Saturday 9 July 2016

A brief interlude

I didn't plan not to blog. A combination of being busy (work, home and children) laptop issues and then getting out of the habit put paid to posting. I've seen lots of posts recently where others aren't sure where their blogs are going. This isn't the case for me. I've no great plans for my blog. I know my blog is primarily for me and for making connections with others who like similar stuff to me. And so on we go...

:: I've been loving the garden. It perhaps is not getting as much attention as last year (when LittleR was so poorly and I was barely working during the day) but it's still very enjoyable. I love the alliums...the last of which I had in my kitchen after a football 'accident'.

:: Somewhere along the line, I can't pinpoint exactly, LittleR doesn't need 100% of my attention all the time. It's a subtle thing, I can deadhead some roses whilst she powers up and down on her scooter. I can complete a row or two of a scarf whilst she creates a playmobil meets Peppa Pig playworld!  I'm still yet to make a trip to the loo without either of the girls wondering where I am...

:: We decorated the dining room. Grey and yellow. It's a very sunny room now. I liked it before, I like it even more now!

::We took a last minute trip over half term. The ABO got holiday released (this is unusual for his job over any holiday period!!) and we went to New York. I can confirm most people asked if we took the children and then thought we were mad when we did. Actually, it was an amazing place to go with kids. Easy food. Easy getting about (If you count carrying a 3 year old around easy! I guess being carried is preferable to other people's bums). No language issues (particularly if we had any health issues -thankfully we didn't). There's just so much to do. We barely scratched the surface in 6 days.

:: What do you do where every corner you turn is part of a TV or film set? Well you get over excited seeing the Copacobana (the hottest spot north of Havana) and move directly to MOMA to look at your favourite painting. Yes I loved seeing Starry Night and the beautiful Monet paintings but this one does it for me every time. (Paul Klee - Cat and Bird)

:: I had a brief visit to Purl. I'd perused the website in advance knowing that my browsing time would be short. It was fab just to see all of the things. I bought 3 embroidery kits...2 with scenes of NYC and one sampler.

:: It must be good as I've already completed one.

:: Work continues in an up and down fashion. As with everything recently, who knows where higher education is going after the leave vote. I'm plodding along with my work. Looking forward for the end of the school term. BigR is ready too. She's already planning her birthday party (it's the first week of the new term so she needs the invites at the ready!). Already I'm making new plans for the start of the next academic year. Excited (yes already) for the start of a new term and a new module I'm teaching.

:: I've celebrated another birthday. I was completely spoiled. My new jug takes pride of place in the new dining room.

:: There's been much baking. Scones, cakes, cinnamon buns and for my birthday the ABO made a Junior's inspired baked cheesecake. It was delicious!


  1. You have been busy! A belated happy birthday, the jug is gorgeous, and I love your new living room colours, I can imagine they are really welcoming. Sounds like NY was amazing, glad you all got to go there together and that it was a good trip. Lovely to see a post from you, have a good Sunday. CJ xx

  2. belated birthday wishes. what a wonderful trip. x

  3. Belated birthday wishes, what a beautiful birthday gift. I would love to visit NY one day. I well remember thinking that I would never be able to visit the loo alone again, ever, in my whole life, when my boys were small, but it does happen eventually! X

  4. It's so good to see you. Happy belated birthday! I grew up near New York City and I think it's a great city to visit with children. It sounds like you're all doing well. I have no plans to change my blog either; at times, I think my blog must be incredibly boring to read, always about the same kinds of things, but that's what my life is like. Just keeping it real, you know. :)

  5. Happy belated Birthday! City breaks are great with kids, there is so much to do and see. New York is way up at the top of my wish list. Hope you have a great summer. xx

  6. Just found your blog and I'm glad I did! Isn't New York amazing! I haven't been for over 10 years but I remember it so well. Bet your girls were amazed. Hope you had a great birthday. Love the jug :) B x

  7. Nice to see you back! It sounds as though you have been very busy - New York and decorating?! - so hopefully you'll have the chance to chill out a bit over the summer holidays. And happy belated birthdays! (Lovely jug) Xx