A big birthday, Harry Potter and Half Term Adventures #LittleLoves

A big birthday, Harry Potter and Half Term Adventures #LittleLoves

I’m sat down in my little office typing this on Thursday morning while the girls are off swimming with their dad and as I reflect over the week I’ve realised we just haven’t stopped since last Friday. From a two day swimming gala, then straight to Edinburgh for three days and now I’m here sat at my desk with my hair in mum bun  top knot and comfy clothes feeling suitably tired and staring at my laptop screen!

The upside to having a nonstop week is all the fantastic things we’ve managed to pack in that I’m excited to be sharing. Here we go then, are you ready for some positivity? Grab a cuppa and enjoy my Little Loves, don’t forget you can read lots of other bloggers’ Little Loves by clicking on the linky at the end.




I’m still slowly reading [amazon_textlink asin=’0091955033′ text=’Rising Strong’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’7bab5f8e-bfd4-11e7-a8f6-75fee37b5450′], and I’m also re-reading the first of Sarah Winman’s books, [amazon_textlink asin=’0755379306′ text=’When God Was a Rabbit’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’butwhymummywhy-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’886bd717-bfd4-11e7-a042-6f793b112656′], It’s been a few years since I first read it and apart from knowing I enjoyed it I honestly hardly even remember the storyline so it’s like reading a new book!

Other than that I’ve got nothing to report, I’ve not even had time to read my usual blogs.



Last weekend saw us cheering on our eldest girl through yet another swimming gala. She came away with personal bests in all her events and got two bronze medals. We were so proud and she was really pleased with her performance. 

The littlest and I ducked out of gala viewing on Sunday to spend some time together and we went to see the new My Little Pony movie. She absolutely loved it and I can say it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting it to be! A must see for any MLP fan.

I’ve loved spending so much time with my girls this week, I definitely enjoy being a mum to older children more than to younger ones. Am I allowed to admit that?! Just chatting with them and watching them interact with each other (and not just fighting all the time) has been lovely.


Netflix wise we’re slowly making our way through Stranger Things and trying not to rush through and binge it. I’m desperate to keep one rolling after the other, but the mister is being frustratingly sensible and disciplined.



So on Monday morning we made the trip up to Edinburgh and on the way we managed to squeeze in a visit with our lovely friend Esther. We’ve known Esther and her husband Ash for over 13 years now (!!) and I’m so pleased that even though we’re far from each other we’re the kind of friends that pick up where we left off each time we see each other again.

Once we arrived in Edinburgh we checked into our Airbnb apartment and it was just as lovely as it looked on the photos, we stayed in the New Town area, you can have a peek at the flat here. It’s the first time I’d used Airbnb, and I would do again, it was so easy and great value too.


We wrapped up warm for our trips around Edinburgh, we did a whole lot of walking so comfy shoes were a must too! Now that we’re home I’m ready for a couple of lazy days and won’t be straying far from cosy knitwear.

photo by Robyn Swain



As I mentioned a few weeks ago I’d been busy reading up on places we should go and visit while we were in Edinburgh. While scrolling through Pinterest I found a post about the Harry Potter Trail. For those that aren’t HP nerds like myself and my family, J K Rowling wrote Harry Potter in Edinburgh so there are a lot of ties there and places she got her inspiration from. I planned it into our day as a birthday surprise for my eldest girl and hoped it was as good as I expected it to be.

It was!

I loved seeing just how excited and interested my eldest girl was. She listened intently to everything the guide said and enthusiastically exclaimed that it was the best birthday surprise ever. Phew. I learnt so much too, and was fascinated by how much inspiration she got from Edinburgh. I won’t give away anymore 😉

The Potter Trail is free and definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan. 

Of course we had to have a wander down Diagon Alley, I mean Princess Street, afterwards.


and lastly

I can’t quite believe that my eldest girl, the one that made me a mummy has just turned ten. Insert cliche about time going fast here. It’s true though, that terribly frustrating saying that old ladies like to say to you when your children are teeny and driving you crazy, 

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  1. November 3, 2017 / 7:47 am

    What an exciting week you’ve all had – a belated happy birthday to your eldest. Edinburgh looks fantastic, can you imagine writing there? Dream. Another great Little Loves post x

  2. November 3, 2017 / 11:02 am

    Sounds like a hectic but lovely week Morgana – well done to your daughter on her excellent swimming skills! Glad you had a great time in Edinburgh, it’s so nice there. And the Harry Potter trail sounds fab! x

  3. November 3, 2017 / 11:05 am

    Sounds like you have had a wonderful week! The HP trail sounds amazing! Big belated Happy birthday to E! G is 9 on Monday and I cant quite believe how fast its crept up on us! Have a wonderful weekend xx

  4. November 3, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    I really enjoy the conversations and days out now my two are older although they’re definitely more expensive! Edinburgh is such a lovely city and I like the idea of the HP tour. The walking tours of cities can be a great way to explore and learn. Have a relaxing weekend.

  5. November 3, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Wow what a lovely and busy week you’ve had! The Potter trail sounds great. I hope you’ve have some time to relax this weekend after being on the go for so long x #LittleLoves

  6. November 3, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    You look like you had the most fantastic time, I am a little jealous as I have always wanted to head to Scotland.

    That cozy corner looks perfect for this weekend, enjoy.

  7. November 3, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Love the shot in the chair!!!! Scotland sounds fab. Sounds like you really have kept busy girl wow. Thats how half term is supposed to be. Enjoy. We are back on Tuesday to school/work routines.

  8. November 3, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Wow I’m so jealous I adore Harry Potter, you lucky lot you!

  9. November 4, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    Edinburgh looks like it was amazing, we have been once and loved it. But omg I want to do the Harry Potter trail. I love spending time with the boys and definitely enjoy parenting older children rather than younger. I love seeing their personalities develop. Had a fab weekend lovely lady xx

  10. November 4, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had a fantastic week. Glad your eldest enjoyed her birthday. That HP trail sounds like a wonderful thing to do with a Harry Potter fan on her birthday! Ha ha I would love to agree with you about parenting older kids, but after the week I’ve had with my teen, I’d take babies any day! Have a great week x

  11. November 4, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Eeeek, I want to do the Harry Potter tour!! Definitely adding Edinburgh to my ‘must go to’ list for next year. I think the boys would love it.

  12. November 5, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    It looks and sounds like you’ve had a fantastic week- I’m glad you’ve got to make the most of half term at a time when you’re enjoying your daughters company. I can’t wait to be able to head up to Scotland with ours- I’m still not brave enough for the drive quite yet. And for them to love Harry Potter- all my days would be made! Hope you find a little time this week to take stock in peaceful moments.

  13. November 9, 2017 / 7:23 am

    Edinburgh looked and sounded fantastic Morgana. Its lovely when you can make the most of a half term break and celebrating a birthday is the perfect way I think x

  14. November 9, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Old friends are The Best aren’t they? You’ve just got history together and when you find one that you ‘click’ into place with as soon as you’re together, you know they’ll be by your side forever. Sounds like you had a busy but exciting week. I followed your fun times on Instagram. The girls are growing up, hey? xx

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