What a week

If we went for a coffee, I’d first and foremost apologise for being completely MIA recently. This week’s been a bit mad so I’ve not had time to write any blog posts at all, and I’ve not even managed to reply to all your comments! I’m really very sorry about that, let me tell you what’s been going on…

Not only are things still mad at work (only 2 weeks left on my current project! I’m so nearly there!) but all my Australian family are over and I’ve been spending all the time that I can with them. We’ve all been congregating as much as we possibly can, and doing fun things like going to beer gardens and lounging in fancy gardens while the children played around us.

x Stoke Park

I have a niece (5) and a nephew (2) who are siblings, and then another nephew (8) who is their cousin. The 5 and the 2 year old have become totally obsessed with their cousin and I think he’s taken quite a shine to them, too. However, I’m wondering how long it will take before he begins to get a bit fed up with them following his every move!

As much as I’ve been enjoying watching the children bond, I’ve been mostly loving having all my three sisters in one place again, as it happens so rarely. I absolutely adore my sisters and I always love spending time with them; the magic increases exponentially the more of us there are in a room together. Add in my Mum and my little world is complete. Anytime we’re all together it’s the best thing ever, but now it’s a bit tinged with sadness because it makes the absence of my Dad that much more obvious.

As it happens, the main reason for the Australian contingent visiting was so we could inter my Dad’s ashes, which we did at the beginning of the week. There were about 30 of us immediate family members in the end, who I was very glad to see. It was a day that made my heart hurt but it was also beautiful in its own way and I’m glad we did him justice. Afterwards, we ate food off of sticks in the sunshine and enjoyed catching up with each other. Daddy would have loved it.

Let’s segue into the more cheerful, shall we? Namely, the barbecue birthday party S and I are throwing this Saturday to celebrate the fact we’ve both turned 30 this year. It’s a joint 60th, if you will. We may have sort of lost track of how many people we’ve invited so it’ll be quite interesting to see who turns up. I did some quick sums in my head and I think it might be up to 50, which is a little bit scary, but I figure it’s fine because the number of people you invite never actually turn up… right??

So how’s your week been?




  1. Jen
    12th August 2016 / 04:31

    I’m so glad that you have your sisters close, that really is special!

  2. 12th August 2016 / 08:04

    It’s nice you were able to have that time with your family, even if a little bittersweet with your dad’s absence being felt.

    Completely normal to let the blog slide, don’t worry about it! Family is always more important.

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday BBQ. 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • 27th August 2016 / 08:09

      Thanks Mica! I feel a bit bad complaining when you’ve got 2 under 2 and are still managing to post regularly and often! I don’t know how you do it 🙂 the bbq was fantastic thanks, we had such a good time with our families and friends in the sunshine. What more could you want!

  3. 12th August 2016 / 08:44

    That’s the hard thing sometimes with blogging, the guilt of your hobby when life gets so busy – it’s crazy isnt it? I’m so glad that you’ve been able to hang out with your family, if in such a bittersweet reason.

    • 27th August 2016 / 08:07

      Yes definitely one of the very few downsides! I’ve ended up treating it as a little summer holiday, taken 2 weeks off, and am back again with a vengeance 🙂 my trip over the next few weeks is definitely helping, I’ll have plenty to write about when I get back! (Unless I get The Overwhelm, the other downside of blogging)

  4. 12th August 2016 / 13:22

    I’m sorry to hear about your dad. How nice to be able to spend time with family. I’m sure it was at least a little therapeutic to have them close.

    • 27th August 2016 / 08:06

      Thanks Allison. Yes, it was definitely great to have them with me, I wouldn’t have managed otherwise. It was a fitting day, we all agreed, and I think that’s the best you can hope for under the circumstances.

  5. 12th August 2016 / 14:24

    yay for family! i’m sorry to hear about stuff for your dad but it was probably lovely to have them all there with you. bittersweet for sure. cant wait to hear how the joint bday party goes! have a lovely weekend 🙂

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • 27th August 2016 / 08:04

      It was definitely bittersweet, that sums it up very well. The birthday was a blast thanks! We had loads of people show up which was great (plus a really cute puppy!), we ate and drank well, and it was great to have my family meet my new friends etc. And it was lovely and sunny and everything. We got very lucky!

  6. 12th August 2016 / 15:04

    That sounds like a busy but fun time recently! It’s always stressful to have a big group of family come to stay, but the fun times always outweigh the stress! I hope that y’all have a blast celebrating your “60th” birthdays this weekend! From snapchat it looks like y’all are definitely covered on the bread side of the BBQ, no matter how many people show up!

    • 27th August 2016 / 08:03

      Haha we had SO MUCH BREAD. I’ve filled my freezer and those of my family with the stuff! It’s fine though because it was really tasty. People at the bbq didn’t believe it was gluten free! So once I’ve run down my supplies I’ll definitely be getting some more. The party was fabulous thanks, I had a great time seeing everyone and the weather was on our side for once!

  7. 12th August 2016 / 19:27

    i am sorry you were all together for less than happy reasons, but being together is a happy thing in itself.. i would definitely let blogging and basically everything else take a backseat if my family was around. especially when they are not all the time – gotta enjoy that!!

    • 27th August 2016 / 08:01

      It took a seat alllll the way in the back and I’m kind of fine with it! Now I’ve had my summer hols and I’m back at it. Well, after my big trip of course…!

  8. 17th August 2016 / 02:00

    I’m sorry about your dad, but it’s nice you were able to have a sweet time with your family.

  9. 18th August 2016 / 00:20

    It sounds like you had a lovely catch up with your family, but I’m sorry about your Dad. It does sound like it was a lovely way to honour and remember him though and that as you say – he would have loved it.

    I know how you feel about work craziness as I’ve been in the same position the past couple of weeks. It’s suddenly gotten super busy and it’s taking me a while to re-adjust! I hope things calm down for you soon!
    The birthday bbq sounds great! We had a housewarming last year and so many people were invited, but it turned out really great because it was spread over a number of hours and so it was kinda staggered with people coming and going at different times 🙂


    • 27th August 2016 / 07:55

      Work craziness is fine for a bit and then it just becomes too much very quickly, I find. I hope yours calms down soon, too! I’m all done and off on holiday now, and I’m so relieved. I definitely need a break!
      Your housewarming sounds fun, yes I liked having people arrive in waves too because then it’s a bit more manageable. Still feel like I didn’t have enough time to talk to everyone but hey, you can’t have everything!

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