The slow rhythm of summer

This summer has been a slow one, we’ve allowed many of the days to unfold without any real plans which has been quite lovely especially as we are adjusting to our new family rhythm. We have taken lots of little walks together, paddled in the stream, played in the garden and enjoyed lots of picnics – picnics are my favourite! In some ways this season has reminded me so very much of my own childhood summers – we were never rushed and alway encouraged to play freely, I’m sure it is in these moments of unstructured time that the imaginations of little ones grow.

A few weeks back we let our imaginations run wild as we took a little trip down to a stream we have recently discovered near our home. We waded our way through a meadow which was a jungle of wild flowers, so rich in colour – nature knows the colours that go so beautifully doesn’t it! We foraged for blackberries along the way and when we finally reached the little stream we floated paper boats and fished with an old jam jar. Arthur was in his element as he scooped up grit from the bed hoping to catch the tiny shrimp. After paddling in the water we sat up on the little bridge and ate our picnic, it was the most perfect time and one I want to remember forever. I often wonder if any of these little adventures will be the ones Arthur tells his own children about one day.

This post is written in collaboration with Hammam and Home who kindly gifted us with the turkish towels. I am thrilled to share them here with you, not only are they beautiful, they are perfect to use as picnic rugs, they are lightweight and take up very little space in my mama bag, not to mention they are great for drying of little feet after a paddle in the stream. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this space.

Breakfast with Laura Ashley

 

How do you like to start your day? Every morning, without fail, we gather around the table for breakfast, mix and match bowls, messy hair and sleepy conversation, it is one of our favourite times of the day together. During the week it is, more often than not, a rushed affair as we usually have something to get up and out of the house for, but at the weekend we take our time without the need to rush.

Breakfast here, this weekend was a real treat as we took our time, I pottered in the kitchen making our favourite granola recipe with our tiny boy sleeping in the sling whilst my husband and little boy played with lego. When the granola was in the oven I made a coffee and set the table with our new Laura Ashley china mugs and bowls. I love this mix and match set of blue and white china, it is an eclectic collection consisting of three different traditional designs each with a contemporary twist. Mixing and matching tableware is a great way of creating a relaxed look and to add a rustic touch I have also used the round Kubo woven baskets, great for holding bread or croissants. To keep us all cozy I added the herringbone striped throw to the backs of the chairs (you will always find a throw in arms reach here)

Oats and mixed nuts granola

A bowl of homemade granola is a great way to start any day, I have a simple recipe that can be made within about half an hour and tastes so delicious. I love making it as much as I love eating it, it gives me a real sense of warmth and comfort. I also love that I am providing my family with something homemade and wholesome to kick-start the day. Combined with fresh fruit and natural yoghurt it makes the perfect breakfast. Here’s how to make a tasty granola:

Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped mixed nuts
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
125ml maple syrupMethod: Combine all the ingredients and pop in the oven on a medium heat for about 20

Method: Combine all the ingredients and pop in the oven on a medium heat for about 20 minutes

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A new chapter // Memories of June

June was a month to remember. I really slowed down at the beginning of the month, enjoying the warm sunny days as we pottered in the garden, being heavily pregnant I didn’t do very much other than sit and watch as Arthur explored, we painted mud pictures together and when we felt tired we snuggled up and watched cartoons. We took a few evening walks after dinner, capturing a beautiful poppy field at its best just as the sun was beginning to fade. And I packed my hospital bag shortly before we welcomed Rupert into our family.

His delivery was the highlight of June, I went into labour a week ahead of a planned c-section and delivered him naturally after just two and a half hours. I could not have hoped for us to meet him in a more perfect way.

The rest of the month was a spent in a hazy newborn bubble at home resting, recovering and bonding with each other as a little family. We were so blessed to receive home cooked food from our Church family which allowed us to focus on each other without making time to shop for food and cook. What a generous act of kindness! I shall definitely remember this for next time a friend or family member welcomes a newborn baby.

Welcoming Rupert

It has been weeks since I logged on to this little space. Seven weeks ago our prayers for a safe and natural delivery were answered when we welcomed our beautiful little boy Rupert into the world – all six scrumptious pounds of him.

Whilst there has been so many moments that I have wanted to capture and journal here on my blog I just haven’t had the time or energy to sit and write. Honestly, I don’t think I have quite had the right words to articulate just how incredible this new chapter in our life has really felt, but that’s ok because those raw and precious newborn moments are sure to be locked in my mama memory bank for a life time.

It’s been a wonderful whirlwind of joy and chaos here as we have taken our time to bond with Rupert and adjust to our new family rhythm.