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Photos of our weekend: Peace in the Park festival

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This Saturday we did our usual weekend stuff…swim lesson, a walk along the river and a stop for ice lollies & cake. On Sunday we did something new! I often drive past the Global Retreat Centre at Nuneham Courtney and have been intrigued to find out more. This weekend they were holding a festival, Peace in the Park, open to everyone! Mia and I, and our lovely friend Claire, went to find out more. I am so glad that we visited, as it was just beautiful; the gorgeous country estate setting, the amazing peaceful atmosphere and the lovely people running the event and visiting it. There were talks and workshops covering many aspects of meditation and spirituality, and also lots of excellent kids activities. As we had Mia with us, most of our time there was spent visiting Alice in Wonderland, playing giant snakes & ladders, face painting…and down-hill-rolling! There may also have been strawberry-eating and tea-drinking in the sunshine!

 

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Photos of our weekend: cherry picking

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Last weekend we had planned to visit Rectory Farm and pick some gooseberries to make jam. As the weather was kind of rainy, we decide to visit a farm closer to home. Q Gardens is nearby and has a lovely pick your own farm, and farm shop, with a little tea room hidden at the back. Although they didn’t have any gooseberries, they did have loads of cherries ready for picking. We visited their cherry orchard last year, when Joe was just a couple of weeks old.

Predictably Mia ate loads of cherries and got covered in red juice. Joe screamed as he wanted to be eating cherries, and couldn’t because of the stones. I managed to pick enough to make a cherry clafoutis (my favourite) so everyone was happy…Joe caught up with the cherry-eating later once the stones had been removed!

Ooh, and they had beehives too, pretty handmade looking ones with bees buzzing around outside collecting nectar!

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A first little birthday party

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A few photos from the lovely day that was Joe’s first birthday party. We invited family over for a barbeque in our garden, grilled up burgers and chilled all the drinks in a wheelbarrow full of ice! It was great fun, and proved to me that the best parties are the simple ones. As you can see, I took a few photos before the party, and not many during. Surely the sign of fun times!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Roll up, roll up for the amazing Giffords Circus

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A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to see the wonderful Giffords Circus at Waterperry Gardens, near Oxford.

I was just a little bit excited about going to a proper old fashioned village green circus! And, it was amazing…even better than I had expected. The beautiful traditional circus wagons, big top tent, live band, wonderful acts, dogs riding on horses, fire-eaters…a turkey in a wheelbarrow! Just so good, and incredibly funny! Mia loved it too, and clapped along and joined in. At the end all of the children in the audience got to dance in the circus ring with the performers!

I cannot wait to go again next year. Gifford Circus change the theme of the show each year, and I am so looking forward to seeing what they come up with next!

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twenty eight / fifty two

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20140714_110931A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014

Mia: I hardly ever ask her to ‘pose’ for a photo, but she suggested this one. Mia wanted the cherries to appear balanced on her head! I possibly didn’t succeed there, but love the photo more for it. Her playful nature, standing on tiptoes, muddy, bruised legs, cherry stained hands and hair in her face…just how a five year old should be!

Joseph: he watches the washing machine with suspicion…as if it somehow must do something more exciting than just wash clothes

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 portraits project.

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