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I've so missed getting in the sea these last few days, and today it was all a bit choppy and scary and  I was sad that it didn't look like it would happen again.... But instead we took advantage of the autumn extension to @jubileepool's opening hours and I got to be one of the first in the most beautiful outdoor pool in the world this morning while little one chatted to the lovely lifeguard and tried to make her mind up if she was going to come in too... There were little wind-waves slapping me in the mouth and it was cold, but not that cold. It was delicious and refreshing and sunny and the gulls wheeled and the church bells rang and I felt my foot stretch and my neck relax and hooray I'm back! My husband said I looked so happy and beautiful when I came out of the water (and he's not a big compliments man...). The little pool is colder than the big pool at the moment so that was closed but the rest is open and heaven - go if you can! 
#lovepenzance #storyofmum #jubileepool #outdoorswim She's thinking of setting up a braiding business, and I am her first hair model... Got to start somewhere! 
Oh my I had some admiring glances on the way home from @jubileepoolcafe... at least that's how I chose to interpret them.... And yay! Got back in the water at @jubileepool today: soooo good. And salt water makes your hair much more amenable to this kind of braiding apparently... #storyofmum #creativekids #newhair My coffee kind of captured my mood this morning... #urg #monkeybrain #coffee #goodmorning #storyofmum Sometimes only a jammy dodger snuck into the emergency food shop can get everyone home through the mizzle of a long walk on a grey day - especially those whose legs and fuse grow shorter as the week grows long... And that's ok. It might even be good parenting. As long as mum gets one too. #storyofmum #longwalkhome #rainyday #jammydodger #emergencybribes This morning the sea was silver grey molasses, thick with shredded seaweed, stones sucking back with a dragon's raspy sigh, the white foam of the sea's edges claiming the beach like spilt milk. The wind blew my coffee diagonally from flask to cup as I watched and wondered about going in... but not yet, not alone. I heard that annoying inner voice telling me I was not brave enough, and instead I listened to the voice that said take your time, take care of you, you'll be back in there when you're ready, sitting here by the sea with your coffee, soaked in the wind and the noise is enough for now. Choose your moment. Be kind to yourself today, mama xxx #storyofmum #seatherapy #coldmorning #goodmorning Magic evening. Have been feeling spacey and solitary and up and down and busy high energy and quiet low energy as the anaesthetic has moved through my system today, but this evening we went to sit by the sea and had fish and chips and threw stones and I rested my head on my friend's shoulder and survived an 'I want ice cream' kiddy meltdown and just soaked all this beauty up, all this pink and peace and vastness, warming me even in the cold. I can feel myself coming back up for air. #storyofmum #goodevening