I've been thinking...

posted on: Monday, 21 February 2011

I had one of those weekends where there was nothing too pressing or pressurised taking place. We drifted from Friday to Sunday, the days punctuated by family activities like swimming, food shopping, a horse-riding lesson, film watching.

Certain things struck me along the way - for once, my mind free to wander. Firstly how I manage to totally forget about my work come Saturday morning. Is this because I have, over the years, trained myself to zone it out? Or does it indicate that work carries that little importance? When I have a weekend when everyone is exactly where they are meant to be (ie at home), it's the meander of family time that I concentrate on and work becomes a distant second.

I kept half an eye on the London Fashion Week shenanigans and I wondered - how have I never paid any attention to this spectacle before? Did it have less importance or is it now that my world has opened up? There is simply so much input available; a constant stream of images and thoughts via so many different sources.

On a morning run I found myself pondering how it is that Olivia Palermo can brave the winter climes of London with bare legs! Did she not get the memo that said 'It's February!' The degree of winter sun and/or grooming required to get legs looking that way in the middle of the coldest months is mind-boggling! To me bare legs in winter is a bit like wearing sequins in the daytime; it would normally be a faux-pas. Yet our Olivia pulls it off.

Sunday beef and Yorkshire puddings and a visit from the new baby in the family. He slept and slept and we all wondered how he could sleep quite that much (all inwardly deducing that this would mean he would be up all night). All of the memories of that fog of motherhood came back to us - even Boo who can recall holding her little brother when he arrived nearly 6 years ago. But to see a new, fresh little formed family was heart-warming and special.

And so to a new week, it's half term so no school. Time for country walks, which are my answer to every moment of boredom in school holidays. Failing that, the beach. Blowing away the cobwebs in some February chill - with not a bare leg in sight!


  1. Lovely post. How wonderful to be able to "zone out" from your work and enjoy the moment. More of us would love to be able to achieve this ;-)
    Enjoy half-term.

  2. Since having children I tend to live more 'in the now'. I think it a mother's best friend 'the now' since it may be the only moment of peace she gets in her day of boos and all that comes with them..!

    Your weekend sounds wonderful and freeing. To drift calmly through the days without major commitments and 'must dos' is heaven.

    Enjoy London Fashion Week and all the glitz that spills from it. I once had the privilege to work for someone who was closely involved in this fabulousness. Though it was an amazing experience it was not for me. I prefer being a passive spectator.

    Hugs and happy new week!

    xx Charlotta

    P.S. I think you are wonderful. That's all. x

  3. Sounds like a lovely weekend to me. We are having all webs blown away in Cornwall this half-term. There's something rejuvenating about the beach in February, isn't it?
    And for the bare legs... I don't know HOW she does it. And WHY hers aren't all white and pale...
    PS: Mid September!!

  4. I went for a walk on our beach yesterday with the dog (foolishly thinking it was a beautiful Spring day) only to be blown along the beach with me panicking that my eyes were about to freeze shut... definitely blew the cobwebs away... I described it as bracing! Have a great half term. Lx

  5. I love your posts.
    (And bare legs in February is a 'never' in my opinion....doesn't she get cold?!)

  6. How I'd love to have bare legs, but at -2 this morning I'd have died from forstbite. I think many of our worlds have been opened up to new sights, experiences and attractions with blogging. All the better for it as well. Happy half term over there.

  7. Love the photo from London fashion week!

  8. Lou, I love it when your posts start with "I've been thinking...."
    Sounds like me :) We had the same kinds of weekend...three newspapers on Sunday and I was in reading heaven. Taking each day in stride over Half Term break...planning to take a gaggle of boys to the Imperial War Museum to check out the new exhibits...they are all smiles in anticipation :)

    Have a good one Little Sis.. xx

  9. Love your photo! The shoes and coat looks absolutely stunning!

  10. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend.

  11. Lovely post!
    I am enjoying your blog...I'm a new follower!
    Pamela :)


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