What Chiplet Loved (March 2015-June 2016)

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It’s been a while…. precisely 16 months since I posted a What Chiplet Loved. I took a break from blogging but didn’t take a break from photographing my son.. so I thought I would do a quick catch up of what he has loved for the past 16 months!

Warning ….rather large photo collage coming… thank goodness for picmonkey:

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  1. March 2015 – My birthday present
  2. April 2015 – Crimdon Dene beach
  3. May 2015 – Charlotte’s Icecream Parlous
  4. June 2015 – Tiny cows
  5. July 2015 – Indoor rainbows
  6. August 2015 – Sticky Weetabix
  7. September 2015 – Hitting the water
  8. October 2015 – Working hard with Daddy

second half collage9. November 2015 -Being independent
10.December 2015 – Turning 3!
11. January 2016 – Cuddly toys and bed
12. February 2016 – The washing basket car
13. March 2016 – Easter gifts
14. April 2016 – The narrow gauge train at Betws-y-coed
15. May 2016 – Giant burgers and chips
16. June 2016 – Dipping toes in the water at Bolton Abbey

So that about brings us up to speed with what Chiplet has been loving!

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A Trip to Bolton Abbey

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We live about 20 minutes from one of the most spectacular sights in Yorkshire; The stunning grounds of Bolton Abbey Estate. I remember heading here as a child with my brother and Nana and paddling in the river then daringly crossing the stepping stones and having a picnic in the sunshine.

Bolton Abbey Main

With some visitors to Yorkshire staying with us, a visit to Bolton Abbey was top of the list, especially since the sun was shining high in the sky and we had a bucket BBQ to test out.

Situation just north of Ilkley and Skipton in Wharfedale, North Yorkshire, the site has the ruins of a 12th-century Augustinian monastery. As well as the priory, there is a small village with cafes and shops, loads of walking trails and a fairly new Welly Walk for the little ones.

Bolton Abbey

We parked in the village car park, but ended up walking to the Riverside car park as that is the only place where you are allowed to have a BBQ. If you want to BBQ, then definitely park there in the first place as it is a bit of a walk for little legs.

The water was chilly but pretty clear and there were tons of families cooling down in the afternoon sun. We did the rather brilliant Welly Walk which looks like it is only on until October 2016. There are series of obstacles in the woods which challenge big and little kids. Chiplet loved the snake maze – where you had to turn back if there was a snake in your way.

I loved being able to take my son to a place that meant so much to me as a child and really wish my Mum and Nana were still around to see the joy on his face when he was skimming stones and paddling. I think perhaps carrying him across the stepping stones whilst 14 weeks pregnant wasn’t the wisest move… I got a bit wobbly in the middle – didn’t realise how far apart the stones were to be honest until I got halfway across.

We will definitely be heading back later in the summer with Grandparents in tow and another BBQ and picnic.

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I’m back

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It’s been 15 months since I decided to take a break from the old blogging. I was really in a strange place with work and personal life and it felt like the blog was just one step too far in the direction of being overloaded.

Since March 2015, I have launched my own business as a marketing consultant for social enterprises and charities and I haven’t really looked back at the redundancy which fired up the process.

Working for myself has given me a much needed balance to my life and allowed me to repair the bits that felt a little bit broken.

So now, I am back into the swing of life, I start thinking about hobbies that I enjoyed that have fallen by the wayside… and writing for pleasure is one of those things. So I am starting back on Dinky Thinks.

I also have something else that has prompted this return – and that is the news that I am expecting my second child in December. So I would like to document the early years as I did with Chiplet.

So hello – if anyone is still there 🙂

Here is where we are at now in our little family – Me, The Boy, Chiplet and Wriglet (the bump)

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A Break

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I have been thinking for a while now about my blog, my writing, my life.

 

Things are changing a lot in so many areas of my life that finding the time and inclination to write here is difficult.

 

I started writing as a way to share my life and my ideas, what I loved and thought others would love.

 

When I had my son, I found it a brilliant way to connect to other mums, families and experiences.

 

I have written about some difficult things and some fun things.

 

I started a monthly link which makes me think about what my son has been up to every month and I have joined in with some brilliant links from other bloggers.

 

I have reviewed some amazing products and worked with some great brands.

 

The thing is, I have other priorities at the moment. Career changes afoot and a need to do things differently in my home life.

 

On rare and lovely family day out the other weekend I found myself thinking about making sure I got some good pictures of the cakes in the cafe for the blog I would do about our day out and I realized that my priorities are screwed up.

 

It’s time to just enjoy the life that is in front of me. And so, it’s time…. To take a break from Dinky Thinks.

 

Thank you for reading and maybe see you again

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Rachel (March 2015)