Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Peony season

When it gets to the time of year when peonies at the farmers market you know you are on the fast track to Christmas. Technically I shouldn't buy them because I am a bit allergic, but I can't help myself, they are beautiful.

I am completely ready for the end of year break, but at the same time not ready for Christmas itself at all. I caught a stomach bug towards the end of last week, and spent the weekend feeling rather miserable and incapable of keeping much down, not doing anything other than knitting, watching old episodes of gossip girl and listening to the new record by Tweedy (really liking it). Today is the first day I vaguely feel normal again, and that combined with some sunshine (finally) has me feeling like I am coming out of a sleep. I want to make the most of this time of year (especially before I get too big and uncomfortable - which I assume will happen, I've been lucky so far), so my plan is christmas craft, get some gift shopping done, find some good new recipes to make and try to relax.

Definitely buy some more peonies.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Interior love - little style

My first baby related interiors post, and highly unlikely to be the last! In many ways I feel I out of my depth to blog about pregnancy here, over the last 22 weeks I don't feel like I have become an expert of any kind and certainly don't have any major revelations I feel I must share. At the moment I read bits and pieces from a small selection of sources and ask my doctor questions, but on the whole my body seems to know what it is meant to do and I am content with that. So in that context I don't think it's very 'me' to start writing posts about that side of things, even the word pregnancy still makes me feel a bit icky (I know I should be more mature than that!).

Interiors though, that is a whole different thing! And most likely baby clothes and toys....I have clear ideas on both of those and feel it fits in better with this blog.

Although the baby will sleep in our room for the first few months or so in a bassinet (the same one I slept in as a baby) I have plans for a nursery, which will be the little room I currently use as a study, and I'm pretty excited about that project.

So for starters, with most fortunate timing, is the newly released Rachel Castle cot linen. I love that top image very much, the colours and the simplicity. We won't know if we are having a boy or a girl until the birth, but oh if it is a girl I'm using that image for my inspiration!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

grey day at the beach

I took these pictures a few months ago now before spring had started, we went for a picnic on the east coast, and even though it was grey it was still very lovely. There is definitely something good in making yourself get out of the house at the end of winter, and just being out in the fresh air.

We have a four day weekend coming up and a similar trip is definitely required. I have been very tired lately. I come home at the end of the day and crash on the couch, usually have a bath and am in bed by 8:30. I know people seem to say that the second trimester brings back energy, but that just hasn't been the case for me. I am not sure if it is my work, which has been very busy and intense, or just a part of my being pregnant. Either way, I need a bit of quiet down time.

Thank you for your comments on my last post they mean a lot, and not only your congratulations, but also that you still come here and read my posts.

Monday, 13 October 2014


I can't believe it is October, I love this time of year, it has been warmer, daylight savings has started and it feels like there is life in the place again.

Lots of things have happened since June when I last posted, but at the same time there has been a lot of hibernation and quiet time (see the last point):

* I did a pottery class in May/June and made numerous pots that are all roughly the same size and shape, clearly I need more time to refine my skills.

* We went to Sydney in June for a short break to see Matt's family

* I went to Melbourne for another break and went to the Finders Keepers market for the first time, and saw Lily Allen

* The dog busted his knee and has been house bound for far too long (maybe 6 weeks or more), he still hasn't recovered properly and might need a knee reconstruction. Poor Jerry.

* We saw Sharon Jones and she was amazing, so much energy!

* We've been trying to go out for dinner as much as possible and have started a saturday morning ritual of getting up early(ish) and going for breakfast at new places. Mostly we are trying to make the most of our free time before our lives change forever because.......

* We are having a baby! Due at the end of February next year. I am excited and nervous all at once. I was pretty sick until about 15 weeks then caught a head cold and had hay fever for a few more. Since then things have been much better and although I still feel very tired at the end of the day, especially a friday after busy work weeks, I am very aware that I need to make the most of this time.

Photos are a few randoms around the house (I'm trying to get used to my new camera still):
lilacs from the garden | some lovely surprise mail from Adairs who are now stocking Kip & Co | afternoon light in our bedroom

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Six things

A few things I like at the moment and have been thinking about.

1. Frankie Spaces Volume Two / 2. shoes / 3. marble tray  / 4. Abby Seymour hexagon earrings / 5. Bridget Bodenham ceramic mug / 6. umbrella

Friday, 4 April 2014

Melbourne long weekend

One thing I learnt last year (the crazy year that seemed to be all about work) was that we need to be better at planning time off and having weekends away. So last weekend we took a four day break to Melbourne. You can fit a lot into four days and we wandered a lot, visited our usual places and areas that we hadn't been to before, mostly to visit stores I've seen and read about, like Mr Kitly, the Woodsfolk, and Sedonia. We broke up the walking with eating (Hawthorn Common, Hellenic Republic, Chin Chin, Cumulus Inc, Hu Tong and the European) a comedy show (Stephen K Amos), a rugby game (I don't get the rules at all) and both Matt and I tried coffee for the first time (strange but true). I would have loved to see the Melbourne Now exhibition but unfortunately that finished the week before. All in all it was really very nice.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Caroline Z Hurley

I love the work of Caroline Z Hurley, it is so simple and yet so beautiful.