My romantic husband

The other day, when Ian was mowing a maze in the second paddock for the kids to get lost in (yes the grass is that long…) he came in with a bunch of these:

Aren’t they just lovely? And what makes it better is that my husband thought of me and wanted to make me happy. Well, he definitely succeeded. Bring me a bunch of hand picked flowers any day instead of shop bought ones! I guess he knows me well!

For some reason this just reminded me that we’re nearing our 7th wedding anniversary. The tradition calls for ‘wool’. I’ll have to think of something nice to knit him in a little over a month! Any ideas?



Busy, busy, busy…!

My sister-in-law Jo is coming to visit us with her family this week and I really really want to finish painting the outside furniture so we can eat outside!

I found these babies in an antiques’ shop. Don’t they just scream SHABBY CHIC?

So not in good condition at all, but what’s the sanding machine and the paint brush for, ey?

Ok, so lots of sanding and lots of paint…

And while I’m at it… I found this table at a local junk auction…

It looked very sad sitting outside in the rain, legless, paintless, loveless. So I picked it up, for … wait for it… £6!!! Bargain!!! I mean, it’s wood and it sits at least 8 people! Ok, so it might not look fab at the moment, but just you wait till I’m finished with it! (at least I hope it will look fab once I’m finished with it…)

We’ve also got a king sized bed that we bought ages and ages ago and surely we must have been blind not to see how ghastly its colour is. I mean just look at this orange!!

But never fear! Apple-mint-white is aching to hug the wood all around before getting access to our bedroom!

Hello New Chapter!

And we have arrived to Herefordshire!

The last couple of months have been rather eventful!

We thought we were so prepared when we decided to send the children to Hungary for their spring holiday so, not only could they spend time with my family, but we could move houses/counties easier. Little did we know that Anabelle would get an awful infection behind her eye, that resulted in her ending up in hospital and hooked onto intravenous antibiotics. She was scheduled to stay in for two weeks, but my little battler thought better of it and responded so well to the treatment that I could fly back to Kent with her as planned. Sure Ian had to come to get the children too, because originally we thought Anabelle would have to stay in hospital for the two weeks, which would have meant me staying with her, which would have meant I couldn’t have done the move, which would have meant Ian was going to do it all on his own… Mind you, I was going to do it all on my own too, as Ian was supposed to work through the  move.

As it is, we were all in the UK when we exchanged / completed on the houses.

Oh, it was so exciting to get to the new house!

I drove the kids and myself (4 and a half hours!!) up a day early and stayed with friends. Ian came up on the day of completion after cleaning our old house in Kent and making sure we gave it over as we would have wanted to receive it. Little things like that make such a difference when you get your new house!

The next day the movers arrived but we haven’t heard from our solicitor to find out if the funds have been transferred. So after a little waiting around, we had the call and were told where the keys were hidden in the wood-store. We let ourselves in! Actually Ian carried me over the threshold. How romantic my darling husband is!

We are absolutely in love with the place. Not just our new house that is just perfect, but our garden, our paddocks and everything else surrounding us. Herefordshire is truly truly beautiful.

The pictures scattered around this post are flowers I have around the garden.

Pretty aren’t they?

And it’s crazy, but even the bad weather (yup some things don’t change..!) is so much more bearable here.

So now we’re planting our roots. We’re hoping they’ll grow deep and we’ll stay here happy for a long long time.

Time to make new friends and explore new places.

Oh and since we now have a garden time to bring out the BBQ!

xx for now.

A dolls house find!

I’ve been looking out for a dolls’ house for Anabelle for a while now. I didn’t want to get her a new one because a) it’s horribly expensive and b) isn’t it just much nicer when you have something that has its own history already?

Ian and I walked into town to the post office and decided to walk through town instead of taking the short cut on the way home. There are four charity shops in our little town and when I looked over to one of them I saw a big dolls’ house ‘waving’ to me through the window!

‘Ian, Dolls’ house!, Ian, Dolls’ house!!!’

We went, we saw, we bought!

Yay! I was so excited on the way home and was planning already how I was going to make it look lovely for Anabelle. Ian made a comment about how he’s not sure who was going to play with the house more… Honestly… what a comment to make!

The house is not in tip top condition, but in my mind that just makes it all the better, because we’ll get to make it our own.

I don’t actually know what period it’s meant to represent, or what country it’s from. The shop assistant thought it may be French. Any of you out there dolls’ house experts? I would love to find out more about it.

It isn’t actually as small as it may look like from the photos. To show you, I sat beside it.

See? Definitely big enough for a little girl to play with. (fine, fine, fine, and maybe her mum too!)

I’m so curious about what might have been around the front door. There are two holes there, so something must have been there. Any ideas?

These little windows actually open! For, you know, when we need to ummm… air the house!

The flooring and wallpapering will need to be done throughout. It’s all wired up, so Ian will have a look at the lighting in it and hopefully we can turn them on one day!

Isn’t this just the cutest light fitting you’ve seen? I can’t wait until we turn it on.

After taking these photos Ian and I got a bit carried away with taking photos and produced some ‘arty’ ones! Et voila:

Bonjour through the window there!

Let me in! Let me in! Where’s my ‘eat-me’ cake??

Ah! There you are! Now, I’m small enough to go through the house and find this!!:

Hahaha! Fab!

I’m hoping to do the house up by Christmas so Anabelle can have it as her ‘big’ present. We’ll see. It’s definitely an exciting project!


Leeds Castle Visit

I love sunny days in England. In fact I love sunny days anywhere, but when I’m in England, I like it in England!

What I love even more is sharing the lovely sunny days with people you like to hang out with.

After school drop off the other day, Karen (one of the mums from our school) her little girl, Caitlin, Anabelle and myself got in the car and headed to Leeds Castle for the morning/lunch/early afternoon. We had THE perfect day for it. It’s April so the place was almost empty with no groups of people, and plenty of parking. Not to mention we couldn’t have asked for a better, sunnier, warmer day. Proper summer’s day actually!

The girls were absolute angels and enjoyed each other’s company. We could even walk through the castle and look at all the rooms before going to the castle playground.

I can’t believe we have never gone before! It’s a beautiful place that I think everyone should visit who comes to Kent.

It really was a lovely day out. I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the photos I’ve taken. (obviously not the areal photos)


Pretty package

This year Ian bought Jo, one of my sister-in-law’s birthday present. It was a chain bottle holder. Don’t ask. Not pretty.

Jo was very gracious about receiving it though! They said it’s a ‘talking point’. Indeed it is. I don’t think in a ‘wow look at that it’s fabulous’ way, but never the less he tried and thought about his sister, which is nice.

Still, I thought I’d try to ‘pretty the present up’ a bit and wrapped it as nicely as I could with the few things I had lying about at home.

Amazing what a bit of tissue paper, a dolly, ribbon and a button can do to a box of chain…


A bit of pre-Easter inspiration

Because we’re moving and I’m a bit stressed about it all – whether it will really happen or not.. – I don’t really feel  like dressing this house up for Easter. I’d definitely be all over it at our  new home, but I’m just not inspired here. I still love our little house here, after all it was our first home together, but when it’s time to move on, you just want to move on.

Anyways, I thought I’d share this link for a napkin bunny tutorial for those of you who are doing Easter-y stuff around the house. How adorable is the polka dot fabric napkin?? I’ll definitely pin it for next Easter!


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