Sunday 27 July 2014


Summer holidays already!
And I know the next 6 weeks will fly by and I'll be saying "Back to school already!".

But there will obviously also be days that drag with boredom, where the kids have forgotten how to use their own imagination and where I have to squeeze in some work at home. I don't subscribe to the school of filling my children's days for them with an agenda of activities, day trips and play dates. I am happy to point to the garden and say, "There you go. Play." and see what their imaginations can come up with using a broom, a football and a flowerpot. Please don't think that those are their only toys. They can use the washing line too if they want.

I want them to have fun, and when we can, we will be taking trips, seeing friends and going on outings. But I also want them to have the freedom to use their imagination and 6 long weeks of summer seems like a great time to do so.

Who needs any toys when you can run in the rain!

In the rain - Five Go Blogging

Exploring nature in the house.

Moth watch - Five Go Blogging

Throw and catch.

Throw and catch - Five Go Blogging

Perfecting cartwheels.

Cartwheels - Five Go Blogging

Experimenting with bouncy things on bouncy things. Result: bouncy!

Bouncy - Five Go Blogging

Have bike, will travel. Except with a puncture.

Puncture - Five Go Blogging

He was completely absorbed by 4 years of football cards and stickers, creating his own unique team. It was an hour of entertainment and I was completely surplus to requirements.

Absorbed - Five Go Blogging

I hope your summer holidays have all started off well and will continue to be filled with lots of fun and laughter. And gin, should the fun and laughter be lacking on that day.

Now skip along and visit The Boy and Me.

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

Saturday 19 July 2014

7 illusions and a gracious thank you.

Things are not always as they appear.

This may be a grass seed but in her imagination it is a miniature bunch of flowers.

This may look like a fishtail loomband bracelet but is in fact a double fishtail loomband bracelet (as named by the Big One before we found out it is in fact actually called a double fishtail).

Double fishtail - Fivegoblogging

I may look like a pre-schooler but I think you will find I have graduated.

I graduated - Fivegoblogging

I may look like a beautiful English rose against a perfect summer sky but I am actually poised across your path ready to deploy my razor thorns and strike upon your forehead at any moment.

Thorny rose - Fivegoblogging

I may look intricate and complicated but I can be created by a 6 year old in a matter of minutes.

Bracelet braiding - Fivegoblogging

I may look like a random assortment of scrap metal atop a beaten up car but I am in fact a mobile art installation.

Is it art? - Fivegoblogging

I may look like I am going to kick the ball this way but I will actually be kicking the ball the other way and breaking the drainpipe.

Dummy kick - Fivegoblogging

I may look like a popular blog with my highest ever Tots100 ranking ever but I am in fact a spam-magnet with an occasional hardy reader who I would like to thank graciously.

 *offers thanks graciously*

Please pop along to some much higher ranked bloggers than I including the wonderful The Boy and Me.

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

Sunday 13 July 2014

Busy standing still

"So much to do, and so much time to do it in.", said no one ever.

I am in danger of meeting myself coming back and ... I almost missed a photo a day.

It was 11.54pm. I was crawling into bed and I realised that my iPhone camera had lain dormant all day. Rushing here, rushing there, admiring a view on my commute but not a spare moment to stop to capture it. A funny expression caught in my minds eye but not by the lens of a camera. But I remembered, just. Hence a lame photo of books on my bedside table that I am too tired to read. 

I am 6 weeks into a new job and a juggling act. I think my juggling needs more practice! I won't bore you with 3 weeks of photos as I catch up with my 365, but I have chosen my favourites from each week instead.

Chef de BBQ in action pose.

Look Mummy, the ice-cream van!

Beer festival discovery: Mr Squirrel. A fine pint.

Poundland discovery: water absorbing beads = mini crystal ball and the Princess inverted.

All aboard the mini Bourne Bus.

My god-daughter has the longest legs, exaggerated by this swing photo.

Flower Power at the school fair.

I haven't cheated, I haven't slipped off the 365 wagon. I have managed a photo a day which I keep up to date on my 365project account so feel free to have a gander.

I hope I will get back my elusive equilibrium and be a better blogger very soon but in the meantime please pop along to some much better bloggers than I.

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

Silent Sunday