Family // Our first weekend in Yorkshire

We’ve been in Yorkshire for a whole week now, and it has flown by! I don’t think the impending arrival of Christmas is helping matters… and the fact that I haven’t really got much sorted for the festive season… nor for Busby’s 2nd birthday. Why does time always speed up when you have lots to prepare?? These things have a funny way of sorting themselves out though – so I’m sure I’ll be feeling better about it all soon! Fingers crossed!

Nevertheless, following the craziness of the move we had a semi-relaxing week, which you can read about here.

This weekend has been truly lovely, now that we are starting to feel settled and the sun (finally) decided to make an appearance.

One of the big reasons we made the huge decision to relocate up here from Sussex was space – both inside and out. Being able to roam outside is really important to us as a family, and with a curious toddler it does wonders for my sanity! None of the properties we rented in Brighton had a garden, and our garden in Lewes was a patch of grass, precariously placed at the top of some rather dangerous, fatal-looking steps… so when we begin our house hunt early next year, a decent sized garden is high up on the list of requirements (as well as a good sized kitchen sans slugs!).

We’re staying with Nick’s parents until we find our house, and Busby has already settled in.
Busby Leaves
One of her favourite activities is to feed the garden birds, so we’ve been dutifully taking our breakfast scraps out to the bird table every morning (come rain or shine) to make sure the birds are also well fed this winter.
rain or shine
She also loves filling up the bird feeder with nuts – which incidentally is a fantastic toddler task if you want a quiet 10 minutes for a hot cup of tea!
feed the birds busby She was incredibly happy yesterday to discover a spider had made residence in the bird feeder, and as a huge fan of the eight-legged creatures, watched in with amazement. The spider also seemed to sit and watch her too, perched on top of the feeder, as she added nuts into the meshy container.

We then headed to Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the afternoon, as some friends from London were up visiting family.YSPShe had a wonderful time, initially in the café listening to Shepley Band play Christmas and musical theatres tunes, and then exploring YSP! We spent most of the walk stalking sheep, but she was also rather fascinated with the sculptures themselves – staring at them in awe and asking “Mummy, what is this?” We asked her a few times what she thought they were, and a response of “Sarah. Duck. Daddy.” had us giggling!

From left to right: Sarah, Duck, Busby, Mummy, Daddy, Daddy!

Nick starts his new job today (best of luck my love!) so it’s just Busby and I during the day until the in-laws return from Australia next week. I’ve got lots of Christmas crafting and baking planned for us – so keep your eyes peeled on Instagram and our Facebook page for our creations!

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  1. 1st December 2014 / 7:30 pm

    It must be so scary but exciting moving to a whole new area- sounds like you have had a great first week. We used to go to YSP a lot when we lived in Leeds. Busby’s little all in one rain thingy (not their official name haha!) is so cute. And when is she going to be two? I think she looks a lot like my littlest in these photos, they do look a little bit similar. She will be two in February. x

  2. 1st December 2014 / 7:32 pm

    Stopped being lazy and just checked- she is December! They are quite near in age- do you think they look a little similar?! 😉 x

  3. 1st December 2014 / 9:19 pm

    I am so glad the move went well and you are enjoying yourselves. B looks so cute! Lots of love xxx #OrdinaryMoments

  4. 1st December 2014 / 9:39 pm

    Yay to everything going smoothly, and yes you’re right, things will sort themselves out in time i’m sure!

  5. 2nd December 2014 / 10:30 pm

    Such an exciting time for you at the moment! I’m in Yorkshire near Wakefield and originally from Berkshire so a fellow southerner!

  6. 6th December 2014 / 9:27 pm

    It sounds like the move was just the right decision for an outdoor loving family like yours. Lovely post x

  7. 7th December 2014 / 7:13 pm

    It’s great that you’re settling in well, I’m impressed you’ve managed to keep up your blog posts around the move! Good luck on the start of the house hunt, I’m sure Busby’s really going to love living in Yorkshire! Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

  8. 7th December 2014 / 7:32 pm

    Great to see you settling in. N is obsessed with having a bird feeder this year, I’m just not sure we have anywhere to put it.

    Love the idea of a sculpture park. Looks fun to walk round

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