Sunday, 31 May 2015

Blue skies, freedom and a birthday

Hello. How was your week? I hope it's been a good one. Ours had
been slow and quiet but very nice. We spent most of it at home,
pottering about, taking it easy. I enjoyed not having the usual school
day morning rush and I really loved having both girls at home with me.
On Monday we went for a walk in Derbyshire and on Tuesday we
 all went on the bus to town and did some window shopping. We didn't
really have much planned for this week and just as well, I think, with
all the rain that we've had. It wasn't only wet most days, it was also
cold and windy. I didn't mind it so much though because we were just
staying at home and when it did stop raining, there were blue skies
with lovely fluffy clouds. They are always an uplifting sight, the blue
skies especially, and more so after another wet and gloomy morning.

On Wednesday the girls had a sleepover at Nanny and GrandDad's.
That meant an afternoon and the following morning all to myself to
spend as I liked. Freedom! Yay! 

I don't get many free time like this and so of course I relished it.
I read magazines, listened to the radio, watched a bit of telly but mostly
I crocheted. 

I worked on my shawl, hooking away happily uninterrupted for 
a hours. It was bliss!

It was my birthday on Friday. As per usual this week, the day started off
cloudy and rainy. But in the early afternoon, just as we were setting
off for Derbyshire, the rain finally stopped. The skies cleared and
the sun came out, making our walk around Chatsworth sunny,
beautiful and very happy.

Chatsworth in the sunshine, with my little family plus cakes and lots
of cards and sweet presents. This birthday was a good one.

And I don't mind being forty one. I'm happier now than I was ten
years ago, I can genuinely say this. So older, but happier-- I don't
mind forty one at all.

So that was our week. Before I go I'd like to say thanks for all your
kind and lovely comments especially on the things I've made lately.
They're very much appreciated. Thank you! 

Wishing you a good start to the coming week. See you soon.


  1. What a lovely post Marion - and belated "Happy birthday".
    So many nice things happening in your week! It is so good not to have to do the whole school routine isn't it? And I love Chatsworth. Super photo of you with your girls!
    Caz xx

  2. Happy Birthday!! I'm finding the forties aren't nearly as bad as I feared, haha. I'm quite enjoying 42, after all - in spite of six year old Owen looking me over a couple days ago and saying, "You're getting very old." Coulda smucked the little stinker! I'm so glad you had such good weather for going out in. Isn't it such a blessing to have good grandparents nearby for sleepovers and a bit of solitude for mom? I'm extremely grateful for my nearby parents!! I can't wait to see your shawl when it's finished!

  3. Happy Birthday!!! Glad you had such a great time and also got to enjoy some time to yourself. Your shawl is very pretty! xx

  4. Happy belated birthday, Marion, it sounds as if you had a lovely day. May I say that you look a lot younger than forty-one! xx

  5. Happy birthday to you, Marion. It sounds like you had a great day. I'm glad you had some time to yourself, these moments are rare and should be savored and enjoyed. Hope you have a good week.

  6. I hope you had a fabulous birthday! I really appreciate those child free moments. Chatsworth is such a great place to visit. That's also such a lovely photo of you and your daughters :-) x