Thursday photo #195

It seems that the climate of the blogging world is changing. Since the beginning of 2018, work has been somewhat different. Online, everyone seems to be looking for a quick fix. Visual media, video and images are replacing writing in so many instances. They say a picture speaks a thousand words, but are we getting to a point where words are no longer sought after?

Video, images and the city

Between the beginning of January and next week, I will have been to London for work three times. This may not seem a lot, but it’s as many times as I went during the whole of 2017. The other difference is that a high proportion of my work this month has come from either video or Instagram. The videos haven’t been for my own YouTube, there’s one for Families Online on their blog and another exciting project in the pipeline.

Images also seem to be more sought after this year, I’m having a lot of requests to put sponsored content on my Instagram. I’ve taken a few of these on, but it’s lovely to just do the things that are in fitting with my theme.

Whilst I’m still working as a writer – both on the blog and in other publications – I’m enjoying the shift towards other areas of work. I’ve never been one to stick with the same job for a long time, so I’m embracing the changes and enjoying learning new skills.


Would I even be a parent if I didn’t spend most of my waking moments moaning that I don’t get enough sleep? Well you’ll be pleased to know, I am a parent. And I miss sleep. Libby has got a bit of a cough at the moment. During the day, she’s fine. But as soon as she lies down in bed, she starts to cough.

Luckily for her, she somehow manages to sleep through most of the coughing. When it gets really bad, one of us has to go and wake her up to get her to lie on her side (it’s worse when she’s on her back) or have a drink. So, she wakes up in the morning fresh as a daisy. We don’t.

Lia generally sleeps through the night with no problem and she’s been out of nappies at night for a few months now. But occasionally, she still wets the bed or has a bad dream. I think Libby’s cough has been disturbing her a bit this week, because she’s had us up a few times in the night. And to top it all off, one of the dogs will often bang on the door to be let out.

Can anybody with older children tell me when this will come to an end? I’m fed up of being a zombie. It will be six years in June since I became a mum and I’m pretty sure I’ve aged by at least 20 years.

Living history

Last weekend, we took the girls to a tour of Croome run by three ex-pupils of the catholic boys’ school that was based there years ago. Libby is fascinated that it used to be a school and was delighted to take the tour. They were the only children there and coped incredibly well. It helped that the tour guides were incredibly friendly and made the effort to put the girls at ease.

The tour itself was brilliant and we learnt a lot about Croome and how the boys were treated. The girls really related to what the tour guides were saying, picturing themselves in their shoes, as the boys were treated quite unkindly whilst they were there. One of them joined the school at six years old, just a few months older than Libby is now. What a relief that times have changed and the beautiful building is now used for much more wholesome purposes.

Our Thursday photo #195

I’ve taken the sum total of no photos of the girls this week. So, our Thursday photo is one I grabbed this morning on our decking before school.

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  1. What a lovely photo – and none of their classic silly faces! Glad you’re enjoying all the video and IG work. It’s a good job I’m not bothered about making money off my blog because I can only cope with words! Hopefully you’ll get your full night’s sleep soon. We didn’t really get disturbed once my daughter had turned six months, although they did like to get up at 5am. Those times have certainly changed!

  2. Hi Nat, the shift in work must help keep things interesting., but I do hope words don’t lose their influence, the magic of words is they allow us to imagine things… I was quite lucky that the only time I had disturbed sleep was when the children were sick and the last few months of our old dog’s life, but I did have a friend whose little girl gave her sleepless nights, she sleeps like a baby now her daughter has moved out! Hang in there… It’s nice to see your girls look so happy in the morning, or does the camera lie?


  3. Gorgeous pics Nat 🙂 Interesting your experience of the changes in work. I keep getting asked to host guest posts on my blog. I’ve turned them down. I might be missing a trick but I just don’t feel comfortable with it when I don’t really understand it all. The film stuff is exciting to hear about. There was a tv mockumentary series on vloggers on BBC last year that will either make you chuckle or despair about the whole industry. Sleep- erm – mine are 6 and 8 and I can no longer blame them for my sleeplessness as they generally go right through unless they’re sick, so looking elsewhere for the cause now. The Croombe tour must have been fascinating. I’ve seen adverts for teachers for boarding schools that take kids as young as 3! Can you imagine sending a baby away for months at a time? I’ve had kids at summer camp at the outdoor ed company we worked for who came straight from boarding school to us and back to boarding school at the end of the holidays. They were heart breaking, every stereotype of ‘poor little rich kids’. They scoffed that our quad bikes weren’t as good as theirs etc, and had constant meltdowns over everything. I felt so sorry for them.

    1. Thanks Maz. I don’t host guest posts either, I prefer to use my blog as a showcase of my own writing. We’re enjoying the video work though, lovely to do something different. Very sad about the children being away from home so much, I’m sure people have their reasons but I can’t see why you’d have children if it wasn’t to spend time with them.