26 August 2016

island beach

Some more family photos!
Unfortunately we have been so busy this summer, mostly with our new baby and our online jewellery business (which is usually quiet during the holidays) has been busy too. We haven't been able to get away as much as we had hoped, but hopefully we will close our business and shop for one weekend in September so that we can have at least one week of uninterrupted family time...and go camping!
That is the beauty of living down here on the Isle of Wight, you can literally just nip down to the beach and make the most of a free evening or afternoon.
We did manage one full day on the beach which was absolute bliss. Our son is doing so well, and has been a joy to be with. Sleeping well and smiling lots whatever we are doing. Our daughter is giving us some challenges every day though, but I know she is grappling some very hefty concepts and emotions, so we just grin and bare it for now ; )

They both love each other so much and it makes me swell up with pride to see it!

I've yet to get a picture of all four us at the same time, but I will endeavour!!

London in August

We had to go to London for work as usual the other week, but this time we decided to all go as a family of four for the first time! Our daughter was born in London, so she really is a Londoner at heart (she talks about London all the time and is top of her list of things she wants to do). Our son however, was born at St.Marys Hospital on the Isle of Wight (same as me), so he, like me, is an Islander!
I have always loved London since I was little when I used to be taken there a lot.
Some islanders get a bit phased out with the big city and noise ; )

...but, alas, on the A3 we heard a weird sound and we were lucky to find this shady lay-by off a slip road. The fan belt had pinged off and the bit it was connected to had snapped off (technical term).
Unfortunetly though easy to fix, it's not something that the AA carry with them, so we had to get taken away on a lorry : (

The kiddies were great though considering how long we had to wait. The next day in London was beautiful weather...

Our daughter loves this playground SO much so that was the first destination whilst I got on with work at the workshop.

and then a visit to Exmouth market nearby.

We had our car dropped off at the garage we used to use when we lived in South London, So we had an unplanned visit to Peckham on the bus.

his first time on the bus!...

(stuck in traffic on a hot day!!)

We used to go here nearly every day.

We had to wait a bit longer for our car, so we pottered around our old neighbourhood for a bit.

It was so good to have our car back, we didn't have a buggy, and lots to carry.

We always love having a look in Anthropologie at the beautiful packaging and ceramics...

...and Spitalfields market as usual.

I loved this stall of Japanese treasures. The photo at the top of this post is also their stall.

It was hard work with the kids in tow (major melt downs from our daughter) which is to be expected of course! but we all had a lovely time : )  Our 5 month old son just kept kicking is legs and smiling in excitement with it all!