a rosy tinted rural life


Hello! Wow, what a nice day it has been today, makes a change! We walked to the next town along the old railway line, to visit the local library for 'Rhyme Time'. 
I'm a temporary single parent at the moment (as the mister is in Japan for a couple of weeks), I have been holding the fort as regards to childcare as well as earning the money. All the while, we have had a sort of nasty virus which has left us both feeling a bit yuck. Anyways, to relax in the evening I have been watching two whole series of Lark Rise to Candleford. It is a kind of hilarious, rosy tinted tales of local woe of years gone by, all softy focus and orange hue landscapes. However, the walk to the library today reminded me of the road from Lark Rise to Candleford in fact! It's amazing that a steam train used to run along this track, alongside the river and estuary and the reed beds. It was dismantled in the 1950s, which was a decision of utter stupidity, if you ask me.

It was the first time for us to go to a nursery rhyme type kids do, so I wasn't sure what to expect. She loved the library but she was a bit freaked out by all the people sitting around in a circle all saying the same thing at the same time...a bit like some scary occult religion but without the lamb being sacrificed. I loved it, so many songs I had forgotten about...I was like 'oh oh I know this one, I know this one!!'  Incy Wincy Spider and such like. We had lunch outside the library afterwards and the sun was bright and warm.

We stopped by the shops on the way home and picked up ANOTHER four bunches of daffs, and some tulips. I have totally run out of things to put daffodils in.

I found lots of primroses and violets growing in the middle of the path in the bottom of our garden, so I have bought them indoors for a bit before I will plant them outside again somewhere better. I love all the bulb plants you get in spring, but to me, nothing represents an English spring better than a primrose.

I also discovered these Hellebores growing in our garden, hidden behind the fencing. In fact they face completely downwards so you can't see the flowers at all when they are growing outside. So I thought it makes sense to keep them there for cutting. I love the colour and texture of those velvety petals...so mysterious!

So with the smell of hyacinths wafting through our nostrils and Lark Rise to Candleford on the laptop, we are enjoying this first taste of spring so far this year.

...and learning about the seasons with these amazing stacking blocks, which I bought for our nipper when she was just two months old (for xmas), and she still loves to play with them.

Also, changing the subject some what, I was asked by Vicky of The Owl and the Accordion to do an interview for Sticky Tiger's blog about my shed. You can read it here if you fancy. Sticky Tiger is a shop that sells all kind of nice things for making things with. I just bought these lovely wood slices and linen sticky tape...

...not yet sure what I will do with them! Happy spring peoples : ) xxx

the middle of february


Seeing as the whole internet world is saturated in romantic nonsense at the moment, I thought I might as well join in! My mister found me some lovely things when he was last in London, whilst all I could muster was a card. Oh dear : /

As I may have mentioned before, I'm really busy with work at the moment and maybe that doesn't come across on my blog which usually focuses on all the jollities of homelife ; )

Behind the scenes I am always panicking about something work related that I have to sort out and I am turning around orders and getting them to customers before their deadlines every week. I think all of this plus the daily boring chores of maintaining housely duties, have left me feeling a bit overwhelmed in the last few months.

Anyhows, my mister has a trip away planned soon to redecorate the Tokyo shop so my blog may have a little break during this time whilst I keep all the plates spinning!

I am also planning to design a new jewellery collection and sculpt them from wax for casting (a bit like this) within the next week or two, so I'm pretty excited about this (if I can get the time to do it!) and I'll look forward to showing you what I managed to come up with very soon.

But for now, here are some photos from our slightly chaotic, mid-February days...

We made Valentines cards for Nao (her pops, my mister) with our hand prints ( I think I found this idea on Pinterest but I don't know who was originally responsible?)

Our nipper loves drawing around her hands and she helped cut them out, she's pretty good with scissors surprisingly!
Then she painted them with glue and paint mixture and then dusted them in glitter (every project we do has to involve glitter!?).

We also decided to rummage in the recycling box and think of things we could make out of them. She decided on spaceship, I guess because she is soooooo into Buzz Lightyear and all things Galactic!!

We chopped up some sweet wrappers (that I'd saved from 2 xmas's ago!?) and used it as the rocket booster. Egg box no longer...now its made from a terillium-carbonic alloy.

When we are indoors, our littlun basically jumps on the sofa and runs the whole length of the house, all day.
I found some tiny violets growing in our lawn, which gave me infinite joy...

and we've been going for walks in her new-found fondness of the buggy (which she previously hated from birth!). I have now invested in a better off-road buggy so I'm looking forward to more long walks in the countryside. (sunrise photos by my mister btw)

So I guess I'll be back at my blog in March sometime, spring will be well and truly on its way then!!

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