Sunday, May 20, 2012


IMG_02311IMG_0222 IMG_0227 IMG_0238IMG_0240IMG_0236-001 I love having a wood fire.  It is the cosiest, most comfortable and wholesome warmth.  Growing up, we always had a fire in the lounge and a little potbelly stove in the kitchen next to the dining table.  There was hardly a moment that there wasn’t something delicious simmering away on the top of it… soup, stew, caramel dumplings.  We have a fire in our house now, but I can’t wait to put in a big old wood stove when we build a house. 

With wood fires comes woodcutting and it has always been a fairly regular weekend activity in my life.  I have nice memories of it as a child (except for the huntsmans).  Mum would always pack a picnic and we would light a fire and cook our lunch while we were out there.  I still quite like it actually :)

Monday, May 14, 2012


IMG_0478IMG_0475IMG_0476IMG_0477IMG_0466:: Admiring lovely pictures from old books, while Ivy makes masterpieces on her side of our desk ::

Sunday, May 13, 2012


mum & i at mama'sHappy Mother’s Day Mum, I love you so much xxx

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


IMG_9419IMG_9435 IMG_0421IMG_0161Bits and pieces.

Sunday, May 6, 2012


0 Birth (37)-0010 Birth (2)I was so awestruck, couldn't believe how perfect yu wereThree years ago.  THREE years.  My little girl came into the world after a long labour.  I couldn’t believe my luck when she was born, a baby made just for me, exactly as I had dreamed with her chubby little face and her head full of hair.  She was so knowing straight away, she’d been listening away in my belly for months. 

She has entirely changed my world and she is utterly perfect for us.  Outgoing, clever, so strong-willed, adventurous, brave, kind and loving.  She wants to be a pilot when she gets bigger.  She is scared of foxes.  She loves helicopters.  She has been skiing, kayaking, snorkelling and ice-skating.  She’s been water-skiing (in a biscuit) and loves to “rock climb”.  She loves singing.  She hates babysitters and reminds me every night (even though she has only had the one night’s experience).  She can count to 40 and read lots of words.  She is is the craziest swimmer I have ever seen and spends at least 80% of her time underwater.  She’s such a little character.  She uses words like hilarious, devastated (“debastasted”), horrified, frustrated (“shrustrated”), ridiculous and FAN-tastic regularly (eg. Eating with her feet on the dining table and telling me, “Dad. Would. Be. Horrified!”).  Her favourite play is always the mother with her babies.  She has been toilet trained day and night for around 6mths.  She loves Playschool and Peppa Pig.  She honestly thinks that she is so huge, even though she is well below average height (well above average weight and head size off the chart!!).  She eats everything and would eat cucumber or avocado all day.  If I ask what she would like for tea, she invariably says, “Roast”.  She climbs into our bed and sleeps curled up next to me every night (sometimes I can’t sleep until I hear the little footsteps heading in and then feel the little arm slip under my neck).  She is loved beyond anything that I can even comprehend, my dear little three year old daughter.