As we received a National Trust membership for Christmas, we have been aiming to visit as many properties and locations as possible. Thanks to the move and the slightly disappointing time we have been having housing and health wise this hasn't been achieved to its fullest potential, so we are giving it our all before … Continue reading Review: Croft Castle and Parkland (National Trust Property)
Despite the children being a little more interested in worksheets recently, I know they learn best through what they perceive to be fun: nature walks, playing on apps (on the rare occasion they are allowed screen time), magazines, story time... and playing. So after hearing about the Spielgaben I was quite excited. Then I found … Continue reading Review: Spielgaben
First I have to say, I am always very conflicted about places such as zoos, aquariums and safari parks. Like, I understand that many can do great work with conservation projects and endangered species, or even rehabilitation efforts with rescue animals that have been hurt, kept illegally or abused to the point of not being … Continue reading Review: West Midlands Safari Park
Knowing that Dippy the Dinosaur (the diplodocus skeleton normally resident in London's Natural History Museum) is on tour around the UK (currently at Birmingham), how much my children love dinosaurs and how easy Birmingham is by train I decided that this was a must this summer... so a day trip was planned with my little … Continue reading Review: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (and Dippy the Dinosaur)
We visited Berrington Hall at the same time as visiting Croft Castle (they are within 10 minutes drive of one another). As with Croft Castle, there is a long drive up to the car park/property and it is surrounded by beautiful countryside imagery. The grounds are immaculate and have various points of interest including the … Continue reading Review: Berrington Hall (National Trust)
Well, despite low levels of energy, Nanny and Grandad have been up with Max (my brother, whose been mentioned before - he's 10 months older than Logan). They have stayed for the week, which has both helped and hindered the recovery (mental health is up some, but physical exhaustion is down low, the heat is … Continue reading Up and about
When you are ill or suffering from post illness chronic fatigue, it is vital that you rest. But it's really hard because somethings in life don't just stop when you are ill. You still have to get on with things, and when you are primary carer to 2 complex children the days are very much … Continue reading Getting better: it’s hard.
As per my previous post (Burnout) my body is so burnt out that a cold turned into a chest infection. 2 weeks later I'm still getting over it and knowing my body well and how it feels I can see I'm going to be battling chronic fatigue now. This is the result of secondary trauma, … Continue reading Adoption: why does it create burnout?
So as you could potentially fathom from my last post followed by my subsequent silence, I'm quite burnt out right now. This is what happens when you are primary carer to one, or more (our case obviously two), highly traumatised children. When there is no relief, when they cannot be in school and cannot cope … Continue reading Burnout