Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

Me and Mine January 2015

What a difference a month makes! When I wrote my me and mine post for December the lady of the manor and I were a bit stressed out, we weren’t getting much of a break from the children to have time together or just have some peace. A month later Rupert has changed massively as happens with babies of this age, he is after all 50% older than he was at that time. Which is quite crazy when you think about it and is clear in how he’s behaving (more of that later).

We also had our first break away from home for the first time since June as we visited Bluestone in Wales. Amazing what having 5 days away from normal life does for you, no chores to think about or child care to manage, just lots of time to enjoy being a family. Which is where we took this months photo while on a lovely walk down through the forest that is part of the site. Taking the photo was a challenge though with the camera wedged on a slope and no remote so the lady of the manor was running back and forth to take the photos while we tried to stop the children falling in the river. The things we do!
standing in the Bluestone river

This month I have been doing a lot of thinking about the future and some changes I want to make to my work life, we may even have something resembling a 3 year plan written (in our heads at least). Potentially some exciting changes to come and hopefully a chance for me to focus on my passion for running and the outdoors. I’ve also just embarked on training for a triathlon in the summer which has the added bonus of allowing me to shop for all sorts of new gear. Awesome.

The lady of the manor has been working her magic with Rupert and slowly coaxing him into a routine. She’s also started the long road back to fitness after being pregnant and been on her first run. Yes that’s right she is also a bit running obsessed like I am! I think she may also be taking the opportunity to do some shopping soon as well, not only for running gear but for new clothes as well.

Matilda has spent most of January as the perfect example of a threenager; one who most definitely knows what she does and doesn’t want to wear, who will cry and the merest hint of being told no and is testing out her physical abilities, most on poor Henry. She has also been telling us that she’d like to go to school now and not just preschool, I’m glad she feels ready but it also feels like such a big milestone. Fingers crossed we get her into the school we’ve asked for as it’s such a lovely place.

Henry is now completely toilet trained and threatening to be dry and night before Matilda, we keep finding that he’s taken his nappy off at night because it was wet! He’s rediscovered his love for trains this month and thanks to some presents from his nan and pops we now have the makings of a fine Brio collection that the lady of the manor enjoys making into tracks just a little bit too much.

Rupert has finally decided that he will go to sleep in the evenings, as I write this we’ve now had a whole week where he’s been asleep by 7.30pm and normally sleeps until just after 11pm. It feels quite amazing suddenly having our evening back to do things rather than one of us carrying a baby around. He seems to have grown out of some of the wind issues he had and is such a happy, chatty little boy now.


  1. It all sounds really positive. You are all brilliant, love the update. Exciting times, best wishes for all your plans.

  2. This photo is great, even more so for all of the effort you had to go to to get it. I always find myself remembering how we took it when I look back at pictures, adds to the memories.

  3. What a fabulous picture! It sounds as though you had a LOT of fun and have some super plans for the future.

  4. Ahhh what a beautiful family capture this month. Lovely. Braving the weather and the muddy puddles together. 🙂 #meandmine

  5. Alex {Bump to Baby}

    January 31, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Aww such a lovely photo, I love the outdoor pictures the most. We are visiting Bluestone soon, I can’t wait 🙂 xx

  6. Fabulous photograph of your family. I hope to take lots of outdoors photographs this year, we have wellies and we’re not afraid to wear them! #meandmine

  7. I love this picture. Such a great capture of your family. Sounds like a great month for fresh starts and future plans. Great news about the little one. Lets hope it stays that way x

  8. What a gorgeous photo – that looks like so much fun 🙂

  9. Love this, even more so because it was taken at Bluestone, we had such an amazing time there last Summer. It’s crazy how quickly things change with babies, it feels like it’s going to be like this forever when you’re in the moment, but in reality it’s all so fleeting. I’m glad things are a bit easier for you all now at least. Thanks so much for linking up with Me and Mine. x

  10. Oh sounds like some changes ahead then, I love your photo this month! Looks great fun!

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