Wednesday, March 18, 2015

so grateful

I have so many wonderful things going on in my life and so many people make my life so easy and special. I am constantly amazed by people's generosity and spirit and I feel so grateful.

I am grateful that the children go to a wonderful school, that embraces a holistic approach to education, where they are getting to try new things every day. Where their own individual talents and personalities are acknowledged and celebrated.
world book day at school

joa helping at world book day
Benny's little book for the brilliant Learn at school Grow at Home scheme
 I am so grateful that spring is here. That I am no longer so cold, that the world is waking up and turning green and that it is no longer dark when I wake up. We are spending lots of time in the garden and it is so good to feel the sunshine on our skin
painting the bee hotel

captain enjoying the sun
I am so grateful that the house is nearly ready to welcome this new little person. The walls are all painted, belongings are organised and nearly all put away, only a few jobs left. I particularly love my workroom, and feel I have the space for the children to come and join in too.
working on a doll sling
joa modeling the finished sling

Rebe making a puppet

Benny's quilt that he is working on for the baby

 I am grateful for my beautiful, happy thriving children and my gorgeous partner and this home filled with joy and love.
mother's day card from Joa
 I am so grateful to everyone who is helping us get ready for the baby. For all of the wonderful gifts, send from far...

So thoughtful and kind! 
I'm grateful for the help from my parents, the boxes and bags of baby clothes, for the prams and cots and baby baths and all the wonderful, sweet and precious things that other babies have used and that are now being passed on to our baby.

I am also grateful for the wonderful experiences we are having, guests and visitors, going to dinners and balls and parties and gigs. Fitting in as much as we can and as much as I can manage and loving every second of it

St Patricks Day walk on the beach with friends

dance off

being in the Paddy's Day parade 

What a wonderful life I have and I am so grateful to have it.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

half term

It's been half term here and we've had 4 days off school. It's been lovely, the kids have split their time between us and Andy, so it's been a good mix of doing things as a family and resting.
a new board game, played for hours

Rebe tried her hand at making ice cream

Benny made a game for Joa's cars

huge lego towers

seedlings growing on the windowsill

penguin picnic at Rineen Fairy Woods.
 Although it was so lovely to have the kids and do these lovely things together I was also very glad to have the rest days in between. I did rest (sewing and knitting do count as rest don't they!) because I had not been feeling so good the last week or so. I think it was a bug, but I also know that my iron levels are not as high as they used to be. I also know that this little baby is currently breech so I think he or she was pressing their head into my tummy making me feel even more sensitive.
30 weeks
 I finally did my first little bit of baby knitting...

It's funny looking around the house, everywhere there is evidence of the little person who is coming to join us in a matter 9 or 10 weeks.
a new rocking chair

my favourite sling returned
 We are so excited about this baby coming. I can't wait to meet him or her and I know the time will just fly by until we're due!
 Last week I wrote to several parenting magazines, national and international, and told them about my feelings about the importance of boys having access to dolls to play with and the work that I do with Under Rainbows. I am blown away by the response and very excited about the exposure Under Rainbows will be getting this spring. We had to take lots of publicity shots, the boys only too happy to help :-)

Thursday, February 5, 2015


learning how to change a tyre 
using the wheel jack

who do you think might come to live here?

Bee B&B

rooting potion 
willow for weaving

starting to plant
 the kids...

helping to cook lunch

Rebe's comic strips

Benny's superhero book

Japan embroidered by Rebe at school

brother and sister

lots of tiny flower fairies in the making

Rebe's finished hoodie

I wonder is the act of creating an expression of happiness or is it the creating that makes us happy? Or is it a cycle, both creativity and happiness feeding off each other?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

saturday home life

games of schools (Joa was his big cousin Callum in the game) 
hot spelt soda bread

pirates...believe it or not
 Benny has a new friend at school. She invited him to her Birthday Party so we made her a little present...

 Into the woods after lunch to make bows and arrows...

 Some of us got wetter than others and had to come home in tights only...

 The late afternoon: knitting, tea and Star Wars while Garry was hard at work in the garden...

new raised beds