Saturday, 23 November 2013


Even a small star shines in the darkness.
- Finnish proverb

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


I drink tea and forget the world's noises.
- apparently a Chinese saying

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Tuesday, 3 September 2013


Bean: Did you put music on Mum?
Me: Yes
Bean: Why did you put music on Mum?
Me: Because it makes me happy.  Does music make you happy honey?
Bean: No, when you cuddle me it makes me feel music-y.

Brought a smile to my face and made my day really!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Spring has sprung

I'm back.  It has been a busy 5 months.  We sold.  We bought.  We moved.  Olive is fondly referred to as Lulu now.  Bean is 3.  Beans Mummy is a little frayed around the edges...but the smell of blossoms & freshly cut grass & a desire to pick up the camera and bloggity-blog again are very, very good things.

I hope you're having a happy day! 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Monday, 1 April 2013


“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
- Dr Seuss

Tuesday, 26 March 2013


By your own efforts
waken yourself,
watch yourself,
and live joyfully.
- Buddha

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Beautiful stuff (well, apart from our sweet Olive)

A gorgeous & thoughtful gift from a blogging friend, one exhausted & happy Bean, green fingernails ("like frogs Mumma") and the fact that we're seriously contemplating a tree change...

What beautiful things are happening for you?

Wednesday, 13 March 2013


I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Favourite words list

Playing along with '52 Lists', with Pip and everyone at meetmeatmikes.
This was a fun one!  Could have gone on forever...

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Bringing Joy

Flowers from dear friends, a Crusty Demon Bean, Olive's darling little fingers (we've taken to calling Liv 'Olive' a way it goes with 'Bean')...and the special picture Bean drew for Liv and stuck next to her cot.  Things bringing me joy at the moment.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Friday, 1 March 2013

Bean & Mummy time...

The Bean loved her rainy day adventures this week.  Puddles & snails - it was very refreshing after the hot weather I must say.  I need to get myself some gumboots...Bean insisted I wear her Dad's boots instead (see above...I'm not a fan).
Have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


If the only prayer you ever said in your life was 'thank you', that would be sufficient.
- Meister Eckhart

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Favourite flowers

My favourite flowers...playing along with '52 Lists', with Pip and everyone at meetmeatmikes.

Hmmm, I really don't know the names of many flowers!  I love so many more than this...I just don't know their names.  Inspired to learn some now.   
And I don't think that is how you spell way I'm going back & re-writing/re-shooting that list though!  The scary thing is, once upon a time I would have...
Have an ace weekend!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Bean & Bubba's Mummy

Olivia Eve was born at 1030am on Monday 18th February 2013 (her due date mind you)!
8lb 7oz
We're home, happy, healthy and besotted!

Her big sister is in love...and continuously making us laugh.  She said she will "grow down, so she can drink milk from Mum's boobas too."

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Due tomorrow

Good Morning!
Happy Sunday to you!
Due tomorrow...birth vibes warmly accepted!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Everyday things...a list...

Stuff I do every day...linking up for '52 Lists' with Pip at meetmeatmikes

Seems they are only things that stand out as nice...enjoyable...not the mundane.
What do you do every single day?

Wednesday, 13 February 2013


Because apparently it is possible to feel more bloated than I already do...

...and it was scrumptious!  Soy, barley & linseed bread.  Lifespan in our house - less than 24 hours.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Grateful for my Mum

Feeling grateful that Mum is arriving today.  She drives me crazy at times, as I'm sure I do her...but that's pretty normal I think.  I feel lucky to have her around and am so glad she'll be here for the birth of baby 2.  Wonder when that will be?

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Mummies are strong

 "It's a Mummy pig, so it's a strong pig."
- Bean (referring to the pig she had just asked me to draw, so she could paint it)

Perfect timing.  I just love, how after a tiring couple of days when I feel like I have no energy or patience & that my parenting has been laziness personified... the Bean comes out with this one.  I'm in love Bean.  You rock!  And now I feel strong.  Hooray!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

52 Lists: The Best Snacks

Linking up with Pip from meetmeatmikes ...for 52 Lists...
Hope you're having a good night! Hungry? x

Monday, 28 January 2013

52 weeks of lists

I'm going to try to make less "anxiety-causing" lists (*) this year and I'm going to play along with this 52 weeks of lists linky thingy instead on the beautiful blog MeetmeatMikes.  Ally from  everydaymiracles has inspired me - thanks Ally.


The Wombles
Romper Room
Monkey Magic
Danger Mouse
....a plasticine show - was it called "The Red and The Blue"??
Inspector Gadget

(*)...Do you know these lists?  The ones you make to ensure you don't forget something, with the idea that you'll relax once you have the list written and in progress...but the whole thing ends up making you a little stressed, because now you have lists of things to do and feel like you can't relax until they're done?  Overthinking much?

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Last week: the good, the bad & the ugly

The good...
Bean's Mummy: "Let's stick that on the wall with some blue tac hey?"
Bean: "No thanks Mummy, I want green tac pleeeeeeeease."

The bad...
The look on the 18-yr-old waxing chick's face, mid-wax, as Bubba started to kick and move about, twisting my tummy into all kinds of bizarre shapes.  I'm sure she was freaking out Bubs was about to shoot out - she waxed SO quickly once the kicking began!

The ugly...
Me trying to use the self-serve checkouts at the supermarket (note: all are being used and there are about 4 people waiting in line too).  Bean decides it would be nice to pull her heavily pregnant Mummy's skirt down and give everyone a nice big flash of hideously stylish nana-knickers! I can laugh about

Anything funny going on in your world?  Hope the weekend was fun! x

Saturday, 12 January 2013

The Irony

If only Bean could read my last post.  We've just landed in terrible-2 land I think.  I want, I want, I Mummy, no Mummy, no Mummy!  Tantrums-galore!  Not feeling up to the challenge either being 5 weeks away from giving birth.  Ho-hum, this too shall pass...

Wednesday, 2 January 2013


Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are.  When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
- Lao Tzu