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Mud is good!

And then there were four!… With the welcome arrival of our second daughter River, life is beginning to settle into being a little family of four. She is currently cuddled on my lap as I type this one handed 🙂

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It has taken me far too long to write this post as it has been sitting in my draft box. These photos were taken on a venture into the woods near our house for some family fun time outdoors. This was River’s first time in the woods near our home and will start to become a regular thing now as we try to gather as much dead wood as we can while the nights stay bright and before the winter comes back.

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I don’t know what it is about Mud that draws children to it like a moth to a flame but even Ayla who like most girls loves dressing up in big frills and prancing around with fairy wings and dancing like a ballerina still loves to get muddy!

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The mud here is almost pure clay, so Daddy and Ayla had a go at molding it into little bowls to bring back home with them.

Can’t tell you how blessed I feel to have this place on our doorstep, the birds seem louder in here and its fun spotting different tracks in the mud. There can be muntjac deer, pheasants and the odd doggy paw prints or hoof prints which are all fun to spot on our walk and tell a story to the life of the place and the animals passing through.

We even brought the mud home with us and with a little lesson from Daddy the two of them had a go at forming little clay bowls with muddy fingers, which was pretty successful. We left them overnight to dry and then had a go at baking them in the oven which has left hard enough that we can probably have a go at painting them.

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If they hold well enough we might even consider making a few more as plant pots for the garden by hardening them properly in a kiln. Talking of plant pots Ayla and I planted a few sunflower seeds a while ago which have shot up nicely and I am excited to see what flowers we might get this summer.

Hope you are all well, wherever you might be xxx

 

 

Spring is here at last!

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There is nothing quite like the spring sunshine after the winter and the promise of a new season ahead. Easter is well and truly on its way which is always a special time of year and reminds us of how blessed we really are.

When the dark clouds lift and you feel the warmth of the sun once again it seems that everything touched by its rays speak of new life and good things to come…. Summer!

 

This is a particularly special Spring for us as a family as we are awaiting the arrival of the latest addition to our nest. I am 39 weeks pregnant and although I appreciate what my body has been doing to grow this little person inside my belly I am pretty exhausted now and very ready for birth to come and pregnancy to finish.

My hospital bag is packed, which I was reluctant to put too much in as last time I remember not using much of it, however I have still managed to fill a bag, probably again with too much stuff!

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Shilo has been soaking up some rays through the kitchen window and I can honestly say these sunny mornings lift my spirits. We haven’t been to visit the lambs this year as it is not recommended for pregnant mothers, however we are hoping to welcome some chickens into our coop later this year, so watch this space!!

We dont often need an excuse for a good walk but now the baby is ready to arrive we thought some walking might coax my body into labour and with a sunny but cool afternoon yesterday we took a trek up to the top of the valley and Josh my other half tried out his new/second hand lense for his camera.

I love watching Ayla in the outdoors, there is so much joy and freedom, we are truly blessed to live where we do.

I hope the sun has shown its face where ever you are and with the promise of Summer on its way there is such expectation in the air, I am really excited to see what lies ahead and for some fun outside.

Looking forward to getting the garden sorted, there is lots to be done, we are hoping to build a shed, do up Ayla’s wendy house, put the poly tunnel up and plant some fresh fruit and veg.

So watch this space! … I will also be looking out for some elderflowers again this year from our tree and perhaps have a go at making some elderflower champagne for the grown ups 🙂 as well as the cordial!

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Hopefully next blog there will be four of us to photograph!

In the meantime if you get a chance to escape into the sunshine and walk somewhere you feel free, try putting your worries aside and escape for a moment! We could all learn a thing or too from children they really have a great out look on the world.

 

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Jesus said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.”

Parks & Planting!

Found this treasure of a park, not far from where we live and will definitely be back again, we had the place all to ourselves!

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Well not entirely to ourselves…. we had to wait for this little ant to take his turn on the slide.

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After Lunch we built a house with Daddy (interupting his design work again!) to make a house for the toy animals to live in.

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Before doing a spot of gardening (toddler style of course) I hope these seeds grow Ayla did a very good job of drowning… I mean ..watering them!

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We will eagerly await their arrival!

The Wellies Came Off!!

