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Thursday Photo #142

Does anybody else have to look at Instagram to remember what they’ve done each week? I’m sure it can’t just be me. Anyway, after quickly refreshing my mind, here’s what we’ve been up to.

Our week

I had a pretty chilled morning on Friday while the girls were at school and nursery. After a quick walk with the dogs, I headed to our local Tesco baby event so I could blog about it. Then I treated myself to a coffee and a muffin until it was time to pick Lia up.

Tesco Baby Club Event - sign up to the baby club to receive deals and advice for expectant parents and parents of babies and toddlers

The weekend was relatively chilled with Libby going to a party on Saturday and her swimming lesson on Sunday. I spent Sunday afternoon relaxing in the fabulous Fishmore Hall spa, followed by afternoon tea. Perfect.

Afternoon tea and spa at Fishmore Hall

Lia has continued the battle over her ballet and rhythmic gymnastics classes. She is desperate to go and join in, but when she gets there she just doesn’t want to do it. We’ve decided that we’re going to allow her to go along each week for this half term and see if she decides to join in. If not she’ll have to stop and she can try again when she’s a bit older.

On the plus side, she has demonstrated a new-found ability to draw, producing quite impressive trains and stick men. She even drew her dad. I think it was an uncanny likeness.

Both girls behaved incredibly well at a family funeral on Monday, despite the fact it involved a long car journey and two services to sit through. Much as they can be a pain at home, we’re always proud of the way they behave when we’re in public.

Some thoughts on current affairs

It’s quite rare for me to mention current affairs on my blog. It’s usually when I get cross about something or when something happens that is particularly relevant to us. This week though, I wanted to share a few thoughts on the potential global crisis that appears to be developing as a result of President Trump’s inauguration.

I concur with what appears to be the popular opinion outside of America – that the incoming president is bad news for the world. That said, I also think there will be some positive outcomes. Every time he denies climate change or signs another bill that condones prejudice and hate, the rest of the world seems grow a little closer.

More people are taking an interest in environmental issues such as avoiding palm oil. The women’s marches saw women from all over the world marching in solidarity with Washington. The Dutch have already announced that they’ll be setting up an international safe abortion fund, and American scientific organisations are rebelling against the attempt to stop them talking about climate change.

And for every act of hate that takes place, there are more people willing to stand up and be counted. We are all starting to realise that we have to do our bit to protect our rights and our planet. And even a man as powerful as the president of the United States can’t have more impact than a world full of people who stand up for what is right.

Our Thursday photo #142

This week, Libby has taken to writing. She can write properly but she prefers to do pretend joined-up writing. She’s proud of the stories she writes that only she can read. And Lia is carrying around the syringe from a toy doctors kit, prodding everyone she sees.

Thursday photo #142 - dream big little one, you can be anything you want to be.



  1. January 26, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Yey for massages, afternoon tea and amazing views. Boo, for family funerals. Big hugs to you all.

    I used to love making up stories with my Grandad. Or making up dance shows with my dressing up box. Gotta love an active imagination.

  2. January 27, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Very cute picture of the girls! The spa looks fabulous. I like your thoughts on Trump and the world – I hadn’t thought of it like that. It’s nice to get a positive view.

  3. January 27, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Sounds like you’ve a real mixed week. Sorry to hear you had a funeral to go to, but well done to your girls for being angels. Lots of lovely relaxing time too, which I am in need of. A gorgeous photo of your girls x

  4. January 28, 2017 / 10:03 am

    What a lovely photo of the girls. I totally remember writing lots of stories in pretend writing when I was little too. I was desperate to do joined up writing but didn’t know how!

  5. January 29, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    A spa day sounds amazing. I actually have a voucher for one that I must arrange soon! It’s lovely when you see your children behaving well in public. My daughter behaves much better for other people than she does for us, I suppose I’d rather that than the other way round!

  6. January 29, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    I have to admit I unashamedly ‘curate’ my instagram feed so it often bears no resemblance to what I’ve actually done during the week… wonder I can never remember what we’ve done! You’ve really made me feel a little brighter about current affairs – thanks for putting such a positive spin on what is a dire situation. You’re right, so many people have grouped together in a way they hadn’t done before. It’s very heartening. I’m off for a read about the spa now – sounds great. x

  7. February 1, 2017 / 5:06 am

    Hi Nat, I like your take on Trump. Maybe his strong arm tactics can do good, but not in the way he expects. Maybe the voting in of Trump and the uncertainty over Brexit will cause people to take more care when it comes to casting votes.

    It sounds like Libby is working on the handwriting of a Doctor and Lia could be her nurse. Lovely photo.


  8. February 2, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    I often have to look back over my photos too to remind myself of what I’ve been up to in the week! Love that photo of your girls. Lia looks very happy with her syringe and Libby looks very proud of her writing. I do find all the news about what Trump is doing very depressing but it is heartening to read about people standing up against him for what is right x

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