This weeks photo is something I took last Sunday, this church is located in a small village that I used to live, a village that I dream to one day live in again, I have so many fond memories of this place which is called Stocking Pelham in Hertfordshire.

This church in fact is where five of my family are buried, my grandma used to take me here every weekend to place flowers at the grave of my aunt Carol and then to take a walk around it’s grounds and out into the countryside, when my grandma and grandad died they both have been buried in the same plot as Carol and from how everyone reacted to when Grandma died, everyone was glad not to have to go there anymore and I felt sad that her memory would just die and the graves here would go on forgotten about, so I asked my mum if she would take me there to place some flowers and clean it up a bit.

Part of me hoped that someone in my family would’ve swung by and placed something on the grave but it sat there, lonely and empty and I felt even more determined to keep my grandma’s legacy alive by visiting and caring for it.

With Amelia and Robin in tow, we placed flowers, walked around the grounds and visited great uncle Cuthbert and Gladys which we think was either granddads aunt or cousin but we aren’t sure..

It really made me stop and think and of course remember everyone who isn’t with us today, those who we wish could’ve been here and to always make sure to find the time to reflect on lost love ones.

Make time for your family.

Always.

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This weekend we went around my mums house for dinner, all of us which is a big change as usually it’s just me and the children, they played in the garden and we all went for a lovely walk to the local park, it was sunny and not to hot either! Perfect little day out!

The children made mud pies and the flowers looked beautiful!

Days are always good when you are with family.

xx

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On Sunday 28th January, my family had a little meal together, it was part the first meal we had all together since before Christmas as my aunt and her family went to Australia over the holiday period and a meal for my mum who’s birthday was on the 24th.

We had the meal at this amazing house called Down Hall, just outside of Harlow in a little village called Hatfield Heath in the beautiful county of Hertfordshire.. Mr S and I have only been there the once when the hall had an open day many years ago so our experience of it was lots of stalls and didn’t get a chance to try out the restaurant there.

We got there a little earlier than everyone else, mainly because it was Mr S’s first time driving to the location and we didn’t want to get lost, so when we did arrive we went for a little walk around the grounds and explored a little bit, we found a cute little picnic area, amazingly considering this is January we didn’t need coats, it was so mild that it was actually warm, Amelia even complained about being hot.. which is nothing new as shes a bit like Mr S and is a walking human radiator and then found that they had installed a play area with swings so that was the children happy for a little bit while we waited for the rest of my family to show up.

The Restaurant itself was beautiful and what I found the most surprising was how kind and happy the staff were about having noisy children there, I know a lot of ‘posh’ places tend to dislike children but the staff would comment on how cute Robin was and even gave Kai and Amelia some paper and pencils to draw, which came with a foam toy to make.

My starter was this lovely cauliflower soup that smelt amazing and I am in need to make it at home now, however there wasn’t much options for vegetarians, and seeing as i’m the most fussiest person alive and didn’t like Mushrooms I had a roast dinner without the meat and they even provided a jug of gravy for me that didn’t touch the meat which I was grateful for, the meal was nice, but I found the vegetables a little but crunchier than my liking but it did taste really lovely.. the Yorkshire pud’s went down a treat and the children all wanted cheesy pasta which of course Robin gobbled up.

Afters came next, the children wanted the brownie with the ice cream and Robin was going to have the same but she fell asleep and had a much needed nap, I had this lovely trio of ice cream which I actually regret getting all three flavors because while the vanilla was amazing, I found the chocolate and the strawberry far to sweet for my tastes and Mr S (and everyone else at the table) had this Lemon Posset.

Then of course came the cake, they unfortunately walked out with it while my mum was in the toilet so the sparkler 60 candle was lit and went out, but they found some other candles for us and when she finally arrived back from the loo, it was brought out for her, the cake was made by my aunt and once we got back to my mums house was shared out between everyone and like always.. was an amazing cake!

We all had such an amazing time, I did get a little stressed with dealing with the children and it being a posh place but they did behave wonderfully and once Robin had her nap she woke up and was in such a better mood.

I have of course made the request to spend a night there in the future, there is something so magical about an old building with lots of history, and who doesn’t like a little time away from three yelling children haha, it was just so lovely to see all my family again and enjoy a meal with everyone in good spirits.

Until next time

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Christmas Memories –

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!! 

The big day is finally here! I hope you are all enjoying to much food and far to much drink, and its also the final day of the 12 days of blogmas! I have honestly really enjoyed writing these posts up and talking about stupid things over these past 12 days..

But here we are, at day 12 and its about Christmas memories..

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I think one of the fondest memories I have of Christmas was one from my childhood, I have said before that I can be extremely reminiscent with things and lately I’ve been almost recreating a memory from my childhood.. the only thing missing is the people who made that day so magical.

Christmas Eve I would go visit my dad and his wife Tracey, which gave my mum time to do what I do and mad wrap everything, I would naturally wake up at 5 am and being unable to go back to sleep but once I heard the floorboards creak I knew it was time to get up and bundle onto their bed to pass around gifts while Dad went to make everyone a cup of tea..

We would then, once dressed head over to my grandmas house before heading around to my aunt and uncles house, while my dad went off to his sister in laws..

Everything was just so simple and easy.. it sounds so pathetic but I really miss the Christmases of my past and all the people who sat around that table sharing stupid stories and drinking far to much…

and I made it my goal to make sure my children’s Christmases are equally magical and full of joy and ease.. I am reliving it all through them and seeing their eyes and faces light up brings me pure joy..

but sadness as well because they’re growing up far to quickly..

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas!!

Mummy Cat.

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This one is more of a good memory than a fantastic photo, we went to Ada Cole last week and it was such a lovely time..

The children loved it and I loved it, it was so nice to get out as this summer holiday has been a bit of a rainy one!


The sun was in the sky, we ate ice cream and saw all the horses, certainly beats watching Moana for the hundredth time!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

x

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