PointShoot Post #21: Autumn loveliness

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 could 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 captured some of the special moments of  our summer holiday in France.  This one is a record of some of the things I took a moment to appreciate during the recent October halfterm break.

Firstly, and in an oh so very English way of me let’s talk about the weather…. hasn’t it been glorious?!

I am so very appreciative of how the bright and dry weather really helped us to get outdoors lots so far this autumn.

Little girl in a pink dress playing by a stream

Moving on to more specific moments.

The photo above was taken on at a spot near my Mum and Dad’s home.

  • We enjoyed a family walk (us 5, grandparents and cousin) in the Lincolnshire countryside.  The children enjoyed throwing sticks into the river and meeting some cows in a field.
  • The weather was incredibly mild.
  • We were treated to some delicious food including a homemade lemon drizzle Birthday cake for the eldest by my Mum – he was very happy!
  • There was lots of Grandad – Grandson footie time!


Children standing looking at the large pond at Chartwell

This photo was captured at Chartwell where we were lucky enough to meet some very good friends for a day of:

  • pumpkin trails
  • running and rolling down the hills
  • chatting (me and H) as the children played!


A cup of Baby cino


And guess (from the photo above) which family favourite restaurant we visited mid-week to celebrate the eldest’s 8th Birthday party?!  It was a lovely day in general because of:

  • breakfast in bed for the Birthday boy
  • time with our favourite nanny and her lovely daughter in the afternoon (with some Wiggles the caterpillar Birthday cake thrown in)
  • lots of football in the garden (new goalposts for a pressie!)
  • hubby home early so we could all get the bus to Blackheath for pizza (and prosecco for me!).  The girls still find a trip on a London bus very exciting!

frosty sunrise in Herefordshire

Autumn colours in a veiw of trees, fields and a pond

A veiw of  a tree through lots of leaves and scrub

Blue sky, hedgerows and fields


These photos capture some of the loveliness of our last few days staying with some more very good friends in Herefordshire.  The highlights were:

  • spending quality time with friends who we hadn’t seen for a long time
  • walks altogether made all the more special because we had the family dog with us
  • playing pooh sticks
  • playing on the tree swing
  • den building
  • pumpkin carving
  • watching Strictly Come Dancing en masse
  • the quiet of rural life
  • the beautiful views from my friend’s home


I’d love to hear about your October halfterm holidays.

What were your special moments?


  handwritten Hayley


Spectrum Mum



  1. Mummy Thomas' Blog
    November 3, 2018 / 8:07 am

    It looks like you had a wonderful time. The pictures are beautiful. We had a lovely half term week. We went to visit my parents and then went to a Halloween party for the kids in a cafe in our town. We live in the countryside in the middle of no where. So the nearest shops are like 7 miles away. But if a nightmare but it was worth it to see her face light up. Balloons and all. #thesatsesh xx http://mummythomas.blog 💚

    • onamindfulmummymission
      November 6, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Awww that sounds lovely! Halloween is becoming quite a thing now! xx

  2. November 3, 2018 / 8:30 am

    Looks beautiful. I used to try and fill our time with visits and activities and I’ve learned that the best days are often the simplest x

  3. November 3, 2018 / 8:59 am

    I love Lincolnshire (it’s my home county)! I love the fields, but it never seems to feature in photographers work, so lovely to see it here #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      November 6, 2018 / 9:10 pm

      Thank you – yes. So unspoilt! My family are in the Wolds which really is a gem of a spot xx

  4. November 3, 2018 / 9:34 am

    Wonderful moments … and great photos to prove it #thesatsesh

  5. November 3, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    love the idea of capturing memories and using these photos to remind us how happy we were when they were taken – a great way to extend a holiday or special moment 🙂

  6. Catie
    November 4, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    You have had some wonderful moments, spending time with Grandad, holiday in Hertfordshire, adventures in London and tasty coffees. Lovely to see your beautiful shots. I love the trees. Seeing the colours change is always beautiful. #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      November 6, 2018 / 9:09 pm

      Thanks Catie. Yes, lovely times xx

      • onamindfulmummymission
        November 13, 2018 / 9:15 pm

        Always a pleasure xx

  7. November 6, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    #thesatsesh beautiful photos that are often natural and simple, these seems to be the recipes of joy.

    • onamindfulmummymission
      November 6, 2018 / 9:09 pm

      Yes definitely! xx

  8. November 7, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    What a lovely post to reflect upon and remember the positives #thesatsesh

  9. Wendy
    November 9, 2018 / 6:35 am

    These photos are gorgeous Hun!! Sounds like your October half term was lovely and consisted of lots of fun family time, just as it should be xx #thesatsesh

    • onamindfulmummymission
      November 11, 2018 / 10:05 pm

      Thank you Wendy xx

  10. November 14, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    Love the beautiful Cloudless blue sky #pointshoot@_karendennis

    • onamindfulmummymission
      November 14, 2018 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks xx

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