Blackboards, birthdays and gardening #littleloves

Blackboards, birthdays and gardening #littleloves

I’m only just finding time to write this post Friday lunchtime whilst my toddler is having a rare nap. It’s been one of those weeks. We had a lovely weekend doing bits in the house and garden (more about that below), visits from family and a lunch at our local artisan market. Then back to work Monday to Wednesday which was made extra hard by the ladybird starting being unwell Tuesday. I was up in the night with her a lot that night but she didn’t seem that ill on Wednesday so I left her with her grandma while I worked. The one thing I hate about being a working mum is leaving my daughter when she is ill. She didn’t seem ill enough to warrant me using my holiday up to stay off work (plus leaving my colleagues in a mess). Thankfully it was only a little bug and she was just not quiet herself that day but nothing to worry about. Her fever came back in the evening but Thursday morning she was back to her happy, cheeky self.


We’ve just got back from the library where we picked a new selection of books for the ladybird. I’m looking forward to starting on this pile later.


Masterchef Australia! Seriously I love this show but I have my doubts that I will be able to keep up with it this year. It’s on 6 nights a week for between 30 minutes to 2 hours!

I also watched strictly last weekend. I recorded some of it so the ladybird could watch. She loved the sparkly dresses!


After watching strictly on Saturday morning the ladybird requested twinkles, thankfully she has a top with a glittery bow on it. She was suitably impressed with my choice. It’s not often she has much of an opinion on her clothes yet!


I heard the ladybird singing happy birthday to her daddy yesterday and I think that is about it this week!


Lots this week! On saturday we started by painting the pantry door in the kitchen with blackboard paint. This is something I’ve wanted to do since we started thinking about moving house. My husband was never that sure about it but I eventually convinced him. Thankfully he loves it now it’s done. In fact we all do. The ladybird is always drawing on it and the chalk are permanently out. She’s also insisted on showing it to anyone who has visited the house this week.IMG_4096

On Sunday we removed some of our front lawn and started a small flower bed. Again this is something I have wanted for a long time. I’m hoping to write a full post on this next week. I’m so happy with how it has turned out so far.

IMG_4073Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. Since the ladybird was back to herself yesterday, we baked him a birthday cake and I cooked a special tea. The cake is Nigella’s custard cake without the chocolate icing. It’s a delicious cake and it is so easy to make (all in one method in a food processor or mixer). This is the second time I have baked it.

IMG_4090This is a photo from the first time I made it was for the ladybird’s second birthday (hers was decorated with the chocolate icing and smarties). IMG_1640I made us sweet potato chips and a venison burger with bacon, brie and caramellised onions. This is not something I would cook very often but it was delicious.IMG_4088

and lastly….

While we were out buying top soil last saturday, I popped in to Matalan and despite going in for Halloween bits, I came out with a Christmas decoration. I couldn’t resist this father Christmas countdown to Christmas. I’m justifying it as spreading the cost of Christmas! We actually have room for Christmas decorations and for the first time ever we will be having Christmas in our own home. The Christmas tree also got thrown out in the move, so spreading the cost seems like a good idea. There were many more bits I loved but I resisted any more for now! Sorry for mentioning the C word when we are having such lovely, unseasonably warm weather. I blame the shops for starting to put all the Christmas things out and also my work where we are working out who has to work over Christmas.



  1. October 2, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    Oh love the pantry chalk board door. I would love to do this for the kids in our house sometime. Happy Birthday daddy sounds like you have had a busy busy week. Popping over form #littleloves to say hello. 🙂

  2. October 4, 2015 / 11:39 pm

    LOVE your chalkboard door! What a great idea. Glad ladybird wasn’t ill for long – what a relief. Those sweet potato chips look AMAZING!!! xx

  3. October 5, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    I really want to use some chalkboard paint in our house too. I think my kids would love it! I love sweet potatoes, totally obsessed with the things. The chips go weirdly well with mango chutney, I can sit and eat that all on it’s own! xx

  4. October 8, 2015 / 11:23 am

    Loving the chalkboard door! My two would love that. I really must take our tablecloth off this weekend so they can play with the chalkboard table top again. Hope you’re having a good week xx

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