How to Stop Time, Goodbyes and finding time #LittleLoves

How to Stop Time, Goodbyes and finding time #LittleLoves

Another week has flown by, and it’s another week which has been absorbed with family, work and little else.

I made the ridiculous mistake of deciding to break up climbing lessons and Messy Church with a trip to buy school shoes on Sunday. The weather was appalling, there was flooding on local roads and I was once again left wondering why we cram so much in to come so close to breaking point.

‘Fortunately’ the flooding had resided enough to see me travel to London for the week. But I’m as Friday has seen me spending a couple of hours in the hairdressers, it’s not been a bad end to the week.


I finished The Power. Wow. It wasn’t what I expected. More than a little dark. But so thought-provoking. I found myself embarking on the usual weekly conversation about gender inclusivity in construction this week with a slightly different perspective.
I’ve moved on to Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time which feels a little lighter yet really intriguing.How to stop time


Nothing. Three nights staying in a hotel saw me working in the evenings. I have to sort this out, I’m sure it’s just the time of year which leads to hibernation. But I would like to return to getting to the theatre when I’m working away.


This week I’ve been sticking with the Indie Party playlist on Spotify. Once again I’ve realised how much music supports my mood.

I also listened to a really interesting presentation at work on mental health. It was primarily focused on construction but moved over to general well-being. Whilst I can reflect on how much I am doing to support my mental health, I sense I may need to focus on exercise to overcome what’s becoming a challenging time at work.


Paper woven baskets. Just don’t do it to yourself.
My Messy Church craft was paper baskets. I usually get messy crafts (think glitter or decorating baked goodies), this time I got frustrated.
I mocked one up to take with me and got it wrong, it felt like it took forever. So trying to show children how to create their own was a little more difficult than usual.
But, it is so good to create crafts which you can work on together- especially when you get it right.
But, if I’m ever asked to weave a basket again…


I went out for leaving drinks on Wednesday. The very wonderful Jess has a new beginning. Fortunately we haven’t worked together for a while so whilst it was emotional, it was a little more in check (my tears waited for the final moments). It’s always so bittersweet seeing people needing to move on to realise their potential.
As it was straight from work I finally had the occasion to take out one of my birthday gifts (leaving my workbag in the office). And the compliments it received! I think it will be accompanying me more often.Katie Loxton

And Lastly,

I’ve got a few days off! The work marathon is over and I’ve banked a couple of non-work days. The camera and I will be spending some much-needed time together. And once the child-based marathon of football, drama, climbing and tea at my parents has seen through the weekend, I’m planning a bit of therapy with a paintbrush and some walls. But yes, I’ve started with sorting my hair out. It seems it hasn’t been tended to since June…. whoops.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and the week has been kind to you.

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  • Reply
    Jenny Taylor
    January 27, 2018 at 10:17

    I am in the Bookish Mamas book club on facebook if you haven’t joined it you should you are reading all the books they have going at the moment. I was the same The Power was not my cup of tea. I am reading the Secrets of Nightingale Wood for Feb and then How to Stop Time for March. Sounds more up my street. Will have to tell me how you get on. Hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead. #littleloves

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    January 28, 2018 at 17:14

    I need to read The Power. One to add to my list for the year! Sounds like a busy week for you. Hope you’ve had a more relaxing weekend xx

  • Reply
    January 29, 2018 at 14:35

    I hope you have some much needed me time on your days off sounds like you have been crazy busy.

    I have a similar clutch I received for Christmas that is still in its bag.


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    February 1, 2018 at 12:50

    The Power is dark, but fascinating and brings up so much conversation on gender construction. I wish I’d been in a book club for it when I read it last year. I’ve just started How to Stop Time too and so far so good! x

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