August and Tiggy’s brothers were home for the school summer break, and I’d had lots planned only to have fallen and broken my hand on day three of the boys’ summer holidays, which meant a re-think as clearly getting out and about with four small children and a broken hand wasn’t going to be easy, especially as Tiggy’s daddy was busy at work, but what a busy and wonderful month it’s been.
We had a quiet first couple weeks while I got to grips with my hand being in plaster and our weekends were filled once Tiggy’s daddy home with plenty of day trips and activities for the children. We visited Blenheim Palace, Paxton’s Tower, The National Botanic Gardens some lavender fields and went “glamping” in Somerset and you can read all about these trips and see the pictures taken by clicking on the links within this sentence but we have had great fun! We also visited numerous National Trust properties such as Dinefwr Castle where the pictures above were taken and a trip into the Brecon Beacons where the weather was so bad it was as if we were driving into the clouds!
We also headed West to Pembrokeshire many times over the holidays and I’ll let you into a secret why…..we’ve been looking at properties to move to! We’ve “ummed and arred” about doing this for the past year or so as having moved to our present home we thought this would be where we’d live forever more, but as the children are growing we realise that firstly they’re not going to be little for long, and secondly we’d love for them to have an idyllic as possible childhood, and so we’ve been searching for a small holding with some land, and know if we don’t do this soon Tiggy’s brothers especially will have become embedded in their present school making it almost impossible to move and so the decision has been made.
We’ve literally spent days over the last month or so with back to back viewings on properties and thought we’d found the perfect place, we even made an offer, but there’s a paddock we want to purchase at the entrance to the property that they don’t want to sell and without it we don’t want to buy, so for now it’s back to the drawing board and our search continues….
As you can see from the pictures above, whilst on our new home search we have broken it up a little for the children with trips to the beach and to a National Trust property that we love called Colby Gardens where we raced ducks in the stream, ate a picnic and cream tea in the sunshine while Tiggy’s brothers played cricket, swung from tree swings and climbed trees and I’m sure if I’d have let her Tiggy would have done her best to climb them too!!
There was such a sweet moment when these ducks passed by. Tiggy had been holding onto the pillar tightly but once she saw the ducks, she bravely let go and took some steps towards them. The excitement in her voice was amazing! I quickly switched my phone to video and you can watch the short clip by clicking on this link Tiggy’s excitement at seeing the ducks
One particular trip to the beach I did by myself without Tiggy’s daddy, it was late in the afternoon and so I thought we could just go “dip our toes” in the sea telling Tiggy’s brothers that I was unprepared, no towels or change of clothes with us as it certainly wasn’t my intention for them to swim in the sea, not being by myself and with a broken hand, it just wouldn’t be safe, but children being children went straight in to “dip their toes” and ended up splashing each other so much they were soaking wet!
We had to cross the beach back to the steps above which I’d parked my car so that I could carry Tiggy onto the beach as I wouldn’t have been able to push her pram one handed on the sand. Her brothers having stripped themselves to their pants, soaking wet and covered in sand, my telling them off the whole way, me juggling carrying Tiggy, and the boys juggling carrying their wet clothes and sandals in fits of laughter, we must have been a sight and a half going up the steps!
The more the boys were giggling and dropping their clothes and giggling some more, the more cross I was getting which made them giggle in cahoots even more, the monkeys! We finally arrived at the top of the steps, no towel but a picnic blanket I’d taken onto the beach for Tiggy to sit on which had been totally pointless as she like her brothers kept making a bee line for the water! I tried to wipe the boys down with the blanket which of course was covered in sand, the boys thought this hilarious, cue more laughter from them and more tellings off from me, passers by were in fits of giggles too at what can only have looked like utter chaos before them!
The boys pants were soaked through, there was no way they could sit in them on the journey home so I took them off and having by chance put some jumpers in the car for them previously, wrapped these around them to sit on, my poor car now covered in sand! Tiggy too was covered in sand! The doors of our car slide open so passers by could clearly see in and the boys were in tears laughing at how ridiculous this all was. I finally got everyone in only for the boys to ask if we were still going for fish and chips with my shouting at them for being so silly how could we possibly do this with them all naked, only to be met with more shrieks of laughter!
They all laughed the whole way home, even Tiggy joining in, and it was only that night when Tiggy and her brothers were all bathed and tucked up asleep in bed when I relayed this tale to my husband that I actually giggled too, belly laughed in fact with tears rolling down my cheeks telling him about this and then felt utterly guilty I’d been telling the children off throughout this whole hilarious debacle! It really must have looked so funny.
August has seen us collaborate with some fantastically awesome companies that I truly love, The White Company and Bloom & Wild and places too, The Corran and The National Botanic Garden Of Wales and you can read more about our current collaborations by clicking on the links within this sentence.
And Tiggy, what a month for Tiggy and her developments too. Tiggy now has eleven teeth, yes eleven! They’re coming through thick and fast. Tiggy is becoming more and more confident on her feet, managing quite a few steps at a time and can walk between the chairs in our living room, so I guess I can say that she is walking! She looks so small as she passes between the furniture, I can’t believe that we’re at this stage already. Her hair has grown so much that a clip is now required to keep the hair from her eyes. I was reluctant to use one just a few weeks ago as don’t want Tiggy to grow so fast but she really does need one to sweep her hair from her eyes and she looks so sweet.
We’ve had no more words, Tiggy can say Mum and Dad and still says “look at this” but we’ve noticed that if Tiggy wants something she can see she babbles almost speech like whilst pointing to the object, so whilst it’s not words to us, it must clearly mean something to her and she looks so pleased when you realise what it is she wants and pass it to her. Tiggy has always been a “cuddly baby” but now climbs up into my arms and buries her head into my neck and I want to bottle this up and keep this forever. If only!
Tiggy (her brothers too) have brought us so much joy this month and it’s been wonderful for Tiggy to have her brothers home for the summer spending so much time with them. They are all so wonderful with her, they will all sit and play with her, tell her stories, help her with things. As much as I have struggled at times with my hand and the children all being home I have missed the boys terribly this last day or so of them having returned to school but I am also looking forward to spending time just Tiggy and I in September.