My family adventures January 2018

My family adventures January 2018

January has been a mixed month in our house at least. We’ve had a lot of illness. Little E had a cough/cold bug in the middle of the month followed by a sickness bug towards the end. This post is a little later than I planned as I’ve been ill. I spent most of last weekend and the beginning of this week in bed ill with a fever/headache/sore throat. Thankfully I’m a lot better now and I’m hoping we can have a few weeks bug free in our house.

The weather this month has been pretty rubbish too but we did manage a couple of nice days out. We had one day out at the beginning of the month to one of our local National Trust properties Quarry Bank Mill. It was cold but we had a few fun-filled hours exploring the grounds and playing in the playground.

In the middle of the month, we spent a wet Saturday exploring Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. There were lots of great interactive activities for the girls. The robotic rabbits were their favourites. If they are happy they glow green (from lots of stroking) and if they are unhappy they grow red. F loved stroking them but E was fascinated by their ears which they hated.

The other weekends have been quieter but we have been enjoying spending time with our extended family, doing creative activities with the girls and fighting off illnesses. Let’s hope February is a better month for us.

Quarry Bank Mill Willow and wild subscription box review

Linking up with Life as our little family and Little Ladies Big World

Hot Pink Wellingtons

Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. February 2, 2018 / 10:08 am

    It’s hard to keep ourselves motivated through bad weather and illness. Well done for powering through it. Good luck for Feb!

    • Claire
      February 2, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      It is hard. I’m hoping for a few easier weeks now!

  2. February 2, 2018 / 10:19 am

    I am sorry to hear you have had alot of illness, it does seem that January is rife for it and I do hope February is better for all of you, gorgeous photos though and I love that top one so much. Thank you for joining us #MyFamilyAdventures
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    • Claire
      February 2, 2018 / 8:43 pm

      Thank you. I hope so too.

  3. February 2, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    Our January has been similar – lots of bugs, lots of indoor crafting, and a few trips out. I really hope February is a bug free one for you. I loved your review of Quarry Bank Mill, it looks beautiful, and the Science Museum makes me wish we lived closer to Manchester! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Claire
      February 2, 2018 / 8:43 pm

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  4. February 3, 2018 / 11:02 am

    Despite the illness and dreary weather of January it sounds like you’ve made the most of the month and had lots of fun as a family. Wishing you a wonderful month in February #MyFamilyAdventures
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    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 9:11 pm

      Thank you. Lets hope so.

  5. February 3, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Such a lovely places to explore. So many colours to dazzle the eye! #countrykids

    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 9:10 pm

      I do love colour!

  6. Oh I hope you’re feeling better and that February will be as good as can be! The start of the year has been tough for us too, between bouts of illness and the dreary weather. But spring is on the way, yay!!

    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      Lets hope for less bugs in February.

    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      We tried. It never ends unfortunately, my husband is full of cold now!

  7. February 3, 2018 / 1:51 pm

    It looks like you’ve managed to make the most of any good days January gave you and that’s really all you can do! It’s always horrid at this time of year with everyone getting sick one at a time so there’s always someone poorly. It looks like the girls made the most of the freedom being outdoors offered them whilst they weren’t too poorly too!

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      We love being outdoors when we are not ill. We really try to make the most of the weather.

    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you

  8. February 4, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    Hope February is a better month for you all x Love your photography and it looks like you did manage to get out and about a bit x #CountryKids x

    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      Thank you. I certainly hope so.

  9. February 4, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    Sounds like you made the best of the chances you have to get out but we can sympathise, illness in our house as well fortunately finally gone #countrykids

    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 9:02 pm

      We try to make the most of the weather. I’m glad you’re all better. My husband is ill now!

  10. February 4, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    You have made the best of the days out – they look like fun #countrykids

    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 9:00 pm

      I do try to make the most of our weekends.

    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      MOSI is great and we will certainly be back soon.

  11. February 5, 2018 / 1:28 pm

    We were also super ill last month and I actually only went into work for 2 days due to me and little man being unwell! Here is to a healthier February! #sharingthebloglove

    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      I’m glad it’s not just me!

  12. February 5, 2018 / 6:46 pm

    What a lovely round up, I’m so sorry you’ve been ill and glad to hear you’re back on the mend. We’ve always got Quarry Bank on the list but I worried there was nothing to do. Would you recommend? Thanks for joining in with #myfamilyadventures again x

    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      I’ve tweeted you a link to my blog post on Quarry Bank. We love it, there are lots of things to do. Woods to explore, Styal village, The apprentice house, Mill owners house, The mill (currently shut for restoration), playground and the gardens and the beautiful glass house.

    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Couldn’t agree more. Glad it’s over.

  13. February 5, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Sorry to read you’ve faced sickness bugs and colds. It’s great that you’ve managed to get out and about to a certain extent and these are great photos.#SharingtheBlogLove
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    • Claire
      February 5, 2018 / 9:23 pm

      Thank you. We have tried to make the most of illness free weekends!

  14. February 5, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    We had a few bugs to get over last month too, I am hoping February is better for us all. It looks like you managed to get out and about and have lots of fun though. #CountryKids
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    • Claire
      February 8, 2018 / 10:48 am

      I hope February is a better month for us all.

  15. February 6, 2018 / 12:10 pm

    Sounds like a mixed bag of a month. I’ve enjoyed the calmness and quieter weekends that January brought us after a busy Christmas. The weather was just so miserable though and I’m now ready for Spring. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Claire
      February 8, 2018 / 10:48 am

      I’m really ready for spring. My eldest has a stomach bug now!

  16. February 7, 2018 / 8:29 am

    Wishing faster recovery. Like the framing of the second picture.

    • Claire
      February 8, 2018 / 10:49 am

      Thanks very much.

  17. February 7, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    Lovely photos! Looks like you managed to fit in quite a few adventures despite all of the illness going on. These first couple of months of the year are terrible for colds and sickness bugs aren’t they?! Hope everyone feels much better this month #CountryKids
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    • Claire
      February 8, 2018 / 10:50 am

      They really are. My eldest now has a sickness bug!

  18. February 7, 2018 / 11:21 pm

    I really hope February is kinder to you and that everyone recovers from their illnesses. I love the sound of the museum. #CountryKids
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    • Claire
      February 8, 2018 / 10:50 am

      I really hope so.

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