A Good Friday

img_20190419_202544The Easter weekend kicked off with a very good Friday. Lunch in Yamamori was delicious and the seafood bento box was fantastic value. We followed lunch with ice cream and I can highly recommend the apple and balsamic one. The weather was extremely co-operative too. I ended the day with a bottle of wine from our holidays in France last year and the TV all to myself. Bliss.

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A Good Friday

Tiny Sparks of Joy

img_20190411_091553Patio progress in action. Something we have had near the top of our house to-do list since we moved in.

Finding something we needed close by and at a good price, and having help to get it upstairs. It’s not perfect but it’s fine.

Pastries from our local amazing bakery and good coffee after a gym session.

A loooooong weekend, which is sorely needed and which, we hope, gives us a chance to get more stuff on the to-do list done.

Planning a day out. It feels good to plan ahead rather than plod along.

 

Tiny Sparks of Joy

Little Luxuries

img_20190411_135430I am thankful every single day of my maternity leave that I can enjoy this time at home and out and about with Baby Orchid. Yesterday I had to meet someone in town and after lunch I had enough time to have a stroll around the National Gallery. I love the stained glass section, the colours are so vibrant and the lighting shows the pieces to spectacular effect. I’m also thankful that I live in a country with free access to so many museums and galleries, so seeing beautiful things like this isn’t limited to those with money.

Little Luxuries

More Adventures in Zero Waste

img_20190409_115006This was my lunch yesterday. It was delicious, all cobbled together from bits and bobs in our fridge, cupboard and what we optimistically call our ‘herb garden’. I love using up every single thing before going shopping again, because it reduces waste, makes me figure out what we like to eat and what we allow to languish in the veggie drawer and forces me to be creative with our meals.

It’s difficult (very difficult) to get the fruit and vegetables we love without plastic packaging. We do a lot of our shopping in Lidl these days and hopefully this news will do something to alleviate the amount of plastic around our food. At least we can prevent food waste as much as possible buy using up what we have before filling our cupboards and fridge again.

More Adventures in Zero Waste

Mixed Emotions

img_20190408_180321This pile of stuff has very little that I bought new. The moses basket and stand was a charity shop find, the co-sleeper came on loan from a friend and a lot of the babygros came from our attic and were worn by other babies. I’ve packed up a lot of stuff in recent days, now that we’ve reclaimed our room and don’t need a lot of what I call the baby-baby stuff. We didn’t even have a lot of the stuff on the lists of baby ‘essentials’, knowing as we did what we needed and what we didn’t.

Our family is most definitely complete. This stuff is all going to a new home and that makes me very happy. I’m looking forward to the next stage of life and having a little more freedom and a lot less stuff. It’s still a little emotional packing up the stuff and knowing this is it for us.

I still love a good night’s sleep though.

Mixed Emotions

And so to bed…..

img_20190408_211608Himself and I love our bed. When we first started living together we went to Ikea, had a go of a mattress with memory foam and never looked back. It’s probably one of our all time favourite purchases. It’s big enough for all of us to squeeze into (just about).

We’ve had baby Orchid in our room since we came home from the hospital. He would start out the night in a co-sleeper (which a friend very kindly loaned me) and invariably end up sleeping with us after the wee small hours because I am too lazy (mainly) and it’s not recommended (somewhat) to put in the spadework of sleep training a very tiny baby.

Baby Orchid outgrew the co-sleeper and slipped from being a pretty okay sleeper to what can only be described as woejus. We were all waking up several times a night, we woke him when we got ready for bed and he wasn’t getting enough sleep. So over the weekend we tried him in his cot in his own room and … it worked! He sleeps, we sleep, it’s all very, very good.

I treated us to some fancy new bedlinen and yesterday I put the new duvet cover, pillowcases and sheets on the bed. We luxuriated in the glory that is fresh sheets, a room that feels about two meters bigger thanks to the co-sleeper having been packed away and we slept. Oh how we slept. It. Was. Glorious.

And so to bed…..

On Feeling Pleased With Myself

img_20190329_132635Over a month ago I finally completed a project that had, to be blunt, wrecked my head and made me question my levels of patience. I’m very happy to report that the photobooks of my children’s art spark oodles of joy. The quality is fantastic, they came really quickly and I’m pretty pleased with my work. The work was all worth it and I’m definitely going to use this method of preserving memories for a few other bundles of crap things I want to remember.

On Feeling Pleased With Myself