Sunday, 21 September 2014

A Sunday

8 am, in the bathroom, and the air from the window is cool. (The windowsill is where the orchids go when they start to look a bit twiggy and dead. When they are blooming again they can come back into the general population of the house.)


9 am, and I've snuck back into bed with a cup of tea and my book. The sun is shining, it looks like it might be a nice day.


10 am. We're all up and ready, beds are made and rooms are tidy.


11 am. In our local park, letting the kids blow off some steam.



12 noon. Back home with Radio 4 on in the kitchen while I make a start on some bramble jelly.


 1 pm and it's lunchtime. Bacon sandwich and brown sauce.


2 pm. A crafternoon is calling and the modelling clay is out. Bella made cave people for a project she's doing about the stone age. Angus made an alien and a monster. I made beads. 


3 pm. One hour later and the figures are baked, cooled and dressed. Tomorrow I'll buy some grey paint so Bella can finish her paper mache cave.


4 pm. John gets home from work.


5 pm and we go out for fish and chips for tea. This time with just the four of us is welcome and precious.


6 pm. Dessert. It's called a Brandy Snap Dream. I've never yet eaten a whole one but I keep trying.


7 pm. A bit of Octonauts viewing before bed, his reward for getting through the Sunday night chore of reading book and spellings.


8 pm. Sofa,  a cup of tea, an episode of Lilyhammer on TV, some crochet. That pleasant Sunday night slump feeling.


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A photo an hour (ish) over a whole day. It's fun to do this, to remember to get the camera out and use it. It's a pretty typical Sunday all in all, nothing special, just a lot of pottering around the house. How did you spend your Sunday?

44 comments:

Louise said...

I like these hourly photo posts (though I've never done one myself). It sound like a nice day. I love Bella's cave people project, it looks fantastic!

Amy at love made my home said...

It is a nice thing to do to document your day like this. I did think that I would try and do a post like this, but the day I was going to do it I got so immersed in what I was doing that I forgot to take pictures so that didn't work out. Sounds as though you had a good day. Bella's figures are brilliant! xx

Marion Ogden said...

I've enjoyed looking at photos of your happy Sunday. Ours started earlier (7am) and was a bit busy in the morning (church, supermarket) but I had a lovely afternoon pottering about at home on my own while my husband took the girls to a birthday party. I also had tea and crochet on the sofa this evening while watching 'Crimes of Passion' on the iplayer. x

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

Sounds like a lovely slow Sunday (though lots was packed in), just right. Loving the cavemen and their fire xx

Debby said...

What a great idea and what a fun day.

Chrysalis said...

What a lovely, happy, family day, Gillian. Your home and family are gorgeous - enjoy!

Jacqui Galloway said...

I love your mapping of the day, through photographs. Looks like you had a lovely family Sunday.
Jacqui xx

Taciana Simmons said...

That is a fun idea. I just never have the time to post. I haven't posted on my blog for almost 2 weeks. Going to try a new oat tomorrow when I get home from work.

Ingrid Orens said...

What a fun idea, a photo an hour ! If I had done it yesterday, you would have seen several photos of a pumpkin :-)... I cut one up to make soup... A lot of work - 2 hours !

Samantha Roberts said...

What a great idea! I love your post, it's fun to sneak a peak of other's lives. I hope you don't mind but I may copy this idea from time to time? Your daughters cave people are fab! Sam xxx

mags said...

I started with tea in bed and a read, then there was some housework, nice walk with the dogs, lots of sewing , I made an entire t shirt!!! A quiet day, just me but lovely all the same. Xx

Jo said...

Great idea for a post I would like to do one too! We had a quiet one too, a walk in the woods, crafting, bit of gardening and Bloke cooked sunday dinner for a change so all in all a top Sunday. I love, love those cave people so deliberate and thoughtful. Jo x

Shaula said...

lovely post, lovely photos...lovely sunday!
the cave people are something special!

galant said...

A lovely post - this is exactly what I enjoy, seeing how others live their days, even the ordinary ones. And ordinary isn't the same as boring. You have been doing ordinary things, walking in the park, reading, your husband working, your children being creative, enjoying a family meal out ... but collectively they add up to something which transcends ordinary and is something very pleasing: family life at its best.

Anne said...

Sounds like a good Sunday. My hourly photos, if they included making bramble jelly would probably include a "whoops, the jelly bag slipped and this is the hour I spent cleaning up purple juice from the kitchen". Wonderfully relaxing post.

Alison said...

What a lovely family Sunday. Oh my word, that Brandy Snap Dream looks yummy! Those cave people are brill, I hope Bella is proud of them, especially their fur outfits :-) x

Jane said...

Thanks for sharing your Sunday Gillian, I enjoyed this post immensely. I love Bella's cave people. I spent my Sunday on my own but it's not as bad as it seems - spent time in the garden, did some crochet, played piano and watched Downton :o) Have a great week.
Jane xx

Jacqueline said...

Sounds perfect! You did so much in your day but it all sounded very relaxing and enjoyable.

Rachel Jaques said...

