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This Week in Five #18

This week has been about getting back into the swing of things after the half term holiday. I don’t know about you but it took a good few days to feel like we were back to our old routine of getting up on time, school runs, making sure the correct bags were packed for class and M’s after school clubs. We have also had to take his PE kit in everyday this week as they have started to do sports – so that’s another bag to remember! I think routine would have to be my word of the week. 

Here’s the round-up of the rest of the week:


R and I have been busy each evening this week with work (for him) and blog (me) things so we haven’t really watched anything. We did manage to watch The Holiday on Sunday night though, which was nice, and I’m now starting to feel the Christmas spirit slowly but surely creeping in. Speaking of Christmas – John Lewis and their Christmas advert. Have you seen it yet? Once again they have managed to thaw this icy heart of mine, and I think I sat for a good minute blubbing this morning after watching it. I used to say that the Christmas countdown was not allowed to begin until I heard Fairytale of New York on the radio, but now I think it starts when John Lewis release their Christmas advert. 


I haven’t really listened to music this week – just the radio mainly. I may now offend some people but can I just mention my absolute hatred for one particular song that is being played constantly at the moment. It’s called ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ by Jamie Lawson. I cannot stand it – it is the most nauseating thing I have heard for a while, and I’m guaranteed to switch the radio off the minute it comes on. Sorry if you like it – I think it is one of those Marmite songs, you either love it or hate it.


R’s parents came to visit last weekend, and we had a great time taking a walk around the grounds of Felbrigg Hall, and then to a local pub for a spot of lunch.

This Week in Five - Felbrigg Hall

I also decided to try to up my blogging game this week – I’ve been feeling a bit down in the dumps about it recently for various reasons – so I have signed up to take part in Blog Everyday in November (#BEDN). And…. I’ve already failed! Doh! A few technical issues (non co-operative laptop) meant that I didn’t publish a post yesterday. I think it’s fixed (until the next time it decides to have a hissy fit) so I am aiming to complete the challenge.


I made Coq au Vin, using a recipe from Larousse Gastronomique on Sunday (except I omitted the requirement for cockerel blood!) – and it was very nice indeed. As for our meal plan – we have kept to it brilliantly, but have swapped the days around based on what M was being given for his lunch at school.


Blog posts I have enjoyed this week include this one from the lovely Jess at Mummy of Boy Girl Twins about creating a seasonal theme on Instagram. I think Instagram is my favourite social media platform, but recently I haven’t posted to it as much as I used to.  

I may have bought a few Christmas edition magazines (Ideal Home, Country Homes & Interiors, and Home & Garden – Sainsbury’s were selling all three for ¬£6.50!). I had great plans to hide away for an hour at some point and enjoying flicking through the pages, but that hasn’t happened (mainly due to a 2 year old), so I’m hoping I can sit down with a hot chocolate (or maybe a mulled wine!) and enjoy a few minutes of calm, Christmas planning loveliness.

That’s it from me! Hope you all have lovely weekends – what are you plans? We are off to the flu clinic tomorrow for the kiddies flu nasal spray – I am already dreading it! 


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  • Amy at love made my home

    I like The Holiday too! Not quite so sure yet on the JL advert, I need to see it a few times, but it is very sweet. My favourite of theirs was the one with the snowman who went shopping. Thank you for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

    • Catherine

      I think the snowman advert is one of my favourite ones too – although I have a massive soft spot for last year’s penguin one too! Xxx

    • Catherine

      Felbrigg is lovely, and perfect for a trip to Sheringham or Cromer too if you head this way as it’s only a couple of miles away from both. I love Hunstanton – the best seaside donuts I’ve ever had came from there. Have you been to Old Hunstanton? Xxx

  • tracey at Mummyshire

    Oh yes please to a bit of space and a hot chocolate (with cream?!) to enjoy some Christmas magazines!!
    I know what you mean about getting back into the routine, we’ve struggled to do it this week too. I think the change of weather and dark evenings isn’t helping.
    Best of luck for blogging once a day. I did think about taking part and then looked at my schedule and realised I would never get round to it, despite my best intentions. You can do it, you can catch up – best of luck.
    As for the John Lewis advert, I think most of my friends have been spouting its virtues these past few days – it’s shot beautifully and I think it’s so emotional (again!). Yup, Christmas has started!
    Have a lovely week

    • Catherine

      Definitely need to have cream on a hot chocolate! I’m not one for putting marshmallows in though.

      I hope I will manage to complete #BEDN – I will give it a damp good try! Xxx

  • Lisa@intotheglade

    Oh I’m with you about Instagram, but I only like to post something if I have time to visit other people’s posts too, that’s my block at the moment – no time! I blubbed at the John Lewis advert this morning too – it’s fab! Have a great weekend lovely x x x

    • Catherine

      Yay! Welcome back Lisa – I hope San Francisco was nice. I think I find it easier to comment on instagram – my big problem is blog comments at the moment. I really try to comment as much as I can but am finding it difficult to find the time at the moment as G has stopped napping during the day and that was prime commenting time. xxx

  • The Reading Residence

    I do like the idea of hiding away and reading those magazines – I hope you manage it at some point! Best of luck with #BEDN, too, hope your laptop doesn’t give you any more problems on that front. Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  • mummyofboygirltwins

    Ahhh thanks for mentioning my post – so honoured. I really love your photographs, and there are such lovely ones in your Instagram feed. I try to think about every photograph opportunity whenever I am out and about, and snap anything I can! Especially colour ūüôā The Jon Lewis ad is amazing, sobbed so much!! Another classic xx

  • Bronwyn

    OH! The Holiday. I must pull that DVD out of the Christmas bins. I think it might be the perfect way to start off the season next weekend (after we have Remembrance Day here in Canada.) I know what you mean about wanting to sit down a read a magazine or two. I find it takes ALL month to get through each issue because I never get to sit down and enjoy more than a few pages at a time!

  • Mommy's Little Princesses

    Good luck with #BEDN hopefully you won’t have any more technical difficulties . Oh yes I could definitely do with a cuppa hot chocolate and some magazines or even better a book to cuddle up on the sofa with. Thanks for the tip about the theme on Instagram I must try to remember this.xx #WotW

    • Catherine

      I think BEDN has been a bit of a failure for me due to technical difficulties, so I’m going to stop trying now. I will probably joi up again for the next one, which I think is in May – hopefully I will have a better laptop by then! xxx

  • Lizzie Woodman

    I love the Holiday, but I have to say that this year I don’t like the JL advert at all. In fact, I find it depressing (theme and look) and irritating (whiney indie cover) in equal measure! I love the Sainsbury’s one though with Mog the cat. How did your nasal flu thing go? Tom had his last weekend too and it went ok… x

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