Gosh, it’s been a little while since I last wrote one of these.  Here’s a whistle-stop tour:

isle-of-cumbrae

millport

Holidays.  On account of ongoing costly home renovations we took a holiday at home in the summer.  Or rather, we took a holiday at my parent’s home whilst they holidayed elsewhere.  My parents live on the west coast of Scotland, so it’s a handy base.  We got really lucky with the weather (seriously lucky) and took a few sun drenched day trips around and about the area.

On one such day trip we hopped on the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Largs and made the 8 minute journey to the tiny Isle of Cumbrae, in the Firth of Clyde.  From the ferry slipway we made our way to the town of Millport (the only town on Cumbrae) and had a blast exploring beaches and bays, picnicking, building sandcastles, paddling, and exploring.  It’s such a genteel, slow paced and beautiful little island and we’re already planning our next trip back.  Hopefully by bike as it’s a cyclist’s paradise!

kitchen-details

Speaking of those costly home renovations, we finally have a finished kitchen.  It only took us a year from getting the units installed to actually finishing the thing (including plastering, tiling and painting).  All I’ll say is after a year and a half of moving in, it’s just nice having functioning blinds in our kitchen.  It’s kind of funny to look back at our old mould ridden kitchen. but it certainly wasn’t funny living with it at the time!

birthday-flowers

I had a birthday.  To my eldest this was far too exciting for words.  Drawings were produced.  Cards were made.  And the day before my birthday we visited the park.  Unbeknown to me, she picked a flower, got it home, and kept it in her bedroom for a few hours before declaring that she wanted to give me an early birthday present – this little flower.  Hands down my favourite gift.

woodland-rucksack

My eldest started school in August.  All the emotions.

And finally, I’ve got a few weeks of maternity leave left before I head back to work, so I’ve been busy fitting in all the things I’ve wanted to do.  From people I’ve wanted to see, to places I’ve wanted to go, and things I’ve wanted to do, I’ve been slowly fitting it all in during school hours with my littlest sidekick in tow.  I’ve been feeling a little melancholic that I have to go back to work because for the most part it’s been fun just hanging out with my kids for nine months.  Even when one has eaten bum cream whilst the other has had a tantrum, as was the case last week…

While I’m here, I just wanted to give a shout out to new Moral Fibres sponsor Berg Things, purveyors of beautiful and practical outdoor bags.  As well as being hand-sewn, each bag comes with a lifetime patch guarantee.  If you tear your bag, simply send it back to Berg Things and they’ll repair it, all for the cost of the shipping.  I love this business model.  I hope you will too.