The time between Christmas and New Year is one of my favourites. We take the week off apart from monitoring emails. It’s a quiet time of the year and only three working days, so it works out perfectly. The manic buying of presents is over and leftover meals are on the menu. It is relaxed.

We spent a couple of days visiting family. Always good to see the folks. I sneaked my birthday in. Quietly. I don’t go for big celebrations. It probably explains why certain members of the family have lost track of how old I am, which was amusing. There was cake. So that was good.

We’ve fitted in a few days out too. Hero went to the beach for the first time and loved it. I think he was overwhelmed by the number of dogs all in one place. We didn’t let him off the lead until we’d reached a quiet section, as I’m sure he would have become instantly deaf to our calls. It was fabulous to see him run along the beach.

Also went for a walk up to the top of Glastonbury Tor (my legs are feeling that one), followed by a walk around the town. Glastonbury is unlike any other town I know. The high street is filled with gem shops, new age shops, alternative lifestyle shops like no other town I’ve visited. You can walk into a shop and pick up a love potion or lentil bake with no difficulty. It is colourful and fragrant.

Dogs were allowed in most shops and it fascinated me to see which ones Hero felt relaxed enough to lie down in. Any shop with candles, smudge sticks and quartz were favourite. Sheepskin shops made him edgy. The more welcoming the shop keeper, the more relaxed he was. They were also the shops we bought something from!

Finally made it to a local long barrow that’s been on Mr TTC’s list for a while. Dates back to about 3500 BC and was a burial site. As we left, the sun was just setting and it could not have added more to the atmosphere. I’m planning to write more about this visit.

The rest of the week, we’ve spent time at home. This week of the year could not slip by without at least a couple of jigsaw puzzles being completed. In the past, we’ve had to juggle meal times as the only available table, that can hold a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle, is the kitchen table. This year, I was given a jigsaw roll. I was amazed at how well it works. Meal times and puzzle doing could exist side by side in harmony!

Also had fun constructing with cardboard, by making a sweet shop and revisiting my childhood. I’m hoping this is a catalyst for more cardboard crafting, as I have a handful of ideas to distract the children away from their screens.

It has been a good week. Next week the children go back to school and I’ll properly sit down at my desk again. It goes too fast. Still. We have a couple more days, so I plan to make the most of the time left.

Hope you have enjoyed your inbetween week.

Linking up with Anne. My word is visiting.


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14 thoughts on “Visiting

  • Saturday 5 January, 2019 at 11:21 am

    It all sounds idyllic. And belated Happy Birthday, however old you are x
    I’ve never been to Glastonbury, it sounds like my kind of place. But I’d have to go childless as I have two kids with sensory issues and refuse to go into shops with candles and incense. It’s strange because they let me have them at home sometimes.
    My kids had a jigsaw roll last year, they really are good, although most of their jigsaws are done on the floor. As is the lego, which is much to my distress as I can no longer get on the floor.
    Thanks for joining in with #Wotw have a great week xx

    • Thursday 10 January, 2019 at 10:01 am

      I think you would like Glastonbury, but a childfree visit sounds a good idea. It could be overwhelming.

  • Saturday 5 January, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Sounds lovely! I’ve never been to Glastonbury, maybe I shall put it on the list. My kids have fads with jigsaws, they don’t do them for months, I consider giving them to the school and they immediately start doing them LOL!

    • Thursday 10 January, 2019 at 9:37 am

      Jigsaws are like that though. Several in a row and then none for a while. I’m gradually passing on the younger ones.

  • Saturday 5 January, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Ahh! Happy birthday to you!
    It looks like a great week. You have had some fab days out.
    My girls have been doing jigsaws too. The jigsaw roll sounds like something we need. hehehe
    I love the sweet shop. What a great craft x

    • Thursday 10 January, 2019 at 9:36 am

      The jigsaw puzzle roll is a game changer.

  • Saturday 5 January, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Completely agree with the time passing so quickly. My girls start back Monday too. I like the sound of shopping depending on whether the dog takes to the place or not I think they’ve got a sense for things mmbc

    • Thursday 10 January, 2019 at 9:34 am

      It is interesting to see where he feels comfortable. Went in a Harry Potter shop in Edinburgh over the summer, and he lay out flat in the door way. Totally relaxed. People were walking over him, as if he was a feature! Definitely a Hero the deerhound thumbs up.

  • Saturday 5 January, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Happy belated birthday to you ! Glastonbury sounds lovely, I always try and visit the quirky little shops when we go on holiday you can pick up some nice little treasures. I love that photo of Hero, he looks like such a gentle dog, I hope he enjoyed all the new experiences. Have a fab weekend x

    • Thursday 10 January, 2019 at 9:31 am

      Plenty of quirky shops to be found in Glastonbury. We came away with candles and scented resins. Gorgeous and a treat.

  • Monday 7 January, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday – sorry I can’t send you cake. Glastonbury sounds wonderful and I’m glad you enjoyed yourself.#MMBC

    • Thursday 10 January, 2019 at 9:23 am

      Quieter there than usual, which was nice too.

  • Monday 7 January, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Happy birthday, what a beautiful part o the world to explore. I do love a good walk after Christmas X #mmbc

    • Thursday 10 January, 2019 at 9:22 am

      It is a great time to get out and about and blow the cobwebs away.

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