|You see me rolling...|
|The pugs volunteering to be shut in|
|Scowl face wreaking havoc|
The delights of parenthood are coming thick and fast at the moment and as Arthur approaches his 1st birthday and turns from baby into toddler his personality, sense of humour and character are now shining brightly. He is an incredibly happy little boy who laughs easily, loves to be social and has the cheekiest glint in his eye with a large dose of mischief thrown in too. He can exhaust me until the cows come home, be as stubborn as an ox and highly impatient - throwing dramatic tantrums if he's told 'no' (with accompanied scowl face - see picture), is tired or hungry. But one thing I know for sure is that our lives will never, ever be dull with Arthur in our world.
|Chilling out after a day's mayhem making|
Sunny Spring SprungWith April arrived the start of spring and all it's freshness, the sun and the glimpse of summer. It also managed to combine a few of my most favourite things:
- The sun - yay to the warmth! Being a naturally cold person (I permanently have ice cold hands that could chill the devil to the bone - Adam has to suffer this torture quite regularly). I can never get enough of the delicious warm feeling when the sun settles on you and warms you through to your bones. Just blissful. It is also a great opportunity to get out summer hats and sunglasses for the little ones....
I'd like him to stay like this forever please
- Picnics - if the sun is out and I'm feeling peckish then in my book it's a perfect combo for a picnic. There's something that excites me greatly about parcelling up a few tasty morsels and finding a secluded sunny spot to eat outdoors. Being outdoors seems to make things taste that extra little bit better and unwrapping the parcels (especially when you've forgotten what's in them) and sharing food is such a nice thing to do especially with children - it's a whole different experience than being confined to the formalities of the dinner table. I'm not a massive fan of formal dinner table dining and a good few times in the week i'll make a little indoor picnic for Arthur and I at lunchtime - it becomes more of a fun, sensory experience. Thankfully Arthur loves it and tends to gobble up anything laid out in a picnic tea!
|The babybels were a big hit|
|Arth and his mates catching the sun|
|Easter bonnet parade|
|Chocolate grumps or is the hat?|
|Meeting new arrivals|
|A ewe or two|
|Appreciating the exhibits|
Reaping the RewardWith spring having sprung plus the mix of rain and sun, our garden really is looking at its best this year and in preparation for our move we've been getting the garden in ship shape. It's nice to know that it's playing ball with the house viewings we've been having! We invested a lot of time and money into it and now two years on, everything has established and is looking lovely and lush. We did some heavy pruning to our wisteria, clamatis and lilac tree and they have come back with gusto. Its so rewarding to see that our hard work has paid off and I really am so sad to be leaving it behind.
|Even our little figgy is doing its bit!|
|The Bedford Road garden gnome|
We recently made two home made herb gardens after I got a great deal on a number of terracotta pots (all different sizes and shapes) at a local reclamation yard. I've not seen this pot shape before but I decided to stack them and plant various herbs around the edges. To secure the pots you can run a thin stick between the holes in the bottom. They work well with herbs, but I've also got plans for doing this with strawberries, and edible plants such as nasturtiums. Any alpine or rockery type plants would do well too.