This February’s Me and Mine pictures are brought to you by the tale end of Storm Doris.
I actually managed to miss the entire thing; I left on the 5.47 train on Thursday morning headed north, arrived before the speed restrictions were in place on the trains, and then was in court from 9.30 to 5.30. The court didn’t have any windows, and by the time we got out there was a little damp on the pavements and a light breeze rustling the trees. Meanwhile back down south emails circulated my office to the effect that all trains had been cancelled going in and out of Birmingham, the Premier Inn next to our office was fully booked from early afternoon and several of my team had some adventurous journeys to get home. Sat in my nice comfy hotel room I started to think it had been a rather well timed two day hearing.
At home it wasn’t too bad; the barn behind our house has lost a row of tiles, and a tarp blew down the hill and plastered itself to a few cars before making a bid for freedom, but most of the trees around us are still standing.
Friday was a lull but on Saturday and Sunday the wind and rain returned. We caught a glimpse of a sunbeam and headed up to the windmill to capture a very windswept portrait of our family for February. I know I’ve taken goodness knows how many shots of us all up at the windmill, and it will always be a favourite spot for photos, but it’s also quite hard to get a sense of the scale, and how proudly it stands on the peak of the hill so for this month all our photos are from lower down the slopes. It also reduced our chances of getting blown away which was definitely a good thing.
Life this month has been busy as always; when February disappeared in no more than a moment I’m beginning to expect that this is just how life is at the moment. I’ve been travelling a lot for work, and that’s going to keep going for this week at the very least, but we loved loved loved having half term together; time for the slow mornings and the big adventures both. It felt very strange to go back to work and be without them, especially for Pip who was definitely discombobulated by the Mummy at home then Mummy goes to work and doesn’t even come home combination. He was my little limpet at the weekend and I loved it, even if my biceps do feel like they had a serious workout.
I’m not going to tell them to say sausages next time – these are all expressions of great delight I promise!!
They got a week and a day thanks to a teacher training day so the first day back for Kitty is today and Elma tomorrow. They’re both really excited to see their friends; Kitty has finally lost the tooth that was wobbly for ever so she has a whole new look to show off, and she spent Friday afternoon making a get well soon card for her friend who was too poorly for a playdate that I hope we will find in time to take in.
We’ve also got Kitty’s parent teacher meeting this afternoon, which I’m equal parts curious and nervous about. To us it seems as if she’s settled in really well and is loving school, so I’ve got all my fingers crossed that the school thinks she has too.
So before we move into March, in February we have loved:
- Half term! No school run (John), two days off (me) and their half term treat (the kids)
- Our trip to the Chatsworth Farmyard;
- Watching the carpet fitters lay our new lounge and stair carpets – if you’re two it’s the most exciting thing that’s happened in weeks, only closely ousting pavement chalk from top spot;
- Adventures fuelled by white chocolate buttons;
- Being woken up by a small boy two inches from your nose saying “Wake up! It morning Mummy!” and discovering that it is in fact half past seven.
- Carpet picnics (on the old carpet!) and lazy pyjama Saturdays.
March looks likely to be similarly busy, especially this week when I’m in London two days out of five, so perhaps these are very apt photos as we continue to be blown through the year!
For now though it’s my little family, in a very blustery February:
I’ve also just realised I was wearing the same outfit in January’s photo, I genuinely do own more clothes, I promise!!