been such a lovely week taking the children to Norfolk and finishing off with a day at The Big Feastival. Now the holidays are over and it's back to the routine of school and work next week - not looking forward to any of that at all!

Project 365 #35

Project 365 2015 day 235 - Pinewoods Wells-next-the-sea // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 236 - Windfall apples // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 237 - Sand dunes at Winterton // 76sunflowersProject 365 2015 day 238 - Horsey Windpump // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 239 - Sole Sisters RMR Virtual Runner 10k medal // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 240 - Cosmos // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 241 - Tractor at The Big Feastival // 76sunflowers

Day 235
We had an amazing day at Wells-next-the-Sea today with a picnic and sandcastle session on the beach, a lovely walk almost out to Holkham and back through the Pinewoods before walking back along the wall to town. Then fish and chips - perfect!
Day 236
Off to see my Mum today, which is always interesting. The children cleared the front lawn of windfall apples to keep them busy. I just sat and bit my lip whilst she asked me what was going on with my hair.
Day 237
Back to the beach at Winterton today. We made a sand fort around the beach tent, dug for an almost lost in the sand jelly shoe, ate jam sandwiches and walked through the sand dunes.
Day 238
A soggy one today which saw us climbing up Horsey Windpump to escape the rain.
Day 239
Back home today. Mixed emotions about that but when we got in there was some happy mail awaiting me in the form of my Sole Sisters RMR medal for last week's Virtual 10k Run.
Day 240
A day of chores today including last minute school uniform and shoes shopping, haircuts for the children and food prepping for the freezer ready for the onslaught of work and school next week. Ugh. I wandered down the garden and found these beautiful Cosmos growing amongst the overgrown beds.
Day 241
A final bit of fun for the summer holiday, we headed up to The Big Feastival today. We first went two years ago and this year I won day tickets so we headed up to Oxfordshire again. This time it was harder to occupy the children - they seem to have hit that tricky age. We, the adults, also commented that there wasn't much for them and for the grown ups hitting the bars and eateries would be a great way to spend a summer Saturday but that wasn't possible today. The children climbed on the old tractor - until told that the farmer that owned it didn't want anyone on it!!? But the best bit we all agreed was the dodgems!

x x x

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Project 365 2015 #34

Week 34 of project 365 2015 has passed by in a bit of a blur and it is only the pictures on my phone that has jolted my memory of what we actually did this week!

Project 365 #34

Project 365 2015 day 228 - Swinging // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 229 - Grafitti // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 230 - Square Snaps Vintage prints // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 231 - Egg wash // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 232 - Westonbirt Arboretum // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 233 - Magazine & tin mug // 76sunflowers
Project 365 2015 day 234 - Winterton on Sea // 76sunflowers

Day 228
A quiet day locally; we went for a walk/scoot around the block and ended up in the big swing at the park. This is always a pleasant spot to chill whilst the kiddos give me a push.
Day 229
We took a walk into town today to return library books and pick up a few things from the shops. We stopped off in the town park where the kiddos were happy the zip slide had been mended. On return through the underpass we noticed the graffiti that needs a bit of a touch up.
Day 230
My lovely polaroid images arrived from Square Snaps - if you fancy entering my competition take a look here!
Day 231
A bit of a lazy one again today; we made playdough, the children played with it for ages and I washed my hair with egg. It's all part of my 'no poo' regime.
Day 232
We got out today and met up with friends at Westonbirt Arboretum. We dodged the rain doing some ink art and went on a lovely long walk through Silk Wood where we discovered this beautiful sculpture.
Day 233
I ran this morning. I had to get my virtual 10k done before the end of August and this was the only window I had. It was difficult but I got a sub 60 minute time so happy with that. When I got back the postman had been leaving me my latest Simple Things magazine and Camp Bestival camping mug that I ordered weeks ago!
Day 234
Back home to Norfolk today with the kiddos. We drove five hours and headed straight to the beach at Winterton on Sea to get our sea air and sand between our toes fix before heading to my brother's house. We're now looking forward to some beach action for the next few days!

