Saturday, 31 May 2014

Be More | May

Goodbye, May, you were marvellous!
We continued to be more.
~ welcome several overnight guests throughout the month.
~ first time face painting.
~ get togethers in Hyde Park.
~ decorating The Boy Child's bedroom.
~ blossoming friendships.
~ Afternoon Tea.
Good news.
~ Autism friendly cinema.
~ Good weather for outdoor adventures.
~ Rubbish weather and indoor adventures.
~ Scavenger Hunt.
~ Turning 46.
And oh, so much more.
May has whizzed by.
Hello, June and all that you can offer.

Do you have a word for 2014 that you want to keep at the forefront of your mind during your daily life?

Friday, 30 May 2014

Five on Friday

1) Writing thank you notes to friends who throw a surprise tea party for me yesterday.
 2) Hoping that weather like this has moved on.
 3) Waving Granny off at the station.  She'll be back in 6 sleeps.
4) Knowing that the Holiday Diary is worth the hard work.
5) Buying too much washi tape from Paperchase, thanks to birthday gift vouchers.
How does your Friday look?

Thursday, 29 May 2014


Ha, a post all about me!
Today I turned 46 years old.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

This Moment

Companionable silence.
The Boy Child is reading 50 Years of Doctor Who.
The cover of said book has been put on upside down.
Granny is starting The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Chiswick House and Gardens

When you own a dog, you have to walk it once a day, if not twice.
Even in the rain.
Today's destination was Chiswick House and Gardens.
 It rained the whole time we were there.
But we were prepared.
The gardens are beautiful and were first laid in the 1720s.  Incredible.
The day wasn't quite what I'd had in mind, but given the weather, it turned out well.  The Boy Child was very good about not moaning and groaning.
A big change from the last Bank Holiday.
You can learn more about Chiswick House and Gardens here.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Sketch Solutions

There's no need for me to reinvent the wheel.
I admit that I often use sketches as a jumping-off point when scrapbooking.
Which is why Sketch Solutions is an ideal class for me.
Sketch 1: two 6x4 photos, one portrait and one landscape.
The patterned paper is all from October Afternoon's fabulous Travel Girl range.  The cute cameras were cut from a sheet in the Honey range from Becky Higgins.  The 6x4 journaling card is from the Americana range by Becky Higgins.  This page is destined for The Boy Child's album.
Sketch 2: one 7x5 photo and two 2x2 photos, although mine are actually 2.5x2.5.
The patterned paper is all from the Kiwi range by Becky Higgins.  This is also destined for The Boy Child's album and I wanted to record the fact that his behaviour made the whole trip very difficult.  (Autism isn't mentioned by name in the journaling, as we have yet to decide whether to have the Big Talk at some point (and risk making the whole thing into something that he perceives to be bad) or to gradually start mentioning Autism in conjunction with everyday difficult situations as they arise.)

Either on sketches or discussing autism.

Saturday, 24 May 2014


I took The Boy Child to the Natural History Museum today to see Mammoths: Ice Age Giants.
Because I wanted to see Lyuba (pronounced Looba).
~ Source: Natural History Museum ~ 
Lyuba is a baby mammoth and is around 40,000 years old.  She died at just one month old, when she drowned in mud.
She was discovered in Siberia in 2007 by reindeer herders and her name is Russian for love.  No photographs of her were allowed.
She was so beautiful and delicate, if a 20 stone baby mammoth can be, that I went back to look at her three times.
There was also time for looking at a few touchy-feely exhibits.
 And a visit to the blue whale; always a favourite.
And once home, time to write about it in his Holiday Diary in return for 20 minutes iPad time.
A good start to the half-term holidays.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Five on Friday

1) We've been celebrating The Boy Child being chosen as Lower School Star of the Week for a vast improvement in all subjects and a positive attitude towards friends and school.
The mug shot photo was taken by a teacher and not by me.  Obviously.
2) I've had an overdue haircut and am subsequently discovering a lot more grey silver strands.
3)  We've received an invitation to a garden party.  How lovely.  We'd love to come, thanks very much. And such an scrapbooky (The Brainy One's word) invitation.
4) I'm enjoying the country garden currently blooming in the grounds of the church on the Broadway.
  5) I've almost accomplished the redesign of my office space.
There's still stuff on the floor that needs a new home, but the whole space is looking much better for the time and effort I've invested in it.

