29 August 2013


 I usually dread the summer holidays because it means that all the places we usually go are completely over run by other kids, and then I just get the fear. We haven't visited St.Andrews park (a really nice park near us!) all summer because I'm scared of it. This may sound weird, and it is, but I just get nervous going there. All the kids running around, people not watching what their children are up to, noise and chaos, fights and oh a massive sandpit and you know how I hate sand. So we haven't gone, but hopefully once the children go back to school we can visit again. But it just means that we have to be a bit more adventurous and inventive when we think of what we can do with our days.

Luckily we have a good little group with whom we meet up with a few times each week, some days we go swimming, or a smaller park near us, we go Gromit hunting, picnics and trips outside of Bristol. Not only do I have a lovely time with these mums who I would call my good friends but our boys are also very good friends. It's so lovely to see them all interacting with each other. Not just playing along side each other, or I should say fighting over the same toy, they now talk, share (mostly), run around, lead each other on and have their own little relationships. Theo will always ask after his friends, and it's the sweetest thing to see their faces light up when they see each other or embrace when they say goodbye! I hope as they get older they will remain friends, even go to the same school as each other and can be one of those friends who they can say they've known each other since they were two. I know that they are going to be mischievous, wild and scheming together as they get older too...I can see it already!

So these friends and outings have made our summer a little more bearable!

27 August 2013

thirty-four / fifty-two

- a portrait of my child, once a week, every week in 2013-

So late again, but better than not at all! This week has once again flown by, and I spent the weekend away from home at the hen do! But in between that we've managed to go on a few adventures with friends to let our children run wild and free. Theo certainly shows us more and more that he is an explorer and adventurer at heart, something which I love and will always encourage! He leads his little friends off on trails through the woods and undergrowth, climbing jumping and tumbling all over the place. He likes to survey his surroundings, going to the edges to check what's there and never looking back or hesitating. Something which is tough at times as he will just run and keep going, but I know he is happy so I try my hardest not to stop him going too far, that's not to mean it doesn't scare me half to death of when I loose sight of him for a few minutes...

Last week this sweet embrace made me smile, and reminded me so much of Theo and his daddy! 

you've got the love part three!

I'm so very happy to welcome Ivana onto my blog today to talk about her wedding and marriage! I love this history of their wedding, and that dress..what a find!? I feel lucky to have a glimpse into their married life, what a utterly talented and cool couple! 

First things first, a huge congratulations to Abigail & Rob, what an exciting adventure you're about to set foot on!

Tim & I celebrated our 3rd anniversary just recently and I can't believe just how fast time has flown. Looking back, we were babies when we said our I do's, Tim 22 & myself 24. We married at Jesus College in Cambridge which is the same place Tim's parents & brother got married. Its a beautiful college with the most stunning little chapel. We tried to keep our wedding simple and as handmade as possible. Some of our favourite artists from the print studio we were working at the time very kindly designed our invites, service sheets & menus I did the flower arranging & button holes with friends & family. I was also very lucky to find my dress in a local Oxfam, maybe one day if I have a daughter I'll hand it down to her.

I hope this doesn't make everyone cringe, but from the start Tim & I were best pals and I think thats is where the secret lies, we tell each other absolutely everything and do everything we can to support one another in our careers. This usually comes down to him helping with the washing up at my supper clubs and me helping him prime canvas', hang shows, paint murals etc. We're a partnership & try to do as much together as we can (although maybe working together in the past was a little too much!). We love being involved in each others lives but have also learnt when to give each other space. Over the years we've learnt how important it is not to point score, ok, maybe I've learnt not to point score. Tim is pretty chilled but it can be so easy to start a fight when you feel like you're the only person who does the cooking/washing/food shopping etc. We've got a lot better recently at stepping up to the mark especially if one of us is going through a busy or tough patch at work and all it takes is a little appreciation to make it all worthwhile.

Finally, we have always lived by a little rule that my mum taught me which is to never go to bed on an argument. This has resulted in us staying up half the night on many an occasion talking things over but it works a treat and means we can start the next day on a clean slate.
Thank you Abbi for inviting me to share a little about our marriage & wedding. Tim & I wish you 3 a long, happy life together.

22 August 2013


As you know I've been taking part in the wonderful '52 Project' since the beginning of January, and I'm surprised that I've actually managed to get a post up each week. It may be a day or two late some times, and I may have a "oh crap I haven't taken many photos this week" panic on a Sunday evening, but I usually manage to find something!

Some weeks though I have trouble choosing, I have submitted on occasion two photos when I just couldn't choose, some weeks there is just one clear choice, and some weeks I submit one but feel regret that I didn't choose another or sad if I really love a photo but it doesn't get used...(I know I need to get out more...)

So I thought I would show a few of my outtakes and discarded choices, some of which you may have seen before as I've managed to squeeze them into other posts, but sometimes it's good to let them have a little space of their own to sit!

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