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My Weekly Round Up, Catching Up Again

It’s been a week of catching up again, I feel as if I am always saying that! But we live in a perpetual state of adventure and catch up time. But hey you only live once right?

I feel so lucky to be able to have adventures with my kids, and am hanging on to those days for dear life. Every day we get a little bit less cool in the eyes of the boys. But what they do know is , how we love an adventure.

A country walk my weekly round up

In the name of adventure I have got myself in a right pickle next week as Joe is spending a day helping out behind the scenes at the Sea Life Centre and I might have agreed to snorkel with the sharks. Well, actually I didn’t agree. It was more of an arrangement for him. But then I was told I had to do it, as he is under 16. I have never got over Jaws I don’t even go in the sea to deep for fear of being eaten, so wish me luck. Joe of course is beside himself with excitement so I can’t let him down.

Anyhow let’s try and forget that for now, weeps.

So what have I liked and loved this week?


As much as I love travelling I adore the countryside where we live. On Sunday Chris and I took Toby on a long walk to a country pub. The boys were too tired to come along, yup life with teens! But it was nice to get out and get a bit of fresh air and of course a nice glass of wine. We just got home before the heavens opened but that seems to pretty much have been theme of the weather for the last week. But I am still hoping for sunnier days.

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Pendle Hill www.extraordinarychaos.com

Flowers on my weekly round up www.extraordinarychaos.com


I finished Legenday and I loved it even more than Caraval, which I honestly didn’t think was possible. These books offer total escapism from reality. The only problem now is I have to wait until next year and the third book to find out what happens.

Shared my first post of our amazing holiday to St Lucia 

We loved St Lucia and going through all my pics to write my post made me want to be back there. Oh my the happy memories we made. There is nothing better that family time is there. It could be anywhere, its about family and being together. But some locations are special and St James Club is one of those special places.

Pink Panther Tour of St Lucia www.extraordinarychaos.com

The Pier At St James Club St Lucia

Working in a cafe

On Tuesday we nipped over to a local village so that Joe could meet up with a friend at the skate park. I figured that he needed to get out and meet up with friends and I can work anywhere. So set myself up in a gorgeous cafe not far from where they were playing, ordered lunch and carried on with my work. I have to say its great working somewhere different for a while. I am so lucky to work from home, but the buzz of a trendy cafe is such a great environment to work from.

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Lunch at the Bowland Brewery

Watching Mamma Mia

Spoiler alert don’t read if you haven’t seen it!

This is a tough one, I want to say I loved it and I did in many ways. But also I found it so hard to watch.

Going back to Donna’s younger days was just wonderful. I loved all the music and characters.

But the present was traumatic; I was so excited to see the film but had no idea of the storyline and omg I wish I had read up on it. This is my all time favourite show, and one of my favourite movies. I have emotionally invested in it. However I didn’t know how much. I must be such a geek!

Ten minutes in you are hit with the worst news, and I could not get over it throughout the whole movie. Every time it reverted back to the modern-day I was in tears again. I just could not recover. It was like going to a wedding and finding out your favourite aunt died a year ago. You are meant to be happy it’s a happy occasion, but the shock floors you! I left with swollen red eyes; the odd thing was no one else was a blubbering wreck! So although I loved a lot of the film, it didn’t make me happy, parts did, but the sad undertone was so upsetting.

But it gave me the opportunity to eat popcorn and marshmallows as I watched the film, sang along to the songs and blubbed at the sad parts.

Next Week

We plan to catch up with a few friends over the week, I have an appointment to give blood and swim with a shark (thank god not all at once)

Have a great weekend,

A Quick Catch Up, My Weekly Round Up



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  1. chantelle hazelden
    3rd August 2018 / 7:03 pm

    My kids watched Mamma Mia with their auntie and loved it. You live in a lovely area, such gorgeous surroundings! You’re brave swimming with sharks, good luck!

  2. 4th August 2018 / 7:42 pm

    Eek good luck with the sharks Sarah, I am sure you will be fine and am sure Joe will love the experience. Sounds like a fun day planned for him helping out behind the scenes. Your holiday looked idyllic and will pop over and have a read of your post. Have a lovely weekend catching up with friends x

  3. 4th August 2018 / 8:30 pm

    You are so brave Sarah ! I bet, despite the though of being in the water with sharks you will both have an amazing time. The area you live in looks absolutely gorgeous, especially this time of year with all the flowers and greenery. I’ve never seen Mamma Mia so I’m vowing to watch it next time it comes on the telly. Have a lovely weekend x

  4. 5th August 2018 / 11:30 am

    Oh wow, that is brave! I wouldn’t be keen and Jaws doesn’t trouble me at all! I hope it goes well. That cafe looks lovely, I really need to try working elsewhere from time to time, it’s a good idea x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  5. 7th August 2018 / 11:24 am

    Oh my goodness Sarah I felt the same about Mamma Mia, and can I just say that I was heartbroken when I found out she had passed. So sad as for me she makes the movie. And wow can I just say that your IG looks so pretty right now. And swimming with sharks? Yikes x

  6. 7th August 2018 / 9:07 pm

    I find I’m a lot more productive when I work in a cafe! I’ve not watched Mamma Mia yet, but you’re not the first time to say this about it and it has made me hesitant to watch it. x

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