Friends, fields and prosecco – a weekend in Yorkshire

Weekend in Yorkshire

Weekend in Yorkshire

This weekend we went to stay with one of my old school friends, as she was hosting a little get together for a few of us and our little ones at her gorgeous Yorkshire home. My parents still live in the town where I grew up and I’m really lucky as our group of friends has stayed close through the years and we make a point of meeting as often as we can for a good old catch up (usually over a bottle of wine or six).

It’s not often that we are all in the same place with our kids, so it was really lovely to get them all together for a bit of fun too. Between the six of us who were at my friend Sally’s house this weekend we have 12 children, so as you can imagine it’s not the easiest thing to achieve!

Fortunately Sal has the space (and the heart) to host us all, so the date was set and we all met up for a lovely long walk, a trip to the pub and dinner back at her house.

Girls meet up

It was just what I needed. The past few weeks have been hard, and I feel like a broken record writing that but it’s true, each week comes with its own challenges, ups and downs.
I’ve gone back to work, albeit very gradually, but being in the office where I used to sit next to Rog hasn’t been the easiest of experiences. I like my job, and there are definite plus sides to going to work – the stimulation, the conversation, the sense of achievement, the routine, the cups of tea, and of course the money – but it’s marked a change in my life, a new stage, and that’s what I’ve struggled with.

So a breath of fresh air was most welcome. The kids loved being outdoors with the others, and the grown up girls, well we know each other inside out so it’s always a good laugh when we all get together. Shame we didn’t manage to get a good photo of the six of us together, I don’t think we stopped to think about that until after the kids were in bed and we started on the grainy phone selfies!

Sal’s house is set in acres of land which leads to a river, and the openness and sense of space is really calming. The prosecco was pretty uplifting too, it has to be said. And the fact that Sam and Flo were picked up by my lovely mum to spend the night there was even more of a bonus, meaning a little bit of a lie in for me on Sunday morning.

I went to pick them up the next day and we had a little party for my twin niece and nephew, who turn five this weekend. All in all it was a fab weekend with family and friends, the best kind.

X Julia

Sarah walking in Bingley

Sam walking over the golf course

Girls in the leaves

Jumping girls

Line up at the weekend

Sitting on the steps

Garden trampolining

Sal's house

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    October 12, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    What a fabulous weekend, and a friend with a very generous heart – but the 12 children must have had a blast being together 🙂
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    October 12, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    It sounds like you all had a lovely break and a lovely get together. Going back to work must be hard but I hope it gets easier as the weeks go by x
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    October 12, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Ah that’s looks like a gorgeous weekend for all of you. You don’t sound like a broken record at all, I’m amazed you even manage to get out of bed every morning, I’m not sure I would. Having friends like this must definitely help. You are amazing xxxx
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    Mackenzie Glanville
    October 13, 2015 at 4:48 am

    love the pics of all the kids together, very cute! Glad you had a relax and some wine with girlfriends. Love your honesty too, I can only imagine how hard it all is right now honey xo
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    October 13, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Super photographs Julia and so stunning 🙂 Looks like a superb place to live, and stay. What a kind friend. And it sounds like you needed the break. Hope work isn’t too hard and that you are okay. Thinking of you and can’t wait to catch up soon xx
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    Katie LifeonVistaStreet Haydock
    October 13, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    What lovely friends you have. This is a lovely post… and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many kids in welly boots!!! xx
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    Hayley (@hayleyfromhome)
    October 14, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Sounds like a great weekend and I love that you all still get together, they must have been made up to see you! Love the photos of all the kids and I’m glad you got away at a time when it was needed, little plans and outings like this will hopefully pick you up when you need it the most xxx
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    Mini Travellers
    October 14, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Wow 12 kids! Incredible. We had 11 between us the other weekend but we had 8 adults too! Things are going to be strange my lovely and it really isn’t surprising work is tough. You do not sound like a broken record.xx
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    Katie @mummydaddyme
    October 15, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    It looks like a lovely weekend Julia and there is something so nice and reassuring about being in the company of old friends isn’t it? I bet the children had a great time together. Hope you are doing well, or as well as you can be. x

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    Potty Mouthed Mummy
    October 15, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Sounds and looks like a gorgeous weekend. The work transition must be tough but I hope it gets easier. There is definitely comfort in routine isn’t there? x
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