31 December 2014

Project 365 #52 {The end!}

Well, here it is, the final days of Project 365 2014.
There were days that were difficult to snap hence the number of stationery and cups of tea - and bottles of gin - snaps.
There were days when I had too many images to choose from.
All in all though I have loved being a part of this project.
Bring on 2015!

Project 365 #52

Project 365 day 355 - Landrover Defender // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 356 - Chocolate Orange Hot Chocolate // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 357 - Hot Lemon & Honey // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 358 - Christmas Eve Dominoes // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 359 - Family Coasters // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 360 - Boxing Day Lego // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 361 - Lacock Birdwatching // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 362 - Local walk // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 363 - Winter shadows // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 364 - Grafitti in the Winter sun // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 365 - Get organised for 2015! // 76sunflowers

Day 355
The boy led us on a walk today from our doorstep to the fields behind the kiddos' school. We came across the old Landrover again - such a beautiful vehicle.
Day 356
Feeling under the weather and following an early start to do the Christmas food shop we had a lazy day. We cuddled up with Chocolate Orange hot chocolates - I can recommend.
Day 357
The lurgy took hold today with my voice going things were not good. I lived off hot honey and lemon and copious amounts of paracetamol.
Day 358
Christmas Eve wasn't quite as I had planned. It's my favourite day of the holidays usually with the build up and baking. Today my energy levels were zero and my heart wasn't in it at all. I just about coped with a game of dominoes with Elf in the background.
Day 359
Christmas Day - I grinned and beared it today. I'm sure the dinner tasted delicious. I got some lovely goodies from the children at school and I really liked the husband's family gift this year - initialled coasters. The word we spelt was slightly ironic today.
Day 360
Boxing Day - a traditional day of laziness even though I was desperate for some fresh air. As I type this up I can't even remember if we left the house or not! We definitely made a start on the lego though.
Day 361
Finally, I got some fresh air with a walk around the fields at Lacock. The boy got a new hat - which has barely left his head since Christmas Day - and some binoculars so we had to go exploring.
Day 362
The husband was back to work today so it was back to being just me and the kiddos. We did a walk from our doorstep again today making the most of the fields down our lane. The children were happy exploring fields of ice and watching the occasional train go by.
Day 363
The kiddos wanted to repeat the same walk as yesterday again today so off we went. The weather has been beautiful - sunny and cold - and the Winter shadows were long.
Day 364
Today we wandered into town for a few bits from the shops. On the way back I actually stopped to look at the graffiti having walked past it many times without giving it a second glance.
Day 365
New Years Eve - the final day of 2014! Yesterday I started putting together a Family Journal Planner for 2015 after pinning tons of ideas to Pinterest. Today I finished it off with a Home Planner from Penny at Wayfair. So I now have lots of things to organise, budget and do in 2015!


Linking up to the wonderful The Boy and Me - HUGE thanks for hosting the linky every week!

x x x


22 December 2014

Dyrham Deer {National Trust}

Dyrham Deer {National Trust} // 76sunflowers

On Saturday we were all feeling under the weather but decided some fresh air was needed to clear our heads.
We decided to head up to one of our favourite local National Trust spots, Dyrham Park, for a little bit of deer spotting.
Dyrham Deer {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
It didn't take us too long to find our first one. Well, our first wooden reindeer anyway on the lovely reindeer trail through the park.
We always head to our favourite tree - which I have discovered to be a favourite of others - but some other visitors had beaten us to it.
We couldn't complain though.
We just stood in awe and watched them.
Dyrham Deer {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Dyrham Deer {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Dyrham Deer {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Eventually we tore ourselves away to continue to explore, run down hills and watch the most beautiful sunset ...
Dyrham Deer {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Dyrham Deer {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Dyrham Deer - Sunset {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Dyrham Deer - Sunset {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
...before buying some Christmas essentials.

Happy Christmas // 76sunflowers

Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year to you all, see you in 2015!
x x x

20 December 2014

Project 365 #51 {'Twas the week before Christmas}

The holidays are finally here!
School is out for two weeks and we can unwind, have family time and really get into the festive spirit.

Project 365 #51

Project 365 day 348 - Daffodil planting // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 349 - Coconut macaroons // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 350 - Last school walk of 2014 // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 351 - 3d snowflake // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 352 - Halo // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 353 - Christmas hot chocolate // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 354 - Sunset at Dyrham Park // 76sunflowers

Day 348
Some gardening time with the boy this morning finally planting the daffodils for next Spring.
Day 349
I had some leftover condensed milk - so pleased to find a non nestle tin in Waitrose - and made coconut macaroons for the first time. They were so delicious!
Day 350
Last school walk of the year - I can feel my waistband getting tighter already.
Day 351
Tonight the girl taught me how to make a huge 3d snowflake.
Day 352
I've spent the last 48 hours wearing my angel halo to work - it's putting me in the festive mood!
Day 353
Last day of work! As tradition dictates as soon as I got home the lurgy struck so medicinal marshmallows and hot chocolate were called for.
Day 354
Out in the fresh air to clear us all of germs, we headed up to Dyrham Park where we got close to the deer - photos to come in another post - and watched the most beautiful sunset. No picmonkeying needed at all for this snap.

Have a wonderful Christmas Project 365ers and readers!

