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A GLIMPSE OF THE OLD LIFE

 Fletcher started school last September and whilst I was most definitely not that mother crying at the gate (no offence if that's you) I have to admit at first it felt extremely odd leaving my child in a room full of other 4 year olds, most of which he had never even met before and then putting your trust in a teacher to look after him along with 25 other children and also trust them to understand how to check his blood, calculate how much insulin to give him and then make sure he gets the correct dose of insulin blah blah blah.

Thankfully over the last 7 months the teachers and teaching staff at Fletcher's school have all been absolutely wonderful and I can't fault them.  Knowing that he is in safe hands at school makes me much more comfortable leaving him there and I can't express how nice it is to have Thursday's and Friday's to do my own thing or if Dylan is home we try and go out for the day. It really is almost as if you get a little bit of your old life back, just a little glimpse of it, but its just enough because as much as I loved life when it was just me and Dyl, I love it so much more as a family. 

It also means that I can get all my cleaning done in peace, I can paint rooms in record time, declutter all day long and hit the shops without having to pretend the child running around the store screaming doesn't belong to me! You'd think with all this spare time I would blog more wouldn't you?
Anyway over the last couple of weeks whilst Fletch has been in school Dylan and I have been making the most of our free time and we've been going out on his bike exploring Cornwall and what it has to offer.  You can't beat being on the back of a motorbike the wind in your hair and as a passenger you really get to take in all the scenery, oh and the free parking is also an added bonus. We went to St Ives a couple of weeks ago and stopped off for tea and cake at Porthmeor Cafe, it was an absolutely glorious day. And just last week we rode to Padstow and stopped off at the Cherry Tree cafe again for tea and cake. Were hoping the weather is good this Thursday so that we can go out again. Its definitely keeping our relationship fresh and exciting, something which I really think is important as I have spent almost half of my life with Dylan and 10 years being married to him.

So yeah, this is kind of a little catch up/chatty post on how things are in my life at the moment.  I think age 5 Fletch is my favourite so far. He is so independent now, he has a brilliant personality, loves being outdoors just as much as we do and we get to have a teeny tiny glimpse of our old lives for a couple of hours a week whilst he's at school and then get to have fun family days out at the weekend.....best of both worlds and I don't feel guilty for enjoying it.

Keep Smiling
xxx

KERNOW


What a scorcher of a weekend hey! I was lucky enough to also enjoy the beautiful weather on Thursday and Friday as I have those days off work anyway and as an added bonus hubby also had those days off too so we REALLY made the most of the weather and went off exploring. 

On Thursday we spent the day at The Lost Garden's of Heligan which I highly recommend if you're ever visiting Cornwall (i'd recommend this over the Eden Project if i'm being totally honest). The weather was forecast to be a bit grey but we decided to go for it anyway and i'm so glad we did because it turned out to be such a beautiful day. We took sarnies with us and Fletcher thoroughly enjoyed the easter piggie trail and all the Easter crafts.......we made finger puppets, a head crown and planted a runner bean seed which we took home with us. He then had a little play in the play area whilst Dylan and I put our feet up for a bit.

My favourite part was the jungle, it's like a tropical paradise and you forget you're in the UK and you can walk across the rope bridge which is very "I'm A Celebrity". We then went on a little walk around the outside of Heligan House and it was so quiet and peaceful, it was like we were the only people in the world, it was magical. We literally stayed there until it closed at 5:30pm, it was one of those days that you just don't want to end.

What I'm wearing 
Top - Brora
Jeans - Hollister
Sunglasses - Rayban Erika 
Jacket - Topshop (old)
Bag - Newlook (old)
What I'm wearing 
T Shirt - H&M
Jeans - Gap
Jacket - Topshop (old)

On Friday we woke to more sunshine and after a quick trip to the library and then seeing my Mother in Law for her birthday we headed to Mylor Bridge and went on the most gorgeous walk EVER, not even kidding (details here). The walk took us all the way along Mylor Creek and it had the most glorious views. It was absolutely stunning. There's something about being close to the sea that makes me so incredibly happy, I think the sunshine definitely helped but I really do love just being outdoors and i'm a sucker for a great view. After our 3 mile walk we got back in the car and drove 3 miles down the road into Falmouth and enjoyed Fish & Chips in Harbour Lights Restaurant (which also has lovely views of the sea too) the perfect end to a perfect day.

Saturday & Sunday then involved a mixture of chores/kids party/football/BBQ/Ant & Dec/having a lie-in/Baby Shower/buying paint/fresh sheets/washing my hair.

I hope you all had wonderful weekends in the sunshine. Lets hope the good weather sticks around

Keep Smiling
xxx


GINGHAM

Top - NewLook // Leather Look Leggings - ASOS // Shoes - NewLook

Its Thursday morning, its the school holidays and i'm currently sat at my desk typing this in my pjs with a coffee whilst Fletcher watches the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie.....pure bliss.  If only I could do this every day. I love the beauty of slow mornings, the prospect of the day ahead, planning fun and exciting things to do on our days off.

Today the plan is to go to the Lost Garden's of Heligan in St Austell to check out the Easter Activities and see the newborn lambs. But before all that can happen I need to wash my hair, get ready for the day, pick up my Tesco shop and get the washing out on the line (when the load finishes doing it thing in the machine) all the other chores will have to wait until later.

Whilst i'm here, can we briefly just discuss the gingham trend. I picked up this little beauty from New Look a couple of weeks ago. It caught my eye the second I stepped into the store. I mean not only is it gingham but it also has ruffles......hell thats 2 trends all rolled into one, i'm like a fashion mogul now surely. Unfortunately it appears to have sold out online but check your stores as there were TONS of them in my local store in Truro. If you fancy gingham with a twist then there is also a floral version of the same top here which I think looks absolutely stunning too.

I wore this out last Saturday for a disastrous meal with the girls. The food and the service at the restaurant we went to was awful, i've never experienced anything like it before.  We had to wait an hour and a half for our food (which had been pre ordered), the food was cold, my sisters chicken was pink in the middle, they didn't give us any cutlery, we could hear the waitress swearing! It was absolutely awful. Thankfully we didn't have to pay for our terrible food and the night ended at McDonalds drive thru where the guy apologised for our 2 minute wait for our burger - ironic hey!

Keep Smiling
xxx

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

So Spring officially started on 20th March and I have to admit I have welcomed all the spring flowers with open arms. It's been an absolute delight to only have to spend £3.50 on tulips and daffodils every week.

It will come as no surprise to you that I love to spend time outdoors. The first sniff of sunshine and I'm out of those doors faster than a rocket. So i've been getting out and about as much as possible when its dry. It's still been a little chilly here in Cornwall but I did go out for the first time last week without a jacket (small victories).

A couple of weeks ago we went to visit Trewithen Gardens in Probus. I had never been before but had heard that it had the most beautiful selection of Camellia's and Magnolia and as Magnolia doesn't tend to stick around for long I had to visit it ASAP. We had a lovely day out, luckily Fletcher actually doesn't mind walking around garden's, he just loves being outdoors as much as we do. After a little mooch around the garden we stopped off in the little tea shed for tea and cake. It was the perfect family day.

Im hoping i'm going to have more to share with you on the blog over the spring/summer months.  I take my camera everywhere with me and am very much a happy snapper, but then I never find the time to share them on the blog (life just gets in the way). But i really want to make a conscious effort to apply more time to my blog. I find writing really therapeutic and in fact I always kept a diary when I was younger and would write in it every evening before bed.

Have a wonderful week
Keep Smiling
xxx

awin