Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Two things that made me smile today

My favourite rose is in bloom for the second time this year.

Scarlett's first shoes!

Monday, 27 July 2009

Reasons to be working

I have a very good friend who went back to work today, a year after the birth of her baby. She has been quite sad about returning so I have been thinking about working and here is my list of positive things about leaving your baby -

a) You can wear dangly earrings, beaded bracelets and long or short necklaces. I find this so exciting that I am often seen going to work resembling Mr T.

b) Without a baby in the car, you can turn up your music and drive (a little) recklessly.

c) You can have one hot drink, or as many as you fancy, you can drink them whilst hot and you can finish them.

d) Personally, I don't earn much, but I am almost able to cover half of our household bills and that sense of equality feels nice.

Even if you aren't doing a job that you really care about anymore, there will be moments when your brain fires and you start to think like the old you. When that happens, it is so good to see her again.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

For the love of a sausage dog

We used to have a dachshund called Spencer, but over Christmas 2007 he came to a very sudden and sad end.

Over the last few weeks I have been having a bit of a tidy up - only things that are beautiful, useful or very sentimental will remain (as Anthea Turner once said). I have also been round the house with a pad and pen making a list of jobs that need to be done ... anyway, the point is, I have realised just how many sausage dog bits we have....

A handmade Italian beauty, given to me as a birthday present by Hesper. We particularly like his slightly shorter back leg that gives a perfect impression of a dachchund taking a wee.

An Andy Warhol Print, Maurice, bought at the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh.

An (out of work) draught excluder, recently bought on a whim at Plum Green in Hadleigh - elevated off the floor to protect him from our over-zealous terrier.
(I hope you are loving the woodchip wallpaper. Yes, it is top of the list).

Scarlett's first birthday present from James and Lara. Her first word has to be 'dog' as she calls 'doooh' every morning (and then sucks his nose as a thank you).

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Biting insects and spectacles

Whilst picking courgettes and raspberries at 6am Monday morning, Dan was attacked by a swarm of invisible insects that left his leg like this ...

A day later his arm had swollen so much that his watch was acting like a rubber band and his bottom lip had doubled in size - the doctor put him on antibiotics and he has been swallowing painkillers ever since.

I have to keep reminding myself that we live in the UK and not the Tropics.

Neither of us has braved the allotment since and it is the Open Day on Saturday ... I'm praying for torrential rain as our grass must be back at the embarassing stage.

Scarlett has been diagnosed as above average long-sighted so, to prevent her left eye becoming more wobbly than it is already, she is now the proud owner of two pairs of glasses. I have been feeling a little sad for her but today I realised that beyond them is still my little girl and now she can probably see me clearly.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

It just went so well!

When I decided to contact Su and try to arrange some workshops in Suffolk, today was exactly the day I dreamed of - a really good teacher, lots of lovely ladies wanting to lose themselves in a new skill for the day, homemade food and a light airy room (even though it was hot hot hot outside). On top of that, everyone went home able to crochet.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Sweet and sticky goodness

With enough fruit at the allotment to offer Pick Your Own, Dan has resorted to making jam. Strawberry, raspberry and gooseberry. Deliciously sweet, sticky and a very useful sandwich filling for a 14 month old who only wants to feed herself ....
Tomorrow is the Learn to Crochet workshop. I'm really looking forward to a whole day of creativity and hope everyone has a good day.