97 weeks and 2 days | Full of surprises

So this week has been full of surprises.

Our rescue cat, Marlowe, broke out of the cat flap on Sunday night. I was mortified to learn that he’d escaped and was missing the next morning. Especially as we’d lost our beautiful boy Widget, last year. Widge didn’t come home the next morning either, as he’d been hit by a car. We found him a couple of days later — alive — but sadly it was too late to save him. To say we were devastated is an understatement.

So thank heavens Marlowe reappeared on Monday morning. I’m not sure ‘surprise’ is quite the right word when he turned up — it was probably more ‘relief’ — but gosh, was I happy to see him!

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The Twinkles went to nursery on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and we were given their very first ‘report’!

Gold stars all round — their key workers say they’ve been settling in amazingly well.

We were given a detailed four page document for each of them, recording their progress. Also included, were photographs of the boys — eating their lunch and using the cutlery, building the train track, dressing up, doing messy play — I was amazed! I had no idea that we would be given such a detailed report. So surprised to be given it and utterly thrilled that they are getting on so well!!

It really makes me feel happy and secure in the knowledge that we’ve done the right thing — and chosen the right nursery. It’s just exactly what they need to develop.

And although it’s only four hours each session — blimey — I can get such a lot done in that time too. I did ‘day-job‘ work, house work and still had time to do lots on my blog too. This year I’ve decided to grow my little blog and whilst I shall always continue to write about my 3 gorgeous boys (big, man shaped boy and the two littlies), I’ve also started to write about other things that I love.

For anyone that knows me, it’s no secret that I am an interiors junkie. Obsessed is a strong word but given the fact I have every back copy of Living Etc since it was published in 1998, I guess it would be fair to say  I am obsessed have a keen interest ;)

I published a post yesterday on colour in the home and was surprised and totally delighted to hear from one of the companies I’d featured — Only Home — offering my readers 10% off their next order.

I was genuinely bowled over and it has definitely given me the incentive to carry on.

Something else that bowled me over yesterday was getting involved in a one-to-one Twitter conversation with Sam Baker. She was the editor-in-chief of Red Magazine for 5 years and she’s a real inspiration. I couldn’t believe that she’d even responded to my tweet, let alone continued with the conversation! Amazing!!

A week full of surprises

Another surprise happened yesterday morning. I had a courier delivery — weird ‘cos I hadn’t ordered anything — and I opened it up to find it was a birthday parcel from my mum and dad! It’s my birthday on Sunday and as my dad is still recovering from a massive operation he had, just after Christmas — read about that here — they won’t be able to come and visit in person. So lovely and made me feel so grateful we all still have my daddy here!

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Finally, the last surprise this week was from our hens.

Out of four, just one of our girls has been laying for the last week. If you keep chickens,  you’ll know that hens can stop laying in the winter. They can sometimes lose their feathers too and this can last for a couple of months.

Well, I go up to their coop every afternoon and each day this week there has been just one, single white egg sitting in the straw. I just assumed that they’d gone on strike due to the cold weather and didn’t really think any more of it…

The girls have been free-ranging all week. They’re not allowed in the main garden during the spring and summer, cos they eat all the plants, but we let them roam sometimes, during the winter months. I went over to give them some scraps, left over from the boys’ lunch, and in amongst the wild garlic, what should I see?

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So with everything that’s gone on this week, the word, which sums it up the best is…

surprising

I am linking up again with the lovely Jocelyn at The Reading Residence for her Word of The Week linky. Go and check it out!

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Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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14 Comments

  1. 23rd January 2015 / 3:38 pm

    What a lovely surprise to find all those eggs! It definitely seems to sum up your week #wotw

    • 26th January 2015 / 9:41 am

      It was SUCH a surprise! I didn’t think twice about the fact the hens weren’t laying so was amazed to see almost a dozen — very dirty — eggs nestled in the undergrowth!! Thanks so much for your comment X

  2. Mommy's Little Princesses
    23rd January 2015 / 4:29 pm

    Oh what a lovely week of surprises, I’m particularly glad to hear that your cat came home safe and sound. I hope you have a lovely birthday on Sunday and that you get spoilt rotten!xx

    • 26th January 2015 / 9:42 am

      Aaah me too. That was the best surprise of all! Seeing his little face peering through the cat-flap was lovely :) Thanks so much for your lovely comments and birthday wishes X

  3. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks
    23rd January 2015 / 5:11 pm

    What a beautiful cat Marlowe is, I’m so happy he was ok!

    Sounds like a busy week all round with some fab surprises! Happy birthday for Sunday xx

    • 26th January 2015 / 11:14 am

      Thanks Laura — me too!! It was a great week — thanks for your birthday wishes and for commenting xx

  4. 23rd January 2015 / 7:44 pm

    What a wonderful week! What a relief that your cat returned safely, and how lovely to have those reports, too. I’ll enjoy your interiors posts, too, and you can tell how enthused you are about the subject. Have a lovely birthday – maybe you’ll get more eggs for breakfast?! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • 26th January 2015 / 11:24 am

      It was a lovely week Jocelyn! I’m so glad that my enthusiasm, for interiors, shows in these Pantone Colour posts!! I absolutely LOVE all things ‘homes’ — it’s lovely to be able to write about my interests on my blog and for other people to enjoy it too! X

  5. 23rd January 2015 / 8:33 pm

    So glad Marlowe turned up safe and sound….What a beautiful cat!
    What a lovely parcel from your mum and dad….
    Sounds like you had a great week x

    • 26th January 2015 / 11:25 am

      Thanks Kim! He is a beauty isn’t he? Shame his original owner didn’t think so — he is a rescue cat and was really neglected. At least he’ll have a loving home with us!! Thanks for your lovely comments xx

  6. 23rd January 2015 / 9:44 pm

    Awww lovely surprises! So glad that Marlowe came back. I have cats at home & when they are gone they never go back and its just so sad to lose a pet who is also a family =) #wotw

    • 26th January 2015 / 11:12 am

      Thank you Merlinda. It’s awful when they don’t come back for ages. I can imagine I’ll feel the same when my boys are teenagers and go out for the evening!! Cats and children… who’d have them eh?! X

  7. Serotiny
    23rd January 2015 / 11:09 pm

    I know that anxious feeling only to well with cats I’m so glad he returned.
    It’s lovely to hear your children & you are getting so much from nursery.
    Good luck with following your interior blogging.
    Have a wonderful birthday !
    Sx

  8. 25th January 2015 / 9:17 am

    What a great week! I’m so pleased you cat came back and well done on the gold stars. Happy birthday for today, I hope you have a great day x

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