Thursday, April 16

Reasons to be cheerful

  • Going on holiday to Cornwall on Saturday - we've already christened it The Cream Tea and Pasties Tour 2009.

  • Went out for yummy vegan Japanese food last night, which made me feel very spoilt but so very virtuous and... clean. Edamame, miso soup, teryaki tofu, noodles, avocado maki, vegetable tempura and the cleanest, purest, most refreshing green tea. Resolve to eat vegan at least half the week (maybe start that particular resolution after The Cream Tea and Pasties Tour 2009).

  • 31 weeks up the duff today and feeling great (well, apart from the heartburn). So excited to meet my new baby girl and actually can't wait for my (fingers crossed) lovely, peaceful home birth. I start listening to my hypnobirthing CD this week... my cervix is, indeed, like a beautiful flower coming into bloom.

  • So thankful to Mr Gav E Scone, inventor of miracle heartburn cure.

  • The house is almost finished - the plaster is currently drying in my girls' new boudoir. Next, on to the jungle garden, which will be a nightmare, but thoughts of sunflowers and pumpkins and tomatoes and courgettes by late summer are spurring me on.

  • I gave away some antique furniture from the house to a friend a while back. I wanted to get rid of it and she was looking for some shabby chic style stuff, so everyone was a winner. She asked me to meet her the other day and gave me a humongous box of Neal's Yard goodies and bought me tea and cake at my new favourite cafe. Karma in action.

  • At work, the Welsh Assembly have deemed our offices "the worst premises in the voluntary sector" and given us money for a refurb. This means there is nowhere to hold meetings - apart from my new favourite cafe or on a bench in the park opposite. Hurrah.

  • My gorgeous girl is almost two years old, and a big bundle of chatting, singing, laughing loveliness.

  • Summer is just around the corner. Let the sea-paddling and strawberry-munching commence.
  • Sunday, April 12

    Happy Easter

    Although I'm not even remotely religious, I love Easter. For me, it's all about optimism and new beginnings, nature coming to life after the dark days of winter. Oh, and the chocolate, of course.

    Some photos from our lovely Easter weekend so far...

    One of my favourite places - the Dare Valley Country Park.

    Gwen liked it so much, she got in the lake.

    The emormobump at 30 weeks.

    The Great Easter Egg Hunt.

    Sunday, April 5

    Our Day Out

    Gwen made us all eggy bread for breakfast.

    Then we packed a picnic and headed off to the Amelia Trust Farm, where we saw donkeys...

    And the most gorgeous lambs...

    But Gwen liked the farm cat best.

    We walked through the 'Wild Piglet Trail'...

    Then stopped off to read the papers with a lime and soda in the sunshine.

    Then it was back home for coffee and my (well, Nigella's) sour cream chocolate cake.

    I wish every day was a sunny April Sunday.

    Thursday, April 2


    I've just found out I'm on a list of 'great parenting blogs' over at Totsy's Place. How lovely - I thought no-one ever read me anymore.

    Thanks ladies - have yourselves a slice of my lovely cake.

    Gwen Top 10

    Because she's staying at Grandma's tonight and I'm really missing her... here are my snail's top 10 favourite things at the moment (although they do change weekly).

  • Postman Pat - watching him, reading about him, singing the theme tune, just randomly shouting his name.
  • Sticking peas/her doll's hair/anything that's small enough up her nose - I feel a trip to casualty coming on in the near future.
  • "Making!" (ie playing with Play Dough).
  • Music and singing and dancing - yesterday, she heard Ida Maria's Better When You're Naked on the radio. She was mighty impressed.
  • Stickers - of any description.
  • Pasta, pesto, peas and cheese - her favourite emergency store cupboard tea.
  • Swimming. Or the idea of swimming, shouting "Swimming", packing for swimming, getting changed for swimming... she gets bored after 10 minutes when we're actually there.
  • Collecting stones and plopping them into water.
  • A 1970s version of this book that was Mr Meep's when he was a wee one. I have now read it approximately 134,234 times.
  • Diggers - Gwen's the only person in our village who loves the new bypass road being built.

    We are going to go lamb-spotting in the Brecon Beacons on the weekend. I hope she likes that too.