Back to school…and new beginnings

Well it’s been a while since I’ve written an update – a measure of a good summer during which I truly relaxed. I had very good intentions of blogging all of our summer activities and am now reduced to a quick panicked picture update!

It’s new beginnings on a number of levels here: nearly-5 year old starts Reception class tomorrow, meaning I’ll no longer have her with me for most of my non-working days.  Instead I’ll have my lovely nearly-3 year old, but what will we do together? That remains to be seen as we get into our new routine and find our feet.

Alongside these changes, I start a new job shortly and my husband also started a new job a few weeks ago.  Both roles are really exciting and challenging and should also help with our work life balance.

Anyway- onto our summer picture diary! My last post was about Knowsley Safari and we’ve done so much together since then that I’m having to remind myself of it all! Here goes:


Paddling in the stream at Lyme Park
Heaton Park funfair
Visiting the funfair (with an artificial beach) at Heaton Park
South Lakes Safari
Our mini break, with a trip to the South Lakes Safari Zoo
Grizedale Forest
The Superworm Trail at Grizedale Forest
Quarry Bank Mill
Playing outdoor games at Quarry Bank Mill
Bolton Museum
Dinosaurs at Bolton Museum
Dunham Massey
More fun at Dunham Massey (jumping in muddy puddles)
Blue Peter Garden
Trip to Media City at the Quays and the Blue Peter Garden
Tigon Manchester Museum
Maude the Tigon at Manchester Museum
Blackpool Zoo
Watching the Lions at feeding time at Blackpool Zoo
Home Community Cafe
…finishing off with some drawing at the Home Community Cafe in Didsbury today!

Phew! As I write, nearly-5 year old is so excited about Reception tomorrow that she has her guitar out and is singing a song entitled “yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah” very loudly! Wondering if we’ll ever get her to bed…


Working Mum of two, living in Didsbury, Manchester, in a house which breeds washing, mushed up raisins and various toys in the brightest primary colours. Oh, and the odd empty wine glass.

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