spring celebration

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Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ – Robin Williams

Hello everyone! A quick update from me, before I start to get busy again. The Easter holidays are finally over, we are back to our normal routine this week. It’s been a good 2-week break with pleasant weather, Spring at its best. Although we couldn’t go away anywhere (my son’s busy preparing for his GCSE exams), we managed to take the children out to Warwick Castle (Part 2 to follow soon!) for the day. I also managed to take my girls out for an art and craft session, nature trail and another day out at their favourite country park. We made the most of the fine weather for sure! My hubby’s cousin came to visit as well, along with his wife and their 1-year-old son. It’s always nice to catch up with relatives and friends. To top it all up we also had a little Spring celebration on Saturday, my youngest turned 6! It wasn’t a big birthday bash or anything, just a simple fun day with a few close friends. I just wanted my younger two to enjoy being children for a bit longer! I had a very happy childhood, I don’t want anything less for my children. My older two have grown up a bit now, time just flies! Before I know it my younger two will turn into moody teenagers too. Hopefully that will be a while yet!

hubby dearest with our precious pearls when our youngest was born, Easter 2009

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my children, Easter 2015, I don’t want them to grow up too fast!

I organised a simple party with the help of my older two. My big daughter baked the cakes, my son was in charge of the party games. My big daughter popped out with a couple of school friends during the party, but she came home towards the end to a house full of energetic happy children! My hubby was away for the day to attend a talk in Cardiff. The party was a huge success, we had to extend it for another hour! All the children had a lovely memorable day, my adventurous daughter said she wished she could rewind the day all over again. That was my main intention, for them to have a really fabulous time together. Children in today’s world grow up too fast, in fact for some it’s almost uncool to remain childlike for long. It’s up to us adults really to let our children be children for a wee longer. Hopefully when they finally grow up they will become wholesome adults who can look back on their happy childhood with fondest memories, InshaAllah. And then it’s their turn to raise happy children of their own! Anyway, hope you’ll like the photos from the party, take care everyone!

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warwick castle

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Is it so small a thing?
To have enjoyed the sun,
To have lived light in the spring,
To have loved, to have thought, to have done?  Matthew Arnold

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything – William Shakespeare

Greetings everyone! How are you all? We are still on our Easter break here in England, it’s been good so far, Alhamdulillah. Yesterday’s been such a lovely day, I just have to blog about it whilst the happy vibes are still with me! After what feels like a really long time, my family and I went on our first outing for this year. Spring is in the air of course, which makes it extra special. We visited Warwick Castle, we were there almost the whole day. As usual I have hundreds of photos from the trip, I’m feeling dizzy at the moment as to how to present them here. Never mind, I shall deal with them later. Right now it’s sufficient to share a few images with you, to mark our memorable day. As my son puts it, the main purpose of the trip is to bond as a family. It’s extremely crucial in this day and age as we’re all very busy, so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. Short breaks such as Easter holidays are ideal to spend some time together. Oh yes, we also got a bit lost on the way there, our sat nav decided to take us through a beautiful countryside instead of the main dual carriageway. But it was worth it, my adventurous daughter spotted a horse she really liked! She’s really horse mad at the moment ever since she joined the riding school. My hubby turned the radio on during our detour, I heard this very beautiful song for the first time, kind of apt for the day I thought! Melancholy but sweet as we journeyed back in time…

Stay tuned for more posts on our castle trip!

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the graceful white horse in the countryside

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we finally arrived at Warwick Castle after a slight detour

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beautiful setting on a gorgeous day

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my beloved family, my teenagers have certainly forgotten how to smile!

view from one of the many towers, breathtaking

part of the castle viewed from one of the many towers we climbed

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my 4 precious children and I

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family bonding time

me with my man, fortress and daffodils; my kind of Spring!