How does your Friday look?

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Ask a Silly Question

The unintentionally funny things that The Boy Child says are like the #65 bus.
You wait for ages and then two come along at the same time.
Following on his recent comment about slices of mango, I give you a conversation about the British middle distance runner, double gold Olympian Mo Farah
You said, "Mo Farah is in the Commonwealth Games. 
 We saw it on Newsround; he said, "See you in Glasgow!"  
Mummy asked, "Which distance will he be running?"
You said, "Um. Maybe from the start to the finish?"
Ask a silly question.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Simply a Moment

She stole my heart the very first time I met her and The Boy Child adores her.
She appears to like us.

The lovely Alexa is hosting her final ever Simply a Moment and you can read hers, and more, here.

Monday, 19 May 2014

It Seemed Like a Good Idea

Around 6.30 pm this evening, I decided that it would be a good idea to change my office around.
It all stemmed from taking down the net curtains.
I know.
Nothing in my space matches.
It's second-hand: wooden drawers and metal filing cabinet.
It's recycled from The Brainy One's office: shelves holding the albums.
None of that bothers me in the slightest.
What has been bothering me is the whole idea of too much stuff.
I'm thinking about our attempt to be more in 2014.
I may be some time.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Sunday Sunshine

We were last at Strand-on-the-Green in February.  I gathered the troops and we were riverside in the sunshine before 10.30 am.
Lots of other people had the same idea.  Cyclists are supposed to give way to pedestrians, but that wasn't always the case and there were a few near misses.  Don't cyclists understand that children and dogs don't necessarily walk in a straight line?
We were able to find an outside table at a very nice restaurant for brunch.  The first thing the waiter did was to bring a bowl of water for the pooch.  Always a good sign for any restaurant/cafe.
 ~ Mmmm, what to choose? ~
 ~ Eggs Benedict for the Brainy One ~
~ fruit, yoghurt and granola for me ~
~ toast and jam for The Boy Child ~
Both The Boy Child and I had had breakfast at 8 am.
How did you spend your Sunday?

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Scavenger Hunt

No, not the one Rinda organises each summer.
This was a PTA organised one at school and it turned out to be great fun.
We called ourselves Team Old Bean because that is what The Boy Child is called by his best friend's father.
And we managed a very creditable third place.
The children rounded off the proceedings by serenading us parents.
A lovely couple of hours in the company of some of our very favourite people.
Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon at all.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Seeing the Details

Over the last week, The Boy Child's bedroom has been redecorated.
Gone are the pale blue walls adorned with posters of military aircraft and assorted transfers.
Gone are the curtains adorned with bright yellow diggers.
After lunch, when I'd ironed and hung new curtains, I took my camera, mug of tea, book and various electronic devices into his room.
And sat quietly.
And took in the details.
He'd wanted curtains with Liverpool FC on them.  I couldn't bring myself to buy them, so we compromised on red.  The blind is also new (the previous one was a health hazard) and only justs fits the width of the window.  Yours truly Someone didn't quite get her calculations correct.  The bunting has been recycled from the Diamond Jubilee in 2012; I simply put it in the washer and then ironed it.
The funky clock started off in The Boy Child's playroom, but migrated to the bedroom when the previous clock ticked too loudly.
On the shelf are photos and a gift from our American friends.
On the wall is a framed scrapbook page from 2010.
Waiting to go the walls are last year's class photo and a photo montage.
Making the room his room are the collection of stuffed toys.  The small bear is Granny Ted and these days she is quadriplegic.  She is the most loved of all his stuffed toys and came with me when I went into hospital to have him.  
He is a reader.  Although most evenings, he likes to be read to.  We are currently working our way through Worzel Gummidge.
What details do you see/remember in your child/ren's room/s?
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