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This Week in Five #20 – Croup

21 sleeps to go! I’m not altogether sure if the thought of 21 sleeps until Christmas Day fills me with excitement or dread – maybe a bit of both, in equal measure. This week started with a visit from family and included a trip to Sheringham on a very wet and windy day, followed by having to have a plumber come on an emergency call out to fix a problem with the drains (yuck!) and is ending with a two year old with Croup, which is my Word of the Week.

Poor little G is very unhappy at the moment, but it looks like there is light at the end of this particular sickness tunnel as I only had to get up with her four times last night and she has woken up this morning looking much brighter – her barking dog cough also seems to be going too, but the underlying fever is still there although this seems to bothering her less and less (thank you Ibruprofen for kiddies!). So it’s been a week for lots of cuddles and any plans I had put on the back burner, which means next week is going to be rather hectic to say the least. 

I haven’t taken any photos of the things we’ve been up to this past week so I thought I would show you M’s latest creation from his after school Arts and Crafts club! They all made Christmas table candle displays this week and I absolutely love his one (obviously he had a little help with it – either that or he’s a 4 year old with fantastic flower arranging skills!). I can’t wait until Christmas Day when we can have this sitting proudly on the table!

This Week in Five - Croup - Christmas Candle Table Setting

Here is what else has been going on.


Winnie the Pooh, The Piglet Movie, Peabody & Sherman, Mickey Mouse Christmas Specials – anything that my poorly two year old wants to watch. I think I can now recite the entire script of The Piglet Movie.


Christmas tunes! Both on Spotify and the radio! But I have yet to hear Fairytale of New York on the radio – when I do I will be happy. I have also been listening to the new track by The Anchoress called You and Only You – it’s fab, and if you were an indie / brit pop fan back in the 90’s and early 2000’s it would possibly appeal to you as it also features Paul Draper who was the lead singer of Mansun.


There are two blog posts that I really loved this week. The first comes from Amy at Love Made My Home – her post is about the four Sunday’s of Advent, with this particular post being about Peace. It’s a lovely post about what peace means to her.

My other choice is from Beth at Twinderelmo where she explains Santa Stealth Mode. All parents of small children will understand this tricky task that occurs each Christmas Eve, and I have to admit that I have failed when it comes to my stealth skills in the past. Beth’s post made me laugh so hard that I snorted my mug of tea everywhere!


We went for lunch at a pub in Sheringham on Saturday, it was just standard pub grub but it was tasty and the portion sizes were plentiful – just what was needed on such a cold and grey day. On Sunday I cooked a massive piece of Roast Beef for the six of us, and thought we would have plenty left over for using during the week but there was only enough left for a beef in plum sauce stir fry on Monday – greedy people! 


We took the North Norfolk Railway diesel train from Holt to Sheringham on Saturday. It was lovely to pass by Weybourne station and to see it being decked out for the Santa Specials which were starting the next day. I have a lot of affection for Weybourne station as I grew up in the village and would often go there to visit.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, do you have anything exciting planned? We will mostly be having a quiet one, which is lovely, but tomorrow I will be taking M out for a mummy / son date to Norwich to look at the Christmas lights at the Cathedral and to pop to the Festive market. It will be his first time going to Norwich, so that makes it extra exciting! xxx

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  1. 4th December 2015 / 6:25 pm

    Croup, not good poor thing. Hope you have a great time in Norwich I am actually going there tomorrow too as it is my Grandsons 3rd Birthday party. Weather forecast is not good which is a shame.

  2. 4th December 2015 / 6:44 pm

    Oh dear, croup is horrible. My two both get it and I hate it when I hear that tell-tale barking cough. Hope she is brighter now and you manage to have a better weekend x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  3. 4th December 2015 / 8:57 pm

    I do hope that G is much better again soon. Fantastic table arrangement from M! That will be perfect for your Christmas table. Thank you for the kind words about my post, I am glad that you liked reading it. I have yet to finish this weeks, it is about hope, and I am finding trouble feeling hopeful! I heard The Fairytale of New York playing today while having lunch out with friends, most annoying as I couldn’t break into song while having lunch could I!!! I love that song! Thank you for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

  4. 4th December 2015 / 9:53 pm

    Aw! You sound like a lovely mummy!
    I hope your little barker is well soon. How nice to take your son out for a delightful Christmas adventure!

  5. 5th December 2015 / 12:02 am

    Hope your little one is better soon, and you’re right, you may have a budding florist in the family.

  6. 5th December 2015 / 9:30 am

    The candle arrangement looks lovely and very Christmassy!
    I hope G will be much better soon. Have a nice weekend!

  7. 5th December 2015 / 11:58 pm

    Ah thanks so much for the blog love! And tea snorting haha
    Hope the dreaded croup clears up soon. My poor godson has been getting it regularly – so nasty xx

    • Catherine
      16th December 2015 / 6:12 am

      You’re welcome! Croup all gone now. Yay! Xxx

  8. 6th December 2015 / 9:21 am

    Hope she gets better soon, tough for both of you. Sounds to me like you are a wonderful mummy. Hope the Morher/son time was special.

    • Catherine
      16th December 2015 / 6:12 am

      Thank you. Yeah, the mummy / son date was lovely, and not something we do often enough. Xxx

  9. 7th December 2015 / 11:32 pm

    Little Mister has had a fever and hacking cough this week too, but croup is something we’ve avoided so far. I do hope G is better soon xx

    • Catherine
      16th December 2015 / 6:11 am

      Croup is horrible, but then again any time a child is poorly is horrible. She’s much better now, thanks. Xxx

  10. 9th December 2015 / 11:17 am

    Oh no, the croup sounds awful – hope she’s on the mend now! I’m envying your trip on the steam railway, I’d love to see it at this time of year. It feels like ages since I was there in the summer. I love your little boy’s table decoration – so special! I need to lobby for an arts and craft club at our school! Thanks for your recommendation of the Family Stone – I watched it at the weekend and loved it xx

    • Catherine
      16th December 2015 / 6:10 am

      I am so slow at replying to comments right now – sorry Lizzie! I’m so glad you liked The Family Stone. It’s a good film! Xxx

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