The Week That Was


Yes, I know the week isn’t over yet, but somehow, when you’re a mother of a young child, the week ends on a Friday, at least for me.  As for the weekend I feel it belongs to another time, if that makes any sense?

For our little family of three, well make that four, if you count Doc, and five if we also include our missing cat, Boots, the week was a restful, albeit uneventful one.  We liked it that way, especially since T seemed to have been really worn-out after school and after her other activities as well.  If you have children of school age, are they same?  Are they also exhausted by the end of the week?

Today, (before half-term ends) we are going on a short trip to visit my in-laws who live in Woburn Sands in Bedfordshire.  The husband has a meeting on Monday.  T’s school has an inset day on that day, so we thought of taking this opportunity to visit the in-laws, and most importantly have that very much needed retail therapy!

When you live in the country, every now and then you yearn for the chaos of city-living.  The shops, the crowds, the amenities and even the noise.   The very same reasons why you fled the madness of urban living and opted for rural life in stead.

Not that Milton Keynes is even a city, though it is massive in size and probably has all the amenities a city has to offer, except for a cathedral, hence it’s status as a “non-city”.  I am so looking forward to mooching around the long MK mall, going from one shop to another.  We’ll probably end up in toy shops mostly or book shops, but that’s fine by me.  Then it will be time to go back to the country, T has school the next day.

What about you?

If your kids are of school age, what have you been up to this half term break?

For those who don’t have children, do you prefer country-life or city-living?

The Reading Residence
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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. As I get older I find cities scary – far too loud, too many people, just overwhelming really. We live in a small market town and that’s plenty big enough for me. The odd trip into Oxford is enough for me – somewhere like London is a very occasional things and I have to pluck up all my courage for it!

    • We do make it a point to go to London too, especially for the museums. But I know what you mean about the crowd, it can get too overwhelming sometimes, especially during the tourist season. I do love Oxford. Wish we lived nearer 🙂 x

    • Hope everyone is feeling better now. At least you still have the weekend coming, hopefully that will make up for the week of illness. xx

  2. I do love a good bit of retail therapy!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. And I am still holding out hope for you getting your beautiful cat returned to you. We intended to have an uneventful holiday too, but so far we seem to have had at least one thing on each day – it has been lovely but it has made the week go so quickly! At least it is only 5 weeks to the next holiday!! xx

    • I do hope we get our cat back too. I haven’t had the chance to speak to our neighbour, but will certainly keep an eye on her 😉 Thanks.

  3. We have actually done very little this week, just sort of chilled out lol! I know what you mean about weekends! This is my week off work, and I feel like today is the end of them even though i am not back until monday! x

  4. I would always choose rural over urban but for now our more urban house is a perfect place for us to be. Maybe we will retire to the country or the seaside in years to come? As for the kids, yes, they are always tired and grumpy by the end of the week. It does improve towards the summer though when the days are brighter and longer. x

    • When I lived in the city, I used to dream of moving to the country and now that we live in the country, I miss the city! 😉

  5. Sounds like a lovely week. We live very near to Birmingham and we like to take the kids into the city every few weeks or so. I like them being used to the hustle and bustle of a big city and it’s always a fun outing. They’re used to it so don’t really notice how busy it is. Hope you have fun 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • How lucky that you guys live near the city. The nearest one is about an hours drive or so, although we try to make up for it by visiting the city as much as we can 🙂 x

  6. I class half term over now too….You are right. The weekend is something different. hehehe
    It sounds like you have had a lovely, relaxing week.

  7. I’m actually away on holiday at the moment so haven’t been affected by half term. My daughter starts school in September but I always find half term a pain as all the toddler classes and activities stop. I do love living in a city but I think I’d like the quietness of the countryside too x

    • And they usually get bored don’t they? Thank goodness school starts on again on Tuesday 🙂

  8. I definitely prefer country living, and not rural England country living either. I live on a remote island in the middle of the north sea that takes an overnight ferry to get to. It’s a completely different lifestyle. There is no quick jaunt to ‘the city’ and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂

    • That does sound lovely! We live in a small village by the ocean but can still have a few jaunts to the city if we wanted to 🙂

  9. Hi Dean, the schools don’t do half term over here, probably due to the long summer holidays. But when they do have time off it is nice to relax and chill.

    I was bought up on the outskirts of a city (Exeter), but much prefer the quite, country (or island life in my case). We do occasionally go to the mainland and I do enjoy the shops then, but it’s not something we do very often.

    It sounds as if you’ll be all refreshed and ready for everything school has to throw you in the coming weeks.


    • We love Exeter and live about an hour’s drive away from it. It’s our “go-to-place” whenever we miss the city 🙂 x

  10. I am originally from the countryside but now live in an urban space, I like the look of a rural environment but prefer the transport links in an urban area lol!I hope your hubbies meeting goes well!

  11. There’s nothing wrong with a quiet half term.. I would have loved one but fate conspired against me! LOL! We live in a town that has countryside on it’s doorstep so we have the best of both worlds 🙂

  12. We live by the beach in Cornwall and our nearest big city is a few hours away. I always get so excited going somewhere bigger than where we live. It’s nice to mooch around big shops and enjoy the atmosphere of big towns and cities. I hope you had a lovely half term xx

  13. Ah MK the last time I was there I was geocaching. However, you talking about the malls reminds me of their Christmas decor as that’s when we’d visit. Have lots of fun.

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