Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

The Gallery – together

One of the main motivations for moving house was so that we could spend more time together as a family. My daily commute went from 1 hour each way on country roads to a 7 minute drive down the road. It was tough moving away from both our friends and Matilda’s but the promise of being able to have breakfast together every morning and time to play together every evening was too much to resist.

Now almost exactly a month later, now we’ve lived this new life of no commuting it’s better than we ever imagined. No more do IΒ disappearΒ out of the door while it’s still dark often without seeing the children. No more do I get home just as the babies are coming out of the bath. No more do I feel knackered every evening from driving for 2 hours a day and dealing with the morons on the road.

Instead I laugh and chat with my babies at breakfast while the lady of the manor has a shower in peace. We spot the squirrels and birds in the garden. We share a plate of toast covered in butter and marmite. We roll around the lounge with Bracken. We do puzzles and read books. Matilda steals my phone to look at photos and videos of herself.

It’s simple things. Simple but important. Things that childhoods are made of and just the beginning of many great memories that we will create in this house together.

But after all that fun and running around is done, there is nothing better than snuggling up and watching an episode of Postman Pat before bath time.

Watching Postman Pat before bed

I’m linking this post up with the Gallery where this weeks theme is Together. You can find the rest of the entries by clicking here.


  1. You’re a big sook πŸ™‚ really glad it has worked out for you. Nothing better than quality time with the kids.

  2. Oh this is lovely – I’m so happy that your move has worked so well – it’s so important to be able to enjoy those quiet moments and share meals together – it must be so nice for your wife too. Happy.

  3. Awww this is so lovely! Glad the move went well. it is lovely that you have more time together as a family!

  4. sabrina montagnoli

    April 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

    A beautiful photo. I think every family cherishes moments like these. It’s the simple things that bring the most pleasure.

  5. Ahh thats a perfect photo – I can’t believe you have a 7 minute commute!! I’ve never had that, its always been a minimum of 45 minutes. 7 minutes would be absolutely amazing! I can see why you moved. So worth it to have quality breakfast time with the family.

  6. now thats a fantastic reason to move! quality time is so important. Love the photo πŸ™‚ x

  7. I love the photo- got to include the dog!

  8. Well done, making change is hard. You can feel so stuck in what you already know,stepping over to the other side can be a very difficult move. Nice one.

  9. So, so elated for you all and totally understand. A beautiful photograph and worded post.

  10. Home really is where the heart is, and it looks like it’s worked out perfectly for you.

  11. So glad moving was worth it

  12. Aaah I’m glad the move has been a good one! Are you still in the SW?

  13. Fantastic, what a lovely post and photo x

  14. Rob Lambert (Parent Brain)

    April 4, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Great stuff. Always a tough decision to move but it sounds like you’re enjoying it for the better. Who enjoys Postman Pat the most? You or the kids? πŸ™‚

  15. AnnieMammasaurus

    April 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    It’s great to have that extra time together. When the older kids were younger we’d travel 50 miles a day round trip for the school / nursery runs and then we moved closer and we got back that hour and a half and only when you get it back do you realise just how much you missed out on before!
    Great to hear that you have struck a balance that works well for you all x

  16. The simplest pleasures are often the best.

  17. Awww Your babies are still so little, definitely a good choice, it goes so quickly that u just have to catch those moments.

    • I always said that when I had children I wouldn’t commute it’s just taken a bit longer than planned to actually fix that πŸ™‚

  18. Simple but Very Important! So glad to read how well it has all turned out! And well done for being brave enough to make the move.

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