Monday Happy List

Five Happy Things {Week 460}

Java Whiskers Cat Cafe Marylebone

Starting the week by writing the Happy List is something I’ve been doing for a while. This is my chance to sit down and reflect on the things that made me happy in the previous week, as well as to record some of our family adventures. It’s a post I always love to write.

Five Happy Things {Week 460}

The weather has felt autumnal all week even though we are in the beginning of August. We have been blackberry picking so many times that we have frozen bags full of them for later in the year. We did bake one blackberry and apple crumble though which was delicious.

Now both the kids are on their school holidays I took a day off so we could go into London together. Our first stop was Java Whiskers Cat Cafe Marylebone where we enjoyed a hot drink and played with the cats. My son loves cats and this is the next best thing to owning one right now.

My daughter loves dogs so whilst in London we visited Portrait of Dogs: From Gainsborough To Hockney at the Wallace Collection. The exhibition contained over 50 pieces of art from paintings to Roman sculpture and even a beloved stuffed dog. We actually laughed our way round most of the pieces because some of the portraits were just funny and some of the breeds quite unusual. We went round twice as it was quite a small exhibition, but sadly there were no portraits of a bichon frise like we have.

Portrait of Dogs: From Gainsborough To Hockney at the Wallace Collection

Over the weekend we went school uniform shopping. This is possibly my least favourite task, along with school shoe shopping which I’m leaving for another few weeks. In September both the children will be at the same school which means blazers for both, along with branded sports kit. It was eye-wateringly expensive.

Our dog walker has started dog training sessions so we booked a back to basics session. Our puppy training was interrupted by the pandemic a few years ago so it seemed like a good time for some refresher training. We all enjoyed it and have lots of ideas to communicate with him better.

Have a great week!


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    Yeah Lifestyle
    August 16, 2023 at 10:01 am

    We have picked lots of blackberries too. Although the sun has now made a welcome appearance again. The cat cafe sounds like my sort of place

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    Samantha Donnelly
    August 16, 2023 at 10:58 am

    The weather has been awful, my daughter loves dogs and would love to visit the Portrait of dogs exhibition. I am lucky I do not have to do school uniform shopping now.

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    August 16, 2023 at 11:14 am

    School uniforms and school supplies nowadays are getting more and more expensive 🙁

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    Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    August 16, 2023 at 3:25 pm

    Your Happy List is such a delightful way to start the week! ☕🐾 It’s heartwarming to see how you capture the small joys and family adventures that brought happiness to your week. Autumn vibes and blackberry picking sound wonderful, and the Cat Cafe and Portrait of Dogs exhibition in London sound like fantastic outings. Thanks for sharing your positive moments – it’s contagious!

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    Rhian Scammell
    August 16, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve still never been to a cat cafe so I really need to change that as I love cats. Sounds like you had a nice day in London with the kids x

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    August 16, 2023 at 5:19 pm

    I feel you on the school uniform and supplies shopping. Back to school is coming in so fast…

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    Luna S
    August 16, 2023 at 6:09 pm

    The blackberry and apple crumble sounds amazing. I’ve never been to a pick your own spot before, but I’d love to it sounds like a lot of fun.

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    Monidipa Dutta
    August 16, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    I absolutely love your Happy List tradition! It’s heartwarming to read about your family adventures and the things that bring you joy. From blackberry picking to cat cafes, you’ve created beautiful memories. The dog training and school shopping snippets are relatable. Keep spreading positivity! 🌟🐾🎨

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    August 16, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    The portraits of dogs seems an amazing show to watch! I would love to check it out as soon as possible.

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    August 17, 2023 at 2:53 am

    Great picture of your cat! I can’t believe it is time to go back to school already. Good to get the clothes shopping out of the way!

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    Melissal Cushing
    August 17, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    I love Blackberries and that blackberry and apple crumble sounds amazing! That beloved stuffed dog is pretty cool too and will have to visit there myself!

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    August 18, 2023 at 1:11 am

    Schools have started and kids got busy. Looks like you had a good time with kids in London..

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