PointShoot Post #1: Mother’s Day 2017

Woah what a lovely day!  We had a ‘double whammy’ in the UK today.  Not only was it Mother’s Day, but it was the start of British summertime which can only mean one thing – more daylight and the promise of warmer weather.

Our family trip out was to Greenwich, south-east London and people definitely seemed cheerful from the sunshine and the feeling that spring was in the air.

Anyway you may be wondering what the point of this post is…..and selfishly this post is really for ME.  Catie from Diary of An Imperfect Mum wrote a super post recently about reasons why people blog and it reminded me that one of my initial impetuses was purely to keep a record of our ‘ordinary’ family life which would in turn remind me to see the ‘extraordinary’ in my mindful moments.  I’m waffling but I suppose it was meant to be a bit like an online family gratitude log.

However, somewhere along the way I have forgotten this key purpose of the blog so I’m hoping that by participating in Catie #PointShoot linky every now and then it will remind me to record my mindful moments on the blog again.  In turn I hope it will help readers to consider their ‘ordinary’ moments from the last few days and appreciate them all the more too. 

I try hard not to photograph too many things in a day as the very act of taking my phone out to photograph something naturally takes me away from the present moment.  However, I don’t see the harm of capturing some of my ‘mindful moments’ once I have observed them as is, just as re-reading a gratitude log can bring joy back, so too can going through photos from a day.

Anyway, this is meant to be a short post so I will stop over-thinking it and share some of my precious ‘mindful’ moments from Mother’s Day 2017.

  1. I always seem to feel ever so keenly how much I love the part of London we live in when we are looking at this view overlooking Greenwich Park and beyond.  We generally stop here to enjoy the view and I adore the juxtaposition of the Queen’s House in the foreground with Canary Wharf in the background.  We have all this virtually on our doorstep and I know we are very lucky.
  2. The twins found some daisies – I would have walked right past them had they not stopped us to take a look.  It was lovely to pick a few and see how the girls studied them so closely.  It reminded me that our eldest used to do the same and when I told him he went through a phase of picking a daisy for me every time we went out when he was a toddler, he picked me one for old time’s sake!
  3. The bright blue sky over the Thames was glorious today and we loved going on deck on the Cutty Sark to pretend to be pirates (the History teacher in me had to resist saying that it wasn’t actually a pirate ship so instead I watched the kids enjoying their imaginary play – climbing in and out of the bunks etc).  I was very grateful to my Mum for taking on board my post about ‘stuff’ and buying us the Greenwich museum’s family pass for 2017 instead!

I hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day whether you were treating someone else or being treated yourselves.

Did you take any photos that  could help you put together today’s gratitude log entry?

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