Thursday, April 26, 2018

Reasons my mum is awesome number 4567

She smuggled her guinea pig in her bag  into a carehome to visit an elderly friend who loved guinea pigs.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Dear Baby

Dear Baby,

As I write, you're still safely tucked inside. We're hoping you'll stay put whilst I wait for Tom to get back tonight from visiting his dad who's been unwell.

I've started my maternity leave, and this week I've not really known what to do with myself. I'm sure when you're here, I'll be so busy and tired that this will seem like bliss. I've filled the days with baking for the freezer, cleaning, shopping and going for the full MOT of hairdresser, chiropractor, dentist, midwife, and pedicure. There's been some lunch and coffee dates too.

You're starting to make your way down, and that's led to some back ache. Given you've given me very little in the way of trouble throughout my pregnancy I'll take this in the last two weeks. Your movements have changed and are now great waves and ripples rather than kicks where you have less space.

We're mainly feeling quite calm and contented about your approach, which surprises us. We thought we'd be panicking! The crib and the car seat and the baby bits are ready. My mum, your granny bought a few things more when she and most of my immediate family visited this weekend. Cotton wool and bath thermometers and the like, all in the basket my granny, your great granny had put together for her when I was born.

Everyone is very excited about your arrival. You've pretty much been the topic of conversation all weekend. Wondering about what we will name you, when you'll arrive, who you'll look like. My brother-in-law, your Uncle Andy, had the sudden realisation he'd be Uncle Andy. :o) All your church grannies were asking about you today, and I was given daffodils as it was Mothering Sunday. A friend joked mine were in bud as I'm very nearly a mum. It was strange to sit there whilst the intercessory prayers were for expectant mothers.

Whilst we're not wishing the days away, I am looking forward to meeting you. I want you to know you're much hoped for, much prayed for and much wanted. It will be strange to go from a family of two to a family of three, but I'm looking forward to watching you grow up and learn about the world, and have adventures with us. I hope you grow up to be as kind, loving and helpful as your grannies and grandads, aunties and uncles.

All my love, your very nearly mum.


Monday, February 26, 2018

A finished kitchen?

Realised I'd never posted any pictures of our finished kitchen.

Here you go, minus a little prop under the corner of the massive wine rack.

Definitely worth it in the end. I like to sit and work in here, and it's great having space for friends to sit and chat whilst we cook.

There will be plenty of space for a highchair in here too!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Beautiful baby gifts

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Tiny Tarling is being spoiled by @lou.washington before they even arrive. Lou's an amazing textile artist, no? #felt #art #textiles #handmade

Monday, January 29, 2018

Blanket for my own baby - done!

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Irish shamrocks and Normandy lace to represent family connections and little leaves because I could not be doing with an acorn lace pattern that was different on every row of the chart! 😝 😂 #knitting #knittingformyownbaby #knowyourlimits

Sunday, January 14, 2018

And I made cinnamon chelsea buns this weekend.

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Baking is much more familiar territory. #winning #yum #baking

Super pleased with today's lunch.

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All cooked by me, and I rarely make a big dinner on my own as Tom is the chef in our house. Rolled lamb breast stuffed with spicy sausage meat, honey lemon and goats cheese carrots, turmeric and cumin roasties, snips, and garlic courgette and tomato. All out at the right time too! #yay #cooking #success

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Jumping on the #bestnine band wagon as we'll be party prepping tomorrow.

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2017- the year I embraced the selfie. 1. #Maternity fashion 2. #Boston baby 3. This year's #christmaswreath 4. Tom and I at #lulworthcove I think 5. My neatest flower arrangement ever 6. @uptowncurlsuk gives me a good hair day 7. More good hair and a gorgeous scarf from @catherine.p.j.harris 8. The dress I made for my goddaughter 9. Oh #christmastree

Friday, December 15, 2017

Baby blanket knitting progress.

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Border knitting is slow. Is it cheating if I start a cardi and hat set as palate cleanser when I get back before border two? #knitting #knittingformyownbaby #lace

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

NaBloPoMo 28

Feeling a bit better today. Worked on my emails from bed till noon, then got up and worked from the sofa until it was time to pick up Martin, who's staying with us for a few days. Still feel a bit wibbly, but no more throwing up which is good. Think I might have pulled a muscle under my ribs from retching as it hurts when I breath or move.

This evening, we've made dinner, done a bit of tidying up, and are currently watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Currently getting to the point where I want the kitchen to be done as the rest of the house is in disarray. Need to get some presents wrapped for Christmas as that will make things in the study look a bit neater too. Oh and do all the washing and putting of clothes away.

Monday, November 27, 2017

NaBloPoMo 27

Laid low with a stomach bug today. Threw up at 4am, 6am and 7am, been mainly sleeping or sitting on the sofa. Hoping it will clear up by the morning, feel as fragile as hell.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

NaBloPoMo 26

I got up earlier today to breakfast with Jess and the kiddies, then had second breakfast when the rest of the grown ups surfaced. Poor old Andy was suffering from an upset stomach, so I minded Lara whilst Jess was packing up. We had a lovely time singing and shaking rattles.

The AirBnB people had kindly said we could check out a bit later than the advertised time, so we were able to clean up at a more leisurely pace. We waved the Treharnes off first, finished our cleaning up and then the remaining four of us went off to do the Five Quays trail around Poole.

It was cold, crisp and bright again, so fast walking was in order to keep everything warm! The trail takes you around the five quays of Poole unsurprisingly, and takes in some other landmarks like the lifting bridge, the Two Sails bridge, the RNLI college, some of the old town, and amusingly, the shopping centre and the bus station.

I love a town trail like this, especially in a town you don't know. We did the Great Fire of London trail in the summer and discovered all kinds of things about London then!

A lunch stop was needed, and we had excellent roast dinners and pies at the Angel, which I thoroughly recommend. 

We finished up the trail about 4pm. We'd been in the pub for quite a while, so I think the advertised time of 1.5 hours would have been about right if you weren't stopping.

We said our goodbyes post trail, and on the way home, stopped for Christmas pudding ingredients. The very first thing I cooked in our new kitchen was my Great Auntie Peg's Christmas pudding, which made me happy. Tiles were looking good, still some snagging with the floor.

Whilst the pudding was cooking, we unpacked some more bits into the kitchen, unpacked from our trip, and I composed a ploughmans for supper. We ate it gloriously in front of the telly, before shopping for cutlery inserts online. What rock and roll lives we lead.