Have you ever noticed how a tech gadget recharges faster if you don’t use it at the same time? Or software downloads in no time, if you’re not googling cookie recipes? A page loads in seconds, if you’re not flicking to other apps? It’s the same with us humans. We recharge so much quicker if we’re not multi-tasking. This week, I’ve done just that. Apart from an hour sending out emails, I’ve switched off work.

A chance to rediscover how much I love to pin and cut out fabric ready for sewing. Using my hands to make something real. Using my old, hand cranked, Singer, sewing machine to stitch up pyjamas. Slow, but that is good. It’s easy to concentrate on the finishing line and forget to enjoy the journey.

There have been walks and bike rides. Spotting the changing season. Books read. Games played. Eggs hunted.

A visit to a church. After a busy day in the garden, we had lunch at a pub near Cheddar, to recharge. Followed by picking up strawberries from our favourite roadside stall. We were happily munching the strawberries, overlooking the Somerset Levels, when we spotted a church.

Making a model of a church is on the list of homework to complete, so we decided to do a bit of research. Wrong era, as it turned out. When we went in, we found a team of lovely, friendly people getting the church ready for the Easter service. First time I’ve ever been offered a broom on entering a church!

We were so lucky, as one of the busy helpers took us on a tour of the church. Pointing out features we would have overlooked and telling us the history. The children loved it. Soaking in all the information. They discussed so many points on the way home in the car.

We were really struck at how the scene in the church would have been repeated for the last five hundred years. Cleaning the church before the Easter service.

It may have been the wrong era, but it gave a boost of energy to her history homework.

Wednesday we headed to Wells for school essentials. I popped into my favourite charity shop (OK, I have several favourites.) I’m on a hunt for interesting egg cups at the moment. While there, I spotted a clutch of biscuit cutters. There is one here that really caught my attention. Not quite showing, but I’m sure I’ll be posting up the results soon.

I’ve not baked biscuits for a while. Finding the cutters refired my enthusiasm.

The coming week and next is going to be very busy. I’m really glad I had time to recharge. Not just me. I know the children have too. They have busy terms ahead of them.

It’s not quite over yet. Still time to stock up on a bit more fun. I’d say “make hay while the sun shines”, but slightly too early for that.

12 thoughts on “Recharge

  • Friday 21 April, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Your analogy about recharging is so true and I’ve never really thought of it like that before. Food for thought. I love looking round old churches, beautiful and fascinating buildings crammed with history. The church homework looks brilliant, lovely that the children were so interested. Enjoy the last few days before it all gets back to normal and busy again x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Tuesday 25 April, 2017 at 9:56 pm

      Old churches are wonderful. So much history preserved and added to over the centuries. I love finding new-to-me churches.

  • Friday 21 April, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    How lovely that you have had time to re-charge. It sounds like you’ve had a lovely week. I love your daughters church, very creative. #wotw

    • Tuesday 25 April, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks, Anne. She loves projects like this one. Then again, we all do!

  • Friday 21 April, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Ahh! How lovely! It sounds like you have had a fab week.
    That church looks fantastic. Well done x

    • Tuesday 25 April, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks Kim. It was a good week.

  • Sunday 23 April, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    And what great analogies about recharging. I recharged over the Easter break. It was bliss and I’m not finding it hard going getting back into it. Great end result for the church homework! #wotw

    • Tuesday 25 April, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      I’m glad you found time to recharge. Makes so much difference. I know it’s worked for me.

  • Monday 24 April, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I think it’s so important to rest and relax when we can. The sewing machine though scares me. #WotW

    • Tuesday 25 April, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      We all need time to recharge. This sewing machine is a pussy cat really!

  • Thursday 27 April, 2017 at 10:05 am

    So important to switch off sometimes and really re-charge. I love the fabric for your pyjamas and I can imagine that using a hand-cranked sewing machine could be quite relaxing. I’ve been meaning to dig out my sewing machine and make some skirts for the girls – maybe I’ll get some time to do it over the next week or so. Love the model of the church that your daughter made and it did make me chuckle that you got handed a broom when you went in the church! #WotW

    • Sunday 7 May, 2017 at 11:25 pm

      I hope you do dig out your sewing machine. I used to love making skirts for my two girls.

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