Had a lovely weekend with the family, Ayla particularly enjoyed visiting her Granny and Grandad with all their animals. We fed the ‘kune kune’ pigs ‘Keri and Twizzle’ some fresh carrots and juicy apples which they munched down very happily 🙂

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Misty and Fenn were keen to get in on the act too!

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I love watching Ayla interact with all the animals, she is showing much more of an interest but is very sweet in her approach saying ‘hello pony hello… doing?’ . She has learnt to touch them gently and is growing in confidence with them. I am so happy that she is growing up around animals and gaining a respect for them all.

I also met a mini tractor/mower that looked suspiciously like ET!

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After church on Sunday we went for a late afternoon walk, and took my parents dog with us too. This walk involved lots of stopping, looking and picking whilst Ayla took time to explore the beauty of nature. It is such a blessing walking with my daughter as she opens my eyes to most things I would simply walk by or not even notice.

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We did the ‘girly’ thing of putting flowers in our hair……

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But when it comes to mud our daughter is an absolute fan of mud and puddles!

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This is where it all came a bit unstuck (or should I say stuck)… and resulted in some very muddy socks!

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It was Daddy to the rescue!

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And I had a mummy-thinking-on-the-spot idea, to use the doggy poo bags to cover up the muddy foot! (At least untill we could change our socks back at the car)

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Daddy’s shoulders made for a comfy journey back to fresh socks

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With a change of socks (minus the poo bags!) we were good to go again and up for a blast in the park before home to bed 🙂

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Nature Knows Best!

I have become more and more aware lately, like so many others, of the complete bombardment of chemicals we are subjecting our bodies too and after some persuasion from my Brothers fiancée (thanks Robyn) I went ahead and bought some natural products that she recommended to me.

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I have been using the Rosehip Oil on my scar every night as it is said to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and fine lines. I dab just a few drops onto the skin and leave overnight.

Coconut oil can be used to treat a many number of things – so far I have only used it as an overnight hair treatment and the results were immediate! It has definitely made a difference to the shine and condition of my hair.

The soap is a dead sea natural mineral soap which I’m not entirely sure is 100% natural ingredients, but seems to be a nice soap to use and leaves your skin feeling soft and clean.

No good being beautiful on the outside if your no good on the inside, so I have made a concerted effort to get us all to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables too!

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The greatest hit with the family has been making smoothies in the morning… delicious!! Or as Ayla calls them ” Mooozies!” its so cute I just love the way she says it 🙂

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The great thing about smoothies is they are so easy and fun to experiment with – its quite exciting seeing how they’ll turn out. We bought lots of frozen fruit as well which makes them nicely chilled… brain freeze!

To top it all off Dad made the biggest pot of soup the other day!

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This should keep us going till Easter!

For lent this year I decided to give up sweets and chocolates. Me and Mum took a trip to the local farm shop and needing something to satisfy my sweet cravings these are the very next best thing – totally scrumptious, yummy-yummy-dates. (Ayla loves these too!)

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It has been quite fun making an effort to eat more fresh fruit and veg and surprisingly easy. A great thing about soups, salads and smoothies is they are an incredibly quick, hassle free, and an easy way to up your intake.

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Now don’t get me wrong.. I’m no saint I eat lots of things I probably shouldn’t and use all kinds of chemicals. Yet it seems pretty clear that the less processed food we can eat and chemicals we use on our bodies, can only have a positive effect on our health and well being.

Thank you Nature!

These boots were made for walking!

Feeling so much stronger now and with the weather finally giving us some relief from all that rain I had to put my boots on and get some walking done.

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We couldn’t resist another chance to get those walking boots on again, so Mum took me and Ayla to a lovely Park to feed the ducks and let Ayla try out her new trike from her Granny.

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The funniest thing about feeding the ducks was that they were so well fed none of them were at all interested in the bread we brought, (which was home baked, no less, by my very lovely Dad). However this was of absolutely no concern to Ayla as she seemed far more 2014-03-04 12.58.46content happily tucking into it herself. Not sure she understood why we wanted to throw it away in the first place!

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My favourite walk last week though was a wonderful walk through the woods, I love walking through the woods there is something quite magical about being surrounded by these awesome trees standing together both silent and strong.

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I have really missed the outdoors these past few months and it was so amazing watching Ayla walking about on her own and exploring it all for herself.

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All topped off with another walk, this time along the river where we came across a family of geese and ate our lunch by the River bank. What more could you ask for!

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