This time of year is my equally my favourite and my saddest. On the 16th October I celebrate the birth of my daughter and also the birthday of my late grandfather. It's always a bitter sweet day, he was always so happy to share his birthday with Belle, always made a fuss of her and it was beautiful. When he passed suddenly in January 2011 his birthday remains a time of happy reflection.
The 18th October is the anniversary of my Nan's death, this day is still very hard for me even though it was now over 10 years ago, she passed away two days before my 18th birthday, it was a shock and I have always approached the 20th of October -my birthday- with a tinge of sadness. So many emotional times our family have experienced in this week before, with not much celebration at all.
This year my hubs took me away to the Lake District a place that we both love, he is currently still suffering with his knee which required me to do the driving but it is such a perfect place that even driving is enjoyable,
Getting away for a few days has been wonderful, feeling the autumnal wind whip around my hair, seeing the tips of the trees slowly setting into their golden colours, the heavy moody sky above that delivered plenty of crisp rain into my face, it was beautiful.
Plenty of hand-holding and laughter was the perscription for a great birthday and it has been the best birthday I have had for a very long time.
Here are a few pictures of the beauty that I've seen this weekend.