Day 4 of No Spend

So I’ve stayed true to my word so far; but let’s face it we’re only 4 days in and my amazon basket keeps sending me notifications.

I have resisted so far. Go me! Keeping busy and removing those ever so tempting “get it in the next 20 min” apps from my phone to keep me on the straight and narrow has helped.

My car already had fuel in, so we felt no guilt in taking a little trip to the Dales at the weekend to blow away the cobwebs. And my goodness those cobwebs were certainly blown away. We set off in brilliant sunshine, one small dark cloud looming in the distant. We saw rainbows. And I mean multiple rainbows, so vivid too. Then that dark cloud continued to double in size and kept growing till the rain made an appearance along side the wind just as we parked up in Burnsall.

Burnsall sign posted.

We walked up to the church and tried to find my great grandmother’s grave to no avail, and Hubs and I took turns using my new camera. Got to admit, he’s got a decent eye for a good landscape where as I prefer portraits so far. But I am very much still learning. As you can tell from my failed attempts at a Robin, could not get a focus on it. But, hello bench right!

Delilah got too cold despite being layered up and complained the entire time we were there. She is literally the coldest little person ever, two pairs of tights that girl had on under lined wellies as well as the rest, and she was still too cold. Then she got home ans was inevitably too warm to striped off and watched about 7 minutes of a movie in her knickers before getting bored again. Arh, the life of a 4 and a half year old.

I wasn’t going to, but hubs took a really arty shot of what he thought to be a post box. Turns out on closer inspection, flicking back over the photos it’s actually a dog poo bin. Couldn’t help but have a giggle at that one. Here it is, in all its Yorkshire Dales glory, the poop bin!

Anyway, totally off topic there… my initial plan for this update was to share my meal plan and a recipe, but I’ve actually not decided on how to share my meal plan; in the sence of what format. Because I literally just take a pen and scribble it on a bit of A4. It’s not very pretty, but it serves me well and I write my shopping list from it too. And I totally forgot to take pictures of the meal I wanted to recipe for you, so while I ponder out that one for the next post, I thought I’d share something else.

Since the new year, and in the spirit of self improvement I’ve been looking into gratitude and manifestation. Starting with being extra grateful for what our lives are currently blessed with, and so far I can tell you I love the way this makes me feel. For no other reason, other than chasing that inner excitement, please give it a go. I’m pretty sure I’ve barely scratched the surface with what I’ve read and watched so far, but anything that makes you feel relaxed and happier in the moment I’m all for. Ill keep on keeping om with it qnd see how it goes. Loving the idea of a New Year full of self improvement. Or just in fact any self improvement; and I’m feeling its about time I find myself again after being a hermit and using the pandemic as a good excuse to hide away.

Time to find my best self I think. Anyone else feeling all good about ’22 yet? I’m feeling ’22 because it’s a bloody good number – my birth date too, must be lucky.

Thank you for sticking it out this far, its great to have you here.
L, xox

Friday Fun Day, Saturday, Sunday

Hubs surprised us on Friday by having the day off work and we made the most of it.

We packed up the kids and headed straight for Bolton Abbey. We haven’t been in an age, and absolutely love it there. Delilah hasn’t been since she had just gone one, it was great to see her in the same spot a few years later along with her new baby brother too.

We quickly pre-booked parking for the Riverside carpark online because its pre-book only at the moment. Dumped the car and had lunch at the cafe. Delilah played on the pirate ship playground then we headed off into Strid Woods for a walk. There’s something about being in the woods and near water that’s so grounding. I really just feel like it’s so good for the soul, and if I could choose to live anywhere it would be close to the River Wharf. This stretch of the Yorkshire Dales is honestly my hearts home. It is so calming to me.

An ice cream for us and feed for Euan later we walked the other direction and headed up to the Abbey. Hubs wanted to do the stepping stones and after we explored the Abbey, he and Delilah gave them ago. Less than a minute in, and probably about 2 steps across Delilah got wet and Hubs ended up carrying her across. She is the most uncoordinated little person I’ve ever met; but all in her good spirit she thought it was funny and kicked off any water in daddy’s direction. They did get to the other side only to come back across the bridge so Delilah could feed the ducks with the crusts from the sandwiches we had saved.

Homeward bound, one hungry babe was treated to McDonald’s for tea. She scoffed the lot and then on reaching home way passed her normal bedtime passed out pretty soon after hitting the pillow which for anyone who knows Delilah is not normal. She’s a night owl which causes some bedtime issues occasionally.

Saturday morning brought a cake make for my niece. Well decorating it at least. My niece has an allergy to dairy, so ovbs I can make her a dairy free cake for her cake smash to celebrate her 1st birthday. For what ever the reason the dairy free “buttercream” was not cooperating in the slightest. I had bulges and setting issues all over the joint. No matter how much I smoothes and reset, remover and readjusted this cake was just not doing ad it was told. There was a point I was so worried it wasn’t going to turn out edible let alone photograph-able I text my sis to tell her. Anyway it turned out okay in the end, but by no means perfect. I think it just goes to show if you roll a cake in enough sprinkles really hard you can fix pretty much any issues. So here is wishing little A the happiest 1st birthday. We love you and can’t wait to celebrate with you this weekend coming.

Saturday evening brought movies on the projector after dark. It was just so nice to be sitting in the garden with the air getting cooler; film on, fire pit burning and a glass of wine in hand. Laterally the perfect at home date night even it was crashed by a tiny human who feeds on demand (constantly at the moment).

Sunday was salmon brunch and introducing Delilah to retro games on an emulator via the projector. She adored it. She’s a huge sonic fan, so having her play the game and see her excited little face was so good. She got so involved, jumping up and down and shouting at daddy to “whack it with the sword” when they were playing a fighting game. We only really got it out because we were expecting rain to be honest. It didn’t rain, but we had such a good Sunday we don’t regret a second.

How was your weekend? Do you plan in advance or are you like us and just wing it?

L, xox

Sandy Toes

After a leisurely morning we took a trip out to Formby just by Southport.

Man and I went once the year we met, but it’s the first time we’ve been back. It’s such a beautiful place, I’d be happy to live on the door step of Formby. The houses are beautiful, the type that are huge with double garages and a gated driveway. Probably well out of our price range (for the moment). Anyone wants to give us a house there, we wouldn’t say no!

The beach is hidden away by a woods and sand dunes, so it’s a fair walk. With pram and bubs it’s a killer walk, especially in flip flops on the soft sand. Dela wasn’t overly sure of sand when man put her straight in it, but a few moments of sand discovery late she loved it. Touching, patting it, crawling it and putting it in daddy’s shoes.

Our day in pictures

We had a down pour as we walked back to the car. Under the tiniest umbrella we didn’t get too wet, Dela of course was okay under her rainhood on the pram.

Happy, sunny, sandy Sunday.

Xoxo, L