After the confusion of last week we’re finally finding our feet again.
Tom is now full-time at school and I’m getting used to an unfamiliar feeling of time. I haven’t quite got the hang of being able to do my own thing between 9am and 3.15pm. I’m so used to squeezing everything into a few short hours, that this new luxury of time is feeling very exciting. I’m getting more done, and I’m also feeling more patient and less frazzled.
Here’s what we’ve been up to…
We had a fun day at Haddenham Steam Rally on Saturday – a family favourite for us. You can read more about it here.
On Sunday, James and I enjoyed creating a photo-story of all my favourite things in Ely. It was great to do something creatively challenging together. It’s also great to play tourist in the place you live. We were reminded about how much we love living here and how easy it to take things for granted. You can read the full story here.
After the school-run on Monday, I spent the morning at the hairdressers having quite a big chop. My bob had really grown out over the summer and I decided to be brave and go a little shorter than usual. I’m still getting used to it, but I think I like it. My neck feels cold though!
Tuesday was the day the new White Stuff shop opened in Ely. Like everyone else, I was thrilled to finally see inside. The interior didn’t disappoint: witty, retro and the perfect back-drop for their lovely clothes. It was great being there taking photos – there was a real buzz and I’m never going to complain about a glass of Buck’s Fizz after the school run!
On Wednesday, I headed over to Cambridge with my friend to go to the Boden clearance event they were having at the Guildhall. I’d never been to one before, so was expecting it to be either really amazing or totally rubbish. The truth was somewhere in between. I did manage to find a pretty winter jersey dress. It’s bright raspberry pink, hopefully I won’t regret it. All the dresses were £20. What was really nice though was have a lovely lunch out and a girly look round the shops. The Boden sale was a perfect excuse to do it!
Thursday was the first sunny morning for ages and ages. It felt like the right time to dust down my trainers and attempt a run after dropping the boys off at school. It actually felt easier than I’d expected, which was a relief. I ran down to the river and was rewarded with the most beautiful views.
I even picked some blackberries. I had to wade through nettles and thistles to get to them, and there were still disappointingly few. Maybe the crop isn’t so good this year?
This week I have also…
Rediscovered Laura Ashley homewares. There was a lot of Laura Ashley in our house when I was growing up, but it’s been off my radar for a while. It was always what I thought I’d buy for my house when I was a ‘grown up’. I stumbled across this post about their new Hedgerow collection and loved it. It really appeals to my current autumnal, Brambly Hedge-inspired mindset. I’ve ordered their catalogue and I’m looking forward to having a good read and re-discovering an old friend.
Enjoyed wearing autumnal clothes. The scarves and ankle boots are back out!
Eaten this amazing grain salad from BBC Good Food. The recipe is here – I urge you to try it!
Watched my son starting Beavers and remembering my own happy days in the Brownies.
Been thinking about knitwear – I spotted this Zara jumper (£39.99) in Grazia.
How was your week?
As usual I’m linking up with Jocelyn’s Word of the Week. This week my word is time.