Ben and Clare (the blog, not our marriage) is a month old! I haven’t shared as much as I wanted to, but we are just getting warmed up. Here is a what we have been up to during the last month:

Half Term

At the end of October, the children had their cousins come to stay. This is the first time that they have visited us in Northampton so it was very special. Max and Emily were born 5 days apart and I wasn’t sure how they would get along. Max can be quite loud and energetic,  but luckily Emily had a calming influence on him and they formed a great friendship. We went for a walk around NT Stowe (pic) and they held hands nearly all the way.

We also had a chance to visit Lyveden New Bield, and Sharpenhoe Clappers during Half term. Making the most of our National Trust membership.

House Sale

I think an obvious thing to mention is that we put our house on the market this month. The decision to sell has taken us months, but we finally decided when Ben said he doesn’t need to commute to London anymore (I’m excited about this for a million different reasons). We haven’t had much interest so far, and now we are on the run up to Christmas so we are crossing our fingers for the new year. It took days to clean the house for the photographers to come in and take the photos, and I must say it only stayed this clean for about 4 days in case you were wondering.

Bonfire Night

This was the first year that we didn’t take our children out for fireworks. I know, shame on us! We were busy getting the house ready for sale, and couldn’t face going out in the evening too. Isabel is the only one who saw fireworks this year because she is old enough to go out with her friends. Mummy and Daddy stayed at home to watch Netflix!! Sweet.

Indoor Games

As the weather has turned colder, and we haven’t spent as much time outdoors – we have taken to playing games with the children after school. For about a week Max and Oliver helped me with 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle of a traditional toy shop. We were sent a copy of The Cat Game to review for the blog, which everyone enjoyed. One evening we also introduced the kids to one of Ben’s childhood favourites The Game of Life. It was mayhem but the kids loved it, so it was worth it.

Samuel – 18 months

Sam turned 1 and a half this month. He loves to sing – he can sing the Twinkle Twinkle, Peppa Pig, and The Greatest Showman. He runs away when it’s time to have his nappy changed, saying “nooooo… mum…..nooooo”.

He has been poorly for about 2 weeks this month, and he is finally starting to feel better. Yesterday thought I would be able to take him to the cinema one late morning during his nap time (mums and tots screening), but my arm went dead and he woke up as I shifted. After he woke up he was so chatty, “muuuum. muuuum. uh-oh.” in his deep baby voice. We didn’t stay until the end because he is so LOUD. He loves the sound of his own voice I think.

I love this age. Except when he empties the contents of all my kitchen draws onto the floor. That I could do without!

Family History

This month was the 100 year commemoration of the end of WWI, which has got a lot of people thinking and talking about Family History. I have shared some tips on the blog on how to access WWI records, and fun things you can do with a FamilySearch account.


I have been working behind the scenes trying to perfect some recipes to share and learning some food-blogging basics. Earlier this month I shared my favourite recipe for Oat Cookies, which is a family recipe passed from generation to generation (in other words it’s my Gran’s recipe).

I hope you have had a wonderful November. Leave a comment and let us know what you have been up to.

Clare xx

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