I love this, and the sense of clam shines through the post. I like the idea of fish and chips for tea, just the four of you.

madewithloops said...

Absolutely perfect Sunday in my book...now that 'my girl' is all grown up, it's all different. 'My man' and I will have to find a new routine soon. Have a lovely week Gillian, H. xx

Chickpea said...

A lovely post and something to look back on when the kids are older and life changes. Wonderful :)

rachel said...

P and I went out to do the supermarket shop and ended up on a spontaneous jaunt around White Rose. Not my favourite place to shop but it was fun to spend some time together and get her a few little treats. That and a lazy lie in pretty much ate up the whole of sunday!

Yours looks like a fab Sunday

Joanne Wilson said...

Fab idea - a photo per hour. Lovely to look back on a perfect day. Did you have your bacon on oven bottom muffins? they are one of may favs. Have a good week.

Wilfing Mum said...

What a great idea! I'll have to give it a go. Looks like a lovely family Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, every time I read a post of yours at the moment I want to join in! Have spent a ridiculous amount of time this morning trying to photograph my mantelpiece. Why am I finding it so hard?! The room doesn't seem to be quite big enough for me to stand far enough away to get everything in and the light falls in a funny way and the numbers on the clock look weird in the photograph, no matter what setting I take it on. Ha ha, anyway, have settled for a less than perfect version and will (hopefully, time this evening allowing) be sharing my own September mantel tomorrow. But now, now, I want to go out and take a photo every hour to join in with this fun too!

Clare said...

Such a great idea for a post, looks like a lovely family day.
Clare x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Yoga session, shopping, lunch, little stroll, ironing, dinner, Downton abbey.....lovely Sunday actually, like yours, nothing that you would say was special but it is really, isn't it! :) xxx

VeggieMummy said...

What a great post and it looks like you had a lovely, relaxing family Sunday. Your daughter's cave people are fantastic! x

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CJ said...

What a lovely post, I must try this sometime. We had a morning of football, and I took the younger two for a bike ride in the afternoon, then the park. Steam was blown off nicely. Your day sounds wonderful. Those cave people are absolutely fantastic, and I love the fire. Glad it was a good day. CJ xx

grace said...

What a fabulous idea, precious memory x

driftwood said...

I've been meaning to do a photo an hour for ages. I am truly impressed that anyone could eat even a little bit of brandy snap dream after fish and chips, but it does look delicious x

Lulu walkingonsunshine said...

Hi Gillian :)
What a perfect Sunday .
This remind me that family is evrything precious in our lives ,and it is so good to heve each other .
Love the pictures ,your cozy home ,your husband in he sofa ,reminds me of mine :P
After a long day at work ,this post made me smile and made me feel very gratefull of my own family and life .
One day i will make a post like this one ;)
Lots of Love
Lulu

Anonymous said...

I really wanted a morning like yours on Sunday, but with a two year old, it didn't happen. I was feeling a bit sick and just wanted to lie in bed with hot tea and my knitting. Alas, I was up and moving by 7:30am! Really, you can't finish that little sundae by yourself?! Guess that is the American in me - we love our ice cream!

Isabelle Hulm said...

What a great Sunday! I especially love that you went out for tea; what a nice, relaxed thing to do xxx

KirstenLN said...

What a lovely sunday! I'm so amazed by Bella's creativity!!!
We had a lovely sunday too, relaxing after celebrating two birthsday's in one saturday. A lot of reading and cuddling up on the coach but also a walk finding horse chestnuts. We payed Pinterst a quick visit and the kids made squirrels with the chestnuts while I managed to do a tiny bit of crochet. So cosy!

The Creative Academic said...

I love the papier mache cave!! Great cave people too. Sounds a very lovely Sunday...made even better by that dessert!! xx

Heldasland said...

what a perfect sunday. Mine was spent visiting a family member in hospital .I wish mine was like yours .thank you for sharing

Wainwright and Wright.Co said...

What a super day you had - simple pleasures. Love the cavemen!
Caz xx

Julia said...

What a perfect day in my book! Your local park looks absolutely amazing with so many gorgeous flowers. And your living room looks so warm and cozy. I love how your mantel is decorated!

A little happy place said...

That looked a super day...it's only Wednesday ( still behind with my blog reading sorry!) and I'm struggling to think what I/we all did on Sunday (sad I know!) I think I need to follow your advice and get the camera out and try this! xo PS Bella's cavemen are brill!

Lisa said...

So much to treasure in the ordinary.
Love Bella's stone age people, their clothes are fab.
Also the smile on Angus' face whilst he gets to see Octonauts, happiness!
Lisa x

Col | Hello Olive said...

Lovely post, I really enjoyed it :-) x

cassie said...

So perfect! I love a day in the life posts. Your last photo is quite lovely and a familiar scene to me :)

Also, I tried to comment on your pinecone garland post but it wouldn't let me. Anyway, what a brilliant solution!!!! You've completely blown my mind with such simplicity. I'm going to send Gianna into the back yard when she gets home to forage for pinecones. Thank you! I've wanted to make one for quite some time.