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Life Lately – January 2016

I’ve been meaning to check in here on the blog for a little while, but what can I say, life has gotten completely away with me, what with Christmas, birthdays, New Year, oh, and a little baby that is due pretty much any time now.  

Not that I’ve been busy, but mainly because I’ve hit the really really sleepy stage of pregnancy (39 weeks!), where any task other than lying on the sofa with a mince pie in hand, or having a sofa nap, is a massive chore.  I’m on the sofa right now, and I’m just sharing my Instagram photos in this post because it’s the easiest option right now!  Promise I’ll pick up my proper camera soon!

 

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I’ve had a bit of a marathon with this pregnancy, between constant nausea that lasted for 4.5 months, tummy bugs, and anaemia and its associated exhaustion. I’ve also been working two jobs, looking after my daughter and writing the blog.  It goes without saying that the blog has had to take a bit of a back seat for a large part of this year while I rested and put my feet up where I could.  

It will of course take a bit of a back seat when the little one arrives, but I hope once we settle down to some kind of new normal that I can get back to a bit more regular blogging.  I love blogging, I really do. I do it as a hobby and is often how I unwind of an evening. So I’m looking forward to getting back into it with hopefully a bit more vigour!

 

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Our Christmas

So as it’s been a while I thought I’d run through some of the things I’ve been up to.  First and foremost, needless to say, we got our Christmas on.  There’s a bit of a trend on Instagram to decorate using only natural materials. In fact, I saw one user saying they were shunning gaudy baubles in favour of dried foliage.  

I have to say I love my gaudy baubles.  Some of mine are favourites from my childhood.  Others I’ve found in charity shops, others remind me of Christmases past that my partner and I have shared. And others my daughter has chosen since she was just one year old. It’s a bit of a tradition of ours that every year we travel into Edinburgh where she gets to pick a new bauble for the tree. I’ve also got others my daughter has made.  So it’s safe to say we fully embraced the gaudiness of the season!

 

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Keeping with the festive theme, we made our annual visit to see Santa in Edinburgh’s Princes St Gardens.  I did it fairly early in the month because I knew I’d be exhausted come Christmas. I’m so glad we took the time out to go out (even in the rain!) – my daughter found it so magical.

 

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Our actual Christmas and New Year was a rather quiet affair, just the three of us at home.  Lots of roast dinners, nice food, hot chocolate, long lies, movies by the fire, walks when the weather cooperated, reading Christmas books, and playing with new toys.  The only hectic point was Christmas Eve when my then 3 year old (now 4-year-old) got a little bit too excited.  There was some very excited dancing whilst watching The Muppet’s Christmas Carol! 

 

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Other Happenings

Finding some balance with some winter walks:

 

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I finished up my two works at the start of December. This was a relief as commuting for any length of time when 35 weeks pregnant isn’t much fun.  I received this beautiful bunch of flowers, chocolates, and a voucher for a massage, and felt incredibly spoiled indeed.

 

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We also celebrated our daughter’s birthday a little early, with some of her very best friends, to make sure she definitely got a birthday.  Good planning on our part means that our daughter’s birthday and the due date of the new little one are a week apart…  Hosting a house full of four-year-olds at 36 weeks pregnant wasn’t my finest idea (I needed all the sleep afterward). However, it was so much fun, and the smile on my daughter’s face as she played party games with her friends, and blew the candles out on her cake, made it all so worthwhile.  As it happened my daughter did indeed get her actual birthday which I was incredibly relieved about!

 

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And that’s pretty much been life lately!   I will drop in again soon, but before I go I just want to wish you all the best for 2016!  Thanks so much for reading Moral Fibres in 2015 – I really appreciate all of you! xx

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The Last Little While

lavender

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I’ve got some photos from the last little while for you.  I have to say, I’m terribly behind with blogging.  Pregnancy has really taken its toll on me this time around.  At the end of September, I had a nasty tummy bug that knocked me for six, and just lately I’ve been diagnosed with anaemia, which explains how exhausted I’ve been feeling this last little while. It’s why I’ve not done an update since September.

