toddling update

25 August 2013

So we've been pretty busy of late, although I'm sure that won't come across in my blog! We are amidst the refurbishment of our workshop, comprehending the possibility of our next house move, and looking after our nipper and all that entails. Of course this is all going on at the same time running our businesses!

However, we have very little to complain about as life really is pretty sparkly at the moment. Our wee one has just learnt to walk! Yes walk! she does still grab our finger and take us on a walk most of the time, but she is walking hands-free quite a lot too which is just so amazing, words can't describe it really. She is becoming so independent and getting a very strong mind about everything.
She also has learn't some niffty stuff like picking up an iphone to her ear and saying 'hello?' and clapping her hands when we say 'well done'. Im sure thats all standard news to all you parents out there, but to us its totally surreal and amazing : )
She is not a baby anymore which I am devastated about and thrilled about at the same time, a very odd feeling.
She doesn't even feel like a baby anymore, no more delicate squidgy thing, now she's all arms and legs and teeth.

So, when we've not been working, we've really been trying to get Pehr out in the sunshine (at least whats left of it) so she can explore and try out her new legs as it were. This week we went to Kenwood House, to see the ducks and laze about.

I have had such a hard time to find proper shoes that fit her because she has tiny feet and is 10 months old, and all shoes her size are not for walking in, they just get wrecked as soon as they touch the floor! I bought these lovely yellow sandals but they are too big, they will probably fit her next January which is useful. She will have to wear them with wooly socks.

(she doesn't normally walk about with aired bottom in public, but she ran off before I could get a nappy on)

gorgeous old trees in Hampstead...

by the way, during this peaceful lunch in the park, I was bitten eaten, by a horsefly. It got up my dress and sank its teeth or whatever, into my most fleshy parts. It stung like HELL, and after thinking it had gone, 10 minutes later, it bit me again, I looked inside my dress and saw this big brown ugly thing. UUUUrrggh shudder, it probably ate some poo before it bit into me. Nice. Beware the horsefly.

anyways, back to the story...

we love doggies.

maybe we will get one, one day.

We have also been to Brockwell Park, which is next to Brixton/Dulwich.

there is a nice cafe in a big old building at the top of a hill, and a water park for the littleys.

We haven't really taken our babe out to playgrounds much, only in the last week. Its great to see her watching the other kids and going up to them to have a chat.

there is also a sand pit.

and a pond.

one never knows quite what to do whilst waiting for the camera to click.



So, I hope that my next blog post will be a workshop update, with things that we've made and renovated. Im getting so excited about it! 
happy Bank Holiday UK Peeps! x


  1. Thank you for takinig me to see all these beautiful places today! :)
    I have no idea of what a horsefly is but I was picking up rosmary in the garden this morning and my hands were very, very close to a big yellow and black and very poisonous spider. I didn't see it! With the corner of my eyes I saw something yellow, but I thought it was a dead leaf - it was that big - but then it moved!

  2. Hi Artemis, you might want to try moccasins for your tiny-footed walker. They are supple, durable, tie as firmly as desired, and available in all sizes. Love this all. xo

    1. Thanks! I do have some moccasins for her, but they are also too big! I might try and make some and hopefully they wont come off! x

  3. Anonymous25.8.13

    Such lovely spots to spend time...and such joy when the little ones begin to motor on their own two feet...and you'll be run off yours!! :) Love her arms and the little rolls...I miss those days with my children (who are now in their 20s) -- brings back lots of happy memories!

  4. Anonymous25.8.13

    We stayed at Jim's Farm earlier in the week. It was amazing. Thank you so much for featuring it on your blog. Alas, I got bitten by horseflies twice whilst I was there. Same soft of thing - they flew up my skirt and bit my legs. I now have two massive bites. Ouch! We had such a brilliant time though. Jim and Jill (or is it Gill) are so lovely. We came home with carrots, plants and sweetpeas. We will definitely go back. Natalie

  5. I've got the answer for you! Shooshoos! A South African product but sold in the UK too (find them here
    They're the ONLY walking shoes for smalls - both my kids and all my friend's children wore them. Lovely soft shoes, with thick (but soft) leather soles and closed toes to protect those little piggies when stumbling about. Some of the designs are horrific and some are really, really cute - be sure to check out the boys styles too. Both my girls wore the 'sneaker' types.
    Looks like you're having a lovely summer, your daughter is delightful!

  6. Just gorgeous. I love your blog the most.

  7. Gorgeous photos as usual. I hate horseflies and get itten horribly by them almost every year. nasty things.

  8. lovely post, and liking the new blog design, very pretty! x

  9. How is it possible that Pehr is growing up so fast! As always your photos are beautiful, and you and your family seem to live such a lovely, charmed life. I love your blog!

  10. 10 months and walking is AMAZING! My mum used to tell me I was quite an early walker at 12 months, so there... Also love your maxi dress! xox

  11. Anonymous28.8.13

    Walking already! She's such a sweetie - looks like such a lovely time, and your photos are beautiful as always. Love the blog design changes too!

  12. Your little girl is so beautiful! So precious when they start walking, wish I could travel back in time and see each of my boys walking for the first time again :-)

  13. Katy Jane12.9.13

    Pehr is adorable!

    On the shoes front, try TKMaxx. It's the only place I could find tiny, soled shoes for my daughter when she was learning to walk. I've seen size 1 and 2 this week in our local store and they are often really beautiful shoes from Europe (much nicer offerings than most kids shoes in England). Anyway, worth a try.

    Oh and thank you for sharing your beautiful campsite in Dorset. We had a quick peek on our way home from our latest camping trip and will definitely be heading there on our next trip to Dorset.


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