365 #15 {Holidays}

Yes, it's the holidays!
Although our holidays are of the 'staycation' variety due to the husband's business.
I'm trying not to countdown the days to the *whispers* full time work.
Instead I plan to chill and enjoy.

365 #15

Project 365 day 96 - Lego Star Wars // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 97 - Round the world with Barnaby Bear // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 98 - Planting sunflowers // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 99 - New shoes // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 100 - Magnolia at Lacock Abbey // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 101 - chilling with my chai // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 102 - Portishead // 76sunflowers

Day 96
Lego Sunday. Much like every other day in our house there is Lego involved. Generally of the Star Wars variety. The girl has developed a crush on Ewan McGregor's Obi Wan Kenobi. I can't fault her taste for bearded men.
Day 97
It is meant to be the holidays but joys of the job meant going in to school to do some setting up. Billy Bear came along too, relation of Barnaby Bear. Obviously.
Day 98
A garden day today so I set the children to work planting sunflower seeds. They had quite the production line going. Looking back I should have got them to plant 76 of them.
Day 99
New shoes required today for the children's feet ready for Spring and Summer. The boy refused my first choice of Converse style pumps as he didn't want to learn to tie laces. The girl had good choice with some high tops - and she did learn to tie the laces.
Day 100
100 days already?! It was a good one. I took the children to Lacock - one of our favourite local places. It was so hard to select just one photo for today but I loved the Magnolia growing outside the imposing entrance to the Abbey.
Day 101
A quick trip into school then it was a bit of a tidy the house and chill out day. I took some time out for five minutes with my chai in the garden watching the chooks enjoying a dust bath under the trampoline. Squint and you may see them!
Day 102
A rare day with the husband minus the children. We did some exploring and decision making whilst wandering around Portishead where we found this metal up-cycled cow? Bull? Answers on a postcard please.

Linking up with the great The Boy and Me...
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365 #14 {Emotional females}

It was an up and down week of mixed emotions.
Simple as that really.

365 #14

Project 365 Day 89 - Cow // 76sunflowers
Project 365 Day 90 - Physio // 76sunflowers
Project 365 Day 91 - Walk to school // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 92 - solo breakfast // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 93 - Bridesmaid request // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 94 - My Style // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 95 - Child's pose // 76sunflowers

Day 89
Mothering Sunday. It was a funny old day where once again I expected too much. We ended up going into work with the husband where I found another grumpy old cow.
Day 90
Today I finally saw the physio. I am hoping an ultrasound, massage and a dent in my wallet will be the start to ending my knee pain as I am desperate to get out running again.
Day 91
I felt stupidly sad today as I walked the kiddies to school for the last time this year. I'm back to full time work after Easter, for the first time in six years, and I am very up and down emotionally about this.
Day 92
Hormones all over the place ensured that the emotions ran high at breakfast time as I sat there alone feeling sorry myself - I'm not looking forward to a solo breakfast five times a week.
Day 93
Happy mail but not for me. The girl's turn to be emotional with a bridesmaid request from her big cousin!
Day 94
Work was almost over for the term. No children in today. Instead it was the adults' turn to learn some new things. I also thought today that I must try and downsize my work bag.
Day 95
A relaxing start to the Easter break. I grabbed myself some alone time so grabbed the interval timer, trainers and weights and went for it in the front room. I relaxed with some yoga which was interrupted by the kiddies wanting to take part. I stuck them in child's pose for a good two minutes to ensure some quiet!

Linking up with the lovely The Boy and Me...

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Bring on the clowns! {Camp Bestival 2014}

Following the announcement of the delicious Feast Collective Camp Bestival have now rolled out the news of their comedy line up as well as additions to the already amazing collection of music acts...

Camp Bestival 2014 Comedy Line Up

If you fancy running away and joining the circus, if only for a fun filled long weekend, then head this way and click the image below for everything you need to know about the amazing festival that is Camp Bestival...

Still need convincing?
Check out my experiences here.
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Disclaimer: I am receiving family Camp Bestival 2014 tickets in return for previews and reviews of this year's festival. As always, views and opinions are my own.

Foodie delights at Camp Bestival

Regular readers of 76sunflowers will know that I am a big fan of Camp Bestival enjoying not just the music and entertainment but the fine array of foods!

Camp Bestival Foodie Delights // 76sunflowers

This year the area of food has definitely not been overlooked with the introduction of The Feast Collective...

 The Feast Collective Camp Bestival 2014

Camp Bestival themselves say...

Food has always been one of the stars of the show at Camp Bestival and The Feast Collective will take it to the next level, showcasing a heavenly selection of the exquisite things happening in the food scene right now, with a carefully curated collection of appetising offerings complementing each other perfectly. Situated in front of the Castle with views of the main stage and plenty of green spaces to picnic, The Feast Collective will be a space where all the family wants to hang out. With long tables for communal dining, a bar with mixologists, talks, demos and the hustle bustle of a trading market space, it will be THE destination to head for food and drink.

With one of my favourite bands, James, playing and a fabulous foodie line up it looks like Camp Bestival have nailed it again.

Roll on Summer 2014! 
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Disclaimer: I am receiving family Camp Bestival 2014 tickets in return for previews and reviews of this year's festival. As always, views and opinions are my own.

365 #13 {Must get organised...}

It's been a pretty non descript week but one which has made me realise that I am going to have to get even more organised at home after the Easter holidays as full time work looms.

