March {Loves}

March 2018 will forever be remembered as the month that spring didn't spring and we were instead treated to one final laugh from winter: the so-called 'Beast from the East'.

 Sophia's rather unfortunately shaped snowman

Sophia's rather unfortunately shaped snowman

It was the first time we had been snowed in since moving to our tiny hamlet four years ago. I was well stocked up on all the essentials (coffee, tea and milk - naturally!) but failed to anticipate *just* how remote we really are. On Day Two, I attempted to drive to Manchester Airport. I had a much anticipated trip to Nuremberg planned, and having grown up in Germany and Canada where a flurry of the white stuff doesn't cause the country to grind to a halt, I thought I'd be fine. 

Sophia snow

I got about half a mile down the road before getting stuck. 

And so my trip to Nuremberg was postponed for a couple of weeks, but when I eventually got there I was very grateful for more agreeable weather conditions! You can read about my trip here, if you like.

 Rooftops of Nuremberg, from the Imperial Castle

Rooftops of Nuremberg, from the Imperial Castle

How very British of me, devoting an entire monologue to the weather!

The enforced slower pace of life enabled me to read two books this month: 'The House By The Lake' by Thomas Harding and the much-fanfared 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine'. Both were very different in genre, but excellent nevertheless - I'd recommend.

Needless to say, cabin fever set in after nearly a week of being incarcerated at Casa Sharples. When friends invited us over to stay after the thaw, I was so bloody excited. It was a French themed evening {we are all running the Paris Marathon together}, with Gemma cooking a delicious coq au vin accompanied by potato dauphinoise.

French cheese

Our contribution was ALL THE CHEESE and some fruity Châteauneuf-du-Pape. I think I took the theme a bit too seriously, turning up in a red beret and Paris tee, weighed down with every French fromage I could possibly find in the Waitrose cheese aisle!

It was a great night, though and I'm looking forward to our forthcoming Parisian sojourn!

 A day out in Nottingham

A day out in Nottingham

It was also Mothering Sunday that weekend, and I'd asked if we could go to Nottingham for the day. We had coffee, we had brunch, we visited a photographic exhibition on the DMZ between North and South Korea, and ended the day with dinner at Five Guys. I mean - that's just the dream, isn't it? I'm not sure my children were as enraptured with the art gallery as I was, but it is definitely my prerogative to indulge my own interests on Mother's Day, no? And they were very well behaved, at least.

I was kind and saved the trip to the new Henry Moore exhibition at The Collection in Lincoln for when the bambino trio were all at school. I met James at lunchtime one weekday and we spent a blissful hour admiring the sculptures. It's well worth the £5 entrance fee, if you're local, and is on until May 7th 2018.

 Henry Moore: 'Working Model for Seated Figure: Arms Outstretched' - Plaster, 1960 @ The Collection, Lincoln

Henry Moore: 'Working Model for Seated Figure: Arms Outstretched' - Plaster, 1960 @ The Collection, Lincoln

 Henry Moore: 'Working Model for Reclining Figure: Hand' - Bronze, 1978 @ The Collection, Lincoln

Henry Moore: 'Working Model for Reclining Figure: Hand' - Bronze, 1978 @ The Collection, Lincoln

One of my gifts for being "the best mama in the world, ever" {my children have inherited my penchant for hyperbole, obviously} - was a bundle of squishy yarn in soft, pastel colours that I'm now happily crocheting into a blanket. I find crocheting so therapeutic and I can't sit idle, so I feel all productive after an evening on the sofa watching TV! Speaking of which, I've been watching Stranger Things with Freya and OMG the nostalgic cinematography and soundtrack! I'm addicted. I actually love it.

Crochet yarn

One of the highlights of the month was a dedicated 'Mummy and Sophia' day. Sophia chose for us to go to the cinema to watch the Peter Rabbit movie and it was really lovely all round. She looked so grown up, sat on her little booster seat in the theatre chomping her sweeties! 

Last Saturday we headed out for brunch at the new Cosy Club in Lincoln en famille, followed by a little peruse of the shops for the girls whilst the boys had their mops chopped. I picked up these jeans from Topshop which are the comfiest jeans I think I have ever owned! I had to go for the longer length as regular were like pedal pushers on me (I'm not especially tall - 5'7"), but they've really updated my wardrobe and - shock, horror! - all my old skinny jeans went in the charity bag as soon as I got home! 

That afternoon, we took a trip down the A1 to meet a group of friends at Belton House. These are friends that James has had since he was at school himself and it is lovely that they are still such good friends all these years on. I took full advantage of the baby snuggles on offer from the gorgeous Ollie and Freddie, and Reuben has now decided that he would love a little brother after spending the afternoon playing gently with little Ethan. Soz mate, that ain't happening!

The children have broken up from school now and we are heading into the Easter holidays. Sophia was ecstatic to come second at the Easter Bonnet Parade at preschool and Freya got excellent module grades in her termly report. We hit up Wagamama last night for dinner to celebrate, after spending the day in the great outdoors at a local nature reserve with friends.

 The lesser spotted eldest daughter and husband!

The lesser spotted eldest daughter and husband!

So we've catapulted into April and will shortly be heading off, nervously, to Paris for four days to run our first ever marathon. I think the rest of the month will be spent recovering from that!

Catch you the same time next month - and if you're intrigued to see how we get on with our running adventures, then follow along on social media (I'll pop the buttons below).

Happy Easter, everyone - enjoy the chocolate eggstravaganza!

Carly xo


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