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vintage rocking horse“A portrait of my boys,once a week, every week, in 2014″.

We’ve had a re-jig upstairs and the boys are now sharing a bedroom. It’s going better than I expected because they fall to sleep just fine. Ru has been under the weather for a few days so he has been up a lot in the night coughing and spluttering, but he’s managed not to wake Winston.

Both of us have noticed that they are interacting a lot more, which is lovely to see. Winston asks if Ru can come and sit on his bed each morning. This is the two of them on their rocking horse, which was Jared’s as a child. Winston is singing “Horsey, horsey, don’t you stop” to him.

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Pictures for our home

Just over a month ago we got some pictures taken of Winston by a professional photographer. I didn’t want anything too posey so we went to a local Nature Reserve with a few props (including her two year old to help him feel comfortable) and she just followed him as he played.

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Close up

sat on a log

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trees

I love this one with all the trees. I’m just not quite sure what to do with it.

I wanted one printed on a large canvas and used Canvas Design, who were great. It’s taking a while to get used to – it is just so big!

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E xx

Blackberries, baking and birds

We were a bit greedy yesterday and ventured back to our blackberry spot to pick some more. I genuinely feel sorry for the blackberries that are not getting picked – what a waste of good soil, sunlight and water! Winston had them on porridge and we made a variation of these blackberry bars, so that Ru wouldn’t be left out. The three of us enjoyed them very much.

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Winston has been asking to bake for a few days after he saw some car biscuits in a book…and when he wants to bake he doesn’t forget about it. The next pictures is what he had set up after I returned from the toilet. He had got everything ready, sat on a stool and I couldn’t really say no.

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He was much more patient and excited about the decorating side of things than he ever has been.

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Jared is the one that keeps on top of feeding the birds in our house, but I found a simple project that Winston and I could do together to give them a little treat. All you do is collect pine cones, smother them in almond or peanut butter, roll in seeds and then hang. I’m starting to look forward to autumn, but I need to accomplish a few more things from my summer list before it arrives.

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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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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