February 2022 – A Short Month But A Good One

Bonjour lecteurs! And just like that, it is time to share my monthly highlights! It feels like time is flying by already. February 2022 was a short month but a good one, made of so many memories. C’est étrange because I feel like I have not done much, but looking back, I have actually achieved so much towards my personal goals. And big news, I saw my mum and my brother for the first time in over 2 years!!

Call Me Sporty Spice!

February 2022 started on a good note. I am not the kind of girl who would set crazy intentions.

But I decided to look after myself better. I am so excited to have joined a gym at the Ashford International Hotel.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Ashford International Hotel, Gym

Its Health Club received a complete gym upgrade as part of a multi-million pound investment. The hotel asked me if I wanted to collaborate with them and I have now been a member for over a month.

I have never been a super sporty gal, but I decided to go for this opportunité and I am really enjoying it.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Ashford International Hotel, Gym

My personal trainer is so nice; he challenges me but also encourages me a lot. I can feel I am making a lot of progress.

Happy Boy

Meanwhile, Stanley was living his best life too with a fun birthday party and so many dates at our local play center.

I also talked to his teacher and I am so pleased he is making such good progress à l’école.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Homework, Reading

We spend quite a bit of time reading and doing extra learning at home with him.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Homework, Reading

And it is so lovely to see his reading coming along nicely. The ex-teacher in me also enjoys it.

Half-Term With My Family!

We started half-term early this year. We went to see the Ignite At Nymans in Sussex and it was absolutely beautiful.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Nymans, National Trust

The lights show was very good with some romantic bits. Parfait pour la Saint-Valentin.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Nymans, National Trust

Not that we did a lot on the day. I enjoyed some Ladurée macarons and champagne still.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Valentine's Day, Ladurée

Indeed, my mum and my brother stayed with us for a couple of days. It was so good to see them, after over 2 years apart! We got the house ready for them, I decorated it with new frames and a few bits to make it nice.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy,

Stanley had a blast playing with them and he tried a bit of French too. I took them everywhere shopping, playing at the park. It was so lovely.

Disastrous Anniversary

But Storm Eunice arrived and the rest of the week was pretty much a disaster.

Thank god, my family managed to come back to France before it all happened.

But we got a lot of damage in our garden. It costs us so much money to get it all repaired…

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy,

It was our Anniversary with Grumpy. We had plans but we had to cancel.

It was such a disappointment. And on top of it, I got sick on the day, so we did not even bother going out for dinner.

I felt really unsettled. Once Stanley came back to school, I was ready for it. But I was still unwell and ended up very unproductive… So frustrating!

After The Storm The Rainbow

But life carries on. Eventually, I got there. I went back to the gym, enjoyed some more walks and I was back on track!

And I also spent a beautiful day in Tunbridge Wells.

It was lovely to get out of my routine. Especially when I got to enjoy a massage with the Massage Company.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Tunbridge Wells, the Massage Company

Check out my review here. Sérieusement un bon concept!

I also caught up with a friend and did a bit of shopping in the beautiful Cotswold Company shop. What a dream place!

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Tunbridge Wells, the Cotswold Company

We have a couple of pieces from the brand and the current collection is as beautiful as ever.

Simple But Good

The last week of February 2022 was filled with more beautiful memories.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy,

Stanley had another birthday party. We enjoyed the beautiful weather with a ride to the park on our scooters.

The same evening, we had a romantic dinner to celebrate our Anniversary for good with Finish & Feast. The brand offers at-home dining experiences. You order your food from a menu created by top chefs et voilà!

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Finish & Feast

It looks so good! I wish I could cook that well.

And the last Sunday, I had organised a day out in London.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Day Out In London, National Gallery

Au programme, une visite à la National Gallery. The boys were not huge fans, but they came along as I said so.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Day Out In London, the Dilly

And to be fair, we then had a stunning Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea at the Dilly. So it’s not like they have a bad life…😝

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Day Out In London, the Dilly, Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea

After all the insecurities and unproductivity, I was ready to enjoy our weekend.

The World We Live In…

But it is was so strange to see the protest for Ukraine on Trafalgar Square.

Part of me felt weird to go and enjoy myself to a day out in London while others had their lives totally changed overnight.

