Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. -Nathaniel Hawthorne –

Yesterday was midsummers, which is celebrated throughout the country with song and dance. This year we spent it by ourselves rather than with the extended family. I was sort of dreading it as the set up is with a big group of people etc but it turned out really great. We went to one of the big stately homes relatively close to us. They had arranged for family activities, barbecue, children’s theater and a train that circled the area. It was great, all the kids were happy me and M were relaxed and the day a success! We realized that we should be doing more of these kk d of outings together, without expectations and with a stroll being the only plan, that’s when the magic happens.


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