Sunday, 18 October 2015

Silver Linings


Sometimes life throws you a curve ball as it for us this past summer when we received news that Jack had not been accepted for his first choice of primary school. We had put down four choices, the last being our 'wildcard'. We didn't even know where the school was, we had just heard good things. Well. Much to our surprise, that's where he was offered a place. 



I expected to be driving in towards the city every morning but as it turns out I am now travelling the the opposite direction, deep into the countryside. For the first couple of weeks the school run seemed like it took an eternity -winding through all those small rural back country roads. However, I have really come to appreciate the gorgeousness that is the drive to school. Every morning, no matter the weather, it is a feast for the eyes. Ireland is really beautiful. So far we have had beautiful low sun shining through the autumn trees. And many days we have such romantic misty mornings. Just lovely. On the way home from Friday's school run, Noah and I took a little wander through a carrot field and stopped a few times to admire the scenery.

Jacket Cos Kids    /    5 pocket Jeans American Apparel £36


I can only imagine how treacherous the school runs will become in the snow. Treacherous but stunning, I'm sure. It'll either be snow tires or snow days! I don't think we will have the luxury of gritted main roads. This school is buried so deep in the back of beyond!

As for Jack, this turn of events seem to have suited him just fine. The smaller school fits him like a glove. His confidence is growing by the day. He is happy, enthusiastic, motivated, interested, excited, and content. I am amazed at how much this little guy has picked up in 5 weeks. He is literally writing words that we spell out to him! He is coming home and asking me to show him how to read, write and draw (and he has never shown such an interest before!) I am so thrilled at how much he has taken to school. 






Noah was sent a lovely little bobble hat from Lala&Bea London, a family run business with factories based in the UK. They produce practical but fun products for kids, that are designed for parents. The Made in Britain campaign is one that is close to their heart. I really adore all the Lala&Bea designs (check our the darling blankets!) and Noah's hat has been receiving lots of lovely compliments! Thanks so much to Lala&Bea, and please check out their website and shop local!





Here's what we've been up to in the past week:

1. Cousin time!
2. Tadpoles
3. Homework
4. Brother lifts
5. Doggy playdate
6. Self Portrait. Jack by Jack.
7. Anything you have, I want too.
8. Mossy mohawk

37 comments:

  1. Every cloud has a silver lining or a misty morning! Whatever the weather you'll appreciate the changing seasons and fun you can have on the drive back.

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  2. I love misty mornings, the mist really adds something to these photos. Beautiful

    Thank you for linking up

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  3. Goodness, how to look for a positive in everything, so pleased to read your school place has now opened up more countryside journeys and a joy of enjoying nature x

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  4. What beautiful photos! I love the daisies. #mysundayphoto

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  5. Sounds like a lovely school run you have with gorgeous opportunities such as this to stop off. Beautiful pictures in the eerie mist.

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  6. What beautiful photos, perfect autumn weather. I love this time of year. Looks great fun x

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  7. These photos are absolutely brilliant! Love your style and your angles. The fog and the light are magical. What wonderful memories to have savored :-)

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    1. Thank you for your visit and lovely compliments, you lovely thing. X

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  8. Beautiful, the fog adds real atmosphere to your photos. I look forward to seeing this one on Country Kids.

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  9. Adorable captures - as always. :)
    Happy Wordless Wednesday!

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  10. What beautiful photos, particularly the first one. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Things really do happen for a reason--and sometimes the unexpected offers the best memories! Have a wonderful week!

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  12. What a lovely journey every morning. Love your photos.

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  13. What a lovely journey every morning. Love your photos.

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  14. Aww amazing amazing photo! #mysundayphoto

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  15. Gosh, love your piccies. Totally appreciating the fog and the gorge little guy! #TT_Thursday

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  16. Aww he looks so cute and your school run sounds fab! Popping over from #TT_Thursday x

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  17. Your photos are absolutely breathtaking!!
    We are completely in love with Lala&Bea over here too!!
    #TT_Thursday

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  18. Oh wow what a beautiful school run. Your photos are lovely, loving the bobble hat. #TT_Thursday

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  19. Wow! The photos are gorgeous. The flowers and berries are an additional visual treat. Noah is looking really cool in his outfit and the way he stands. Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More!

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  20. Jacks school sounds amazing, a small school means more support and its great he's enjoying his learning. Noah is looking smart as always, love the bobble hat. Thank you for sharing #TT_Thursday

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  21. Oh look at that fog. Just beautiful and slightly eerie too.x

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  22. We love Lala&Bea and reviewed some of their kids bath & spa products which were lush! The hat is super cute! I would love that commute! #TT_Thursday xx

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  23. So lovely to be looking out over fields on the school run rather than being stuck in traffic. I love the bobble hat featured, that reminds me that I need to get Tigger a new winter hat. #FunkyKidFriday

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  24. Wow your pictures are always so beautiful. I love the outfit and I particular love the mossy mohawk at the end. I'm glad it's worked out for you ok. I bet the beautiful journey is perfect for putting you in a great mood everyday. I'm glad he's doing so well at school, it must be such a relief. Thank you so, so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather. x

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  25. i love these photos and the beanie! how marvellous that the school is a perfect fit for him. sounds wonderful driving into the countryside each day.

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  26. Beautiful photos! It looks like the school place you got was actually a good thing. The countryside school sounds lovely and great that Jack is getting on so well there. I love driving in the country too, hope it's not too snowy in winter for you. Looks like a wonderful week of fun!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

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  27. Beautiful photos and sounds like a lovely drive to school x
    Chillingwithlucas.com
    #TT_Thursday

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  28. Beautiful Photographs. I especially like the daisies cause they are my favorite!

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  29. I'm happy to hear that Jack is adapting so well to his school. Wonderful news. As always the pictures are gorgeous.

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  30. Sometimes that curved ball is for the best! Lovely photos and thank you for joining me for Country Kids

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  31. Absolutely beautiful! It sounds like it has all worked out for the best :) Your photos are gorgeous!

    Thanks for linking up to #FunkyKidFriday xxx

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  32. Stunning pics! Sounds like it's all turned out for the best then. At least it's a gorgeous drive! Thanks for linking up with #funkykidfriday #fkf x

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  33. I love it when things work out better than our plans! So glad that seems to be the case here.

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  34. Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for linking up. Have a great weekend.

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