Saturday, 1 June 2013

52 Weeks of Happy...33/52




The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.


The weather has been so mixed this last week, glorious blue skies to begin with followed by four days of cold, rainy weather, then more sun yesterday. A mixed bag, and the wet days have dragged. But, as always, when you look for the happy things they are there - sometimes hiding but always there - so, joining in with Jen at little birdie, here are this weeks four happy things.*

1. A rather fab day out with my friend and her six year old son on Wednesday at RHS Harlow Carr, a beautiful area of planting, woodland and gardens in Yorkshire. The children followed nature trails, explored woods, played in huge tree houses, walked rope bridges, ran around and got very dirty. The grown ups enjoyed coffee in Betty's and had aluim envy and said things like "Wow! Look at those rhododendrons! Amazing!"

2. The weather last weekend. The time in the garden, the sun, the barbecues, the paddling pool, all of it. Just perfect.

3. Meeting up with old university friends on Thursday and remembering just how much we make each other laugh and hatching plans for getaways together.

4. Relaxed mornings. Even if I'm still up with the kids at 7 am, even if it's raining, it's nice to wander downstairs and make a cup of tea and drink it leisurely then think, I'll make another. And another. And finally get dressed at 10 am. It's always refreshing to have that break from the monotony of the school run.

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. 

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*All photos this week are from our day out Harlow Carr gardnes because, what with the gloom and total lack of light, there haven't been many photo opportunities.



29 comments:

  1. What a lovely week - half term is blissful isn't it? Now there are just seven weeks and the summer hols are on us. Anything seems possible in those weeks. Beautiful photos - love the simplicity of the fir at the top x

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  2. Your photos are really interesting. It's so green there, my eyes aren't used to it living in such a dry place. I'm with you on the lazy mornings, now that we're on summer break. They still wake very early (they always have; what's with these kids who "sleep in"? I never had one of those!) but we're staying in bed until 7 most mornings. It feels indulgent, which is a little sad, actually!

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  3. Looks like you certainly have made the most of half term!

    Helenxx

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  4. Yes weird weather this week but still looks like you packed lots of fun in! :) x

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  5. lovely photos!!!!!
    it seems you have had a wonderful week.
    happy weekend,
    love regina

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  6. Harlow Carr looks wonderful. And you are right, it is lovely to have the children home from school. The holidays always whizz by far too fast. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  7. what a lovely week, you took some nice photos at Harlow Carr, that looks like somewhere I'd enjoy!

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  8. Oh I love Harlow Carr we visit annually on our way up to visit my grandad in north Yorkshire. Never seen it at this time of year the alliums are wonderful. We always enjoy the wild flower meadow and the monardas.
    Looks like you all had a lovely day x

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  9. this rain sheesh i know! lovely pics and great to see your happy moments x

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  10. Great memories in pictures. I also love Harlow Carr and Betty's there is great.

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  11. That tree house looks amazing ... my littles would adore it ... I love half term too ... we are on countdown to the summer holidays ... only four weeks to go ... I am almost as excited as the boys ... Bee xx

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  12. Ooh, lots of happies in your week. Thanks for the reminder about Harlow Carr - haven't visited in years.

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  13. Lots of lovely happies - sounds like you had a lovely fun week.
    Sue x

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  14. The weather around here has been the same...cokd, rainy, hot and crazy...it seems like a great weekend.
    √ćela

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  15. Sounds like you had a lovely week....filled with lots of happy times. I've started making a list each night of the happy moments of the day or things that really motivated or touched me somehow and then I read aloud before I go to bed. Its a wonderful way to fall asleep. :)

    Sarah

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  16. Harlow Carr looks like somewhere we'd enjoy visiting - lovely walks and gardens and a cake at the end. I also agree about relaxed mornings, being able to sit in my PJs with a cup of tea catching up on blogs - like now! x

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  17. Looks like you have had some very happy moments this week. I love the photos and the sound of spending time with friends who make you laugh, nothing more important in life. I'm pleased you enjoyed your half term. Lets hope for better weather xo

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  18. Love your quest to be happy, a brilliant inspired idea which makes complete sense....and you are so good at it!!

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  19. Some great happy times this week- I've been away for the last week or so and have missed reading everyones blogs- so it's nice to catch up and see what everyone's been up to.What lovely times- thanks for sharing

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  20. Lovely Happies Gillian! That is an amazing cubby house. Mel x

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  21. Hi Gillian, Weird weather everywhere!!!Lazy days are few, so just enjoy them!!!Have a fab week!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  22. Really love those happies! Those alliums are amazing! Love the little wooden house it looks like a fun place to play.
    M x

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  23. I have alium envy too just looking at that picture! Relaxed mornings are so lovely - I have no school run to do, but staying in PJs longer than normal just feels like a treat doesn't it?! Hope you've had a great, sunny, weekend!x

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  24. Looks like a fun half term, lovely photos, we love visiting Harlow Carr when we come up north to visit family! The Fat Rascals at Betty's are yummy too! X

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  25. Ah hahaha! The part about the adults commenting on the rhododendrons cracked me up. (So true!)

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  26. Indeed such happy things! I always enjoy seeing pictures from England - your nature is beautiful!!!
    Have a happy week head, enjoy!

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  27. The destination for your day out looks amazing, especially those tree houses. Lots of fun for any age!
    Lisa x

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  28. Very happy things, Gillian! The purple flowers are lovely. It is so nice to meet up with old friends...hope you all get a getaway together soon! And I just adore relaxed mornings, too!

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