October 2020 – Canterbury & Family Time

Bonjour lecteurs! Time to reflect on what happened in the Frenchie house! October 2020 was all about spending some quality time together. We caught up with many members of our family before the lockdown started. So happy we did that! We also enjoyed a mini weekend in Canterbury and had so much nice food in Kent! C’est parti!

School Routine

After slowly starting school in September, we have now established some proper routines. It was really interesting to do it as a parent’s point of view.

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy

I never realised how starting school could be so emotionally draining. It is probably down to the fact that I worry always too much. En plus, I really want Baba to be successful à l’école. So I reckon I put quite a bit of pressure on myself and him too…

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy

But I slowed down a bit. It is pretty obvious that Baba will be very much like his dad: cheeky and playful. Not a goodie-two-shoes like me! Oh well, I better get used to it!

Cycling

I have been more adventurous than ever on my bike and I have come across some beautiful places down our side of Kent. Totally loving it!

I can genuinely say that I go out of my comfort zone more than ever and I love the feeling of a challenge achieved!

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy, Canterbury

More importantly, it gives me some time to reflect. I always come home so refreshed and happy! So it was a bit frustrating when we had some rain. I was missing going on my bike so much! I am kind of real sporty now 🙂

Kent & Wye

But October 2020 has also been full of lovely discoveries in Kent. With some walks and lovely dinners out in the country!

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy, The Secret Garden

I have already mentioned Wye National Nature Reserve in my ‘Kent Villages’ series. But this time, I want to talk about the village itself!

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy, Wye

Wye is equally pretty and if you come across there, stop by the green! It is such a stunning view! Especially on a moody autumnal day.

We stopped by The Kings Head and what a lovely family feast! The new team is lovely and the atmosphere so good!

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy, Wye

We will definitely be back when the lockdown is over and restaurants open up again!

Family Time!

Last month, was also caught up with our family.

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy

We tend to see everyone regularly anyway, but now that the lockdown has started again, I am glad we did so!

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy, The Secret Garden, Afternoon Tea

Quick dinner out with grandad L in Sussex, but also a fabulous afternoon tea with Nanny S at the beautiful Secret Garden!

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy, The Secret Garden, Afternoon Tea

Baba for sure made the most of his Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea!

Our Own Afternoon Tea

And the following week, we hosted our very own Afternoon Tea at home and it was another succés! It was nice to start half-term with some family members, even if it was a small committee of 6!

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy

But the gorgeous pastries I ordered from Eat & Mess made the trick for sure! I swear you need to test Kate’s AMAZING creations. Order them online if you are down in Kent! Or keep an eye in local shops for her sweet treats. They are available at Macknade Elwick Place par exemple.

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy, Afternoon Tea, Eat & Mess

OMG, it was absolutely delish! Parfait for a mini family party!

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy, Afternoon Tea, Eat & Mess

Mini Weekend In Canterbury

The first week of half-term was made of more crafts and also a mini trip to Canterbury.

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy

We stayed at the Falstaff for the occasion and it was so relaxing!

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy, Canterbury, The Falstaff

The ambience is really cool and our bedroom was super spacious too! It was a Xmas present we never got to enjoy because of the lockdown. It was supposed to be a romantic treat.

But we turned it into a family adventure instead!

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy, Canterbury, The Falstaff

And Baba and I got both spoiled too! The fabulous hairdresser The Chair made us super pretty.

Seriously, it was SO GOOD! I felt and looked amazing! Craig also did his magic on Baba.

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy, Canterbury, The Chair

It was the first time in a long time I saw him so chilled at the hairdresser! And now he looks like a proper little boy! Exit the lockdown haircut I did myself at home before! 🤣

October 2020 Canterbury & Family Time

October has been a very interesting month for me. I actually focused on a few key events and so be it! It doesn’t look like we did a lot, but we ticked a few boxes that really mattered in my opinion!

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy

Ultimately, Baba settling down at school was my main point of focus. Done! I am also happy I got to spend so much quality time with our loved ones.

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy, Canterbury

I am not going to lie, the news of a second lockdown did not come well. It was really depressing. And I am sure many of you would have felt the same. All I am hoping for now is that schools don’t close.

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy, Canterbury

I am very proud of everything I have achieved with Baba at home during the first lockdown. But there is no way I wish to go back to homeschooling, especially in the winter, when it is dark and miserable.

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy

Let’s hope the government don’t drag it on and we will be able to have a nice Xmas with our family! We are supposed to go to France this year. Yet, I have very little hope it will actually happen…

October 2020, Monthly Highlights, Life in The Country, Half-Term, Family Time, The Frenchie Mummy

 

How are you planning to survive the second lockdown? How do you find working from home?

 

 

Disclosure: This post features some sponsored content I published last month but it is merely a list of my highlights of the month! A post for me to remember but also to reflect.

 

 

 

10 Comments

  1. Margaret Gallagher
    November 8, 2020 / 2:36 pm

    Beautiful way to spend your time – fun laughter and memories to cherish

  2. ashleigh allan
    November 8, 2020 / 2:45 pm

    Afternoon tea looks good!

  3. MARIA ROGERS
    November 8, 2020 / 2:56 pm

    Ohhh those cream teas look absolutely delicious! Great Baba even got his own teddy bear cream tea! (then you don’t even need to share yours!LOL)

  4. Pippa Ainsworth
    November 8, 2020 / 5:08 pm

    What a lovely month you’ve had! We’ve been under tight restrictions in my area and haven’t had much let up from that so the new lockdown doesn’t make any real changes to us. I just hope things start to improves soon.

  5. Julia Kerr
    November 8, 2020 / 7:51 pm

    Sounds and looks like a great October, before the 2nd lockdown

  6. Fiona jk42
    November 8, 2020 / 11:43 pm

    I’m so glad that we got to see our daughter and granddaughter over the summer, as now it looks as if we may not be able to see them until Christmas, or maybe not even then.

  7. November 9, 2020 / 12:29 pm

    You find some lovely places to visit . Oh those cream scones .

  8. Priscilla Stubbs
    November 9, 2020 / 4:32 pm

    It looks like you had a really good time and as for that afternoon tea, delicious doesn’t;t do it justice. We have been in lockdown here in Wales for two weeks so haven’t ventured far

  9. Charlotte isobelle
    November 15, 2020 / 8:45 am

    Those cakes look so yummy! I want cake now haha

  10. adrian price
    November 15, 2020 / 10:51 am

    looks like your coping with lock down very well

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