that was summer 2015 (part 2)

24 August 2015

So this is round two of my summer catch-up posts! 
Now that me and my mister share looking after our daughter AND running the shop, we had very little time this summer together (this is a short term thing!). I don't take the camera with me all the time obviously but my mister is always better organised about these things, and he took some photos of trips with the tot to the local beaches, belly boarding and crabbing off the pier...

(prehistoric crabbing line and filthy dress well documented here)

Unfortunately although crabs were caught, they decided the bucket wasn't for them, and released their grip on the tasty prawns and fell back into the sea.

In other news, we went to London for a short work related trip, and decided to all go. (sugary naughties also well documented here).

Littlun here displaying her pigeon on one leg impression.

We parked in front of her favourite London playground...and then took a trip to west end, Nao bought a new tote bag, which we found quite handy at the time...

Before going home, we awoke early and drove to Kempton market. We were quite surprised at the bargains we found there.

The littlun found a toy phone, (although I should say that it's not an original one) but she liked it just the same, so thats fine by me ; )

After phoning Father Christmas to request a Buzz Lightyear, she dragged it through the market at much annoyance of the other people there I'm sure.

 My mister bought a funny French bike (which was quite pricey I thought!) but he loves it! He 'commutes' the 100 yards to our shop on it!

 Other things we bought...

a homemade wooden town, £20

Tiny bobble hat (free with jacket)

sewing bits and bobs (£2 each)

wooden beads (free with jacket)

toddler jumpers (£1 each)

1940s silk devore dress (£10)

bird prints (can't remember what we paid for these but they weren't cheap!) for our shop display

crab napkin (£1)

post office trunk (£10 or £15 I think?)

corduroy jacket (£10)

Back on the Island, I had a badly timed cold virus type thing which left me feeling like poo for about two weeks (in fact I am still coughing and sniffing as I type this). So I have been the world's most boring mum to our very tolerant toddler. I did manage a few short walks on various beaches though...

A little walk across the boggy terrain of Newtown...

BUT mega chuffed to have bumped into Dame Ellen MacArthur's dog! she is one of my heroes. (Ellen, not the dog I mean)

How ever the peace and tranquility of the place was some what disrupted but a grumpy sleepy screaming tot, so we had to make a quick and slightly embarrassing exit back along the bridge! (that's her British granny with us too btw)

(the perfect angel as soon as there were no people around, gah!!)

So anyways, that's it folks! Hope you all had lovely relaxing and sun drenched summers?? ; )


  1. Love the photo of Nao making her fly. :)

  2. Please tell me you bought the bear on wheels? Love your buys, you have such a good eye. Hope you feel better.

  3. Wonderful pictures! Hope you are feeling better soon!

  4. Wonderful photo of Pehr in the air. You should enter that one somewhere.

  5. Lovely to hear from you again, and so pleased the shop is doing well! We're thinking of a holiday on the Isle perhaps next summer, it looks so beautiful! x

  6. Have to agree with everyone else....always love your photos but the one of Nao throwing Pehr in the air is absolutely stunning.

  7. The photo of the flying tot is the very best pic I have ever seen of exuberance, trust, love, youth, parenthood........ It deserves to be enlarged into a poster and put up in your house. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Always love your pictures and blog....

  9. Yes THAT photo!
    Looks like Pehr has just fallen from heaven and Nao was there to catch her and claim her as yours - kind of what happened eh?

  10. I've only commented here once or twice before, but I just wanted to say again how much I love your blog. It's so inspiring! I've been sick in bed this week, and when this post popped up in my facebook feed it sent me on a trail of reading back over some of your older posts again as well. It really cheered me up and got me feeling inspired again. Thank you for sharing your beautiful, creative life with us all!
    I hope you feel better soon and that you all get a well earned break in the near future. :)

  11. I agree, 'Pehr in the Air' should be enlarged and printed off and on show in your home, and indeed entered into a competition. It's a beautiful photograph of fun, love and trust. All other photos are gorgeous too!

  12. What a summer! Gorgeous photos! I hope you feel better!

  13. LOVE Pehr in the air! eve. Gone needs a Father like that!

  14. Is it possible to get a copy of the picture Of Pehr in the air? I love it so!

  15. Hello, checking your blog in our system we realized the credit links have been changed and the credit is not linking back to our shop. Please, email us at to rectify this. Thank you -- Matt Azaria

    1. oh dear, sorry about that! actually I had a few problems with that template so I have now changed it. many thanks!

  16. Looks like a perfect summer! So beautiful.


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