Friday, 17 October 2014

Dad


 
Since 2010, October 17th has been a day I have dreaded.
A day I want to pass as quickly as possible.
The day my dad died.
But today on this October 17th I woke to a feeling of immense gratitude. I felt grateful to have had such a wonderful father for more than 40 years. When I closed my eyes I no longer saw the face of a frightened dying man. It had gone. Instead I saw the beaming smile of a man who loved life, his family and especially his wife.
 


 

Memory after memory came flooding back and through them all the lessons he had taught me - to see the world through a child's eye; that the simplest things bring the greatest joy and how to score a cricket match and many, many more.
I am grateful that my children got to spend many hours in his company and they have many wonderful memories too.
I am grateful that he got to meet all of his grandchildren.
So today on this October 17th I will no longer mourn his death but instead celebrate the man who knew how to live.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Birthday Boy Part Two


Twenty three years ago I went into labour on my husband's 26th birthday. 
Of course, we were eating curry!
Sam had the good grace to wait until 9.15 the next morning to make an appearance so he had his own birthday. 
Today he is 23, a primary school teacher with a beautiful girlfriend who is as lovely on the inside as she looks on the outside. 
He has made his mum proud. 




Saturday, 13 September 2014

Birthday Boy Part One

 

Today is my husband's 49th birthday. 
He's still the same to me even though I met him when he was just turned 20!

We went for a family lunch and then Sam  took the birthday boy to Anfield to watch his beloved Liverpool. 

Tonight we are off to friend's. 

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

I wore:
Shoes - Clarks
Trousers - Tesco
Top - Matalan
Bag - Zara

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Mellow Yellow

Do I look mellow?
I don't feel it. 
Today I will be teaching my first proper yoga class to the staff at the sixth form college where I work. 
I have been practising teaching the class to my friends but teaching teachers. 
That is scary. 

I wore:
Shoes - Clarks
Leggings - sweaty Betty
Tunic - Tesco

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

A Magical Mystery Tour






 
 
Let me share my Sunday morning magical, mystery ride with you.
It was a lovely morning and I decided to cycle to my 10am appointment.
This track is just a few hundred yards from my house.
 

It's a long traffic free cycle path which runs alongside the Liverpool to Southport railway line.



 
 
The paths takes me across the River Alt.
Just look at those clouds reflected on the water.




The end of the track brings me to the village of Hightown.
This is the road of old fishermen's cottages where my husband used to live when I first met him.





At the end of Hightown village is another path which runs alongside Liverpool Bay.




At the end of this track is Crosby Coastguard station where I have to leave and ride on some real road.




And here I am, 34 minutes and and six miles later just in time for my 10am Ashtanga Class which was jwonderful.
And I didn't pass one moving car all the way here.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Back To School



 
It's back to school for my youngest son today, although myself and my eldest son (who is a primary school teacher), have been back for a while.
 
I love the start of a new term, the fresh start, the new pens and of course, the new clothes.
Not that I am wearing any today as these are all old favourites.
However, I do have my eye on some new Clarks' shoes, I am just waiting for their usual 20% off offer.
 
 
 
I love September.
 
I went into labour on my husband's 26th birthday (September 13th) and Sam was born on September 14th.
This year I have got them a joint birthday present which I hope they enjoy.
And today I heard that the weather in September will be better than August.
What do you love most about September?
 
I wore:
Shoes - Clarks
Trousers - Gap
Top - Zara
Jacket - Next


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Adios Spain



We had a lovely (almost) family holiday as Sam stayed at home this time.
It was a fabulous laid back time with lots of eating, drinking, going to the gym and yoga (me), football (the boys), cycling (me), volleyball (the children) and sunbathing.
I didn't make daily outfit posts but I did wear everything I took with me.
Here are a few snapshots of two new holiday outfits that will be returning to my holiday capsule.


This is the M and Co tankini.
I wore the top several times and it was ideal for lazing by the pool.

 And here is my Next beach cover up which I forgot to take to Mexico with me.

We arrived back home just before 1am this morning and I was back at work by 8.30am.
It will be a long haul until our next holiday but I have lots of happy memories to keep me going.

I hope to catch up with you soon but am spending most of my spare time studying for my yoga teaching qualification so normal service should be resumed by October.

Please bear with me.
I am not neglecting your blogs.
I do visit but don't always leave a comment.