Saturday, 19 April 2014

This Week: April #2&3

Phew, I don't feel like my feet have touched the ground these past few weeks. Not in a bad way - in a lovely, busy, seeing lots of family, a few treats here and there, days and days of sunshine kind of way.

Highlights have included:

Finally getting the raised beds built in the garden with lots of help and toddler-herding from my lovely mum and dad. Bring on the planting!

Heading to the RSC to watch Henry IV pt. 1 and pt. 2. A surprisingly amusing history play much to our enjoyment.

Spending a day at the beach with 20+ family members - the sun shone, the children paddled and my crazy brother cycled to and from the beach (60ish miles, ugh!).

The garden springing to life. All this sunshine is doing it the world of good. Spending days outside in the garden is one of our favourite things at the moment. Chalks, books, water and her 'round and round' (windmill!) for my girl, and some seedlings in need of planting out for me. (Baby ending up in the water wasn't such a highlight - she was pegged to the line, while my girl stood beneath her shouting 'Baaaaabbyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, noooooooooooooo!')

(a wander round the park with Grandma / playing with the 'round and round' in the garden / flowers in the water / colour in the garden / soggy baby / collecting flowers in her bucket / late afternoon sun through the bluebells at Grandma and Grandad's / sitting on the pebbles at Sidmouth)



Flower girl.

Playing in the garden while Mummy and Grandad built the raised beds. You found some flowers to put in your bucket ("NOT the anemones, just pick the daisies and dandelions!")

Monday, 7 April 2014

This Week: April #1

A week of flowers, or wow wows as she calls them.

A trip to Fairfield for a Mothering Sunday walk. We loved exploring the old sheds full of farming machinery (and the french sign on one of the gates!)

A picnic tea in the garden at Grandma and Grandad's.

We got back home to discover the anemones had started to flower. The purple ones popped up first, with the white and pink ones starting to show their heads in the past few days.

Stalking next door's cat. Meooowwwww! (The cat ran away...unsurprisingly).

A "pnk wowwow" that we had to bring inside to show dada.

Finding more wowwows in the garden while wearing her new skirt. She's been very taken with this fabric ever since I found it in the local charity shop. As it features dogs, babies and balloons I'm not surprised she likes it.

Saturday, 5 April 2014


A Mothering Sunday trip to a garden near Grandma and Grandad's house. It was full of swathes of snake's head fritillary and daffodils. Or as she called them, "Lellows!"

Saturday, 29 March 2014

This Week: March #5

A quiet photo week.

1. A 2nd birthday present for her pal Bibby. It's her birthday tomorrow - fingers crossed it fits! Feels so good to be sewing regularly again. I've got a few Oliver + S dresses lined up next...
2. New hair 'dips' are very popular.
3. Raindrops + camellia. The camellias are in full bloom in the garden - such a huge swathe of colour when we look out of the window.
4. A drink stop at the library. She was very pleased to have her own cup of milk (and ended up with an impressive milk moustache!).

The Year in Books - March

My book of choice for March was Girl Reading by Katie Ward, picked up for pennies in a local charity shop. I'm still rather undecided as to whether I loved it.

The book is made up of seven 'chapters', each a standalone episode in their own right, but all linked by the continuous thread of a woman reading. The book starts in 1333 and moves through the centuries touching on motherhood, love, bereavement, sibling bonds, suffrage and independence. Each 'chapter' is fascinating - a great deal of historical research has obviously taken place. Ward writes in such a beautifully descriptive manner you can become completely immersed in each story. But therein lies the reason I found the book so frustrating. I wanted to know more about each character. I wanted to discover more about all those unsaid clues left by Ward in each chapter. I wanted to know what happened next. One of the things I love about getting lost in a good book is getting into the head of the main characters. In Girl Reading, I felt like I'd just got to grips with each character and then suddenly the scene had shifted forward a century.

An enjoyable, interesting read, but one I never felt I could really get my teeth into.

My intention for getting this post written towards the start of the month rather failed - I'll have to write again at the start of April about the next book I've got lined up (as you can see in the photo above).