A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. To see more moments see Soulemama
I think pretty much all I achieved today was a trip to Sainsburys. It lasted over an hour and involved Ruby throwing herself on the floor twice plus ALOT of screaming, 'wwwwhhhhhhhaaaattttt? You're not going to buy me anything?' were her exact words. It was very long. But the rest of the day was very relaxed. I think the bad behaviour was mainly due to being very, very tired. The first whole week of a normal routine with 3 pre-school sessions plus a trip to my dads and a visit from my sister tired Ruby out no end. She had a daytime nap for the first time in an age. Which meant I did too!
Gwyn took this video in the garden when he got back from work. A combination of me blasting out Oasis while I cooked and 5 minutes on I movie.
This evening I have been mostly listening to this guy.
Apparently it says in the comments this video only cost £20 to make. I can well believe it and when you see it, it may be very immediately apparent it's simple, but all the same pretty commendable. No need to spend alot of money on a video When You Have That Voice and the storyline of it: Very sad.
Download it on itunes here.
In other news I am sorely regretting offering to count the schools vouchers from Sainsburys and Tescos. So far 2,500 little bits of paper counted. Plenty more to go which is great for the preschool but appalling for my sanity.
.. New azalea ..
Got this beautiful evergreen azalea at Wakehurst the other week. I had a spare pot going which had been a gift from my aunt. The plant that had lived in it previously had 'passed on'. There are two schools of thought to this: that it wasn't watered enough (my aunt) and that the plant was actually 'over' (shall remain nameless). I'm going for the view from nameless because it means that it wasn't down to me. And also because whatever had been in the pot had flowered and looked beautiful for weeks which gives more weight to the fact it had had its time.
.. Looking Lovely ..
One of the best things about this new place we live in is the garden. I haven't had a garden for years and years. Not that I have ever known what to do with one. Anyway, there's a glaring omission from the photos: What the azalea looks like now, which is basically dead. Which adds more weight to my aunt's argument that I can't look after plants properly! I knew that I'd have to move this from a pot into the ground at some point but I thought it would survive more than 2 weeks. Not so apparently. Maybe it's just not flowering anymore? Looks a bit dried up though....hmmm.....
.. Present from next door ..
There's just not a great deal of colour in the garden. There are one of two lovely roses from next door overhanging the wall but otherwise it's pretty much green. It's been a rental for so long I think that no-one has really invested in colourful plants for the garden. I'm happy to get pots of plants but if we move then there doesn't seem much point in investing in the beds. There again for all I know I may end up in this house for years. We've realised we can't move out now for a number of reasons far too dull to explain in the blog so maybe I should really think about making 'out there' a nicer place.
.. Not dead yet! ..
Better news are the herbs.
I've not had to buy thyme, sage, marjoram, chives, mint or rosemary since they've been planted and I end up using one or another every couple of days so it's been pretty gratifying. And of course they are a success - not dead!
.. Marjoram, Sage and Thyme thriving ..
I had to move the mint as I hadn't realised it is effectively a weed and would end up choking the other plants with it's roots. It's there in the purple tub above. It seems very long - maybe I should be cutting it back? Seriously, I am such a novice - this is a steep learning curve.
I got some teeny tiny chilli plants last week at the garden centre - they're all planted up in a big tub now. Wonder how they'll fare.
Any advice please! Or good gardening blog suggestions would also be welcomed!
What else do you recommend I grow?
.. Crochet tent by Timothy J. Karpinski ..
A few weeks ago I did a post on crochet at M is for Make. I loved browsing images of crochet - mostly found on pinterest. There's something so satisfying, seeing beautiful items or pictures of crochet. I'm a crochet geek I admit it. I've already blogged about how much I love pinterest and I think this has been intensified by the fact today I downloaded the pinterest app on my iphone. Life will never have a dull moment providing I have 3G or wireless!
I don't think you need any excuse to do a good thing more than once so here you go. Some more brilliant crochet. The crochet tent above was originally featured here on the amazing Decor8 blog. I really don't feel it's appropriate for my bedroom but I reckon in a children's room it would be sweet.
.. Image from flickr ..
I think it was seeing this image of this blanket that got me all fired up to do a crochet post. The colours are amazing, I really love the mix - beautiful.
.. Amazing crochet necklace from BHLDN ..
This crochet necklace is AMAZING. I think working into the chunky chain is a work of genius. What a showpiece.
.. Photo from flickr ..
These mittens are so detailed and are crochet not knit. Honestly I am in total admiration. They must have taken an age to finish. They are designed by Danielle Kassner - you can read her blog here.
