January is a difficult month because (other than the fact it seems like the longest month of the year) we spend a lot of time indoors. As we are actively trying to sell our house we have kept busy with a lot of decluttering, selling unwanted items, and a few house viewings (but no news).

Actually, on that note I will expand a little for those who have been following on Facebook, we did sell our house only to have our buyer pull out the day after we announced we would be moving to South Yorkshire. We are now looking for another buyer – and we might be close as we have someone bringing their family for a second viewing this week. I know I shouldn’t count my chickens before they hatch so I’m not getting excited yet. Luckily though the house we want to buy is still on the market, so keep your fingers crossed for us a little bit longer.

Keeping the house tidy for viewings is difficult to say the least so for that reason alone I can’t wait to sell! Haha.

The children went back to school really early in the month, so we only had a couple of days together before it all went back to “normal” after Christmas. I had a breakfast date with the lovely Oliver and Max, and when they went back to school I took Isabel, George and Sam on a little trip to explore Kilsby Village in Northamptonshire, where my great great grandfather would have been baptised.

Family History

This month I started a series called “52 Stories”, in which I invite people to write an article for the blog. Isabel wrote her first blog post about her experience of D of E. I love reading about other people’s experiences and memories, so I welcome anyone who wants to join in.

I was also very excited about receiving my DNA results, and I wrote an article of helpful websites for those looking for free family history resources.


We didn’t go anywhere this month because I hate the cold! I did write an article about Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent which really made me miss the summer.


My blogging-highlight of the month was when my Cherry Bakewell Cake was viewed and re-pinned thousands of times (small victory, I know!) If you haven’t made it yet, do it! you won’t regret it.

Photos of the Month

Here are some of my favourite photos of January. It is my goal to share more on Instagram this year, so we would love to see you over there.

I hope you have had a great start to 2019. What was the highlight of your month?

Clare xx

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