Autumn and Half Term

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The changing leaves

I love Autumn.  The leaves changing,  all the colours as you go along the streets and in the parks.  Its wonderful.   It makes me think of curling up on the sofa on the chilly afternoons to watch a film and drink hot chocolate.  In fact that was partially how I imagined this half term would go.  Instead we have the delight of an Indian Summer and lovely mild days and nights. My two have been spending a lot of time in the garden.  With this warmer weather in mind I knew my garden needed some attention.

 

One morning, this week, we were a crack team of garden makeover experts. Myself, my Mum and my two children set to work.  We have two large trees in the garden either side of us and, thanks to Hurricane Brian, there were a lot of leaves on the ground. The leaves were definitely affecting playtime so they had to go!

Did you know that we now name hurricanes, I just learned this and we are expecting more this autumn/winter season.

We kept going until there wasn’t a single leaf on the lawn. They were all amazing and it didn’t take us too long. Then I mowed it to look extra neat and had a lovely feeling of job satisfaction.

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My leaf free, freshly mowed lawn…. for now!

Does anyone else view doing the garden as extra housework?  I don’t mind as I do find it quite relaxing (something my teenager self would have never believed) and you can quickly see the results of any hard work. Also when I am gardening and I get all muddy, it always makes me chuckle to think that people pay to put mud on their face! I am not certain I would want to cover myself in all the soil from my flower bed?  I think I will stick to my Vesuvio FaceMask.  Which puts in natural ingredients into your skin and you won’t find weeds in!

My "almost" weed and leaf free flower bed
My almost weed free but definitely leaf free flower bed

What are you thoughts about lawns?  I love my slightly weedy real lawn but my husband would like an artificial one.  Are you are real or an artificial fan?  I know three people who have them. I will admit they look great but for me there is something about the smell of freshly mowed grass that makes me keep mine and do my best to look after it.

Later this week, we are off to find more Autumn colours on the common.  I can’t wait.

 

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Mothering Sunday

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Happy Mothering Sunday

What are your thoughts about Mothering Sunday?  I think today is one of choice.  What you feel you need do.  How you want to recognise and remember the important women in your life.  With a card, a phone call or a visit? To take time out for a treat or to immerse yourself in family?  It’s entirely up to you.  But also to be aware, like that any special day, it can be a hard day for people close to you.tulips-320151_960_720

Today I am spending  a very relaxing day with my family, my husband and my two children.  We  have spent some time in the garden and a roast dinner is planned for later.  I actually did some very simple weeding but it felt good as my background noise was my children having fun on their trampoline. Bliss.

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New Skin Mask

 

Later I will spend some time just for me.  For me, this is taking time to do a face mask, and have a lovely bubble bath .Actually taking the time to apply my favourite body moisturiser.  As I have many crazy mornings when finding time to brush teeth and hair is a challenge let alone anything else.

As a Mum, sometimes you can feel like you lose your identity a bit. I have learnt that it is important to be a well balanced as possible. I find balance by taking some time out just for me.  It is invaluable as I can take a different perspective and challenge any difficulties in another way.  For some women, this is going to work, for others they find solace in exercise, others in chocolate or a cheeky glass of wine!

Motherhood, in fact parenthood, is as rewarding as it is challenging, you can constantly feel like you are making it up as you go along.  Just when you think you have found a solution, things change and you need to adapt.  It is also a time when you start to have an understanding of what your own mother went through as well.  Its very enlightening and thought provoking.  Therefore the time to reflect, thank people and being thanked is a joy.

Have a delightful and wonderful day.

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My lovely bubble bath