Tuesday, 12 December 2017

seven things: for Elroy for Christmas

This year I've found searching for gifts for Elroy a little bit tricky, mostly because he really doesn't need anything, and also because he is a very fortunate child with kind grandparents (and soft parents) who gift him throughout the year and so already has far too many things! After our trip away I'm convinced that next year a cubby house is the way to go, but since the outside of our house is (still!) a bit of a worksite that won't work this year. 

So instead this year Elroy will find a few smaller things under the tree: my mum has found him a sweet little cooktop set, hence the wooden meat pack - and it is the meat pack because I love the way he says snausages, he is a mad Thomas the Tank Engine fan (and will get a few new engines) but I think the bridge is a cute addition to his wooden railway, the t-shirt is perfect because he frequently gets affectionately called a peanut, both books on this list are just wonderful and Charlie the wooden sausage (again snausage) dog is super cute, but to be honest he is going to be the most excited about that large wooden crane!

1.  Le Toy Van meat in a crate 2. Pottery Barn Kids jumbo wooden crane 3.  Koalas Eat Gum Leaves  4. Brio suspension bridge  5. My Lazy Cat 6. Maison Labiche peanut t-shirt 7. Charlie the Wooden Sausage Dog

Thursday, 7 December 2017

mini adventures with elroy

Wednesdays are my day off with Elroy, and it hasn't felt like we've had a lot of fun with them lately (blah blah sickness!) poor lovely boy, but this week I thought we should do something different, visit a new park and explore together. Sometimes it is easy to forget that, when they are so young, it is the little things that are important, and mostly all he wants is my attention and focus. It was fun and we both enjoyed ourselves, a mini adventure.

This boy is growing up so quickly, he is beautifully confident and loves to engage with people, to have a chat, and his imaginative play is developing into something quite lovely. When we climbed up the steps in the photograph above, Elroy was imagining us climbing onto a plane, it was very very cute! Also talking about cute, how gorgeous is his Mini Rodini bat jumper and stripe leggings from Frankie's Story, he loves this jumper so much.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

bits and pieces

It's Tuesday, but I'm feeling the mid-week blues already, I think it's the post holiday let down. Anyway, I thought I'd share a few good random things at the moment:

I love Charlotte Ree’s gorgeous digital cookbook Backeree, I’m pretty sure I am going to end up cooking all 30 recipes (I started with the buttermilk chocolate cake and it was very good).

Bjork’s new album Utopia.... I love it.

I just started reading Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong. I recently found Hannah-Rose Yee’s suggestions over on the in bed journal and they seem to hit the mark, so I've added a few of those to my list.

One thing I didn’t add to my Christmas list (I'm working on it to share), but am going to treat myself too is Bianca Cash’s beautiful Datekeeper for 2018 - I just can't decide whether to go with pink or green?

Sunday, 3 December 2017


To say we’ve been in a funk lately is an understatement, the whole being sick thing has worn us down, luckily we had the last week booked to stay in Sydney’s northern beaches (we stayed at this Airbnb - I’d highly recommend). It was warm and a bit sticky, but the sunshine was exactly what we needed. I was pretty excited that the Big Design Market was on the day we arrived so we stopped there, along with Koskela and Gelato Messina, the next few days we visited the beach, played in the Airbnb cubby, had bbq’s on the deck, did some shopping and had lunch at Bills (it's still good), spent some time with Matt’s family, and had a few early Christmas dinners (one at the Newport which was nice but also child friendly). We also had a bit of child free time, and it was so nice to spend time like we used to, we walked up to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, had a swim in the sea and then lunch together. I really think we need to try to do that more often, it’s so easy to forget how important that time alone is.

Now we are home, all a little sun kissed, tired but definitely the better for it!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

a few things

We've had the most stunning weekend weather-wise, it feels like summer already, and I've had my first swim in the ocean for the year (well close enough). I'm not foolish enough to think it is permanent so we have been trying to make the most of it. It helps lighten the exhaustion that I'm feeling at the moment which is definitely both mental and physical (I have yet another cold/virus/sinus thing going on). Things are starting to crack ever so slightly, but fortunately one more week until we are off to Sydney for a short break.

There have been some other nice 'things' of note lately too:

I loved watching Sarah Blasko on ABC last tuesday night. It was so interesting to have some insight into how she works creatively. I am looking forward to hearing her new album next year, I saw her a few months back playing solo at the Theatre Royal and it was pretty magical, new songs were really great and she has such a stage pre.

I think I've mentioned the Bang On podcast before, but I still love it, it never fails to get me to laugh out loud, which can be rather amusing in itself when I'm walking Jerry with headphones it.

I set myself a challenge of reading a book a month this year, and sure enough I am a quarter of the way into number 12 (I'm quite chuffed I've made it). I'm reading The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose, and so far I'm loving it, before that I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and A Man Called Ove, and loved both.

Another tv show I've been watching and enjoying is the French show Call My Agent (or Dix Pour Cent - why the name change?).

And finally, the photo's above are from about a month ago, I've been really poor with it lately, so there are lilacs from the garden, Elroy on his vintage wooden rocking horse that some friends so kindly gave him, and fish tacos (which reminds me we should have those again soon).

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

getting by

Jerry's face says it all really. The last few months have been tough, illness wise, and there hasn't been time or energy for much else other than the day to day getting by. I'm so hoping that we are nearing the end of it all. This morning the weather was absolutely stunning, and I had Elroy and Jerry packed in the car by 8:30am for a few good hours on the beach for fresh air and sunshine. It was wonderful and very needed.

I do like this time of year, I'm pretty sure I say that every year, but I am looking forward to a little holiday soon and then the last few weeks of the year, to celebrating christmas with a boy who is just getting his head around the idea of what it means, and planning some nice activities with him. I'm going to try to blog more, that is the aim!!

Friday, 13 October 2017

seven things from my corner pantry

Recently I came across  My Corner Pantry and I felt a little excited, they sell a lovely collection of curated pieces for home/children/accessories. Maybe it is because I spend way (way) too much time online, but I do sometimes feel like I have seen it all before. It’s either one style or another and all the same things, and I feel jaded. But this store has lots of lovely patterns and cheerful designs. Naturally I had to order a few things (the hat, towel and pillowcase above)!