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Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring Kids, Cuddles and Muddy Puddles


Good Morning all! Happy Tuesday to you - its a happy one here as the kids are back to school today and I'm back to my usual routine, including work.  I've only worked two days since they've been off so I'm keen to crack on and catch up.

This week's Tuesday Twinkler is Kids Cuddles and Muddy Puddles with a great post about bedtimes and encouraging positive thoughts at bedtime.   If your little one is struggling with bedtimes and bad dreams, Rachel is sharing their experience with a simple yet brilliant item to help children through it.  We've not experienced these problems, or rather only for a short time, but I love the concept and would happily have tried it out.  Pop on over to find out more about the item and her thoughts.  



This Week's Linky

It has been lovely to see some new faces linking up recently - thank you, long may it continue!  
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Linking
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* The linky will open at 6am Tuesday and close at 23.55 the next day (Wednesday).
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* By linking up, you are giving me permission to use the images from your blog if featured as a Tuesday Twinkler.

Commenting 
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Twitter
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Gratitude Journal #29



Easter Egg Hunt

My in-laws go a bit silly at Easter. Well, any time really. They truly spoil all of their grandchildren. Every year they set up an Easter egg hunt for them and this year was no exception.  They set up a lovely trail for them in the garden with chocolate and treats and it ended with a brand new see saw in their garden for them to enjoy when they are there.

Mum Visiting
Mum and her husband have been for a short stay.  The girls love to see them and having her here takes a little bit of pressure off me with entertaining them which is a real bonus!  We had a day out at a local National Trust property where the girls did another egg hunt and then we spent some time walking and playing garden games there. We also managed a visit to the garden centre and I picked up some new plants for the garden. And that's how I know I'm getting old, spending some of my bank holiday in the garden centre!

Out in the Garden
Its been a warm weekend here in Norfolk so we've been out in the garden enjoying the sunshine. I've set the plants I picked up at the garden centre and D has cut the grass and pulled up three yukka type plants that I've been complaining about since we moved in 4 years ago!  I should add that I've been trying to dig them up myself without much success and just loosened the ground up for D!  Can you believe he broke two forks doing it?!

Craft On
Its been a reasonable week for getting my craft on.  As well as selling a few bits in the family shop, I'm planning on trying to re-open my etsy shop so I've updated my little website and re-opened my Instagram account.  I'd forgotten how hard it is to build up followers!  Search Bluebell and Rosie if you'd like to take a look.  Updating the website took me a little time but I'm pleased with what I've done so far.  I've also managed to paint another plate rack and mirror, as well as making a couple of felt ball garlands.  

Back to School
Whoop! Whoop! The kids have been pretty good this half term, although T has been a little challenging at times. Tomorrow they go back to school and I'm looking forward, as always, to getting back to my usual routine.  

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring This is Where it is at!


Welcome to this week's Twinkly Tuesday!  Its always a little awkward doing the linky over the school holidays and it gets even less in the way of entries so I wonder, would you prefer the linky to close during them and then restart once the children are back at school? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

On to this week's Tuesday Twinkler with a post from This is Where it is at, where Sam is sharing some tips to do Easter on a budget.  This year I've been really surprised by how much people are doing for Easter and how big a 'thing' it has become.  I genuinely don't remember everyone decorating and making a big deal about it as I grew up and its not something we personally do, although I love to see how others are taking part. For us, its an Easter egg for the girls and my mother in law does an egg hunt for them. How do you celebrate Easter, do you think the real meaning of it has become lost? 




This Week's Linky

It has been lovely to see some new faces linking up recently - thank you, long may it continue!  
Please don't forget to follow the rules below, it only takes a moment to share your post and the linky.



Linking
* You can link up to one post per week, old or new.  Any additional posts will be deleted.
* The linky will open at 6am Tuesday and close at 23.55 the next day (Wednesday).
*  Please add the Twinkly Tuesday badge to the bottom of your post.
* By linking up, you are giving me permission to use the images from your blog if featured as a Tuesday Twinkler.

Commenting 
*  Please comment on my post and at least two other posts, including the one directly before yours and as many others as you can - we're all busy but lets show other blogs some love.
* I will comment on as many posts as I possibly can but please do not be offended if I don't manage to visit your blog. Rest assured, I'll continue to choose a Tuesday Twinkler.
* Don't forget to add #TwinklyTuesday to your comments so they know where you found them.

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Gratitude Journal #28


Work
When its half term, I quite like having a day in the office. It almost feels like a little rest after running around after the kids for a few days!  The only thing I struggle with is trying to fit everything in to one day as my hours are cut down due to a lack of child care.  But never mind, its only for a short time.

