Monday, 21 April 2014


Today D and I have been together for eleven whole years! This seems completely loopy…it simultaneously feels like its been a lifetime, but also that it must have only been a few months. It's also quite odd to think that this time next year we will have a little more than three months till we get married (more on that front later!) Maybe then I will finally feel like a proper grown up?

We decided to go to Aldeburgh for some chips and a walk on the beach. The queue for the chip shop was long…really long! 

But we were quite amused by the funny cottage names while we waited…

Winkle, Pebble and Kitten Cottages all in a row! 

There are lots of really funny little houses in Aldeburgh, like this one which has a huge set of front steps that seem to finish in an illogical place…we couldn't work out where the first floor starts??

There must be more steps inside, either that or a slide! On the beach is this little lookout turned gallery with the most spirally staircase I've ever seen

And this pink and white cottage that is barely bigger than a dolls house! 

Aldeburgh beach is all pebbles, so I decided to have a little play (little throwback to my degree)

And D went seagull spotting

Oh and there was some posing…

Best squinty pirate faces! 

On the way back we found a garden centre come antique shop (a bit odd!), this sign made us giggle…

"Tunisian Balls…which serve no real purpose but at £3 each or two for a fiver who cares!!"

And we made a couple of small purchases…

This old toy grand piano which also has four very wobbly legs, but we decided it was better without!

And this big old mirror which has lovely aged edges…it's really really heavy though, hence the stupidly large hook!  

So all in all a lovely day. We also bought some asparagus on the way home, so I'm now off to boil some eggs ready for dipping…my favourite tea ever, I love asparagus season (although we are a teeny bit early…shhh)

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Moving On With A New Arrival

Last post I said I might write more about the complete nightmare of a year we had renovating our house. However, I've since decided against it. I took photos all the way through with a plan to write about it all, but actually, I don't think it would be very good for me. 

We both found the whole process really really hard and we could quite easily have sold it and run away, in fact several times I sat on the floor covered in goodness knows what, in floods of tears and asked if we really could just leave. I hated it so much, and there were so many times I didn't think I would ever want to live here, and where I felt so dusty and dirty every time we left I couldn't imagine it evert feeling clean enough to live in. But we made it though (somehow!) and so now rather than showing you the process which I think might just be a stupidly long post which would make me feel rubbish and make anybody reading about it collapse with boredom, or even the end result which would inevitably feel all staged and unnatural…I'm just going to write again, about our lives and about how it is to live in this little cottage that now really does feel like our home! 

Since moving on from the nightmare of renovating and actually moving in…we have acquired a new arrival. A fluffy one. I'd like to introduce you to Pastry:

He's a four month old tabby we got from a local rescue centre. He and his four sisters were left in a shed after their old owner moved house and didn't take them along. Luckily, they were found by a neighbour and taken to the rescue centre. We always said when we got a kitten his or her name would be Pastry, and when we saw his picture on the centre's website, we both said, that's him, that's Pastry! We then had an anxious few days hoping we got there before anyone else did, but luckily he was meant to be ours and we brought him home 2 weeks ago! 

He's had a lovely time exploring his new kingdom…

And helping me sort out our books (into colour order…obviously!)

He loves chilling out under Wilson…we're determined they will be best friends and not links in the food chain!

He's had lots of squishes he probably doesn't want at all! 

And has been perfecting his poses...

Oh and doing a great deal of this sort of thing too...

 He has the funniest sleeping positions, and particularly likes to sleep either upside down or resting his chin on something hard…like the trackpad of my laptop which is where he is right now…it doesn't make for easy typing! We love him so much already…what ever will we be like when we have a baby?!

In other news, tomorrow we will have been together for 11 years! We're off to Aldeburgh for a walk on the beach before it's time to go back to work on Tuesday…if we really have to! 

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Well hello there world...


I am very very aware that this post will probably go completely unread as I have been away for so very long that nobody would think to come and read this little blog of mine. Also, it will be a short one, just to let anyone who does happen to be ready know that I'm back! 

It's been a long and difficult break. We bought a house and it was all going swimmingly, until everything went so pear shaped that I started to forget who I was before we started the whole renovation malarky and most days I wanted to do nothing but hide under my bed and cry. I might write a longer post about this soon, but for now suffice to say that we've moved in at last, and I'm slowly learning to swim again! 

So…see this as my official return! Our new house has a tiny room which I have adopted as a kind of sewing den and our next project is turing our rather wild garden into a little allotment so there will be lots of posting about my adventures in sewing and growing to come! 

Here's a little picture of how our evenings have been looking recently…we haven't had the chimney swept yet so candles will do for now. You might recognise the big wooden 'yes' from this post a while back. I shall return again soon. Promise. Much love x

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