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bird song

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Spring would not be spring without bird songs – Francis M. Chapman

I love the quote above, it’s just so very true! The most apparent thing about Spring is the bird song, at least, in my very own garden. I live in the heart of a fairly busy city, but my simple garden is like a little sanctuary. My adventurous daughter made a fat ball for the garden birds at one of her girls club session recently. We really enjoyed watching little birds like robins and tits frequenting our garden after we hung the fat ball on our plum tree. My youngest two then decided to make more fat balls so that they benefit more garden birds. I enjoyed the whole experience as much as my daughters, it was well worth it when we spotted more birds in our garden each day. And the best reward of all is the bird song of course. The sweet melody you hear the moment you wake up, you know Spring is here to stay! The days are also beginning to get longer now; sunrise at 6.45 am, sunset around 7.45 pm. I really welcome the extra daylight hours, makes me realise how dull it’s been throughout the dark gloomy winter. Anyway, time to look forward now, Alhamdulillah! I leave you with images taken from our bird feeding project, hope you’ll like them. Till we meet again next time, take good care everyone!

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my girls all set to work

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vegetable fat, seeds, bread crumbs; all mixed together to form a dough

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tie a string to the pine cone

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shaped the dough into fat balls around the pine cones

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we hung the fat balls on our plum tree, along with a seed feeder

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we watched the robin redbreast nibbling the fat ball

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the blue tit came along too

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they were not happy to see each other!

joy of spring

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To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist. Oscar Wilde

Live a good life. And in the end it’s not the years in a life, it’s the life in the years. Abraham Lincoln

Each day is a new life. Seize it. Live it. David Guy Powers

Greetings everyone! Apologies for the long silence. I’ve been rather busy of late, so many things happening all at once. But it’s been good, Alhamdulillah. When my beloved father passed away 13 years ago, I remember feeling so low to the point that I no longer felt joy in living. It was as if a part of me had been taken away. It took me a long while to recover. I look back on those gloomy years I went through and I’m glad I’ve come out of it. I still remember my father now and then but I snap out of my sadness quickly knowing that I have so much to be happy and grateful for. I also know my father would want me to continue living to the fullest, embracing each and every experience I encounter just like he had done. He would have said, “My dear, go and be happy.” That’s exactly what I’m doing now. As I go about my daily life of being a home educator, a mother and a wife, I get the chance to live life fully again. It’s a wonderful feeling which I hope will stay with me for many years to come, God Willing. Anyway, enough of my chattering, let me share a few pictures I’ve taken recently. They say a picture tells a thousand words, saves me from typing it all! The joy of Spring has certainly caught up with us, we are savouring every moment of this beautiful season. Stay tuned for more Spring updates, au revoir for now!

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my colourful Spring primroses

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lambing season had begun; we witnessed a lamb being born at the farm today!

my middle daughter can ride rather well now

my middle daughter can ride rather well now

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my youngest enjoying Spring with her new found friend

trees blossoming, a sure sign of Spring!

robin redbreast, a regular visitor in our garden now!

robin redbreast, a regular visitor in our Spring garden!

a real bouquet

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A Real Bouquet
Author Unknown

Everybody has two eyes
Bright as stars they shine
But their color may not be
Just the same as mine.

Brown or blue, gray or green
What difference does it make?
As long as you can see the sun
Shining when you wake

Some folks’ hair is very black
Some have blonde or brown
Whatever color it may be
It’s a pretty crown

Flowers have so many shades
And I’m sure you know
Many lovely gardens
Where such flowers grow

Children in this great big world
Are flowers in a way
Some are light, some are dark
Like a real bouquet

Did you ever stop to think
How awful it would be
If everybody looked the same
Who would know you from me?

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my youngest with her friend at the farm yesterday

they are of the same age and get along really well; children focus on their similarities, not their differences

they love being outdoors, enjoying the Spring sunshine

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my pretty wildflowers, they are the real bouquet of this world!

Enjoy this beautiful Spring song, it’s so lovely now that this magical season is finally here!