Brandon Country Park
D took the day off on Friday so we thought we'd try visiting somewhere new and headed to Brandon Country Park.  Its nice that we can get out and explore as a family, with Buddy.  As its half term, we were expecting it to be heaving with other families but it wasn't as busy as expected. We followed the 3.5 mile trail which was stated as taking an hour and 45 minutes and in the time we walked it, we only saw three other lots of walkers and that included some at the start of the trail and then at the end. All in all, it was quite a nice day out.  


Behaviour
I don't want to jinx it but the girls have been pretty good so far.  Its no secret that I'm not a fan of the school holidays but these one has been rather nice.  Don't get me wrong, they've had their moments, but on the whole they've been good and it has been much easier as they've been keeping themselves entertained a little as well. 

Pictures up at home
We've had a collection of pictures piled up in one of our rooms for months, waiting for D to put them up on the wall.  This weekend it finally got done, it took us bloomin' ages as we wanted them going up our stairs and it was a little awkward to measure exactly where they were going but it was worth it as they look great and its nice to add our touch to the house until we get round to decorating.  

Why we decided to Re-Home our Pet Pygmy Goats


Back in 2011, not long after we first started keeping chickens, D decided that he would really like some goats.  We had made the field our chickens were kept in secure and he thought it was an ideal opportunity. I wasn't quite so sure, until we went to the local farm/petting zoo which had two that were in need of re-homing.  Because its a petting zoo, they can only keep so many there so once any kids have been born, they need re-homing before too long.  That first visit was were we met our pygmy goats, Chip and Blackjack and began to learn all about goats!

Having given the farm a deposit, the following weeks were spent reading up on goats and caring for them and making them a shelter.  Finally, we were able to bring them home and I remember we were both so excited to do so! That first afternoon, we penned off a slightly smaller area for them to get used to and sat in there with them.  I can remember them jumping all over us, nudging for attention and following us everywhere.  They were so cute and friendly, having been reared by the farm and handled daily by their visitors.  



(Chip and Blackjack)

In all honesty, we found it quite easy to look after them. We had to register with DEFRA and it was mostly smooth going until we found Blackjack was poorly one day.  I struggled with this as he was my favourite, he was so gentle and friendly compared to Chip.  Unfortunately he had a ruptured bladder and we had to have him put down. I sobbed for ages after!  Without Blackjack, Chip began to look a little depressed and wasn't his usual lively self so we assumed him to be lonely, although he had the chickens and geese around.  So we headed back to the farm and as there were no goats available, we ended up coming home with three sheep which we were assured would give him some company.  And a few weeks later, we ended up with another pygmy goat, George, as one suddenly became available.

On the whole, the sheep and goats lived together quite comfortably.  The goats could be a little livelier and more boisterous than the sheep and were a lot greedier than them but otherwise, they were living together side by side.  That was until a few months ago when we found the goats had escaped the field.  The field has a high, electric fence going round it so we couldn't work it out. They had never escaped before, the sheep had never escaped, there were no holes or gaps in the fence and they couldn't jump high enough to get over it.  This happened a number of times, D kept checking the fence and couldn't work it out.  He brought a temporary electric fence and reduced the amount of field they could access to see if that made any difference. It didn't. We blocked sections of the fence up in other ways and they were still escaping, wondering around my in-laws garden (they were kept at my in-laws, as that was where we were living when we first got them), eating their flowers.  

It was at this point that I suggested to D it would be worth re-homing them.  D was reluctant.  The road next to the field and garden isn't a busy one but the cars do drive down it rather fast and as its a country road, it has winds and bends and I was becoming very anxious at the thought they could make their way to the road and cause an accident. There was also a pond that I was worried they would fall into, as well as a number of other hazards.  It got to the point that I would worry as I drove down the road about where they were. We would pull up in to the driveway and they would trot down out of nowhere, which whilst it was was rather lovely having them come to say hello, was also a huge worry about where they would go next!



(Chip)

So eventually D agreed that we should re-home them.  I put some messages out across Facebook on the Friday morning and by the Sunday lunchtime they were safe in their new home.  The family that has re-homed them have several acres divided into paddocks with stabling for their horses and they also have chickens and dogs, as well as that all important DEFRA registration sitting there ready. I had a stalk of the family's Facebook and business pages and was confident they were going to a good home. They have since added me as a friend and I have been able to see photos of them and can see they have settled in, which is lovely.  

Re-homing a family pet is never an easy decision, regardless of the animal they are, so knowing they have gone to a nice, loving and, more importantly safe and secure home has made it all that much easier.