the last post of 2012

What a year. What a flipping year!!

What a whirlwind, rollercoaster, smasher of a year!

I never knew that such emotions were possible; that terror and joy could inhabit the same space and that I had that many tears inside me!

To say that 2012 was eventful is somewhat of an understatement.  I squeezed so much in, falling pregnant, getting engaged, having a secret wedding and having a baby (actually. giving. birth!)....it exhausts me just thinking about it.

It has been a brilliant year, we laughed, we cried, we peed on the builders (well I did anyway and to be perfectly honest they kinda deserved it) and growing Betsy has got to be my greatest achievement ever.  Pushing Betsy out into this world, well, I'll save that story for another day, it's a bit gross and plenty icky!

I'm now looking forward to 2013 and would like to wish you all the very best for a brilliant, shiny and happy New Year.

Let's raise a glass to 2012 and welcome 2013 with big, old open arms.  Cheers!


twas the night before Christmas...

.....and we are wishing you all a very, very merry Christmas whilst scoffing mince pies, doing last minute wrapping and keeping a very small baby amused!

Hope you have a wonderful, magical day. xx


crochet Christmas anyone?

I've been a bit scatterbrained of late and I don't mind admitting it.

That girl of mine just consumes me, I am totally in love and could spend hours, literally hours (I mean it) just staring at her cute face or listening to her coo and gurgle.  She is a tiny bundle of awesome.

Also, Christmas is happening and I love Christmas.

We are reaching Christmas crochet saturation point in this house especially with these crazy baubles which have been reproducing at a spectacular rate over the past few weeks.

I love them, they are pretty.

I would like to keep them all but I suspect that would lead me on the road to Grinch.  Instead they are all off to new homes, a big batch went off last weekend and yesterday and now we only have a few left - our baubletree is not looking quite so baubley this morning!


tree #2

This is our real tree, our traditional and in the front window so it better look bloody posh tree.

And it is posh too, we got it from the Queen!  Yes the real Queen, only it's not her in her wellies and barbour stood in the cold doing the selling, bet she'd love it though.

This nordic beauty matches our house and is traditionally stylish in gold and bronze.  It is heavenly and smells of Christmas. I love it.


tree #1

As you can probably tell from the title of this post, we have more than one Christmas tree this year.

I finally managed to get my old faithful artificial tree out of the loft, the one that Mr P hates, and into the kitchen for some super duper silver styling.  I love it.


all about the veg box

I finally gave in to the lure of the organic veg box.

I've had one before (a very long time ago) but you do tend to throw lots away unless you are prepared to plan, and I mean PLAN like a crazy horse, your meals around what's in your box.

Annoyingly I live in the middle of some beautiful countryside but there doesn't seem to be any/many farm shops in the area, the only one anywhere nearby belongs to Prince flippin Charles..!! Imagine.

So unable to go out and get my organic veg I thought I'd give the veg box delivery another go after finding Abel & Cole.  They are smashing, I love their dedication to organic, local producers and healthy eating and their website is lush.

We are now the proud owners of a medium fruit and veg box which is delivered, along with a loaf of wholemeal bread from the Authentic Bread Company, every Monday.  Veggie heaven in a cardboard box.

We have had cabbages and kiwis, bananas, potatoes and an unfortunate misunderstanding with some chard!   We have become a bit greener and definitely more organic and it does force you to eat much more veg...obviously!

We also get little treats from time to time, this week we had a free mini mince pie (which Mr P scoffed), a Christmas recipe book and some eggs! Lovely stuff....they are truly the Bobby Dazzlers of the veg box world.

Does anyone else veg box?  It does take some organisation, as does blog posting...this particular post having been started way before Betsy was born.