The Best Monday

The end of last week was tough: all three of us were poorly, TTB lost the ability to sleep without being ON ME (like a koala and with his head shoved under my chin) so I spent 3 nights sleeping on his bedroom floor with him, and thne by Sunday morning I was so fed up of this that I was ready to pack him off to boarding school. The weather had been vile so we’d been stuck indoor as well and to top it all our oven broke (and is still broken) which meant I couldn’t even bake and my “Heatherbakes2014” intentions are well and truly scuppered right now.

I needed a lift, and happily for me that lift came in the best way possible: my mum came to visit! It was arranged a while ago, just one night (taking advantage of a friend travelling this way), but it could not have come at a better time. The weather decided to play nice as well and the light was beautiful. We met her at the station and as always, TTB was just delighted to see his Grandma. He was also very happy to see the train, and pointed to it and told Grandma that it was indeed a train. Clever boy.

After tea and a mid-morning toasty snack we set out for our favourite walk (along the canal and under the castle to see the chickens) in order to make the most of the glorious day. Sunshiney days in the middle of January bleurgh-weather are wonderful. TTB wanted to walk, and he managed to go the whole length of the High Street before sitting down and refusing to budge. He very proudly held his Grandma’s hand all the way, giving big beaming smiles to everyone who looked at him. It still makes me catch my breath that he is old enough to be walking like this! Surely he was just born five minutes ago?

I never, ever tire of seeing sky this blue. It makes me about a million times happier than grey sky.

The chickens were enjoying the sunshine as well, taking dustbaths and giving their feathers a very thorough preen while sitting in the sunniest spot in their field. Actually most of them were in the woodland next to their field and we saw them squeeze under the fence a a few times. Hens really bustle when they run don’t they?! TTB thought this was brilliant and we spent quite a while there watching them and enjoying being out and being thankful for such a wonderful day. It really was the absolute best way to spend the day, and such a contrast from the days previously.

After the chickens had exhausted TTB’s attention span we meandered back into town, enjoying the sight of all the smaller birds being busy and industrious in their own ways. This blackbird was turning over the moss on the old shed roof looking for good things to eat.

One of my favourite places is this spot on the hill where a gap in the trees frames a long view over the town and to the hills beyond. It’s so very different to the landscape where I grew up but more and more this view sings out “home” to me. And I love that.

But it would be nice if my mum lived closer :-)

x

12 thoughts on “The Best Monday

  1. Claire coffey says:

    How lovely to see your mum, if even for a short visit. I’m glad it gave you the lift it did…things are always grotty when little ones aren’t well. Hopefully you are all on the mend now. Lovely to see some blue skies. ..they’ve been in very short supply here recently too. Roll on spring! X

  2. Oh wow, we’ve just been doing just the same things! Colds: check, sleeping on me only: check (poor you though, I only had one night of that), Mums down: check, bright light cheering things up: check! Love your photos, they’re gorgeous, and they say happy so well. Hope you’re all well now.

  3. Sue says:

    Having poorly toddlers is exhausting. I hope that TTB has got back into his bed routine now.

    I always felt I could cope with anything during the day as long as I got some decent sleep.

    We have had so many grey days and rain but at least is is mild. I get really down in the winter but this winter I have been fine so far. I guess the endless cold days are my problem. Bulbs are pushing up through the soil in my flower borders. The strangest thing is that the hyacinths are really shooting away but there is no sign of my snowdrops.

    A walk in your lovely town looks and sounds great. I can understand your wish that your mother lived closer as I was in the same position when I had my children. You just have to make the most of the time you have together.

  4. Anne Marie says:

    Oh dear, how exhausting for ALL of you to be poorly at the same time.

    Still, maybe got it all over with together. Nice that your Mum was able to visit. I suppose her being such a way off makes it even more special when she can come up or you can visit her.

    I love the colour saturation in your blue sky photos. I’ve been quite a bit in the Yorkshire dales and love the area, although previous to Yarndale had only driven and cycled through Skipton. Since visiting last year, I really love the town and can’t wait to come back again.

  5. Lovely Heather and so nice to have your mum visit, you look so like her too ☺
    That little man has grown so much, my grandson is just over 1 and a real mr chunka (tubby) lol Beautiful pictures ☺

  6. Wendy says:

    So glad everyone is feeling better, that the sun decided to shine, and that your mum came for a visit. Mums always make it better :)

  7. I love the idea of chickens ‘bustling’ i have two quite bossy hens and yes, they bustle. But then bearing in mind one is Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst-chicken (Mrs P) and the other is Ms Florence Nightingale-chicken I can see why! :0)

  8. I love the idea of chickens \’bustling\’ i have two quite bossy hens and yes, they bustle. But then bearing in mind one is Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst-chicken (Mrs P) and the other is Ms Florence Nightingale-chicken I can see why! :0)

  9. I love the idea of chickens \\\’bustling\\\’ i have two quite bossy hens and yes, they bustle. But then bearing in mind one is Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst-chicken (Mrs P) and the other is Ms Florence Nightingale-chicken I can see why! :0)

  10. It’s nice that your mum could visit, I have the same feelings about how far mine lives from me but I have to remind myself “I chose this” even though it’s hard :( TTB was probably so proud walking around with his grandma, I bet he idolises her :D

    Sorry to hear about your oven though :( Heatherbakes2014 is just on a hiatus!

  11. It\’s nice that your mum could visit, I have the same feelings about how far mine lives from me but I have to remind myself \"I chose this\" even though it\’s hard :( TTB was probably so proud walking around with his grandma, I bet he idolises her :D

    Sorry to hear about your oven though :( Heatherbakes2014 is just on a hiatus!

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