Sunday, 28 August 2016

Messing about by the river

A trip to the swimming pool is nice but nothing beats a bit of wild swimming.  Barcombe Mills is just down the road from us and has become a favourite spot of ours.  I remember wild (ish) swimming as a child and I was keen to be able to pass on this experience to my children.  

So picnic packed,and accidentally left behind, a quick stop at the local shop for bread and cheese, we drove in the blazing sun, tunes blaring, we parked up and found a delightful spot.  Frieda and her friend ran wild; trees were climbed, dens were made, the river was jumped into, rope swings were found and we could be forgiven for thinking we were living in an Enid Blyton book.

The water was warm and the banks were muddy and it was great fun.  It's these days I want to remember when i'm old and the children are no longer at home. 


Monday, 15 August 2016

Beach Adventures

A firm believer of the less is more approach to toys and paid experiences, I delight in seeing my daughter playing at the beach.  The beach is hands down my daughters favourite place to play especially if it's a sandy beach.  We are lucky enough to live a 20 minute drive from a pebble beach and an hour and 15 minutes from a sandy beach.

This summer we spent some days at West Wittering, a place, I can't believe has taken me this long to visit.  A simple holiday, visiting the same spot of the beach day in day out.  The beach became an exciting other world for my eldest daughter, who delighted in drawing in the sand, collecting shells, sensory play, paddling, building sand castles, dancing, and eating ice cream.  The same spot of the beach changed several times in a day, with new paddling pols appearing, wet sand making way for dry and sandcastles being eaten by the waves. My youngest delighted in head planting her face into the sand and then eating it. She was quite a fan of the seaweed too. 

My eldest was so absorbed, that I was able to to take so time and finally turn my camera off of auto mode.  My one goal this year was to learn how to use manual settings on my camera and several you tube tutorials later, these are my first results (actually my second really, my first photos were pitch black).  Having children has taught me to give things ago and to stop feeling held back by fear or expectation.  I watch my children constantly learning, seeking and creating and it's contagious.  I really hope that this is a skill that I will find time to develop over the next few years.  If anyone can suggest any resources for beginners DSLR  photography I would love to hear.  My next step is to learn  how to edit these photos. So it's been beach adventures for my children and the start of my photography adventures.


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Name Change

Hello, hello, hello!!!! Gosh it's been a while and my what an inconsistent blogger I have become.  I'm back and with a new name.  

There are a few reasons for my absence; Firstly, I have found it so difficult to find the time to blog.  I have children who really do find it difficult to get to sleep and to nap, so it's really quite rare to find a time when I don't have a babe on top of me.  I am in awe of other bloggers who seem to have a handful of children and manage to blog regularly.......I am just not this person.

Secondly, My computer is old and crap and in need of replacing.  It has been fixed a few times and although it does work (just about) it is not a joy to use and it puts me off writing my blog. I'm trying to get together the pennies to buy a new one but, alas, this is taking time.

Thirdly, Trying to sell our house and working out the logistics of going back to work and, more recently, my latest obsession of keeping up with the crazy political events both and home and abroad has zapped all my energy and there has been little room for anything else.

Fourthly, It's just not felt right.  The blog didn't feel right.  It has no focus and it doesn't reflect who I am.  I have wondered why I blog and I have felt shy about putting myself out there with no clear purpose.  After some thought I just want to blog for myself, I want a visual story, a sort of online diary. 

So.... I have decided that a name is needed.  I started this blog when I returned to work, after having my daughter.  I had a really itch that just wasn't being scratched.  My role at work and as a mother required so much compassion and caring and nurturing of other people that I felt like i was drowning in compassion overload.  I needed a space that would allow me to create, play, document, explore and grow.  Being thrifty and treading lightly was so tied up in my everyday that Peggy Jobbins Thrift Mistress was born.  But if i'm honest it just didn't really work out.  I do loads of thrifty things in my life but I have come to realise that I often don't document them and although treading lightly and thrifty raising my children makes my heart sing, I just don't really enjoy writing about it.  I don't have nearly as much time for crafts as I did pre children and often being thrifty simply means shopping in Aldi.  I realise now that the name of my blog often intimidated me and thus put me off coming back. 

Since the birth of Iona I have written much more about family life but I don't see myself as a parent blogger.  I thought about giving up and sticking to Instagram, but  then politics and current affairs crept back into my life and it became all consuming and I felt like I couldn't breath, for all the news I was consuming.  I have come to realise that I need this space more than ever to focus on the joy, the whimsy, and the beauty present in the every day.  My life is very much rooted to the home and at times I have felt that I have had little to say because of this but when I talk to people about my everyday, I realise that my life has never felt so full.  My everyday is so packed full of little adventures and these little adventures are tiny pieces of the big adventure that we are all on and I have a thirst to document these adventures.    

I have never cared about numbers and this blog was always intended to document my life but the name didn't reflect this. And so, Peggy Jobbins' Little Big Adventure is born.  A place to document the little details of my life that are the Jigsaw pieces of this big adventure that we are all on.  I thank everyone who has stopped by over the months.  I look forward to continuing with you all.  I have stopped reading a lot of blogs since the birth of Iona because it felt too overwhelming to keep up but i'm looking forward to getting back in the swing of things.

Wishing much love and adventure to you all.

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