I was really hoping that after the last 2 years with Covid, we were on the right path. But we are living in real strange times.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy,

Our leaders are making decisions like us, people are only a set of pawns on a chessboard. Whatever happens between Russia and Ukraine next, it will undoubtedly have huge consequences. Even bigger than we can imagine.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Day Out In London,

I am not sure I am ready for this. And it also felt so depressing seeing people queuing for petrol…

I just got up on Monday morning and I needed air. I went for a long bike ride, to forget how ugly humanity can be at times…

February 2022 – A Short Month But A Good One

But I can not end my February 2022 Highlights on a negative note!

Looking back, it was not a very productive month. I felt frustrated and so unprepared at times.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Day Out In London,

But I suppose we all need to pause. It is part of the cycle of life. I always start January full-on and am ready to smash it all. I am quite an impatient person and I want it all now. Comes February and I am bored already haha.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Day Out In London, National Gallery

But I see lots of happy memories and smiles in the photos.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Day Out In London, the Dilly, Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea

So it makes me feel not so much as a failure after all.

Somewhere, somehow, I still ticked so many boxes and I achieved good things too.

February 2022, Monthly Highlights, the Frenchie Mummy, Day Out In London, the Dilly, Peter Rabbit Afternoon Tea

Happy days! But I can’t wait for warmer adventures and Spring to come over.

 

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Disclosure: This post might feature some sponsored content I recently published but it is merely a list of my highlights of the month! A post where I share some reflections as a mum in the country. I hope it will inspire you to get on more family adventures.

 

 

19 Comments

  1. A.E. ADKINS
    March 2, 2022 / 10:47 pm

    Great to have an opportunity to get the family together

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    March 3, 2022 / 7:53 am

    Was short but still fun – yours.was great

  3. Priscilla Stubbs
    March 3, 2022 / 9:00 am

    Another great and varied month for you. You seem to pack a lot in in a short time. You’ll have to tell us how your time in the gym goes with your personal trainer

    • Cecile Blaireau
      Author
      March 3, 2022 / 9:48 am

      So far so good, I am really toning. But it made me realise how unfit I am haha

  4. ashleigh
    March 3, 2022 / 9:18 am

    Sounds a great month!

  5. MARIA ROGERS
    March 3, 2022 / 9:26 am

    wow you always pack so much into your month, seeing lots of exciting places and doing fun stuff. I always enjoy reading about your adventures with Stanley.

    • Cecile Blaireau
      Author
      March 3, 2022 / 9:48 am

      Oh thank you so much! So kind of you. I felt so frustrated but you are right, it was not a bad month after all!

  6. Rebecca W
    March 3, 2022 / 2:06 pm

    How do you fit everything in as well as writing a blog?

  7. lynn neal
    March 3, 2022 / 9:10 pm

    You managed to fit a lot into a short month!

  8. Maddy
    March 3, 2022 / 11:27 pm

    Pity the poor child born on 29th

  9. Maddy
    March 3, 2022 / 11:33 pm

    Those cakes looked gret

  10. Rachael Sexey
    March 4, 2022 / 7:45 am

    Wow you’ve had a fab month

  11. Margaret Clarkson
    March 4, 2022 / 8:14 am

    Thank you so much for this great article.

  12. Carolyn
    March 4, 2022 / 10:24 am

    You always seem to pack so much in to a month. What fab photos !

  13. Natalie Burgess
    March 4, 2022 / 11:41 am

    Wow such an amazing month! Xx

    • Lorna Ridge
      March 4, 2022 / 3:12 pm

      Great article!

  14. fiona d
    March 4, 2022 / 2:53 pm

    Same old, same old for us, still shielding our 11 year old so been nowhere really but good to watch some flowers finally battling their way through the soil, plus my brother has just opened a new boxing gym & although I cannot be there physically to support him it’s been fantastic to watch it blossom from nothing into a community hub

  15. Wendy Lam-Vechi
    March 4, 2022 / 10:34 pm

    What a busy yet beautiful February you had. I’m glad you have so many fond memories to look back on despite the storm and the war. I’m also started fitness this year which I’ve never done in my entire life. So far so good, haha

  16. Sally Collingwood
    March 5, 2022 / 11:05 am

    Wow, you keep yourself so busy!

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