Monday Happy List

Five Happy Things {Week 483}

snowdrops at Hampton Court Palace

Starting the week by writing the Happy List is something I’ve been doing for a while over the last few years. It 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 the adventures we have as a family. It’s a post I love to write and look back over.

Five Happy Things {Week 483}

Have you been watching Traitors? We didn’t watch the first season but are hooked on the second one. It’s something that we can all come together and watch. We all have our favourites and are enjoying the twists in each episode. Unlike Saltburn which my husband and I watched last night, definitely not safe for kids.

On Sunday we visited Hampton Court Palace as tickets are half price in January. We really enjoyed our visit to this historic palace and saw the Tudor kitchens and apartments of Henry VIII, as well as the apartments of William III and Mary II. We spent some time exploring the daffodils and snowdrops in the Palace gardens but it was just too cold to spend long outside. Sadly the cafe was only serving vegan food throughout January but we still enjoyed sitting in the cafe to warm up.

I’ve been stitching decorations from the Pretty Fabrics and Trims North Pole felt decoration pattern. December is such a busy month that I never seem to get enough time to make seasonal things as I would like. So this year I decided to make these in January, and put them away until we bring out the Christmas tree in December.

Pretty Fabrics and Trims North Pole felt decorations

Last weekend I started the Stage 1 Family history course with the Society of Genealogists. I completed the Stage 3 course at the end of last year which was really good but very advanced. It’s a course I’ve wanted to take for years and I’m really happy I’m finally doing it. There’s a class each week and I’m learning so much which will hopefully help my family history research.


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    January 17, 2024 at 10:52 pm

    I love those decorations! They’re as festive as they are adorable. I need to do something like that.

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    January 17, 2024 at 10:53 pm

    The geneology thing is so cool! I’ve always been so fascinated with family trees and history.

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    January 18, 2024 at 10:04 am

    I would also be very interested in a family history course, it has always fascinated me. Glad you got out to Hampton Court, we also very much enjoy it there.

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    Samantha Donnelly
    January 18, 2024 at 10:13 am

    I have not seen Traitors, only bits of it but have heard it is good. I did not know tickets are half price at Hampton Court in January. That explains why it was busy when we drove past last weekend

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    Lavanda Michelle
    January 18, 2024 at 10:38 am

    Your family adventures and the Hampton Court Palace visit sound amazing, and I love the idea of stitching decorations in January. It’s like extending the festive spirit!

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    Marie Cris Angeles
    January 18, 2024 at 11:24 am

    Wow! You are amazing, all those decorations are so pretty. I want to learn how to do it.

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    Kimberly C
    January 18, 2024 at 11:32 am

    Those stitching decorations make for a great hobby. How creative. A family history course… Now that sounds interesting. I bet you’ll discover some interesting things.

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    January 18, 2024 at 11:41 am

    That’s awesome that you’re doing a course you’ve wanted to do. I’m very happy for you!

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    Luna S
    January 18, 2024 at 4:21 pm

    Visiting the palace sounds lovely, I always enjoy exploring spots like that & its awesome you were able to get the tickets at a discount.

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    January 18, 2024 at 4:49 pm

    The palace sounds really nice. I never seen the tv show but I think I would like to watch it.

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    January 18, 2024 at 6:10 pm

    Sounds like a nice start to the new year! Visiting the palace sounds like such a nice day out..I wish we had things like that over here!

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    Jupiter Hadley
    January 19, 2024 at 10:09 am

    Thank you for the tip on half-price tickets at Hampton Court Palace!! We are going to book this up now – sounds like a good week.

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    Rhian Scammell
    January 19, 2024 at 11:19 am

    I’ve not been watching traitors, but I keep seeing everyone talking about it and I do feel a bit left out haha. I haven’t been to Hampton Court Palace in years, definitely need to keep my eyes peeled x

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    Melanie E
    January 19, 2024 at 11:40 am

    I keep hearing about Traitors but haven’t had the chance to see it yet. It’s really popular with my friends. I need to save an episode and see what the fuss is about.

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    Melissa Cushing
    January 19, 2024 at 5:21 pm

    I have never watched Traitors but it sounds like a show I will have to check out as finding something good on TV can be so hard! Here is to an amazing week for you!

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