Posted on November 14th, 2011 -

My First Listography entry

From Kate Takes 5 – Top 5 Random Things I like. Following this one word of warning – “random is not ‘I like chocolate’ – that’s just not going to cut it round here. However ‘I like chocolate sauce with my chips’ is getting a bit warmer.”

  1. Watching our duck who behaves like a chicken! He has been brought up with them, funny as!
  2. Planning my day and blog posts whilst running. Best plans formed this way.
  3. Ice cream and custard.  A wonderful fusion of hot and cold!
  4. Flip flops in winter. They are just quick to put on!
  5. Carrying a large handbag, with very little inside.  No rummaging to find things and somewhere to store the “Mum please look after this” things’.


Silent Sunday

Posted on November 13th, 2011 -

A Silent Sunday Tribute for Rembembrance Sunday

Sunday Parade from the Scouting Movement

Silent Sunday: As inspired by Mocha Beanie Mummy


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on November 12th, 2011 -

 Enjoying the Autumn sunshine with friends on the farm


Coombe Kids Rugby Special


Country Kids is all about promoting healthy outdoor play. Even just 20minutes of fresh air in a day makes for much calmer children in our house. Whether it is the park, the woods or the garden, I hope you will capture those moments and share them here.


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Mummy is shouting again!

Posted on November 12th, 2011 -

Are my Kids typical?

With 6 children in 6 years I suppose I have to expect a little banter, the odd fall out and a bit of possessiveness over toys. But when I signed up to 6 (OK not quite the right phrase) I really didn’t know what I was letting myself in for. As babies and toddlers the squabbles were mischievous and even endearing at times but underneath 

6 little monkeys and Grandpa

it all there was no doubt they adored one another. Tears and howls of “mummy” one minute were laughter and play again the next.  Some days were a joy and I can happily recount them playing for hours imaginary games, with soldiers and army teams, in dressing up clothes together or with friends. Happy days! Equally I remember feeling exasperated, permanently mediating and apologising to other parents for my children as they laid into one another with a thump, punch, scratch or bite. Disgraceful behaviour with much shouting and time out on the naughty step imposed from me, or a real talking to from Daddy (worse). 

I believed at the time that they would grow through this stage, that the playful squabbles would reduce and sensible polite young people would emerge. Either I was mad to imagine this or Nick and I have gone horribly wrong along the way somewhere with our parenting style!

Am I the Original Shouty Mummy?Shouty Mummy

I still have days when I feel I am endlessly nagging and shouting at one or another. Days when they just seem to team up and decide whose turn it is to goad me next. I can’t tell you how many times I wake up and say to myself, today I am going to be really patient with my children and understand and encourage them more. Then it all goes wrong even before they are even dressed for school!

Whose fault is it anyway?

If I am honest, when things kick off there is usually a reason.  Addressing the problem is always better than just shouting, but I am human too and it doesn’t always happen.  

Thank goodness for space!

Having the farm is my salvation. To me, the children are just like puppies. When they all become unreasonable or start play fighting in the house they all find themselves marched outside. A healthy run around and calm is restored. I have space to think and they have space to run off some pent up adrenalin. If I didn’t have the farm I would definitely make a point of taking them to a park or something for at least half an hour a day.  They often do this after school as well. Once everyone has calmed down I can assess what is behind the behaviour. Invariably it is one of the following, all of which are easy enough to sort but not always easy to identify at the time!A quick run around outside with a rugby ball

Top causes of sibling fighting in our home

  1. Tired children – Too many late nights from after school activities etc leaving them prone to pick at one another.
  2. Hungry – It is close to dinner time and Mummy is running late for any number of reasons! This seams to affect children so much more than adults.
  3. Lack of exercise or change of scene– I find indoor play at school on wet days the top culprit here.
  4. Finally me being tired! If I am tired then a playful squabble which is nothing serious can be blown out of proportion by me. Then I find myself shouting at them when it is really me who needs the time out!


How do you cope?

I would love to hear your thoughts, is it just my kids? How do you diffuse fractious fighting?


Play Fighting


Meme 10 Questions

Posted on November 10th, 2011 -

I’ve been tagged by the lovely @welshmumwales in this meme of 10 Questions.

10 Questions

The rules are as follows:

1) Answer the 10 questions
2) Tag someone to do the same
3) Go and leave a comment on the original blog post over at Super Amazing Mum and comment that you have done so in order for us to find out who has been tagged and therefore find out more about our fellow bloggers!

So here goes….

1. Describe yourself in seven words

Married working Mummy, living life to full. 

2. What keeps you awake at night?

Remembering things I forgot to do. I keep a pen and paper by the bed to try and write and forget. Oh and a “can’t put down” book will stop me turning out the light till my eyes refuse to focus!

3. If you could be anyone for day, who would you be and why?

Father Christmas, I’d get to make so many children’s day at Christmas and pig out on mince pies and brandy ‘hic’!

4. What are you wearing now?

Jeans, black boots, purple top 

5. What scares you?

The thought of my 5 boys driving like loons around our country lanes in a few years time. Now that will keep me awake at night! 

6. What is the best and the worst thing about blogging?

Best thing: I find it therapeutic and all absorbing

Worse thing: The spell check on my blog is temperamental and oh boy do I need ti, sorry it!

7. What was the last website you looked at?

Goggle analytics to see what people are searching to find our farm holidays 

8. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

Loose the “mummy tummy”

9. Slankets – Yes or no?

I had to Google this one, never heard of them before, a definite no from me. I might frighten our guests off answering the door in one of those!! 

10. Tell us something about the person who tagged you?

I was tagged by the fab @welshmumwales. Married and working with 2 lovely children. Welsh born and bread, loving blogging and beginning to love cooking.  A great twitter friend who always replies to comments.

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