Cycling and a red lentil curry

Cycling with a trailer quickly makes you aware of how hilly where you live is…and let me tell you I am realising where we live is hillier than it looks! and seems even hillier when your tyres are flat – so I won’t be making that error again. Rufus’ car seat has to be strapped in, which leaves Winston all squashed in one corner, but I’m told (reliably by him), that it’s comfy.

I have been without a phone for nearly two weeks now. This, combined with our new mode of transport is making me feel so free. The boys and I can do as we please and nobody needs to know about it. My awareness of time has gone out of the window, which is suiting me just fine for the time being. Although I probably shouldn’t make a habit of ‘popping out’ and returning far later than I expected with no dinner prepared, which is why I have decided to add a recipe to this post. It is so quick and a nice twist to a traditional lentil curry, plus you can add any veggies you like.

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I’ve been trying different routes into town to find the one that is flatter and safer, (which I still haven’t decided upon) so it’s been rather fun. We stumbled upon an abundance of blackberries, making Winston very happy indeed. We improvised by collecting them in a plastic bottle, which actually worked rather well. Winst is keen to do something with them so I think we’ll bake tomorrow. I’m thinking some sort of crumbly tray bake – we’ll see.

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I hope you enjoy this red lentil curry!

Red Lentil Curry

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Ingredients

1 onion finely chopped

200g dried red lentils

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp thai red curry paste

A pinch of curry powder

1 generous handful of fresh coriander

Cold water

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

1. Sweat the onion in a pan with some oil for a couple of minutes.

2. Add the fresh coriander and the thai red curry paste to the pan and leave it a minute of adding the lentils and water,

3. Add the dried lentils and 500ml of cold water. Simmer for 5 minutes and then add the tin of chopped tomatoes.

4. Simmer until the lentils are tender.

5. Add the pinch of curry powder.

6. Sprinkle with some more fresh coriander and stir.

7. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with rice and salad.

E xx

Ombré curtains

At the moment I seem to gravitate towards white when it comes to anything household. It makes everything feel so crisp and fresh, allowing you to experiment with colour in other ways. We have quite a few pairs of white curtains in our home, and just before I was putting the last pair up I remembered I had seen these curtains on the anthropologie website a few months ago.

contemporary-curtainsI really loved them and thought I would have a go to jazz up my rather plain white ones. It was surprisingly quick, easy and cheap!

What you need:

- A white pair of curtains (white or light depending on what you want to achieve)

- A bucket

- A packet of fabric dye. I used Rit Golden Yellow and the colour turned out very close to the box.

- Hot water

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How to: 

1. Prewash your curtains to get them ready to dye and to ensure they are stain free. Keep the curtains wet.

2. Mix up the dye bath in the bucket following the instructions on the packet. You need hot water. Only fill the bucket as deep as you would like the ombre to go.

3. Once the dye bath is ready, carefully insert the section of the curtain you would like to dye and leave in for 30 minutes (or longer depending on your desired colour).

4. Once the 30 minutes is up rinse the curtains with warm water, then cold water until the water runs clear.

5. Rinse and spin the curtains in the washing machine.

6. Dry and iron the curtains, ready to hang.

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ombre curtains diy

I’m rather pleased with the outcome. They do have a subtle hippy feel to them which I’m not sure about (!) but Jared says he likes them and I’m sure I’ll get used to them. I think dyeing the bottom section would also look pretty cool.

I wonder what other projects I could get up to with powder dye? Rit has a great range of colours. I got mine from my local haberdashery.

E xx

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bike seat children

sandy baby“A portrait of my boys,once a week, every week, in 2014″.

W: At the beginning of The Camel Trail between Wadebridge and Padstow. Twenty one of us hired bikes and cycled. Winston is a cautious passenger – never wanting me to go fast, wouldn’t take his hands off the bars and telling me off for standing up whilst riding. I (selfishly) was keen to have him on the back of my bike, so I could chat to him and have a good view of Ru in the trailer.

R: This boy loved the beach and handfuls of sand made it into his mouth. He dragged himself around the beach and had a good splash.

E xx

My life is my own again

Up until a couple of weekends ago I’d been feeling like my life wasn’t my own. We’ve had huge family events on both sides of the family, so I don’t feel like we’ve had a ‘normal’ week in a very long time. Now our lives are a little quieter the boys and I have been enjoying being spontaneous again. We had an impromptu visit to Farmer Copley‘s with some friends which was much needed and just lovely. My friend and I chatted away and then they have a bouncy pillow, tyres, corn maize, tractor rides, hay bales, animals and a giant inflatable slide. The cafe is great, as is the shop.

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I cracked on with a few DIY jobs around the house. Nothing to ambitious but I put up a few pictures and other bits that have been hanging around the house for too long.

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This is for Winston to store any treasures he finds on our travels. It’s by the door and low down so everything is easily in his reach.

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I bought these baskets from Homesense and now they’re firmly attached to our lounge wall housing a cacti plant and a few of my favourite books. I love how they turned out, and grateful that the books I’m always routing around the house for are in one place.

baby swimming

We gatecrashed a family trip to Center Parcs for a day and Winston and Rufus could not get enough of the swimming pool.

We’ve spent this last week in Cornwall, so I’m excited to share some pictures from that. Today I had a surfing lesson!

E xx

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bike trailer“A portrait of my boys,once a week, every week, in 2014″.

We bought a bike trailer this week which I’m really excited about. Ru isn’t quite big enough, but I did take them for a quick spin up and down our street. It’s also a jogger so I’m hoping to take it to Park Run with me…if I dare!

Winston is moving his hair out of his eyes and Rufus is thrilled with a packet of car bulbs.

I cannot wait to enjoy our new mode of transport once Ru is bigger and sturdier!

E xx