Living Arrows 1, 2 and 3 2021

by Jemma Harvey-Jones

Our First Living Arrows Entries– A little bit of delay!

No. 1, 2 and 3


“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” by Kahlil Gibran

 Well, here I go with my brand new blog and our very first entry for the Living Arrows project. Cue much excitement from me. I am stepping into a brand new, unknown world and I am equal parts thrilled and terrified. I am so far from tech savvy and so far from convinced that I have much of any interest to say in terms of the blog. But this, this is just perfect. In fact, discovering the Living Arrows project is the simply the best thing that could have happened for me with regards to my exploration into the online world… I document and talk about my two favourite humans, week on week – what’s not to love?!

My absolute favourite photo from the last three weeks…

With the new bits and pieces that we had all been gifted for Christmas needing homes I’ve been digging around through Little M’s old baby toys to see what had been stashed away and found her old sensory tub. She wanted to choose some to show to Baby F. We made a rainbow carpet with the silk scarves for F to roll amongst. Since she was so keen to grab at them M thought it would be a good idea to pull out some bits from our feely bag. It’s been so long since I explored these with her… (shamefully  she probably wasn’t much older than F is now and not talking etc.) so it was a nice opportunity to talk about the different textures and take stock of her language development. She enjoyed showing F the light up wand and soon got carried away with pretending to be Nanny Plum. F was absolutely entranced by her sister – I was able to take a step back and watch them enjoy these resources together. I hope that they continue to build a strong bond and close relationship together as they play more and more alongside one another.

Week 1

Last week was a challenging one: Mr H&H has received worrying news that 4 colleagues have been contacted by Track and Trace and consequently have been sent home to isolate. Having been called into the office to work since just before Christmas (after working from home to shield a pregnant me and our baby F since March) this has come as a major blow. Therefore, he too has decided to isolate, away from us, and we haven’t seen him for a few days. We definitely miss him. With that has come Little M sleeping with me (not so unusual since the arrival of baby F) but also an increase in how demanding of my attention she has been. One less adult + one toddler upping their desire and need for attention, whilst the one remaining adult balances a baby on one side and two dogs on the other = a recipe for chaos at best.  Never mind. Regardless of this we have enjoyed a week of log fires and hearty food, cuddles and the chance to explore Christmas presents a little more. I can’t say that I am missing school in the current climate… the sudden u-turn in the governments decisions regarding settings left me in a spin and I felt for my colleagues preparing for both home learning and those children allowed to attend school.

Little M was distraught when taking the Christmas decorations down. Cue meltdown on the floor and floods of tears. She kept ferrying the boxes back through the house – I definitely got my steps up! In the end we had to get the small twig tree back out and let her redecorate it in the kitchen with some of the older, slightly ‘rougher around the edges’ decorations that we keep for the trees and bushes outside, whilst we tackled everywhere else. She was so sweet and worked with such care. She constantly asked if this one should go here and where shall we put this one. She cooed at how pretty it was and was so thankful when we let her go about her business. I wish I’d recorded her ‘Thank you Mummy’ and the tone with which she said it because it was so gorgeous…

We took some time to play in the field – Little M was keen to make a stick wand, fly her broomstick and to talk to the elves and fairies.

Week 2

Another week of lockdown and another week of walks. We managed to take the bike for a spin too although M got a bit tired and decided the best course of action would be to take a quick nap break in the middle of the road. Obviously. She was safe – it’s a VERY quiet lane and I was right next to her!


We are so lucky to live where we do but the washing pile from muddy clothes seems to be endless with this one on the loose!

  In other news Little M was unable to attend her first session at pre-school and we have delayed until after February half term. Little F is still suffering with cradle cap and dry skin. Eczema perhaps? Unfortunately it seems to get a whole lot worse one day and then clear up a little the next without any apparent reason. Little M has done her best to cheer Little F up in her own unique way.


Week 3

I highly doubt we will ever get a natural photo where we are all a. looking at the camera and b. smiling/not crying.