365 #13

Project 365 day 82 - Spring daffodils // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 83 - #postcircle #happymail // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 84 - Food // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 85 - Play dough stress relief // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 86 - Laundry day // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 87 - Lacock at night // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 88 - Exercise and healthy diet // 76sunflowers
Day 82
Crazy weather day today so another lazy Sunday. The bright yellow of the daffodils caught my eye through the kitchen window against the black and sunny sky.
Day 83
I spent a rather relaxing couple of hours penning letters and decorating envelopes. I am going to miss this free time soon.
Day 84
Meal preparation day before the working part of the week. Cottage pie and pasta bolognese were on the menu this week. Menu planning and food organisation will have to be upped soon.
Day 85
Play dough preparation for work. Also recommended as a great stress reliever. It is very calming kneading warm play dough straight from the pan.
Day 86
In my pyjamas by 6:30 and a mountain of laundry to get through before tackling work. Thursday nights are my least favourite night of the week. I wish someone would invent the 'self emptying hangs the washing out by itself' machine.
Day 87
A rare Friday evening out for a meal in Lacock to say goodbye to a well loved work colleague. Upon leaving the pub I suddenly remembered I hadn't taken a snap that day. I love how peaceful this village is at night, a complete contrast to the tourist filled days.
Day 88
I ate pudding last night - I never eat pudding. Plus I stupidly had two slices of cake at work. So today was all about getting the focus back with some timed workouts, peppermint tea and water.
Linking up with The Boy and Me...
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365 #12

Not sure what to call this week so let's get straight to the photos...

365 #12

Project 365 day 75 - Temple of Apollo, Stourhead // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 76 - Spring blossom // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 77 - Foam roller // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 78 - Hyacinths // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 79 - Millionaire's shortbread disappointment // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 80 - Rainbow // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 81 - Happy mail #postcircle // 76sunflowers

Day 75
What a stunning day. The husband was at work, as is now the norm for a Sunday - joys of running your own business - so me and the kiddies set off to Stourhead where we had a lovely walk around the lake. The picture here is of the door to the Temple of Apollo.
Day 76
I achieved a rather pathetic two miles before the knee issues struck me down again. I have promised myself a trip to a sports physio. On my walk back I finally spotted some blossom appearing in the park.
Day 77
Tonight I had a date with a foam roller to try and address my running problems. Don't let the look of this roller fool you. It is mean!
Day 78
The flowers are in full bloom at work and these hyacinths smell so good as I walk by on the way to my room.
Day 79
It got to 5 p.m. and I was flaking so I went to the charity food box for a sugar hit. It was a disappointment. One of those 'enjoyed for 30 seconds than felt sick' moments of madness.
Day 80
Just as I left work, the afternoon downpours stopped and the sun came out resulting in a beautiful rainbow.
Day 81
Feeling rubbish today. I was looking forward to a run to test out my legs post foam roller, instead my nose is dripping constantly and I am running out of tissues fast. Incoming happy mail via the #postcircle cheered me up though.

Linking up as always with the lovely The Boy and Me...

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365 #11 {Sunshine & mail}

Spring teased us a little this week. Inner coat linings were removed. Then it got cold again. It's always the way isn't it?
As I sit editing this with the final photo it is glorious outside. Let's hope it remains so.

365 #11

Project 365 day 68 - Cottage dreams // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 69 - #postcircle // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 70 - Garden fence // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 71 - #postcircle // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 72 - Spring flowers // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 73 - Fog // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 74 - Spring gardening // 76sunflowers

Day 68
A glorious Spring day full of sunshine and warmth. We went on our big walk today. I tried to forget about the fact I can't run this route at the moment and enjoyed the time with the children. We stopped to admire the cottages on the way. I like to think that my girl is daydreaming about living in one one day.
Day 69
Letter writing day. I recently joined up with #postcircle and sent off my first piece of snail mail for that. I had also found, and bought, a little something in Bath on Saturday that I promptly sent off to my American pen pal.
Day 70
Following a disastrous attempt at a gentle run today I pottered in the garden. I stood for a moment looking at the fence that desperately needs replacing but, due to other things being more important, it is going to have to hang on in there for some while yet. I admire its strength and perseverance to keep going. I could learn from that fence.
Day 71
My first piece of incoming #postcircle mail! Always nice to receive some happy post.
Day 72
After an uncertain start the day turned out lovely. These flowers caught my eye, happily sitting in the sunshine, on my way out from work. So nice to be leaving in daylight.
Day 73
A second foggy morning for the drive to work. Sat at the traffic lights I quickly snapped the fog.
Day 74
The weekend and Spring is back. Time to get out in the garden again and try and make some steps forward with our plans. We have so much to do and time seems so limited at the moment. We'll get there. Especially with the help of the girl.

Linking up with the super The Boy and Me...
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Spring colour {HDYGG}

Last week the sun shone on my HDYGG post but it did not want to play ball today - Tuesday - when I went out for a potter around.
Still, I found a little bit of colour.

Primulas  // 76sunflowers
Primulas // 76sunflowers
Lupins // 76sunflowers
Mini daffodils // 76sunflowers
Mini daffodils // 76sunflowers
Spring buds // 76sunflowers
Garden preparation // 76sunflowers
Picket fence // 76sunflowers
Chickens // 76sunflowers
Chickens // 76sunflowers

The primulas have just about survived unscathed from the chickens. I'm so glad as they add a vibrant splash of colour to the garden.
The lupins however tell a different story. These have had to be moved off the patio out of reach of the chooks!
I had completely forgotten about the mini daffodil bulbs and it was so nice to find a small spread of these yellow delights bobbing in the breeze.
Spring buds have started to appear on neighbouring bushes and shrubs but the vegetable garden at the end of the garden remains untouched in two weeks.
The old picket fence will have to remain for now - one day it will need replacing but seeing as no one knows who is fully responsible for boundaries and having gone 50/50 in the past we are held on this one.
Finally, the chickens are back free range following two big fence panels being replaced so, fingers crossed, the chooks are free to roam. Until we re seed the lawn!

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Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?
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