Lust List: April

{ As if there’s only three things I want in a month. Ha! } Vintage star maps, because I’m already decorating the bedroom of the dream house in my mind. Smock dresses, especially this sheer blush pink number from ASOS. I can’t really pull off smocks – they flare out over my curves & make me look a strange shape – but maybe a sheer fabric would fix that? Tassel wall hanging by Hackwith Design.…

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Sunday food: Cinnamon buns

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I’m calling these a Sunday food, but we eat them most days at the moment. Orla’s started waking at 6am, & these cinnamon rolls are just the right combo of sugar & carbs to tempt me out of bed & down to the coffee machine. As always, I obsessed until I had the recipe perfected. I use my bread machine for all of the hard work, which makes them surprisingly quick, mess-free and easy. Dangerously…

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the dream house

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  Dreaming, dreaming of the big old storybook house we’ve found in the hills. 230 years old, with open fires, creaky floors & the warm, comforting heat of a big old AGA. If we lived here, we’d never need to move again. If we lived here, it would be happily ever after. Between us & the dream though lies some sort of bridge-based metaphor for the overly complicated & archaic English house buying system, with…

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Sunday Food: proper crumpets

“in the tapestry of childhood, what stands out is not the splashy, blow-out trips to Disneyland, but the common threads that run throughout and repeat; the family dinners, nature walks, reading together at bedtime, Saturday morning pancakes…” – Kim John Payne I love this quote (via mamawatters) because it so perfectly says what I’ve always felt; that the happy little rituals of everyday life ultimately define it. It’s why we want to move to the…

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Notes for my Daughter

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  Not sure it’s really possible to fast-track wisdom, but in case it is, & in case I get hit by a bus, etc, an ongoing list:   Read! It doesn’t matter what – it will make your thoughts clearer, your mood lighter & your spelling better. Everyone thinks they are a good driver. Most of the time they are wrong. Perfection is not sustainable. Aim instead for ‘good enough’. Avoid black & white thinking…

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Resolved

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How are you getting on with your New Years resolutions? I ask because I am kicking ass with mine! Sorry, not very modest but then modesty is so 2013… The biggest change for me has been around ‘selfishness’. I’m no Mother Theresa, but probably like a lot of women with low self esteem, I can find it difficult to put my own needs first.  As a mama, I’ve found this makes it hard to assert…

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One

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She is one. This seems completely impossible, but the calendar confirms is is true. She sleeps snuggled close to one of us in our big bed. She likes to tuck her feet around against my tummy for warmth, & push against me, just like she did when she grew inside. She uses words – uh oh, moo, no – & her own invented signs to tell me what she wants. She dances to any music,…

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a place like home

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  We’ve found a village; tiny, windswept, balanced precariously on the downward slope of a Yorkshire valley. Nearly every house is ancient, with beautiful views, stone walls & wood burning stoves. There are two pubs, no shops, a tiny school and roe deer that roam free & turn up in your back garden in the mornings. It’s everything we’ve been dreaming of, and houses sell for within our price range. It’s all falling into place.…

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minimal criminal

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  A little tug of war inside of me: I love simplicity and clean bright spaces, but I also love STUFF. Especially NEW STUFF and stuff that makes life easier and stuff that reminds me of nice things or people or places.  So it’s a balancing act, requiring frequent purges & an occasionally ruthless heart. It pays off though, with a house that stays tidy & clean, filled only with things we completely love. A…

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reasons to run for the hills

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Because it’s green there To have a fire & a garden & a stone kitchen floor So the chickens can roam free So Orla can go to a small village school & get an adorable Yorkshire accent Because it snows there instead of raining Because it rains there instead of being grey To see the stars as night again Because I do all my shopping online anyway For the views For the Sunday markets For…

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