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Thursday Photo #160

After a somewhat trying week last week with illness, half term couldn’t come soon enough. We had a few quiet days at home, with the girls napping in the afternoons to catch up on some sleep. On Monday we had a lovely day out at National Trust Croome and on Tuesday, we travelled up to Northumberland for a few days camping.

The last day of school

The last day of school before half term was Libby’s first day back after her illness. She was so pleased to be well enough to go, but I was a bit worried about sending her. She has become painfully thin, she just didn’t have enough weight to lose through illness. Her energy levels were low and I wondered how she’d cope.

Nonetheless, she was no longer ill and she wanted to go, so off she went. I don’t think they were doing much that day. There was a party in the afternoon, which Lia and I were allowed to go along to. All the school children were dressed up as princesses and Lia was delighted to wear her princess dress too. Libby wasn’t quite her usual self, but nonetheless she managed the day at school, had her face painted and loved every minute of it.

A new colleague

As usual, I’ve brought my laptop on holiday with us so I could get a small amount of work done. As we’re camping, I’ve been waking up early and sitting outside the tent to work. The dogs joined me while everyone else was snoozing, and we’ve also had an unexpected visitor.

The campsite is overrun with rabbits and ducks. The ducks in particular are incredibly tame – in fact, one has taken rather a liking to us. As you might imagine, I was somewhat surprised when a duck marched over and tried to drink my tea while I was working. It surprised me even more when the same duck decided to help itself to some dog food that was next to the tent.

The duck then strolled over and sat with me while I worked, letting me stroke it and wandering off occasionally to see if it could steal some more food from the dog. It is an unconventional work colleague, but I think office ducks could catch on. If we stay much longer I’ll have to teach it to put the kettle on.


We spent a lovely day yesterday on The Holy Island of Lindisfarne. There was glorious sunshine but there was quite a breeze so it wasn’t too warm. We had a picnic, went rockpooling on the beach and enjoyed the stunning views from the clifftops. Even the dogs seemed to enjoy it.

Thursday photo #160

I took this photo on Monday while we were at National Trust Croome. It was pouring with rain so we sat under a tree for a picnic and the girls shared a deckchair. It was lovely to see how they didn’t care about the weather. They were enjoyed each other’s company and had fun playing together outside.



  1. June 1, 2017 / 7:41 am

    sometimes just sometimes I miss a tent. I tend to sleep in late in the caravan but weirdly miss getting up early in the tents and sitting outside for a morning brew. The mornings whilst camping before everyone else wakes is my favourite time of the day. Can’t say I’ve ever had a duck for company though

  2. June 1, 2017 / 7:49 am

    We also went to a NT on Monday and had a picnic in the rain, the girls loved it! We are going on our first camping trip this month and I really hope it goes well and it means the start of many more. Enjoy your last few days of half term x

  3. June 1, 2017 / 7:49 am

    Aww, how cool is that duck! Glad Libby is feeling better now, it’s not good when they are losing so much weight.
    We’ve been meaning to visit Holy Island for ages, but the tides are never right when we’re at the in laws.
    Enjoy the rest of you holiday!

  4. June 1, 2017 / 11:40 am

    It sounds like a fabulous trip and I’m glad Libby is feeling better. Loving your new colleague too 🙂

  5. June 2, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    I’m surprised you’re not hiring the duck as a ghost writer I’m sure your posts would be more entertaining 😉

  6. June 5, 2017 / 11:53 am

    Sounds like a wonderful half term break. That sunset photo is stunning. The girls look like they are enjoying themselves too 🙂

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