The Silence

It’s been a long week. To differing degrees we’ve all been ill (even the pup,) and we’re shattered. Hubby has gone to bed early, taking the pup with him and the toddler passed out, still clutching her favourite book, hours ago. I’ve just finished watching a silly horror movie and should be working on the review, but as I turned off the TV it hit me: The silence. 

It’s not totally silent, the heating is doing that low hum, the clock next door which hasn’t told the right time in months is ticking and I can hear people and cars outside but I close my eyes and it’s so quiet.

Silent.

And yet…..

A new set of voices has been nagging me recently, demanding I tell their tale. There’s been muttering, waking me in the night with a snippet of dialogue, a name or an action scene, a delicate whisper whilst making tea or a shout as I prepare our bags for the day.

And tonight, in the silence, their voices are a roar. I’m hoping tomorrow I’ll be able to make sense of the assorted post it notes I’ve written on, that half-formed ideas will percolate and be brewed overnight and things will be a little more cohesive. They’re whispering their names, shyly letting me know their preferences, twirling their costumes and sharing their voices. They’re coalescing, becoming more real (or as real as the Lamb’s assorted imaginary friends). I’m learning their wants, desires and mostly their challenges. This band of beaten women who want me to tell their story, now have an enemy to face and it will be a hell of a battle!

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100Days of Happiness: Day Eleven 

Day eleven of our 100 Days of Happiness say the Lamb and I head to one of our favourite places, Killerton House. We met her bestie and I got to catch up with her mum (and my dear friend) which always lifts the spirits. The girls had a lot of fun belting around the gardens, I shared a delicious Victoria Sponge with the Lamb, then we all went on a ‘mouse hunt’ around the house. As always, we left very impressed at the volunteers who help run these National Trust houses and the assorted activities they have to keep little people entertained.

Here’s a bonus shot of one of the flowers still in bloom. So pretty, even on a rather cold, damp day!


As always, once the Lamb was in bed, it was time for me to get to work. I’m prepping a new novel, with elements of fantasy, horror, supernatural and adventure. It’s my first ‘big’ writing project since having the Lamb so I’m hoping to get back into it, and make a start on it during National Novel Writing Month in November. There’s lots to prepare for it, with character bios, locations and multiple fantasy worlds to create. I’ve been struggling to get back into writing for a while so I’m hoping this preparation will help and I’ll be blogging more about my experience so pop back to find out more.

What made you happy today?

100 Days of Happiness: Day Ten

Day Ten of 100 Days of Happiness. After a bit of a frustrating crafting morning (the toddler and I were trying to get a start on some Christmas decorations but ended up just getting glue everywhere) we set up her train set in the lounge. I have o admit, I was sceptical when her grandparents bought her her first train set, because she’d shown minimal interest in the vTech set we’d bought her but she loves this wooden set and her other grandparents bought her the dinosaur set for her birthday. It was, as always a fun learning time for me as I was following the instructions, only to turn around and see that the toddler had created a crony track around the room. A timely reminder to be an individual and do your own thing so double happiness!

What’s made you happy today?

100 Days of Happiness: Day Nine

I’ve been working on assorted wool crafts recently, most notably a crochet ‘Sarah’ doll for the toddlers birthday and assorted keyrings for Christmas gifts (never too early to start!) but I saw ‘Spindle & Skein’ on instagram and her various handspun fibres and succumbed to temptation. This stunning soy fibre wool is incredibly soft and feels so rich, plus the colour changes slightly from gold to pale pink depending upon the light. I’m trying to be more mindful of the materials I use in my craft projects and also in making items for us to ensure that they have minimum environmental impact, so soy fibre, which is created with the left-over bits of the plant fits perfectly.

 It was lovely to buy something so different from a local, independent craftsperson and I can’t wait to decide on my project to use it.

What’s made you happy today?

100 Days of Happiness: Day Eight

I’m cheating by having two photos today but having been really unwell for the last few days I was happy to see the sun and go for a walk on the beach. Within minutes I’d found a ‘witches stone’ which my mum always told me was very lucky. I was also happy to have some family time playing ‘Dinosaur Bingo’.

100Days of Happiness: Day Six

The toddlers Rose is blooming AGAIN! I can’t believe that we’re going to get some blooms in October and am hoping they’ll smell as amazing as the ones we had in the summer. Really lifted my spirits today as have a nasty virus so not much happiness going around! 
What made you happy today?

100 Days of Happiness: Day Five

After running our legs off in the park yesterday, today the toddler and I turned our attention to more important matters – the perfect biscuit to dunk in your tea! I’m a bit of a traditionalist and like bourbon creams, but we also tried shortbread with rich tea a firm no-no. I truly love these silly little conversations I get to have with the toddler and being able to enjoy sharing a lovely cuppa. What’s your favourite dunky biscuit?

What made you happy today?

100Days of Happiness: Day Four

Day Four of my 100 Days of Happiness challenge saw me sat at the top of the ‘big slide’ contemplating, as I often do when finding myself in daft situations (last week I was stuck inside a children’s climbing frame!) my life choices. However, the toddler and I had fun at the park and it makes me so happy that she wants to play with her daft mum. 

100 Days of Happiness: Day Three

It’s unusual that chores make me happy (although there is a certain satisfaction at seeing an empty laundry basket!) but I was happy starting to put the toddlers birthday gifts away today. One thing I’ve realised doing the 100 Days of Happinesss is that I’m feeling a lot more grateful for the different things and people who make me happy. Seeing all the beautiful gifts and cards th3 toddler received from her friends made me very happy and realised how blessed we are. (Ok, enough of the mulchy stuff!). I was also very happy that the toddler liked all the ‘Sarah and Duck’ decorations we made for her birthday, although I’m fairly certain we’ll all be sad when it’s time to take them down.

100 Days of Happiness: Day Two

Today was filled with lots of little ‘happies’. The toddler and I went for a walk and even though we were late to meet friends, we made sure we took time to kick up the leaves. She also Tok her favourite toy with her, a Stief bear which she’s had since she was born. He’s normally tucked up in bed so think he enjoyed the trip out as well. The pup made me laugh as she was perched on the sofa. She’s such a princess that she won’t sit on just one sofa cushion any more, but will frequently pull the back cushion down as well, plus she evidently needed an extra cushion as well! Such a spoiled dog! Hubby bought me a tea caddy as I love my loose leaf Earl Grey from Brew Tea Co so I’m hoping our tea cupboard will be a little tidier. And my final bit of happy was discovering a new series of ‘Tumbleleaf’ on Amazon. Not going to lie, hubby and I enjoy this show just as much as the toddler and he was a little grumpy to discover the toddler and I had started watching the latest series without him! 

What’s made you happy today?