Monday Happy List

Five Happy Things {Week 495}

the Ironbridge at Ironbridge Gorge

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.

Five Happy Things {Week 495}

Last week was busy. Not only did we enjoy celebrating Easter with my mum but there were a couple of Bank Holidays, which gave us a lovely long weekend. Then we were fortunate to go away for a few days, staying in a beautiful apartment in Ironbridge.

We got two new stamps on our National Trust passport by visiting Attingham Park and Hidcote Manor Gardens. At Attingham Park we took part in their Easter trail and Little Sis was rewarded with an Easter Egg.

the Emma Bridgewater Decorating Studio

Some of the highlights of our trip were a few hours at Paws Cafe in Shrewsbury with some adorable felines; a trip to the Emma Bridgewater Decorating Studio where we painted our own mugs; relaxing at the Boardroom Gaming Cafe; feeding some adorable alpacas at Frankly Alpacas and visiting the Diddly Squat farm shop.

meeting alpacas at Frankly Alpacas

I finished reading Random Commentary by Dorothy Whipple. I wasn’t sure that I would continue reading this book, which is based on extracts from the diaries she kept between 1925-1945. However I really enjoyed reading the entries, the insight into the novels as she was writing them, as well as life in Britain at the time.

I took some sewing projects away with me but we were so busy that I didn’t really feel like doing much in the evenings. I managed a few blocks towards my Liberty tumbling block cushion and that was about it.


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    April 8, 2024 at 10:56 pm

    Alpacas are the most adorable animals on earth! I love them so much.

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    Yeah Lifestyle
    April 9, 2024 at 10:52 am

    How lovely to get a little Easter break away, it sounds really lovely. Glad that you got to do some reading and some crafting and the alpaca looks so cute!

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    April 9, 2024 at 11:51 am

    Thanks for sharing this list of happy things in a week. I love this idea of gratefulness , I’m going to start mine after reading yours 🙂 Cheers SiennyLovesDrawing

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    April 9, 2024 at 3:50 pm

    What a nice time out! The weather looks like it held up nicely for a little outdoor excursion…I hope the new week brings you more joyful moments 🙂

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    April 9, 2024 at 3:59 pm

    I can’t imagine how awesome it must be to feed a llama, that would make me happy to weeks lol…Amazing animals.

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    Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    April 9, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    What a wonderful way to start the week! Reflecting on moments of joy and gratitude through a Happy List is such a beautiful practice. Your blog post encapsulates the essence of cherishing life’s simple pleasures and treasured moments with loved ones. From celebrating Easter with family to exploring new places like Ironbridge and collecting stamps on your National Trust passport, each experience is a reminder of the richness life has to offer. Thank you for sharing your happiness and inspiring others to find joy in the everyday.

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    April 9, 2024 at 7:36 pm

    Glad to see you’re having a wonderful week! That mug is too cute, not to mention the Alpaca!!

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    Renata Feyen
    April 9, 2024 at 9:15 pm

    What a delightful tradition to start the week with a Happy List! Reading about your adventures. The highlights of your trip, including visiting the Emma Bridgewater Decorating Studio and meeting alpacas at Frankly Alpacas, sound like wonderful experiences.

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    Rhian Scammell
    April 10, 2024 at 9:54 am

    Oh the Emma Bridgewater decorating studio sounds like lots of fun, I’ve wanted to go somewhere to paint my own mugs/ bowls etc for ages. Sounds like a lovely Easter break, I wish the bank holiday’s hadn’t been over so quickly x

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    April 10, 2024 at 11:18 am

    I am glad that you got extra two days as bank holidays to enjoy the Easter break a litttle more this year. Love the fact that you’ve took some of your sewing projects with you and at least finished some work related to it. Why I am stressing about it is that in my opinion, sewing is a basic life skill that we all need to learn.

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    Jupiter Hadley
    April 10, 2024 at 3:49 pm

    I love the idea of a National Trust Passport and had not heard of that until your post! Sounds like you have been up to a lot lately.

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    Archana Singh
    April 11, 2024 at 5:39 am

    What a great week you had. Feeding a llama would make me happy for months. I can’t even imagine

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    April 11, 2024 at 11:58 pm

    Attingham Park and Hidcote Manor Gardens look so lovely! If I ever visit England again, these will be on my list to visit.

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