.. Photo from flickr ..
These cushions are in beautiful colours, beautifully crocheted and beautifully photographed. They are made by Emma Lamb and she has blogged about them here.
A couple of weeks ago Gwyn's mum recommended the book above. I haven't finished a novel in ages so this suggestion was pretty timely. I absolutely love reading but I don't do nearly as much of it as I want to. So I resolved to read a chapter every evening. Straight after both the children are in bed I read at least one chapter and this was a delicious book to get my teeth into. A definite page turner, set in the circus, tells the story of Jacob Jankowski and how he came to be a part of circus life. There's injustice, passion, and an elephant. I loved how old age was handled so sensitively. I really felt for the older Jacob. I thoroughly, thoroughly recommend it. I don't want to give any spoilers but suffice to say I'm sold on Sara Gruen as a writer and have ordered 'Ape House' from the library. I cannot wait to see this at the cinema. I really do hope to keep up the habit of picking up a book as the first part of my downtime in the evenings.
Next up... The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman - described as the Sense and Sensibility of the Internet age. Will be posting on this in a couple of weeks time.
Got any good recommendations for me? I'm all ears.
Squeeze the day.
See that in the left hand corner? That's how I felt on Thursday when Kate and I went up to the big city to take a look at the Boden Autumn Winter Collection. I left Gwyn with two very grumpy children and I was an adult in adult company for the entire day! This is an something I have experienced about 4 times in 3 years. I am used to days punctuated with constant interruption and questions. Being accompanied to almost every toilet visit and clearing up mess. All day. You know the deal. A whole day when you do something for yourself, is an abolute pleasure.
Walking up to the space that they were showing off the Autumn Winter Collection - I knew it was going to be good. Boden make such effort on detailing. Not just in the clothes themselves but the whole experience. Look at all that wonderful print on the taxi.
Let's start with the accessories. I love this mountain of shoes and bags. I tried my best to get a few good photos but I was bloody terrified of fulfilling my exceptionally clumsy tendencies and falling into this and undoing some extremely brilliant styling work. I had visions of ending up surrounded by boxes. These are my picks....
:: Olive green Animal Print High tops? Please ::
:: Or Zebra Print Moccassins? No need to choose. Buy both ::
:: And PATENT sneakers! ::
:: Yes, my theme is animal print. I love ::
:: This is my must have. The union jack scarf in my perfect colours ::
In the centre of the room was a very Boden installation. Everything covered in Boden Print. Pianos, Kennels, Skis, Bird tables, highchairs. It was very clever and looked BRILLIANT.
:: Yes that is a teapot on a highchair. It's ok. The baby has no head ::
Then to a few favourites from the ladies collection.
:: Included for simplicity::
:: Saw this being worn with enviable effortlessness and a tan belt. Looked great ::
:: Same top. Great print. My colours ::
:: Really like the metallic detailing ::
Quick stop for the Johnnie B range. I had to take a picture of this duffle coat. It is mine. I'm telling you. I love it.
:: It's the pleat ::
And the kids stuff?
Have a look.
:: Sorry what was that? Oh. Your uterus flipping? ::
I am a bit broody at the minute. Many of my friends have been popping out babies. (Ha! Popping! It's. that. easy) and I have been giving alot of thought to whether I will ever hold another of my babies in my arms. But I am a broody realist. I have only just managed to get through 18 months of broken sleep so I know I am absolutely not up to it at the moment. Looking at all these beautiful tiny baby clothes though I felt it. I'll save these for gifts for now.
:: Can just see my little lady in these ::
:: And she would love this. The tulle was so soft ::
:: One for George ::
There were some really great bits for me and the kids. There's a gaping omission about their mens range but I suppose that simply highlights that I was more interested in myself!!
Loved it. Thankyou Boden.
All good things come to an end though and after a bit of a wander it was back to reality. We made it back to Brighton which involved real running to trains to make sure we would be home in time to put our children to bed. It also involved the funniest case of real life i phone autocorrect in which Gwyn messaged Kate's phone, 'Do you want licking up' by accident. Seriously hilarious and very inappropriate.
I walked into Ruby's room on my return and the smile that broke on both my little ones faces made my day. Cuddles round the neck, kisses - they were fresh out the bath smelling lovely. I was so happy to see them.
And I'm going to publicly thank Gwyn for letting me have a 'day off.' There is quite a bit going on behind the scenes at the minute that we are having to deal with and I definitely needed the break. And thanks Kate for a great day out.