The Week that was 365/19

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Well what a week it’s been, another that has flown by in a click of the fingers which reminds me to document that Alice is trying to learn how to click her finger and thumb – I think it may take a while.

Saturday 4th May – Daddy’s birthday weekend and we had his twin and all of the family descending on us for an evening BBQ, what better excuse did daddy need to put a tent up? Mind you I remember as a child loving to play in a tent in the garden, we even slept out there occasionally.

tent in the garden

A great time was had by all and we were greeted with this fabulous sunset that was taken with no flash and no touching up after, isn’t it spectacular?

purple sunset

Sunday 5th May – After clearing up and having lunch we decided to take the girls to the beach for a quick spin on their bikes and what a great decision, the tide was out all afternoon and although too cold to swim we had a lovely afternoon down there.

digging holes

Monday 6th Bank Holiday – Paul had to go to work and I had to catch up on the ironing but I also found time to make the Yeo Valley beef and barley cottage pie which was a hit with everyone only Alice still refuses to eat mash potato which I find so strange, I mean EVERYONE loves mashed potato, right?

beef and barley cottage pie

Tuesday 7th May – At our school Tuesdays are trainer Tuesdays IF you walk to school, which we do. So here are the girls ready to go to school in about 5 minutes getting in a quick LeapPad game and lounging on the sofa watching Peppa Pig who continues to be a house favourite

trainer tuesday

Wednesday 8th May – That’s it guys, the summer is over and welcome back to good Ol’ Blighty and her dreadful weather. Take a look at this late evening sky and how moody it is? I used flash on this one which you can see bouncing off the forsynthia but I don’t think it made much difference to the sky above.

bad weather

Thursday 9th May – I adore tulips at this time of year and as I have one of my teapot jugs used at the wedding I try to keep it filled up with colour to brighten the fireplace, I think you can see it’s time to throw this bunch out but not before one last photo. The difference in light by moving the jug to the window was amazing and really shows well in this photo, I may be learning something after all …

tulips in teapot

and just because I can, a close up of my faded out of date tulips which I hope you agree still look beautiful, a shot inspired by The Boy and Me when she did similar earlier this year with daffodils

old tulips

Friday 10th May – TGIF! and I mean that this week, it has been super hectic, the BritMums blog has gone beserk with all the Fresh Voice guest posts coming in but boy there’s some excellent reading on there. I have started to turn down more offers for Mari’s World than take up as I just can’t keep up with it all and prefer to write for us rather than companies at the moment barring the odd paid post that comes my way.

Remember I showed you my brown bread disaster? Well I haven’t had the guts to re-try with brown flour yet but I did have a go at a simple white loaf to check the machine was ok and look at this beauty, isn’t she perfect? Stephanie from I’m counting UFOs has told me to try the Almond and apricot recipe as I’m bound to love it, we’ll see Stef, I’m going to give it a go and let you know.

white loaf panasonic breadmaker

Have a great week all and hugs all round.

Mari x


  1. May 11, 2013 / 7:54 AM

    Ooh yes that bread is really perfect, well done! Little Z loves cottage pie but isn’t keen on mashed potato either, even as a baby he’d pull a face and try to spit it out. He’ll happily eat chips every day if he could though!

  2. caro_mad
    May 11, 2013 / 12:15 PM

    Amy doesn’t like mashed potato either. I think it reminds her of pureed baby food and as we mainly did baby led weaning, she really wasn’t keen on it…

  3. May 14, 2013 / 12:02 AM

    i haven’t made my Yeo Valley recipe yet!! That cottage barley pie does look yummy though. My boys can be faddy about mashed potato too – sometimes they will eat it and other times its a no!! the sunset photo is stunning Mari – those fiery colours and velvety purple clouds are amazing. I also like the girls digging the sand – seems hard to believe that was a week ago *sighs* xx

  4. emsyjo
    May 14, 2013 / 7:12 AM

    I used to love my tent I has a child, spent ages persuading my Mum to let my friend and I spend the night in it and when we did we got scared and was back in inside by 9pm :)

  5. May 15, 2013 / 8:16 PM

    Beautiful photos, I really want to get a tent for the girls so we can have some outdoor adventures

  6. May 17, 2013 / 11:23 PM

    That loaf is magnificent! Love the tulips, there is something beautiful about decaying tulips (mine were tulips not daffodils, thanks for referring to me though lovely), but that sunset is fabulous.

    Thanks for linking up to Project 365.

  7. May 18, 2013 / 1:10 PM

    The sunset is very dramatic. Good capture it without flash.

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