Friday, 1 April 2011

31 Things for 31 Days

1. How the time has flown since my last post - 31 days ago.

2. The 10 year old has completed all 7 Harry Potter Books

3. Suprise & Delight at finding the Earagon Books for £1.99 (thankyou Louise for pointing me in the direction of them)

4. I have discovered the delights of Saturday morning shopping with Tea & Toast in a cafe with my 7 year old, and having the time to sit & listen to whatever is foremost in her mind.

5. I drove to Barnsley (3 times!) for a 3 day communication course. Okay, this is huge for me, I don't like driving to new places, especially motorway driving. I had to be Very, Very, brave....

6. I survived being videoed with an actor for a role play session during the course (inner thespian truly released).

7. We've had glorious sunshine here in Derbyshire, and oh how the first blast of spring sunshine lifts the soul!

8. First picnic tea of the Summer

9. The ice cream van starting its round again - Its been calling for 10 years & heralds summer arriving. That's 4 99's with sauce & sprinkles please...

10. Rediscovering Marmalade on toast. A forgotten pleasure.

11. Having our first barbeque of 2011 (eating indooors though)

12. Spring bulbs flowering in the Sunshine

13. Spring flowers & Shadows

14. Lemon Easter Cupcakes

15. Steaming Coffee in New Mugs (Note to self - I drink too much Coffee when tired or overwhelmed with juggling)

16. From a favourite shop

17. Realising its good to take time out to just to potter in some of my favourite places, especially after an hour of dental treatment & a very numb mouth!

18. Created Gallery's new Premises.

19. Trying not to laugh at the 7 year old as she tries to bond by discussing cars with her big brother - She likes 'Spaghetti Veyrons'.

20. Breathing a sigh of relief at Parents Evening - Phew, a teacher who gets my son. 

21. Choosing Curtain Fabric for our bus (we went for the red & blue on the left).

22. Legless Barbies

 23. Chocolate Maderia Cake - 4 pints, 2.5 hours to bake

24. Hallelujah! 

25. Red Nose Day Silly Socks - Dare I admit that I glued the pom poms on whilst my daughter was wearing insitu - with a glue gun? It wasn't till she quietly mentioned how warm it was that I realised the glue had slightly seeped through her socks. My daughter has had her first leg wax.....

26. Red Nose Day Cookies for the 10 year old.

27. Finally after over a year (seriously), taking 5 minutes to glue & fix the bed angel. One happy small person.

28. Smug smile to self at the double headed tulips from the village green grocers.

 29. And big excitment at finding Parrott Tulips in the Grocers a week later.

30. Seeing our bus being transformed from this....

31. To this....

Thinking about the adventures we hope to have in him as a family

Umm I think that was 32 things! 

Life has been busy, & sometimes its easy to forget the pleaure in the day to day ordinary things, as well as taking pleasure in the extraordinary.

Hope you have all had a good 30 days, and thankyou so very much for your lovely comments you left on my last post - I hope to get back to you all soon.



  1. Sounds like an interesting month. I love the bus, I wish I had one! Maybe one day!

  2. You so seem to have lightened up a lot! Perhaps it was your 3 trips to Barnsley!!! Brave you - I might get you to Wentworth yet!! Avante Garde - stop tempting me - I really love it. How fabulous is your camper van. You sound like you had a great month. xxxxxxx

  3. Wow, lots of interesting things for you this month! Love the bus and the colour choice for the curtains! Hope you have another great month, with perhaps even a little more sunshine? :) x

  4. Hi Lydia

    Everything looks so lovely and yes you do seem to be much brighter,and well done on achieving all that you have and they all look great well done.

    Hugs to you and your family Pat.

  5. Wow the "bus" looks fab - my fav colour :-)
    Have a good weekend x

  6. Great post and I am in love with your camper, so gorgeous! I only dream of buying one one day.

  7. What a brilliant post. I totally understand why 20 is just so important, huge air punch and oh yes!! for that. Love no4, special times. Well done on the driving, you are very brave indeed. Loving the photos of your latest cake creations, clever you. Fab fabric choice for new spanking new red van, totally gorgeous. Love the picnic photo, promise of times to come.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Lisa xx

  8. Wow your camper van looks fantastic!

  9. Hello Lydia, I've come to you via Floss at Troc, Broc et Recup'. I like your blog very much, and I really enjoyed reading this post. I hope to continue reading your blog. Thank you!

  10. Super post, and then I went and read last month's too (I am SO behind with my blog reading!) Thanks a lot for your comment to me today - I think it meant even more to me than all the long replies I got.

    So for your new avid reader (been there just a few years ago), my boys both went totally crazy for Percy Jackson books once they'd finished HP. Artemis Fowl or the Roman Mysteries were the other best-sellers in our house over the last 12 months. Have fun!

  11. Num 8, 13, 14, 25...and the best of all num 30! happy days.....

    Lou xxx

  12. I love your 31 things - your red camper van and all the lovely tulips and the mugs from Avant Gard. Well done on the driving and the role play sessions. Agree about the marmalade on toast for breakfast:)

  13. Do you know - I can't even remember what I was doing this morning. I'm such a sieve.

    Love your post - so many things to giggle over or go 'oh yes' at and as for that camper 'way cool' as my eldest would say.

    Nina xxx

  14. Your spelling was spot on, I checked the little plant tag!
    Hope you are all enjoying the sunny days.
    Lisa x

  15. Lydia what a truly smashing post!! Im just going la-la over your camper van, can already see that gorgeous fabric in it that you chose, how very lovely!! Hope you will share your adventuring with us all with lots of gorgeous photos when you're out and about in it!
    Have a Happy Week, thank you for the cheerful pics and the reminder of finding joy in the ordinary.

    Love Julia x x x

  16. I wish you many fun adventures in your new VW bus! The curtain fabric is perfect. Please explain "Red Nose Day" for this befuddled Alaskan yank!

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