Sunday, 28 July 2013





Ella, Lucia and Marcus

It's back to school for the kids tomorrow. These holidays have flown by and my lack of motivation to do anything with them away from home has actually worked out for the best. All too often I feel as though I send them back to school after term holidays exhausted so I'm actually grateful for my lack of motivation, for a change. Today though we took advantage of another beautiful warm-for-July day and headed to the beach, it was just what we all needed, the dog included.

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013" via Che and Fidel.

Sunday, 21 July 2013



Ella, Lucia, Marcus - three mud monsters - the extra load of washing was well worth the hour of peace it brought me! This first week of holidays has been a challenging one, for some reason the kids have forgotten how to get along with each other. There've been many instances this week where I have cursed myself for not having four kids - three is a difficult number, especially if you are the one who is not a twin. Looking on the brighter side, they've had a lot of fun spending time with their Australian cousins and Uncle, they proved a welcome distraction from the stresses in our life at the moment. I'm crossing my fingers that this week will be much better!

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013" via Che and Fidel.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Yarn Along

This beautiful stitching (Anna Maria Horner for Anchor) has been languishing in the corner, not quite out of sight but definitely on the backburner as more portable projects have been worked on. I picked up my needle over the weekend though and was reminded again how much I love working on this, the colours are so vivid and the process very meditative, it's the perfect thing to slow myself down. For some reason I started stitching in the centre so now that section is complete I've made a start at the top, where I was meant to start I think.

I've been devouring gardening books while being stuck indoors with cold, windy and wet weather. I love the time winter gives us to take notice of our surrounds and I've been inspired to make a few changes here. I've really enjoyed Xanthe White's The Natural Gardens, she's so clever at mixing New Zealand native plants in with everything else and has some great ideas for low maintenance borders. And Organic Vegetable Gardening is so good I'll have a bit of trouble handing it back to the library! Even though I'm not a beginner vege gardener, I've learned a lot from this book and have been busy taking notes and making plans for my Spring garden. I'm itching to get some seeds in the ground but there's a wee while to wait yet, I can make a start on my new flower borders though so I'm off now to take advantage of the sun we have today.

Joining in with Ginny again.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


Ella: Loving the wibbly wobbly mix of baby and adult teeth
Lucia: She has the wibbly wobbly teeth thing going on too, their swimming teacher can only tell them apart by looking at their teeth (not easy in the pool when they're wearing caps and goggles!)
Marcus: The family clown who doesn't sit still, no chance of just getting a head shot!

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013" via Che and Fidel.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Yarn Along

I'm making slow progress on the socks, mainly because I've been busy sewing. Some of the sewing was knitting related though, how satisfying for one craft to compliment the other. I am a big fan of Knit Picks interchangeable needles and by buying tips and cables here and there as they've been needed, I've got a good set of them now. My problem however was keeping them organised... I was forever sifting through my knitting basket looking for matching tips, not to mention buying duplicates! I did a bit of pinterest surfing, settled on a design, chose my fabrics and voila, this is what I whipped up. I LOVE it!

Back to the socks....I've finished my first pattern repeat and I'm happy with how they are going so far. I've spent a bit of time on Ravelry searching for a vest pattern for Marcus, I want it to have a ribbed v neck but surprisingly I cannot find a pattern...this is the first time Ravelry has let me down! If you can point me in the direction of a pattern for a size 4 or 5 vest I'd be most appreciative! Perhaps I should have a go at making up a pattern myself....

And on to books....I've been reading Friends, Lovers, Chocolate by Alexander McCall Smith. I enjoyed the first novel in the series (The Sunday Philosophy Club) and this is proving a good easy read too. I'm still diving in and out of Shannon Hayes book I wrote about last week also, like with crafting, I like to have a few books on the go so I can pick and choose what suits my mood.

I'm joining in with Ginny again.

Sunday, 7 July 2013


Ella and Lucia: A sisterly music collaboration. They spent ages working on their composition and writing it all down... and surprisingly they came up with a pleasant sounding tune. It's a shame they didn't want to continue learning piano....

Marcus: He just had to write something down, you know, it couldn't wait until after he'd licked the bowl! I'm loving how his confidence in reading and writing has grown.

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013" via Che and Fidel.

PS: I can't seem to get portrait size photos to show in the right size on my blog, I've been avoiding this issue by only taking landscape ones which really is a bit ridiculous so if anyone has any top tips on sizing photos for blogs, please feel free to share with me :)

Friday, 5 July 2013


There's been a lot of knitting happening lately and I have a few things off the needles I need to show you but I don't have photos of them yet, I'll save that for another day. Yesterday morning I went to my wee local library's very first Yarn Time meeting, there were only four of us plus the librarian  but I didn't think that was too bad for the first meeting. It was fun talking about what we were working on and hearing people's stories about how they started knitting. I took my two-at-a-time socks I've just started on, it's been quite exciting for me to learn a new way of knitting socks and I'm quite keen to get these off the needles and on to my feet, it's been cold here!  I'm knitting the Seagrass pattern from Melissa Morgan-Oakes' Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks in this bright semi-solid green yarn that I received in the Vintage Purls Winter Sock Club a few years ago.

I've been enjoying these two Issues of Country Life magazine that a good friend dropped in for me the other day, they came with a jar of Lemon Ginger concentrate which really made my day. I've also started Shannon Hayes' Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place which I'm finding really interesting. Sometimes I need a reminder to focus on where we are at now, to be happy with things as they are, to stop the "if only" talk in my's a work in progress!

Joining in with Ginny again....

Monday, 1 July 2013


And here we are again.....


Ella: Riding her tree horse, it's the closest thing she'll get to a real one!
Lucia: Playing fetch with Gem, the dog is good at fetching but not so great at giving you back the stick so she's using a two stick system - duck for cover!!
Marcus: Grandad is having a bit of a clear-out in his garage and this old lawnmower came our way. Marcus has decided it's his and from the minute I woke up on Sunday he was pestering me to let him mow the lawns. We've had a very thorough safety briefing but I still feel a bit nervous about his using it. He did do a lovely job of the patch of lawn he mowed though!

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013" via Che and Fidel.