PointShoot Post #15: History, Family Time and A Little Bit of Mindfulness

In keeping with the spirit of mindfulness, linking up with the lovely Catie’s (aka Spectrum Mum) Point Shoot linky gives me an opportunity to practice adopting a ‘gratitude attitude’.
Remembering, through quick snaps taken on my phone, the things I may otherwise take for granted in my busy life.  Or miss altogether, if I didn’t take a moment to stop.
It’s a chance to consider those family moments that may otherwise get lost in the fast pace of everyday life.  The photos generally aren’t posed so don’t interrupt the ebb and flow of the day.  Instead they are a record of those tender and special moments that regularly occur, between all the tears and tantrums, but can all too easily be missed.
Hopefully these posts may spur others on to keep a ‘gratitude log’ or something similar too.
It’s about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.

My  last ‘Point Shoot’ post was a bumper Christmas holiday edition.  This one is a record of a glorious day at the beginning of our February halfterm holiday.  We have begun to utilise the English Heritage family membership which we were generously gifted by the in-laws for Christmas so today saw us heading off to Battle, Sussex for some Norman Conquest fun.  The day really was a perfect mix for me as a Mum – spending time with the family, as a History teacher – visiting an important historical site (which I have never visited before – eek!) and as a mindfulness practitioner – enjoying the outdoors and family time – such a good way for me to press the pause button in the mind and be grounded in the present.


The highlights:

  • 3 excited kids and a bright sunny day = no issues getting ready this morning!

No repeating instructions to get shoes on even.  The three of them were raring to get on with the journey.  We listened to twin 2’s ‘pop music CD’ as she calls it and the ‘new nursery rhyme CD’ as per twin 1’s request.  Big bro was buried in his books!


3 children stood in the front garden ready to go out

  • The beautiful views and the bright sunny day.  Enough said.

views around Battle Abbeybattle 2


  • Exploring the towers and turrets and observing this moment when big bro and twin 2 had a cuddle whilst looking out across the Sussex countryside.


brother and sister cuddling looking out of a tower window at Battle Abbey


  • Picnicking in February!  The hubby made a round of sarnies that were greatly appreciated by us all.  We loved eating them outdoors and then being able to spend time in the playground.  Twin 1 enjoyed climbing, tunnelling and finding sticks while twin 2 and the eldest loved playing in something similar to a hamster wheel!


Family picnic time

  • We had a super walk around the battlefield where the kids were really excited by the knights they ‘met’.  The girls also asked to stop at a sign to look at the picture of the battle – ladies after my own heart!  They were really interested and curious which was lovely to see.

Exploring the field where the Battle of Hastings took place

battle 1

  • The twins loved puddle jumping.  In fact all three of them getting a little muddy on the walk only added to the laughter and giggles!


battle 8

  • Café time!  Twin 1 loved her scone and jam so much that she licked the plate clean which made us all laugh together.   Our son cut his Victoria Sponge cake up into 3 equal pieces to share out with his sisters without being asked to.  Ahhhhhhhh.


battle 6

All in all a lovely start to the February break.  We will definitely return to Battle in the summer as there is lots to explore.

How has the start of half term gone for you?

I’d love to hear.



Bringing up Georgia





  1. February 13, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    Theres nothing like exploring history and then tucking into sarnies outside in the sun. I love love love the cuddle picture. Thank you for linking up to #PointShoot 📸

    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 14, 2018 / 7:19 am

      Thanks Catie – it was beautiful to watch xx

  2. February 13, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    This looks like a wonderful day out. I always find a good bit of family time puts everyone in a calmer frame of mind.

    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 14, 2018 / 7:19 am

      Totally agree! Thanks for commenting xx

    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 14, 2018 / 7:18 am

      Thank you Sophie – it really was xx

  3. February 17, 2018 / 8:32 am

    These are lovely and what a lovely blue sky. You chose a good day out! Thanks for hosting #thesatsesh

  4. February 17, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    Lovely to see you all enjoying Battle! We’ve not visited Battle Abbey yet, but this reminds me that it’s on our to-do list… so, soon! 😊 Hoping the rest of your holiday has been great too! X

    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 17, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Thank you – yes it was a great trip so I highly recommend. There’s a big pond thing too! XX

  5. Alice Letters to my Daughter
    February 17, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful and I love the photos – esp the one of the two hugging. So adorable!! It sounds like you have very thoughtful children <3 #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 17, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      They can be so thoughtful it melts my heart! Thank you xx

  6. February 17, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    great photos, especially the one they are hugging, awww. #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 17, 2018 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks Eva xx

  7. emptynestmummy
    February 18, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    That looks like a great day out. History, scones and puddles – The Perfect Day!

    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 20, 2018 / 9:22 pm

      Definitely! xx

  8. February 18, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    We have English Heritage membership too, the half term stuff is always brill! I have a History degree too so love all this stuff.


    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 20, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      Yay – a fellow History geek! xx

  9. February 19, 2018 / 10:26 am

    An absolutely amazing day, with the bluest sky I have seen in a while! xo #pointshoot xoxo

    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 20, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      Thanks Lisa xx

  10. February 20, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    #thesatsesh love that half term was so delightful for you and the tribe. Holidays are so lovely to look forward to ( 5 weeks and 2 days just saying)

    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 20, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      🙂 – Golly that’s going to fly by! xx

  11. February 21, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Back again from #thesatsesh and still loving that last one, licking the plate clean! That’s how you know it is good! Have a super day! xoxo

    • onamindfulmummymission
      February 21, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks Lisa – yes that is a fave of mine! Hope you’re having a good day too. xx

  12. February 21, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    It’s lovely to stop and observe the little things that you’ve enjoyed in the week. #thesatsesh

  13. February 22, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    Sounds like a lovely day out and the twins really do have a fantastic big brother, so wet of him to share his cake 😍

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