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We’ve been blogging since January 2010, about everyday happenings that bring us joy.

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Half term is almost over. Still have a couple more events to look forward to before the final bell, but part of me feels the sadness. I love having the children around. They are funny. They spark such conversations. They can also drive me nutty, but I’d be surprised if they didn’t. They know how to push their siblings’ buttons, and mine. Then, like a flick of a switch, they can show a different side.

Today, we went out for lunch. Afterwards, we sat round the table while youngest reeled off a whole ream of riddles for us to solve. Everyone was enjoying it. For a moment, I sat back and watched them. Soaking it in. They are good company. They enjoy each other’s company too. Competitive, as it happens, but so am I when it comes to riddles.

Memories being made. Right there, and I’m not going to miss the opportunity to enjoy it.

So, half term. We’ve done quite a lot. There’s been a cinema trip, another strawberry adventure and dog walks. Play dates. Creating. Decluttering. Along with the bog standard revising for upcoming exams. Also a dog show, where Hero met up with a couple of his siblings. We didn’t show him, but he did watch.

Bank holiday Monday, we went to the Bruton Packhorse festival. There was music, fun fair and stalls. Such a wonderful atmosphere. The cherry on the top for me, was finding a second hand tailor’s dummy among the stalls. It’s been on my list for a while. Years, to be honest. I didn’t want to buy first hand, because it’s exactly the sort of item that people declutter. I was on a mission to save one from being thrown in to the landfill, if it should ever cross my path.

This one is old. It’s either from the 70s or 60s. It came in the original box, with the instructions and a pattern making kit. I’m guessing that, as it still has it’s box from 50 years ago, it probably wasn’t used much. Even more reason to save it. The blue covering cloth needs sticking down in some places and it’s missing a couple of screws, but apart from that, she’s looking good for her age. Even better when you consider I bought her for the princely price of £10. (New ones cost between £100 and £150, or more) The stall holder dropped the price. I have a feeling he was glad to see the back of it.

(Not finished yet)

My win. I now have a body double. I’ve already started using her for my latest dress. A summer dress for me.

Continuing the theme of saving items from the potential landfill, we’ve been busy buying a few second hand  clothes listed on Oxfam. It is a bit of a skill and can be a little hit and miss, but so far, the clothes that have arrived, have been perfect for us. One still has its tags on, showing the eye watering original price. Honestly, I do wonder sometimes, but I’m pleased with our finds.

That wraps up our week. I really will miss having the children around. It is going to be quiet. We’ve made some wonderful finds this week, including a patch of four leaf clovers as you can see in the top photo, which was a complete surprise.

I’m joining in with Anne’s word of the week linky. My word is find.

Raisie Bay


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