This week we have been walking, walking, walking again. What a surprise!  We did try and mix it up a bit with some adventures in the woods this time though. Lockdown 3.0 is really taking a toll now and I find that being outdoors relieves some of the pressure. Lots of puddle jumping, climbing trees, balancing on roots and logs and general muddiness for us. Sometimes those puddles are a little deeper than we expected!

The dogs have been loving it though…

Oh, and we attempted a bit of baking, because I didn’t have enough washing already and I wanted to scrub batter off the ceiling.

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Lisa (mummascribbles) January 18, 2021 - 10:18 pm

I am envious of all that gorgeous space you have. We have a big country park near us but everyone seems to be heading there and it is so hard to avoid people! What I wouldn’t do for a ton more space to avoid people! Lovely photos 🙂 welcome to the blogging world! #livingarrows

Jemma Harvey-Jones January 18, 2021 - 10:25 pm

Thank you lovely… oh my goodness I can only imagine how stressful that must be… during the first lockdown I didn’t leave the house or garden apart from to walk in the field behind us and to go to my midwife appointments. I was genuinely terrified. It took a long time after lockdown eased to be persuaded to go to the beach/our local national trust property and don’t even get me started on going to the supermarket! Back in lockdown and we still don’t go to the shops, we de-corona all our post and shopping, but I do at least walk around ‘the block’ twice a day. Hope all is going well for you. Your page looks lovely – I shall be checking it out more tomorrow and following you xxx

Hannah January 19, 2021 - 8:33 pm

Aww what lovely photos 🙂 Where you live looks gorgeous! #livingarrows

Jemma Harvey-Jones January 20, 2021 - 9:07 am

Thank you 🙂 I do feel really lucky to be living where we are. Love your blog – it’s like a little world of rainbows #livingarrows

Mummy Barrow January 20, 2021 - 3:28 pm

What a fabulous first post!!! I adore those muddy face pics.

Jemma Harvey-Jones January 20, 2021 - 3:32 pm

Thank you 🙂 I really appreciate you taking the time to read it and to get in touch to say… it really means so much x

Madeline (This Glorious Life) January 22, 2021 - 9:04 pm

I am loving all these outdoorsy, muddy photos! It makes such a difference being able to get out of the house doesn’t it! x

Jemma Harvey-Jones January 24, 2021 - 6:36 pm

Thank you 🙂 oh my goodness yes – whatever the weather! x

Donna January 24, 2021 - 10:15 am

Your opening paragraph made me quite emotional. Thank you so much for summing up what Living Arrows is about – the reasons you’re joining in are exactly the reasons I come back here each week. I cannot wait to see your two grow week on week – and their relationship flourish too. Congrats on the new blog too! It’s an exciting adventure! x

Jemma Harvey-Jones January 24, 2021 - 6:33 pm

Thank you 🙂 and thank you for hosting #livingarrows – I had no idea that linkys even existed and found it by chance! I was gutted that I hadn’t got the blog up and running to join in from week 1! I absolutely love reading everyone’s posts… now just to work out how to add the badge properly! Honestly the online world is very new to me, but I’m teaching myself and feeling very proud of each step I take! Love your website, your smiley photos make me smile. x

Charlotte Stein January 24, 2021 - 5:44 pm

Yay to writing your first Living Arrows post! I remember mine like It was yesterday even though it was a few years ago now! My little one is missing preschool lots as we decided to keep her off for a while longer. #livingarrows

Jemma Harvey-Jones January 24, 2021 - 6:35 pm

Thank you 🙂 I don’t blame you – it’s a scary world out there at the moment, I really don’t want to be taking risks to be honest. You all look like you’re having a ball x

Sarah January 24, 2021 - 10:22 pm

Welcome to Living Arrows – it’s such a fabulous way to record your memories every week. I’ve been doing it every week for 7 years now and it’s amazing to look back at all the posts. I love all your outdoor pictures, and it looks like your little girl really loves her baby sister 🙂

Jemma Harvey-Jones January 25, 2021 - 9:25 am

Thank you 🙂 it’s been so lovely to be welcomed. I love how smiley your photos are… zoom meetings for little ones are a fantastic lifeline aren’t they? x


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