Sunday 26 October 2014


Spinning, spinning, forever spinning. He can't get enough of these spinning cups. This one was especially fast and he loved it. Begging to be spun faster and faster and then shouting for help to stop. Then just as it slowed down, he wanted more and more. 

This little one is my daredevil. Strong willed and fearless. He had the best fun today. 

Monday 20 October 2014

precious things #2

Crinoline ladies aren't normally to my taste. They're just a little too twee. However I make exception for this little lady. She is very special to me. 

She belonged to my great aunt Rose Ann, my grandfather's sister. She was displayed on the mantel piece in the living room of Rose Ann's cottage. Each time we visited she was taken down and I was allowed to play with her. 

She brings back so many happy memories of the house and the lovely times I spent there. My grandparents, father and I visited two or three times a year. Rose Ann was full of Irish hospitality and we were always given a warm welcome.

Her home was amazing. There were beautiful flagstone floors and a traditional open fireplace with a crook for hanging the blackened pots and kettles. A painted dresser displaying sponge ware crockery. A wooden table covered with a pretty tablecloth. And always a vase of flowers.

The exterior was whitewashed with lime and the doors and windows painted red. The roof was thatched. A typical old Irish cottage.

Rose Ann passed way in 1991 aged ninety. My grandfather kept the little lady and gave it to me. Twenty three years ago. He knew I'd love her. A really precious thing.

Pop over and visit my fellow bloggers for their precious things posts at the links below.

Sarah at Mitenska
N at Creative Academia
Leanne at Today's Stuff

Thursday 9 October 2014


Ten years ago today, I married my best friend. A special something I wanted to celebrate.

Tuesday 7 October 2014


Today is a special day. Our little boy celebrated his seventh birthday.

He is properly wonderful. A little charmer with a fantastic sense of fun. He is mischievous, caring and full of love. Brimming with quiet confidence.

He woke this morning to a noisy rendition of Happy Birthday performed by his big brother and little sister. He has spent every free moment building his beloved Lego. His collection grew today. On Saturday, we will have a party for his cousins and friends. He is very excited.

Happy birthday little man. We all love you so very much.

Thursday 2 October 2014

hello october

October arrived yesterday in a blaze of sunshine, The sky so beautifully blue, dotted with cotton wool clouds. The laundry pegged out on the washing line, billowing in the cool breeze. I wore sandals. The flowers glowed in the hazy autumn light. Those yellows and blues, so perfect together.

A day worth remembering in the dark days of winter. 
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