Linking up to The Boy and Me...

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x x x

13 December 2014

Project 365 #50 {Feeling Festive}

I'm finally feeling festive this week.
The first present appeared under the tree and the Christingle service made us feel all warm and Christmassy inside.

Project 365 #50

Project 365 day 341 - A walk with the boy // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 342 - Festive Chai Latte // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 343 - On a cold and frosty morning // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 344 - The first present // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 345 - Christingle // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 346 - Happy Christmas from Camp Bestival // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 347 - Christmas in Bath // 76sunflowers

Day 341
Just me and my boy today - we enjoyed a walk from our doorstep followed by Arthur Christmas back home.
Day 342
A rare take away festive drink - a chai latte always puts me in the seasonal mood.
Day 343
A beautiful cold and frosty morning for the walk to school today.
Day 344
My first present under the tree - a perk of the job.
Day 345
The girl had her Christingle tonight - the church being plunged into darkness followed by the flickering candles always warms the heart.
Day 346
A Happy Christmas from Camp Bestival today with the first line up announcement - I'm kind of excited to see Kaiser Chiefs and Underworld!
Day 347
Making the most of the temporarily nearby in-laws I headed into Bath with the husband for the afternoon. Only a tiny bit of shopping needed to be done so we enjoyed just wandering around, looking at the decorations and partaking in a mulled cider - or two.

Linking up with The Boy and Me...

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky
x x x

12 December 2014

Underworld {Camp Bestival}

It's Friday.
It's been a long week with the run up to Christmas at work.
Everyone is over excited.
Everyone needs to calm down a bit.
Then I came home.
And got over excited again as this landed in my inbox...

Line up Camp Bestival 2015

So obviously I had to listen to this and start educating the kiddos in all things nineties...

You'll find me with the rest of the sun soaked parents reliving the nineties on Sunday August 2nd in the fields at Lulworth Castle.
If you're tempted there's a Xmas Offer on here.
Or check out more info at www.campbestival.net
You won't be disappointed!
For past reviews and information take a peek here....

x x x

9 December 2014

Just me and my boy

Just me and my boy // 76sunflowers

I love being a mother of two but sometimes it's just lovely to have one of them to myself.
Last weekend the girl was invited to a sleepover at a friend's house.
I'm loving her growth in confidence and the fact that she is developing new friendships at school.
I'm also freaked out by the speed at which they are both growing.
Rare time alone with the boy always makes me think back to the days when E had just started school and A was just 2.
I was a SAHM - life was so much easier then.
Just me and my boy // 76sunflowers
Just me and my boy // 76sunflowers
Just me and my boy // 76sunflowers
Just me and my boy // 76sunflowers
Just me and my boy // 76sunflowers
Just me and my boy // 76sunflowers

My boy led the way through the gate into the field at the end of the lane. We stopped to look around at the wide open space; space for children to run, space for dogs to be walked, space to walk through the leaves, space to throw them up and let the wind catch them on the breeze.
I'm so sad that this space, and much more here, is threatened by more than 500 houses.
We carried on through fields of animals, picking up sticks and pretending to be Harry Potter making magic.
We looked up at the pylons, always an imposing sight and always rather worrying when the passing clouds makes them look as if they are about to tumble.
We walked around the fields chatting about the train line and a passing diverted train with endless carriages.
We walked around the fields hand in hand appreciating what we have on our doorstep.
We walked around the fields enjoying being mummy and son.

Time with my boy took me back.
Time with my boy is so precious.

How long will it be until he doesn't want to hold my hand?

Linking up to Country Kids...
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

x x x

6 December 2014

Project 365 #49 {Light}

A variety of light seems to be a running theme this week.

Project 365 #49

Project 365 #49 day 334 - Winter sunset // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #49 day 335 - Basement Jaxx 02 Academy Bristol // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #49 day 336 - Plants for sale // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #49 day 337 - Fairy lights // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #49 day 338 - Lamp post light // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #49 day 339 - Sunrise // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #49 day 340 - Christmas tree // 76sunflowers

Day 334
The kiddos had play dates home and away today and I was able to walk back and forth for drop offs and pick ups. I love the freedom of walking and will always choose to walk over driving when I can. You miss the beautiful skies and sunsets when stuck behind the wheel of a car.
Day 335
A rare night out with my lovely friend today. She booked tickets for Basement Jaxx after we had seen them at Camp Bestival, this time we were obviously without the children. A night of live music is always good and I'm glad I can still hold my own with the young 'uns half my age!
Day 336
I walked to the local village post office today to send off some #postcircle mail and a package to my American pen-pal. On the way back the local farm had plants for sale - every time I never have change on me to buy anything.
Day 337
New fairy lights purchased. Always have to check they work.
Day 338
A soggy start to the day. Not always easy leaving for work in the dark with only the glow of the street lamp to brighten up the morning.
Day 339
A beautiful sunrise today - my camera phone snap leaving the house just didn't do it justice.
Day 340                                                                                                                                                               Finally tree day arrived. This year, due to an extra chair in the front room, we have our old smaller tree in there and the bigger tree has been put in the back room. This room gets the sunlight and as we were decorating the light streamed through the back windows.

Linking up with the lovely The Boy and Me...
TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky
x x x
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