PointShoot Post #6: The Great Get Together

In keeping with the spirit of mindfulness, this series provides an opportunity for me to practice the art of gratitude.  Remembering, through quick snaps taken on my phone, the things I may otherwise take for granted in my busy life if I didn’t take a moment to stop and reflect.  If you read my last post you’ll know that last weekend certainly had it’s fair share of challenging parenting moments so this Point Shoot is a good antidote.
It is a chance to consider those family moments that may otherwise get lost in the fast pace of everyday life.  The photos aren’t posed so don’t interrupt the ebb and flow of the day.  Instead they are a record of those moments between all the tears and tantrums that regularly occur but can all too easily be missed.
It’s about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.

My  last ‘Point Shoot’ post detailed the fun we had at Crystal Palace Park.  This post is about a community event that we attended this weekend in honour of the late Jo Cox MP.  Our local ‘The Great Get Together‘ event was in Manor Park, Lewisham and was a lovely celebration of all that is good about where we live and also was a pertinent reminder about what Jo Cox stood for – championing diversity.  #moreincommon perfectly sums up how she saw people, this country and humankind and is a very powerful statement.

Again the event, ‘Float Your Boats’, a chance for children to make boats to be part of a mini boat flotilla was a good reminder of how lucky we are with where we live.   It was very well attended and there was a lovely atmosphere.  Our MP Heidi Alexander and the organiser Paul spoke emotionally about Jo and the idea they had had to celebrate the diverse communities that are linked by Deptford Creek and the River Quaggy and feed into the Thames – the place where Jo had lived in her houseboat.   It was a time for reflection and to consider all those people who are working hard for the common good of the communities that we live in.

On a lighter note, as you can see from the pictures above our three had great fun making boats to take part in the flotilla so we were thankful to James from Forries Education for providing the cork and tools to make the boats as we hadn’t got ourselves organised at all.   We were also grateful to the organisers Quaggy Waterways Action Group, Heidi Alexander and Vicky Foxcroft for hosting the event.  Had it not been for the fact that Heidi had handed me a leaflet about it outside the school gates the day before, I would have had no idea it was happening.

You’ll also see from the photos that the weather was on our side to help make it a memorable occasion and the kids were very taken with ‘the pirate lady’ who launched many of the boats for them!  As you’ll see in the photo below, our three loved helping to collect the boats up at the end of the procession – any excuse for a paddle!

3 children paddling in the River Quaggy

Did you attend a local ‘the Great Get Together’ event this weekend?

If so I’d love to hear your stories.

Take care.





  1. June 20, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    What a fab idea!!! I love what jo stood for the #moreincommon fits my blog exactly. Thank you for linking up to #PointShoot 📸 i Love the last shot in the river 🌟

  2. June 26, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    You always have such fantastic examples of what a great and handy place you live it, to say I am jealous would probably be an understatement! Float you boat sounds like a brilliant event! #pointshoot xx

    • onamindfulmummymission
      June 26, 2017 / 10:26 pm

      Ah thanks lovely – I have to say I am #weljel of your lovey holidays too so that makes us even 😉

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