I’ve been thinking more and more recently about why so many people write blogs, and why they choose to spend their spare time putting together content that, quite frankly, may never be read. I decided to start this as something to stick to, something to do outside of my working day (where I usually spend my time writing about Sesame Street Live and various other children’s stage shows). But recently I’ve been thinking about the importance of having something to look back on, and a way of documenting the little moments.
When you reach your mid-twenties (that sounds so scary to say!) you really do start to notice people growing older around you. Grandparents, parents, family friends; things seem to change so much faster than we think they will. Engagements, weddings, new jobs, new families; these are all things that start happening at an exciting yet terrifying pace. And they’re all moments we hope we will remember forever.
Having watched my Nonna on the downward spiral of dementia, and now seeing Wayne’s Grandad suffering with heart breaking forgetfulness, I have realised that any way to remember the good times should be embraced – even if this does mean sharing them with the Internet.
It’s the little things that are the things I would hate to forget, and the things I would want to be reminded of if ever I do. Even if nobody else reads them, at least they’re here for me.
So, on a much lighter note, here are some (slightly belated) happy moments…
With her Perfect Pesto debut, everybody meet Crumpet! Isn’t she the most perfect little thing? My Step-Mum sadly lost her beloved blind and deaf Jack Russell a few months ago and there was a definite puppy-shaped hole in her life. After much deliberation and discussion, a few weeks ago we welcomed Crumpet into the family. She’s a four month old Parsons Russell and is simply the most loving, excitable puppy. I’m only sad I don’t live close enough for daily cuddles!
Good food and great friends
A few weeks ago Wayne and I took a few days off for some time back in the West Country, and our Thursday evening was spent at a friend’s house in Bristol. It was so great to spend the evening with Claire and her lovely boyfriend Buddy in their beautiful home having a proper catch up, and the Moroccan inspired creation cooked up by Buddy was perfect.
An afternoon at the farm
We spent a Sunny Friday afternoon with Wayne’s family, and after a classic pub lunch we whiled away a few hours at a local farm in Bristol. We had the pleasure of spending the day with Wayne’s smallest cousin, and little Archie is probably the easiest 18 month old to spend time with. He is the happiest, most relaxed little boy and watching him around the farm animals was just adorable! It’s amazing how much you take time to appreciate the simple things when you’re with a toddler – the world is such an exciting place when you’re that small.
Drive through Starbucks
Doesn’t coffee taste so much better when you don’t even have to get out of your car to buy it? Especially when on the M3 on a rainy Sunday. I really didn’t need this coffee, but the novelty of the drive through at Fleet was too tempting and I succumbed. Easily pleased!
This sunset whilst driving across Salisbury Plain for a weekend at home – we ended up pulling over on the side of the road to take more photos!
My Mum and Step Dad came to stay a couple of weekends ago and we met up with an old friend who was visiting London from Australia. We spent the morning at Surbiton Farmers Market before jumping on a boat to Hampton Court for a picnic with our market purchases (SO much bread and cheese!). It was one of the most relaxing days I’ve had in a while and it was so nice to spend time all together.
London life means I can’t have the real thing, so my new mug will have to do for now. That and my pug socks.