One of those days…

February 17, 2010

…but not the sort I was expecting!

My MIL used to have Piran for a few hours one afternoon a week, but since the middle of November there have been a number of reasons that it has not been possible. The past couple of weeks things have got back to normal so we are just getting back into the routine of her looking after him for me. It is good, although I find it hard to switch off, because he doesn’t sleep and eat the same way as he would with me, and I usually end up with a grumpy baby at the end of it!

That said, this week I made no real plans to do anything, just arranged for her to have him this afternoon and once he was sorted I decided to go into town. I had a vague idea of finding somewhere for some lunch and to sit and write.

I read a post on Motherhood: The Final Frontier this week called Wholeheartedness which has really stuck with me so I decided to just go with the flow and see what would happen. The result was a few hours that were better than I could have imagined.

I found the perfect parking space in the small little car park. I had the correct change for parking in my purse. I had time to browse in the children’s book shop I have always meant to go into but never found the time. I found a cafe that I had heard about but never quite found before. I got a seat in the sun, outside, and realised it was warm enough to sit without a coat. I ordered a cup of tea and a fruit scone, and when it arrived it was pretty and perfect. The cafe owner gave me a hot water bottle in case I was cold and it warmed my lap as I wrote.

When I ran out of things to write a loud man had an intriguing conversation with two women which I scribbled into my notebook, about the Royal Ballet and houses worth £20 million pounds with courtyards and disappearing swimming pools. I finished and was ready to leave just as the sun hit the rooftop. The delightful treat cost only £3.50. I remembered to buy Piran a helium balloon, which I had wanted to do for ages. Driving home this in my rearview mirror made me jump, then laugh!

The sky was perfect and blue and gave me hope of warmer, happier days full of adventure ahead.

I opened the post and my mum had sent me the outline of a tea cosy that I was waiting for. She had also sent me this article which I immediately tweeted about!

I was seized by the urge to start sewing right then so I did. Piran came home and he had learnt to blow raspberries and was so funny I fell over from laughing at him. Mr C offered to buy a takeaway. I finished sewing my tea cosy and I am so impressed with how well it turned out.

This afternoon did more for my feeling of happiness and well being than anything else I can imagine. Just sitiing back and going with the flow and just trusting that things will be fine and will work out.

I hope I can manage to have one of these days again tomorrow.

This post is my entry for this week’s Writing Workshop – write about one of those days. Click on the picture and come and join in.


  • Reply jane February 18, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Sounds like a great day. It can take a real leap of faith to go with the flow, so glad it worked out. Oh, and fantastic tea cozy, I love it!

  • Reply Heather February 18, 2010 at 9:58 am

    it sounds like such a great day!

  • Reply emmylou February 18, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Sounds like a great feel good day! Thank you for sharing. The tea cosy is great by the way – nothing like a proper cuppa tea to help you put things into perspective xx

  • Reply newdaynewlesson February 18, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Nice day and nice pics!

  • Reply Bec ( February 18, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Oh such a lovely day, that really reminded me of the late stages of my pregnancy when I was desperate for cream tea!
    I am glad you had such a blissful avo hon, anf fab tea cosy! xxx

  • Reply TheMadHouse February 18, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I adore the tea cosy and I think that we all need to recharge our batterys every now and again. We had a fantastic afternoon yesterday too, must have been the day for it

  • Reply Nickie @ Typecast February 18, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Fab pics 🙂 I think that you need to arrange to visit that cafe once a month as a treat for you. The owner sounds lovely and I adore eavesdropping… it's so voyeuristic.

  • Reply Josie @Sleep is for the Weak February 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Oh that sounds just PERFECT!! I'm in need of one of those days.

    Loved that the cafe owner gave you a hot water bottle, that sounds like the best cafe in the world.

    Your photos are beautiful too xx

  • Reply Lucia February 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Love the tea cosy, and love the hot water bottle idea! What a great day.

  • Reply marianne February 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Don't you just LOVE days like that! Love the tea cosy 🙂

  • Reply Suki-Lou February 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    what a lovely day out 🙂 sounds very chilled & relaxing…

    Love the tea cosy too – good job!

  • Reply Mum with carrot in her hair February 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Wow sounds like you had an amazing day. Loving the tea cosy!

  • Reply Babies who brunch February 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    nice! wish my wednesday had gone so well…. i enjoyed the sunshine but had one of 'those day' rather than one of those days….. i would write about it, but it's already late on thursday and i just can't.

  • Reply make do mum February 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I love those perfect days, they don't happen often enough! So funny that the cafe gave you a hot water bottle – but very thoughtful 🙂

  • Reply mothership February 19, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    How fabulous! What a great day. I especially love the hot water bottle touch. Isn't it amazing what happens when you get into the flow and stop resisting with your head, but just follow the course and allow life to unfold. I'm so glad this worked out for you.
    Fab tea cosy, btw.

  • Reply Noble Savage February 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    That sounds so lovely. I think I'm in love with that cafe owner and his/her hot water bottle for the lap idea. That's genius!

  • Reply Capital Mom February 20, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Your tea cozy looks so lovely.

  • Reply If I Could Escape . . . February 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    That does sound like a great day!! Loving that cafe owner and his hot water bottle! Bless.

  • Reply SuE February 20, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    great post….sounds like fun.
    great blog…

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