x x x
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Glastonbury & Wells {Country Kids}

Last week I took the kiddos to Greenacres Camping in Somerset for four peaceful nights under 'canvas'. The location of the site, from which you can see the famous Glastonbury Tor, is clearly well placed for exploring Glastonbury. We did this two years ago but loved it so much wanted to do it again.
Glastonbury; Tor & Town // 76sunflowers

Last time we ventured in to Glastonbury I took the children to the tor via the town's bus service - this year though, with legs two years older, we decided to walk from the town centre. We parked up at St Dunstan's pay and display on Magdalene St - £4 for 4 hours - and retraced the A361 back out of town following the clear pedestrian signs for the tor. We took the turning up Wellhouse Lane, where we walked past the most beautifully decorated cottage, then across a field to pick up the footpath to the top of the tor. It took us just 30 minutes and I'm not sure why we bothered with the bus two years ago!
Glastonbury Tor ~ St Michael's Tower // 76sunflowers
View from Glastonbury Tor  // 76sunflowers
The weather was glorious with clear blue skies and sunshine and the views from the top, where the 15th century tower of St. Michael's sits imposingly, were fantastic. We tried in vain to find Greenacres and the pyramid stage at Worthy Farm, the latter of which I have been assured you can spot. The spot is very calming with many taking the time to sit, or stand,  and meditate. If I were alone I would have joined them and switched of completely but this was impossible to even attempt with a seven year old boy asking for food every 30 seconds. It does look like I caught a few seconds of peaceful time though!
Chilling on Glastonbury Tor  // 76sunflowers
Chilling on Glastonbury Tor  // 76sunflowers
Chilling on Glastonbury Tor  // 76sunflowers
Glastonbury Tor  // 76sunflowers
We picnicked and relaxed for an hour and a half then made the descent back down the tor and retraced our steps back to the town. We passed a row of characterful cottages with quirky additions to the pavement outside and since our last visit there has been some fantastic graffiti additions to the walls around the town.
Glastonbury Town // 76sunflowers
Glastonbury Town grafitti  // 76sunflowers
Glastonbury Town Stik grafitti // 76sunflowers
Back home I was on Facebook when a similar image to the last one above randomly popped up on my feed; it turns out it is a famous piece of graffiti by Stik. There are many more around Hackney and Shoreditch so will definitely go and find them next time we go and stay with the brother in law. Anyway, back to Glastonbury town.

Glastonbury has a lovely collection of shops to browse and I found one full of lovely yoga gear which I regretfully left empty handed. I did however purchase incense sticks from a beautifully stocked shop, whose name now alludes me, and we fell in love with the three floors of wonderful light shades, figurines, furniture, rugs, cushions and door handles.
Glastonbury Town // 76sunflowers
Glastonbury Town // 76sunflowers
Glastonbury Town // 76sunflowers
By the time we had finished with the shops the car park ticket was nearing its end so we headed on back to the car. Rather than going back to the campsite we drove up the road to Wells, England's smallest city, where we parked up for free in the Tesco car park - we popped in at the end for sausages and marshmallows! - and wandered through town past quirky shops to grab a chai latte, spend my Waterstone's voucher and eat an ice cream in front of the magnificent cathedral. This was a flying visit today but Wells has a lot to offer families with pleasant walks around the Bishop's Palace, lots of cafes and eateries and a huge green space in front of the cathedral. The cathedral is open to look inside via a voluntary donation.
Wells; Cathedral & City // 76sunflowers
Vintage shop & tea room, Wells, Somerset // 76sunflowers
Wells, Somerset // 76sunflowers
One line a day // 76sunflowers
Wells Cathedral, Somerset // 76sunflowers
Once drinks had been drunk and ice creams consumed it was back to the car, picking up sausages and marshmallows on the way, then off to the campsite for our last night BBQ and campfire.
x x x
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
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