Some of my earliest memories of childhood are of our family garden, picking strawberries, Spring tulips in the garden, my dads greenhouse. So when it comes to picking a Mother's Day gift I usually choose garden related gifts. Not only do they suit her down to the ground but this is just the perfect time of the year to start thinking about getting out into the garden more.Read More
It's been an age since I blogged, in fact this is my first post of 2018. I thought it would be nice to do a little family-life-catch-up. I've been looking through a lot of old photos lately and realised just how much Kit and Oz have grown up and thought it would be a shame not to make some notes on how they are doing at the moment, so we can look back in years to come.
I've made a start on going back through older sections of my blog, pulling out family content and adding it to a photo book, printing to keep a physical copy.
I've been using Artifact Uprising and though it's not the cheapest option (by far), the quality is outstanding, the book binding and covers a perfect quality. It feels fitting for such a keepsake.
Such a character. His poses when he knows I'm taking photos are just bang on, catalogue style posing at their best, he does make me chuckle when he starts busting moves. Talking of busting moves, he's been practising the running man, mainly to Vanilla Ice. Though he informs me he likes Twenty One Pilots now.
He still loves being outdoors, but not as much as he likes be indoors glued to his iPad...We've found ourselves limiting his screen time because otherwise he gets totally immersed and ends up semi-crazed.
His cheeky used of the word 'fudge' as the f-word is driving me mad.
Nearly 10 - going on 15. The first flickers of teenage angst are appearing. One moment she's young, talking of unicorns on candy mountains of make believe, wanting to be mollycoddled and the next she's sultry, sulky and wanting to stay in bed to sing Charli xcx.
She's begun private maths tutoring, as maths is as subject she doesn't doesn't naturally 'get', and I'm happy to report it's making a noticeably positive difference already a few weeks in.
We're planning her 10 birthday celebrations at at the moment, and it's not that she's indecisive, more that she doesn't feel that she wants anything. It was the same at Christmas when she asked Father Christmas for 'a small box of Roses chocolates and some slippers'.
She's requested thta I make her a unicorn birthday cake though, so if anyone wants me I'll be deep in Pinterest looking for inspiration!
Our rescue-greyhound from the Dogs Trust. He came to live with us 6 months ago now and I don't think I mentioned that before.
A 5 year old ex-racing greyhound he's not spent life in a family home before but has been a complete dream to join us. He's so mellow and chilled out, enjoys short walks over long ones, doesn't bark, is completely housetrained and loves attention but doesn't force himself upon people.
We were so lucky to find the perfect match for us, he won his way into our hearts in a matter of days and it feels like he's always been here.
He's not keen on other dogs if they are off the lead and wears a muzzle when out in the forest incase any small rabbit sized doggos come running up to his face - the racing catch-that-rabbit instinct will always be a part of him so it's life on the lead for him when out and about, but he really doesn't mind one bit!
I wrote this post three years ago, and today I'm updating and re-publishing it. It's all about the importance of taking time out in the build up to Christmas and not being afraid to ask for help if needed.Read More
A quick Sunday afternoon shout out to some talented folks who have been getting creative with my free photos on Unsplash. Click on any image to visit the artists Instagram profile.
I've received some lovely emails this week from people using my photos, it's really nice when there's no expectation of thanks but yet they take the time to email. I've had news from a chap in the Netherlands that he's used a photo of Ozzy for the cover of a thesis he's written, an offer of a place to stay should I ever be in a certain wine and food province in Italy and and offer of acupuncture treatment should I ever be back in Sydney from a woman who's used some of my photos for her website design.
It's a lovely feeling to know that you are helping out someone somewhere, and even more special when they let you know that it's appreciated. Happy times xRead More
Our children's school recently opted to extend the school day, giving them two weeks off at Halloween instead of the usual one week. This second week proved extremely good value to go away on, for both flights and hotels and so we chose to head for a few sun drenched Winter days in Marrakesh.Read More
As a child our Christmas tree was always a real one, the smell of pine is something that I've always associated with Christmas and having a real tree is a must have for me. My husband would rather go down the less hassle artificial route, but not me. Besides whilst disposing of the tree last year I made a new tradition - making something from part of the trunk. I spent a jolly fine morning with my axe and woodworking knife fashioning a spatula which has been useful in the kitchen ever since!Read More
Autumn here in the New Forest is an assault on the senses. Visually there's pretty much every colour in the orange / yellow / brown spectrum. Underfoot, depending on the weather, there's crunchy or slippy leaves (you are either striding with glee or walking carefully with the fear). Cute animals galore mooch about 'doing their thing' as they can do here - pigs and piglets snuffling in the leaves, ponies, cows, deer, sheep.Read More
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I'm super excited to be ordering our Christmas tree tomorrow and to begin the festive build up chez-Spratt.Read More
The photo above, with the stars in Kitty's hair were the product of a Saturday afternoon playtime. I was feeling rubbish (darned sore throat), Kitty was feeling bored and it was one of those times where it would have been easier to all just stay in our respective bubbles of fug and the afternoon to pass peacefully by.Read More
Firstly I'd like to acknowledge that this blog post contains my personal thoughts on aspects of blogging, commercial blogging and e-courses which are not aways positive. These are simply my feelings and are not any aggressive words directed at any individuals. I've been blogging enough to have seen many post written where people start whispering to each other 'ooo who does she mean?' - this most definitely isn't one of those.Read More
I can't quite believe that it's been over a year since we enjoyed a few days away in Caithness with my first husband Iain and his parents - and I wanted to get down my memories on this day before I forget. One of my favourite places in the country, we managed to get some beach time in, not to mention a climb.Read More
Winchester is a beautiful place at any time of the year, but at Christmas it's just next level lovely. Late November each year begins their Christmas Market (and ice skating rink) and it's always a must visit.Read More
At Porlock Weir you can enjoy lunch overlooking the harbourside at the pub, enjoy a delicious ice cream from the local shop, visit a host of independent makers and businesses, build stone stacks on the pebble beach and walk the coastal path for some beautiful views.Read More
Since my eldest daughter Holly moved in with us we've both been keen to try out smoke grenades. Finally a day came where we were both free and the weather dry, so we headed out with 3 smoke grenades for a trial run.Read More
I never get excited about Christmas early. Ever. Until now. Kitty's infectious and boundless enthusiasm has rubbed off on me. She tells me there's been talk at school that 'parents are really Father Christmas' but that she doesn't believe it because she knows that parents wouldn't be so cruel to lie to their children for years and years.Read More
I remember when my bezzie Tanya only used to drink Martini. Once she worked out that it wasn't the taste of gin that she didn't like - it was the taste of tonic water - there was no stopping her. Now she has an entire wall at home full of various bottles of mother's ruin. When she told me that she was going to make her own gin I was super excited, and true to her word she has.Read More
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
- Albert Einstein
Photos from a slow Sunday walkRead More