5 Happy Things #21


I’ve come to realise that I’m very much a creature of summer – I’m made for hot days, paddling pools, ice creams and trips to the beach. It has such an impact on my mood and makes it so much easier to find the my 5 happy things!


01. On Tuesday Max and I went for a picnic with my Mum and Dad. We’d intended to head to Waddesdon Manor, but as we pulled up the driveway in the car it became apparent that it wasn’t open on Tuesdays! So we about turned and headed to another National Trust instead, Claydon House. A bit more on the smaller scale than Waddesdon, but we had a lovely picnic and then my Dad and Max had an ice cream while Mum and I looked round the house. I can’t remember the last time I looked round a National Trust house, as I never take Max in (I’m not sure they’re ready for him!)


Max pushing Dad over


02. It was so lovely to watch Max with my Dad. Max is of the opinion that Dad is the best person in the world, but apparently he likes to show that by pushing him over and whacking him on the stomach! Dad doesn’t seem too bothered by this though, and they spent ages just chasing each other round. I love watching my parents be grandparents!


Muslim Burial Ground - Shallow rectangular water feature surrounded by paths


03. We found a new place to explore on Thursday! I’d heard about the Muslim Burial Ground Peace Garden in Chobham Common via a friend on Instagram, and as it’s just down the road from us I thought it would be nice for a morning out. It’s the original resting place of 27 Indian Muslim soldiers who died in the first and second World Wars, but sadly fell into disrepair. After receiving funding from English Heritage it was restored, and a memorial Peace Garden was created, opened in 2015. It’s set in the middle of the woods and is a really tranquil space to sit and reflect. Despite the hot day, it was remarkably cool, and Max loved exploring the various different paths around the place. We were the only people there the whole time and I get the impression it’s not a place that many people know about.


04. We visited my Mum and Dad’s on Thursday afternoon and had the paddling pool out for Max and my nephew. They loved chasing each other through it, splashing everyone, and slipping over a lot! They’re getting to be so much better at playing together these days, although they still have their moments (at one point Max squirted his cousin in the face with a water gun!)


05. Max’s speech is coming on leaps and bounds! All of a sudden I can understand so much of what he’s saying, which makes life so much easier for both of us. He’s putting words together now, and trying to copy nearly everything I say too, which is definitely new as he’s never wanted to be a copycat before. I even got my very first “night night Mummy” this week!


I hope you’ve been enjoying the lovely weather too! And a Bank Holiday weekend to boot! Happy Days 🙂


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  • Donna Wishart
    August 26, 2016

    You have had such a busy week! I hadn’t heard of those gardens before, we’ll have to go and visit. It’s great when children’s speech really starts to get there – so great to be able to have actual conversations x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 28, 2016

      It’s such a lovely little space Donna – not a huge amount to do, but perfect to sit and relax and recharge a bit. I’m so enjoying the fact that we’re having little conversations now! And the fact I understand what he wants more is definitely helping the tantrums!

  • Elsie Pop
    August 27, 2016

    Oh I didn’t know about the Muslim burial ground – we love Chobham common, will have to seek it out. Max’s speech is amazing me every time I see him – still can’t believe he said Poppy! xx

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 28, 2016

      It’s such a lovely space – dog free though! But lots of woods for Poppy to explore outside it. I love that he said Poppy too!!

  • Catie: Imperfect Mum
    August 27, 2016

    Picnic’spaddling pools and exploring new places, it sounds like a perfect week to me! #HappyDays

  • Laura - dear bear and beany
    August 27, 2016

    I love it when they start to chat, that is so cute I bet your heart melted. I’m made for summer too, I’m a lot more relaxed and carefree. X #happydays

  • Karen Belton
    August 27, 2016

    Awww I love the grandparents being grandparents sentiment, I’m the same, I love watching my mum with my little! #happydayslinky

  • You Baby Me Mummy
    August 28, 2016

    It sounds like a fun week hun, hooray for Max’s speech x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 28, 2016

      Thanks Aby – it’s been a bit of a worry in the past, so it’s so reassuring that it’s all coming together now!

  • Sian @ QuiteFranklySheSaid
    August 28, 2016

    Sounds lovely to have spent so much time with your parents. It’s amazing how quickly children’s speech develops isn’t it! My eldest went from not speaking to rambling loads within weeks, and JJ seems to be doing the same! Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      August 28, 2016

      It’s lovely to see! We had our 27 month check earlier this month where I still had some concerns, but he’s come on so much just since then, it’s incredible! So glad JJ is the same!

  • Caroline
    August 28, 2016

    Sounds like a lovely week, time with parents is always lovely. #happydayslinky x

  • mummyofboygirltwins
    August 28, 2016

    Summer is fabulous and I will be sad to see it go! Lovely photos and sounds fab xx

  • Sarah Christie
    August 31, 2016

    I love when their speech starts to really develop, and Joe and his cousin bicker loads to they are more like siblings yet love each other so much, it makes me laugh and roll my eyes at the same time x

  • Katy
    September 2, 2016

    I am the same, summer lifts my mood so much and yet autumn is by far my fave. Glad you had a good week. Thanks for joining in with #HappyDaysLinky x

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