Category Archives: Seasons

preparing our home for autumn

Today has been one of those lovely crisp September days where the sun shone and the sky was blue. I love the notable shift in the season between summer and autumn, the dip in temperature as our corner of the world tilts away from the sun. The subtle change in light and the colours of the leaves on the trees as they begin to fade into a patchwork of jaded greens, reds and yellows, have you noticed it yet? 

September around here has always been a welcomed chance to start afresh, this year especially. We spent lovely hazy summer cocooned in our newborn baby bubble, it felt lovely and care-free not needing to be anywhere or do anything. But with the coming of autumn, I am ready to set some intentions for the months ahead and find our groove as we settle into a new season as a family of four. Here are a few things I will be doing in the coming weeks to prepare our home for autumn:

// Sorting and washing all our woollen blankets and throws so they are lovely and fresh when the evenings get a little chilly.

// Giving the floor a good old scrub after weeks of little feet running barefoot in and out of the garden.

// Sourcing and making candles. One thing that defines a cozy home in autumn, for me, is burning fragrant candles, especially if the weather is a little bit gloomy. Last winter we lit a candle in the morning at breakfast time it was a lovely start to the day and something I will reintroduce now that the mornings aren’t quite as warm. Iv recently discovered The Botanical Candle Co for beautiful, hand poured, soy candles that not only smell divine but come in some gorgeous repurposed vintage vessels and stoneware, I highly recommend having a little look at what they have on offer. I am also going to attempt to make some beeswax candles. I have lots of wax left over after making these food wraps here and I have recently purchased some sheets of natural beeswax to roll my own candles.

// Apple picking. I’m looking forward to stocking the freezer with stewed apple and making apple crumble because nothing says autumn more than crumble and custard, right?

// A simple evening routine. The hours between dinner time and bedtime used to be so simple, we’d fallen into a lovely little routine that saw our eldest fall asleep in my arms soon after a story. Things now seem to be taking hours and juggling the demands of both little ones leave me feeling exhausted by the time they are both asleep. Over the coming weeks I want to find a simple bedtime routine that will keep us all calm and feeling restful. If you have any advice please do leave a comment below I would love to hear.  

// Self-care. Carving out a little time to take care of myself has been quite low on my list of priorities lately. I am sure I am not alone in this and many of you will be familiar with the feeling. There are not enough hours in the day to do it all, let alone carve out time to nourish our own souls. But I have come to realise that it may be the most important thing we could do for ourselves and our families, because if we feel refuelled – creatively, spiritually and mentally then we will have the energy to continue “giving” to our families. I would like to read more, to look after my skin, to practice the things that give me joy (other than being a mother). I think if I were to be a little more organised than I may just find a way to free up some all-important me time.

Have you set any good intentions and goals for the months ahead?

Newborn bubble // Memories of July

My memories of July are already so hazy, it feels a life time ago already now, its the perfect reminder to keep documenting all these little moments here on my blog so I can look back on in years to come! Here are some images I have dug out from my camera roll from the month of July – I think the month passed in a blur as I continued to heal and bonded with our tiny little boy. We had lots of picnics in the sunshine and little evening walks, the little walk through the wheat field has to be my favourite memory of July.

Peace & Light // Memories of May

May is a beautiful month and this May has been no exception with plenty of time spent outside in the fresh air and sunshine. However, I can not post this month’s memories without mentioning the sadness has touched the hearts of so many after the awful attack in Manchester leaving many families grieving the loss of loved ones. As a mother, I can not help but want to bundle my boy up and keep him safe forever, but a big part of parenthood is to learn to let go of those little hands and let them explore their own little world. I have been reminded that the most important thing we can teach our children above all else is love – to love and be loved wholeheartedly – and to remind them that gratitude and kindness can make this broken world a better place.

My lovely friend bought me a peace lily earlier this month to bring me peace throughout the remainder of my pregnancy, which is such a lovely and thoughtful gift idea for expectant mamas in the final weeks before birth. I have put it on the fireplace in the living room and I must say it really has a calming effect. We have just a mere few weeks to go before welcoming our baby into the world and I have begun to gather things together in preparation for his arrival. I know newborns don’t need an awful lot, but it does make me feel happy to fold tiny vests and to get organised. I have also hung a sweet cloud mobile above our bed which a friend made for us after Arthur was born.

The weather here has been super this month and we’ve not been governed too much by the pressures of time, allowing for a slower pace in which to enjoy just being together. We have been out for lots of walks, planted up an old sink with herbs, we made a (pretend) campfire at the bottom of the garden under the big tree and I have even surrendered to taking daytime naps whilst my boy sleeps next to me. Sleeping in the day is not something I usually like to do but I’m beginning to feel the need to rest up whilst I can.

Hope you had a good month.
Laura

A Garden Gathered Festive Garland

Between the rain showers the other day I headed out into the garden to gather some flowers and foliage to create a festive garland for our mantle piece, a styling challenge set by BloomNation – an online floral market place. It was one of those grey days where the mist was so dense I could feel it on my face, it felt so refreshing to breath in the cold air having spent most of the day inside. Don’t you just love getting wrapped up warm and stepping out on a cold winters day!

The garden is pretty bare at the moment (next year is going to be the year where we transform the space into somewhere that will be lovely to sit in the afternoon sunshine, we have been putting it off for far too long! There, I’ve said it now… It must happen) However, the hydrangea is still looking ever so lovely despite all the rain we have had lately. I gathered a large bunch of the fading blooms along with some ivy and some evergreen.

To create the festive garland I built up the display in layers, starting with the ivy as the base. Then I positioned the silver glass tea-light holders, candles and reindeer before adding in the hydrangea and evergreen (start in the centre and work your way out for a balanced look.) Once I was happy with the position of everything I added in the fir cones which I have painted the tips with white chalk paint to give the overall display a wintery feel.


The lovely thing about using hydrangea blooms in this way is that they tend to dry beautifully and so there is no need to use an oasis or moss to keep it moist. Once the petals have dried out and I take the display down after christmas I will keep them and use them as props in Instagram photos like this one here because they are so so pretty.

If you are an avid Pinterest user like me, pop over to BloomNations page and take a look at all their beautiful floral pins for inspiration, they are stunning. 

Have a lovely weekend friends.