Monday Happy List

Five Happy Things {Week 474}

Lord Mayor's Show 2023

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 love to sit down and write.

Five Happy Things {Week 474}

Last week was my first week in my new job. On my first day I found out we were in a consultation period for reorganisation! I’m trying to be positive about my job and just learn as much as I can, although the next few weeks are obviously going to be tricky for everyone.

On Saturday we went into London. We started the morning with a trip to the F1 Arcade and then stayed to watch the Lord Mayor’s Show. It is the oldest, longest, best loved and least-rehearsed civic procession in the world. It is an ancient show of London’s independence, a medieval festival of pomp and pageantry and a modern celebration of our strength and diversity. The weather was amazing so it made for a really great show, the kids loved it.

We managed to squeeze in a trip to the Leake Street Tunnel whilst we were in London. The graffiti changes constantly but is always topical. It was quite busy and we saw lots of artists making their mark on the walls.

Leake Street Tunnel graffiti wings

On Sunday both the children took part in Remembrance Day services. They were in two different locations (of course!) so we opted to join the service on our local high street.

I managed to get my Spring bulbs in the garden at last. I bought them last weekend and the days are so short there hasn’t been enough time to get them planted. As well as daffodil bulbs I planted some primroses and cyclamen. I also have a winter rose/hellebore to put in, I just haven’t decided where to put it. I spent some time tidying the garden for winter. Another storm has landed here in London so it is a battle to sweep leaves and keep everything tidy.

Have a great week!


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    Yeah Lifestyle
    November 16, 2023 at 10:25 am

    The Lord Mayors Show sounds great – I keep meaning to head to Leake Street with my kids, will have to do that next time I am in London!

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    Marie Cris Angeles
    November 16, 2023 at 11:10 am

    This is a wonderful experience, kids would surely love to experience this event. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    November 16, 2023 at 11:58 am

    I have to start writing my happy list every week. In my opinion, it’ll be an awesome experience every time I do so.

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    November 16, 2023 at 1:34 pm

    It’s so gratifying to get those bulbs in the ground. You’re going to have a lovely spring next year!

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    November 16, 2023 at 1:40 pm

    That trip to London sounds like it was a lot of fun. Day trips like that are perfect for making lifelong memories.

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    November 16, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    So many fun things to be excited about! Congrats on the new job too!

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    Samantha Donnelly
    November 16, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    I do love trips to London but never seen the Lord Mayors Show. I hope your new job gets easier and you settle in and start enjoying it more

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    Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    November 16, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Your Monday Happy List is such a delightful read, capturing the positive moments of the week, from navigating a new job to enjoying the spectacular Lord Mayor’s Show in London. Wishing you continued joy and adventure in the upcoming weeks!

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    Luna S
    November 16, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    The trip to London sounds like it was a great time! Congrats on the new job, sorry things are a little jumbled up at the moment – hopefully they sort everything out.

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    November 16, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    My happy thing last week was hiking in a stunning park nearby, it was charming and relaxing…

    Congrats on your new job, I am so happy for you.

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    November 16, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    Ahh London during the Christmas season is so magical! I see images of it all decked out on Instagram…I bet it was such a nice time out with the family!

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    Celebrate Woman Today
    November 17, 2023 at 5:03 am

    Lots of interesting things happening in life. Floral bulbs prepped and ready for next spring. Bravo, GRL!

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    November 17, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    I’ve never been to the Leake Street tunnel. I need to go and check out the graffiti there it sounds like it would be interesting to see that. I bet it was amazing.

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    Jupiter Hadley
    November 18, 2023 at 7:47 am

    I love visiting that tunnel in London – it’s always so much fun to explore and walk around. Hope you have a great week next week x

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