Of an evening for quite some time, when I’d get home from my day job and got my daughter into bed the very last thing I’d feel like doing was firing up the laptop and writing!  Instead, I’d cosy on down in front of the wood burner with my partner and watch all the good TV!  Give me all the Homeland, and all the Fargo!

Needless to say, the third trimester has been tough going!  I’ve had time off work to recuperate from the anemia, a strong dose of iron supplements, and just generally been putting my feet up whenever I can.  I’m planning on taking a little bit of maternity leave from blogging in December time but we’ll see how long I last with that.  I’ve been blogging for nearly 8 years so it’ll be a hard thing to stop for very long!

Anyway, on to the photos!

dried lavender
lavender

I was walking past a gorgeous florist’s on Bernard Street in Edinburgh a few weeks ago (I think it was Petals By The Shore), and was completely taken in by the smell of a vase full of dried lavender.  Of course, I couldn’t leave without buying a bunch or two.  So cheap, so beautiful, and they’re giving my bedroom a nice sleepy aroma.

Home Renovations Coming Together Little By Little

Our living room redecoration has kind of ground to a halt as we try to finish off our kitchen.  This is how it looked on the day we moved in (no, I don’t know what happened to the fireplace!).  We have made good progress, but still have lots of fiddly bits to do like hang mirrors, change the single glazed doors to ones with safety glass, paint some of the woodwork, etc.  Once we’re completely finished, or at least close to completely finished I’ll be sure to share the full photos!

In the meantime here are a few shots:

cheap wood burning stove

We kept the redecoration to a minimal cost, by just repainting.  The only thing we splurged on was a wood-burning stove to replace the old and non-functioning gas fire.  Our stove wasn’t expensive – we went for a Firefox 5 stove* from eBay which cost us around £350 but does a great job at heating our living room (even with its 12-foot ceiling height!).  The expensive part was getting it fitted, but it’s been worth its weight in gold in keeping our living room toasty.

moose print - redecorating our living room little by little

Most of our decor is items I’ve bought from eBay, charity shops, or Etsy, our own photos that we’ve framed. I also picked up some plants from my favourite florists, like Rose & Ammi in Edinburgh.  I also recently picked up this Moose canvas print* from Etsy.  He’s a new favourite!

sofa sofa cushion

Sofa Sofa, a sofa retailer selling sofas made in Wales, recently sent me two gorgeous cushions for my sofa. These fit in beautifully with the sofa and our style of decor.  As I’ve been sofa napping a lot lately during the day whenever I can grab 10 minutes, I can say with a great deal of authority that they are very comfortable indeed for lounging on, or for napping on!  They are also standing up well to the test of my boisterous three-year-old, who has taken to practicing her musical bumps game on them. What can I say, she takes party games VERY seriously!

kitchen tap - redecorating our kitchen little by little

This is how our kitchen looks at the moment.  New fittings – unfinished walls.  We hope to make a bit more progress in the next couple of weeks!

No Fly Holidays

Landmark Centre Carrbridge

A couple of weeks ago we took a week-long family break to Aviemore, in the Highlands.  It was just what we were needing, and the weather was so good to us!  I have slowly been working on my guide to Aviemore. I hope to share this with you shortly!

Good Reads

George Clarke

Finally, I picked up a copy of George Clarke’s latest More Amazing Spaces* book.  We’re big fans of George Clarke, and of both Amazing Spaces and Shed of the Year.  Whilst in Aviemore, we even tried to find the gin distillery that won Shed of the Year, but sadly we couldn’t find it! 

Our house was originally a one-bedroom 1920’s cottage that has been extended at various points in time, to be a (small) three-bedroom cottage.  Needless to say, space is at a premium in our house, so it’s been pretty inspirational to read through and gain some clever ideas from the Amazing Spaces builds!

amazing spaces george clarke

Do catch up on my eco-friendly inspiration.

That’s all for now, see you soon!