Monday, 1 October 2018

Monthly Roundup : September 2018

Its the 1st October and the new month has brought the cold weather with it.  I must admit that its been quite nice curling up on the sofa with a blanket and having to leave the house with a jacket on. I'm definitely an Autumn girl!  September absolutely flew by, here's what we've been up to:

We took a trip to Ikea at the start of the month to get the shelving for our new pantry. D's laid the new floor and has already built the shelving units, although we do need to order some extra accessories - its hard knowing what you will want/need until its in place. We've started moving bits through and already its much easier to find things when we need them. The cupboards and work top which will house the washing machine and tumble dryer also arrived and I'm really pleased with them, its all coming together!

(A sneaky little peek!)

We went to the Sandringham Game and Country Fair.  We've not been for three or four years and it was quite a nice few hours out. We took Buddy with us and he spent the whole time walking - he was absolutely shattered by the time we got home! What was really lovely was that we actually bumped into his breeder whilst we were there so she got a chance to see how he's doing. 

E had a birthday party at a local soft play and bowling alley. It was the first time she had been bowling and she really loved it.  I was dreading it in all honesty as I knew the girl's parents, but they didn't know me - I had worked for the little girl's grandad (A) and knew them through him, the last time I saw them was at his funeral two years ago.  Introductions were made and I explained how I knew them and they were lovely, they knew who I was as A and his wife used to talk about me and E. Small world.  

The girls have finally learnt how to ride their bikes and they're loving it! Normally they just stay in the garden on them but took them out to the park so they could make the most of the space and spent their time going up and down the hill. They slept SO well that night! 

Work has been super busy. We're had a new website built which should go live this month and we held a coffee morning for Macmillan which was a huge success, raising over £200! I made some bunting (some being approx 40ft) for the seating area and cheated by buying cakes instead of baking them! The local paper, radio station and Mayor all came so we also got some good coverage from it.

September was obviously the month for the kids heading back to school.  E has headed off to year 2 and this is T's first year. Both of them have settled in well and we've seen a huge improvement in T's behaviour.  They've both surprised me, we go into their classes once a week to look at their work and I can't believe how much work E is doing in comparison to year 1. And T, is like a little sponge. She keeps asking how we spell things and will come out with little snippets here and there.  Mummy did you know that octopus starts with o.  Mummy, 9 and 9 makes 18.  The most important thing for me is that they are both happy and enjoying it.  

September saw me doing a lot of walking and I clocked up 160 miles, which I'm pretty pleased with.  Getting Buddy has honestly done wonders for me getting out and about.  I've walked to collect the girls from school on a few occasions, although the last time I did it, T spent the whole walk home whinging about being tired, which is a 1.7 mile round walk for me. Not too shabby. 

We ended September with the girl's first trip to the Circus! We went with some of their school friends and there ended up being a group of 15. 15, goodness they were loud! Some of the acts were a bit poor but the kids all absolutely loved it and the Mums enjoyed themselves too. It was a very late night for them, by the time we got home it was gone 9.30 and they were both shattered, as was I - I was grateful they both slept in til 8.45!

Here's to October, the longer nights, pumpkins and all things autumnal!



  1. You have been busy! I bet she loved the circus. I remember it so glamorous as a kid and now I see it through quite different eyes...still love it tho! #TwinklyTuesday

  2. I do love a good country fair and wow you could buy some goodies to fill all those pantry shelves! #Twinklytuesday

  3. Sounds like you've had a really busy month but a fun one. My daughter loves her bike but my son is so afraid of going without his stabilisers. Your pantry shelving is looking spot on x #TwinklyTuesday

  4. I have not been to the circus in years! Glad to hear you had a fun time. #twinklytuesday

  5. Ooo I've never been to the Sandringham Game and Country Fair, was it good? I do like Sandringham. #TwinklyTuesday

  6. Busy month with loads of milestones and I am in awe and inspired by your walking effort #TwinklyTuesday

  7. Wow, I've had to have a nap by just reading what you've been up to!! Sept has been unusually sedentary for me but I'm due a baby anytime so I'm taking it easy. I think my fitbit has disowned me...160 miles that's amazing!! #TwinklyTuesday

  8. I am loving the pantry shelves. Sounds a busy month but full of fun as well X #twinklyTuesday

  9. Haven't been to the circus for ages, they do seem to be doing the rounds here as well. #TwinklyTuesday

  10. You pack so much in! I'm in awe. Congrats on your money raising efforts x

  11. That was a busy month! And now I have shelf envy (which I never knew was even a thing!). I'm always complaining that so much space is wasted in our pantry because of the shelving. These shelves would solve all our problems! #twinklytuesday

  12. Can't wait to see the final reveal of your pantry #twinklytuesday

  13. Wow, what a busy month! And oh my bloomin' big is your pantry? I don't have the money to fill that! Haha! Isn't it lovely that your'e invited into the girls' classes once a week to look at work? Well done on the fundraising and all the miles! #TwinklyTuesday


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