A mum and a wife and sometimes just me

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Damsflask Reservoir, Bradfield

This Saturday we decided to go for a walk at the Damsflask Reservoir. Yorkshire water have some great accessible walks in the area and they do often offer lovely views of the surrounding countryside. They are a great option for stretching the legs with the wee man and if you are pushing a pushchair. Of course the wee man loves the opportunity to throw stones in the water. My pockets also came home inundated with conkers and with recent weather meant there was plenty of muddy puddles. There was the added bonus of a cafĂ© in Bradfield where we were able to treat ourselves to a lovely lunch after. It's nice to have these options to explore and get some fresh air. 

 Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall 

Project 365: Days 285 - 292

Day 285: A balancing act

Day 286: rainy day

Day 287: Art is interpretation

Day 289: Monster glam

Day 290: I'm on a rock

Day 291: A treat for mummy

Day 292: Blurred magic 

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Coming out of the dark

Bump at 22 weeks 
It's not always easy to get pregnant and many families have different stories to tell about their journey. We had been trying for a long time for number two and sometimes you just can't help but stress and feel disappointed with each month of no success. Makes it worse when you know that is the last thing you should be doing. Then finally I got a belated Christmas present and had a positive result. It wasn't meant to be and at 6 weeks I had a miscarriage.

The past few years have thrown me a lot of curve balls. I have been up and down a crazy emotional rollercoaster. The only thing really to keep me on the rails was talking about it. When times were particularly bad I found counselling was the only way to the other side. Sometimes though it's just speaking with family, friends or just knowing that it's an open conversation out there and you don't have to bury your feelings. Hiding behind any mask is such hard work and only makes you feel worse or even let's you deny any acknowledgement that you need support.

Speaking about my miscarriage validated my feelings and allowed others to understand my grief. I spoke with hubby and shared my tears and found comfort. It actually gave me something I was not expecting hope. There was some light in the darkness. I realised miscarriage is a lot more common than I thought. Often when speaking with other women they knew of someone who had or had experienced one themselves. There was a supportive network out there and I just had to open myself up to it.

Thankfully for me there is a happy ending to my story. I was very nervous at the beginning of this pregnancy and admittedly still am. It will probably follow me all the way through. Every scan, every kick, every heartbeat I hear is a massive comfort.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Project 365: Days 278 - 284

Day 278: Contemplation 

Day 279: Now that's a tower 

Day 280: At the top of the mountain 

Day 281: Blow painting 

Day 282: The artist 

Day 283: Tele addict 

Day 284: Shattered 

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Wyming Brook Nature Reserve, Sheffield

Another fabulous find close to home. Again we took advantage of another sunny Sunday afternoon to stretch our legs at Wyming Brook Nature Reserve. There is a public car park just off Redmire road and the paths to follow are well signposted and pretty straightforward. The wee man got on his bike as we took the main bridleway down to the Rivelin Dams (there is a fork in the path and you keep to the right). It did mean we got to the bottom pretty quick with a few stops to step off the beaten track. The highlight though is walking back along Wyming Brook. (if you prefer you can simply do this path first). We never realised how close to the water we would get. To say the wee man loved it would be an understatement as he was in his element. He was so distracted I'm not sure he realised how much he walked. He loved the speed of the current and there were many stops to watch the leaves race down. There was even a point where he braved getting close enough to get a little wet. After recent rains wellies came in very handy and it was never too tricky for the wee man to manage. A really beautiful walk for all ages.

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