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Catch up!

Erm, so I haven’t been very good at blogging more often! I have made an effort to take more photos every day with every intention of blogging more but our internet has been completely poo for the past week and it’s so frustrating having the connection drop out every 5 minutes that we’ve been doing our work at quickly as we can and then putting the computers away because we were getting far too cross. I spoke to Sky this morning and hopefully they’re sorting it in the next 72 hours.

Huxley was really ill last night so we’ve got a day on the sofa today so I thought I’d try and catch up with what’s been happening.


Monday was a bit of a fail! My plan was to go to the local toddler play group but I ended up walking to completely the wrong place and it was nearly finished by the time I got to the right place! Oops! Silly mummy!


I had an important social media strategy proposal to write while Huxley was at nursery on Tuesday morning. When we picked him up we went straight to the local garden centre to pick out a new plant for our lounge (which is now finished! Post coming soon!). Wasn’t the weather spectacular that day? We had some incredibly vibrant rainbows while we were eating dinner.

Stewarts Garden Centre BroomhillGruffalo watering canRainbowWednesday

I literally can’t remember what happened on Wednesday and I have no photos from that day so who knows?!?


I had a client meeting on Thursday morning while Huxley was at nursery and then when I picked him up we walked across the park to feed the ducks. I’ll be honest, the ducks weren’t bothered in the slightest. Then we played pooh sticks on the bridge. Thursday night was spent babysitting our niece and nephew, Elsie and Hadley. It was so fun watching them all play together (if a little tiring!)


Anyway, now that my internet connection is back up and running (for now!) I’m going to make myself a nice cup of tea and do a spot of online shopping. The new Autumn collections over at Esprit are looking particularly good. I’ve got my eye on a rather dashing wool plaid coat (here) and some ankle boots (here) and I’ve fallen for a couple of their kids bits too which will definitely be going on Huxley’s birthday list!

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Autumn Wish List

As always, with the change of the weather comes the familiar itch to purchase new items for my wardrobe. This has only been confounded by the fact that summer was a complete and utter washout so there were lots of things I’d purchased that I never got to wear so I felt stripped of that ‘new outfit’ joy and too many things have been tucked away having not been worn yet. And to make matters worse, I don’t even have a holiday booked to look forward to wearing them in the future!

What with everything that’s been going on with the house and all the money it’s costing, I’ve been making the most of things like eBay, shopping catalogues* and charity shops to try and make my money go further. Catalogues with credit* have been a real saving grace for me right now and I’d imagine they will continue to be as Huxley’s birthday and Christmas looms near!

Of course, my winter wish list is filled with Autumnal tones to match all the pumpkin spiced lattes and colour-changing leaves as it always is. It’s funny though as I tend to do one of these every season and I can definitely see my style is changing. I made a wish list last Autumn and it’s WAY more girly than this one. I think I’m definitely coming to terms with the fact that I’m really not a ‘heels & sparkle’ girl at heart. I like clothes that I could get lost in the woods wearing.


Autumn 2015 Wish List

Top: New Look | Jacket: Mango | Hat: Passenger | Cape: Marks & Spencer | Shoes: Oasis | Dungarees: Zara | Jumper: Finisterre | Boots: Clarks

I realise I just claimed not to be a ‘heels & sparkle’ type girl and I definitely wouldn’t wear those glitter flats into the woods but they are JUST SO PRETTY I couldn’t possibly leave them out of this list. I can make some room for sparkle in my wardrobe for special occasions.

I think I could wear raglan tops every day for the rest of my life. I love the ease of being able to just stick one on and I feel really ‘me’ in them. I haven’t really tried out the dungaree trend and I’m not sure how I’d feel about having to nearly completely undress every time I need a wee but they just look so damn cool.

Passenger is a clothing company that’s local to me and I absolutely LOVE their style and stuff. They haven’t got a women’s line yet but I’m so tempted to buy this beanie. It comes in a lovely deep red colour too.

I’m totally ordering that M&S cape immediately after I click ‘publish’. I’ve been looking for something like this for AGES and I nearly ordered one from Nordstrom when I spotted this while researching this post.

Finisterre do some truly lovely clothes. If you get a second you should check out their website. One of my friends recently flew to Iceland with the gorgeous Sophie Hellyer to take all their A/W lookbook shots and they are STUNNING. He is so talented. Also, nothing kicks off winter quite like a new jumper.

And lastly, the Orinoco boots from Clarks. A trusty favourite. I already own a pair of these and I lived in them last winter (you can see when I first wore my Clarks boots in Winchester a few winters ago). The trouble is that I also lived in them whilst painting the house, stripping wallpaper, working in the garden etc so they are now looking a bit beaten and worn – which I don’t mind – but any excuse for a new pair of shoes right?

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Packing for our first family festival

At the weekend we are taking the plunge and attending our first ever festival as a family. As much as I am a little daunted by this prospect, I’m also pretty excited. I haven’t been to a festival for nearly 10 years (my last was Reading festival back in 2006 – hello Pearl Jam!) so I’m looking forward to experiencing that festival ‘vibe’ again.

This time we’re going to End of the Road festival. It will be nice to experience one of the more low-key festivals as Reading was a bit too rowdy for me and we ended up leaving on the Sunday night as people were setting fire to tents and it was getting a bit scary.

Our original plan was to buy a tent at the start of summer and then do a couple of test runs in the garden and maybe venture for a night out in the New Forest or something just to get Huxley used to the idea of sleeping outside. However, with Nick breaking his leg and the weather this year being pretty poo, it hasn’t happened. Luckily for us, End of the Road is only about 20 minutes away so if the weather turns out to be horrendous or Huxley really isn’t getting on in the tent, we can at least drive home and sleep in our beds each night without it being the end of the world.

So, to tie in with our trip, I thought I’d do a little post about what we’ll be taking with us this year and if any of you seasoned campers/festival goers have any last minute advice about extra things I might need then please do let me know!

Festival essentials

1. Bin bags - Totally unglamorous I know but definitely the kind of essential item that I’m bound to forget!

2. Favourite toy - With no prior experience of camping, it’s going to be important that Huxley feels as safe and comfortable as possible. We used to send him to nursery with his favourite Gruffalo mouse and he’d walk around holding it all day.

3. Suncream – Because you can get burnt even when it’s cloudy. Suncream is especially important for kids as they burn much faster than adults.

4. Waterproof jacket – Because we live in England! And even if the weatherman said it was going to be sunny I wouldn’t trust them!

5. Inflatable bed – We got Huxley this inflatable Gruffalo bed at Christmas so that he had somewhere to sleep when we stayed round people’s houses or went on holiday as he had outgrown the travel cot that we previously had. Hopefully this way he’ll be a bit warmer as he’ll be raised off the ground and I know he’ll be excited to sleep in it again.

6. Ear defenders - Because little ears can get damaged by loud music.

7. Wellies – I’ll be rocking my pink chicken-print Joules wellies all weekend. A decent pair of wellies* are essential because again, England.

8. Antibac gel – Because toddlers touch EVERYTHING. And festival loos are proper rank.

So, there’s my list. It’s clearly not definitive of everything we’ll be taking along with us, but it’s the things that are high on my priority list. Seriously, please let me know if there’s something I’ve forgotten or haven’t considered. I’m going to be such an obvious newbie! (And if you’re attending End of the Road Festival and happen to spot us then please say hello! We’ll be the couple arguing and wrestling a toddler!)

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