Saturday, 31 December 2011

Today I have been thinking about all the things I did not know about babies.
1 you literally never have any money spare. Weird for me as I have always bought what I want. Now I have to budget. Kind of.
2 they sometimes sleep and sometimes don't. No way to tell. And guaranteed the night before a big event, like shooting a wedding. They won't.
3 just how you can and do cope with sleep deprivation for so long, it is amazing. I have not slept continuously for more than 6 hours in 18 months. And never ONCE had a lie in past 7.30 am
4 how demanding babies are. You cannot send an email, read a magazine, cook dinner. I thought I would develop my website, finish off bits around the house, write reality I just survived!
5 how much exercise drops off when you need it the most....tiredness, busyness time is not possible to continue my 5 mile runs every other day!
6 how food gets everywhere. I find weetabix in my hair, applesauce on my shoulder, raisins in my shoes.
7 snot. Oh boy.where the fuck all that snot comes from is anyones guess
8 vomit. On my head. Twice.
9 baby spit up! Yuck! Not any more but when M was tiny she would spit up ALL the time. On me, on the sofa, on the floor and especially, on herself.
10 how changing a nappy on a 10 month old onwards is like some kind of torture. They are Wiley and crafty and quick and yell.
11 how any clothing change enrages M. She cries EVERY single time. Seriously
12 toys. I obsess over the lack of toys we have. But seriously. She prefers my bag or cupboards to anything!
13 naps. How I obsessed about naps. Meddie thankfully is a big mapper and will do 2 hrs easy.
14 sterilising. Holy shit. 6 bottles a day. Room temp water for formula. Holy shit that was time consuming beyond belief.
15 dummies. Love them. And she looks so ridiculously cute sucking furiously on hers.
16 wiping faces. Good luck
17 food on floor. Never not annoying when you stand on something squelchy, or get a raisin stuck on your sock
18 stairs, sockets, glasses, plates, knifes, oven, bin....all ENDLESSLY dangerous and super attractive. Every single day. Babies have an eye for danger I swear to god
19 stair gates. Leave it open for 1\3 rd of a second and she KNOWS.
20 how your life will change beyond anything you could ever possibly imagine, in every way. This tiny person captures your heart through hair pulls and weetabixy hands and you would not change a single thing. Every single second is precious and exhilarating from sleepy cuddles to sticky kisses and I am so honoured to have been blessed so much.

Oh yes I did

Thursday, 29 December 2011

No I didn't!

This morning

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Oreo face

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Not cool with the Moglet to dare to wipe her Oreo cookie face! Outrage!

I love this note. Ahhh! Courtesy of Loveyourpompoms.blogspot

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Christmas walk :)

Happy birthday to me!

My first of the day!

Christmas day candles!

I'm a bit loathe to use all my diptyques at once so mixing it up :)

Merry Christmas!

Fattening up

Friday, 23 December 2011

For wedding as such a long day! We never get to eat! Downside!

Part deux

Thursday, 22 December 2011

I fear they may appear everywhere in The Old Bakehouse!

Pompom Pompom Pompom

Started making them and can't stop!

New toot boots!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

£40!!!! Seriously? They are tiny! Look big in pic but are baby size 4! Teeny tiny expensive boots! Meadow can't walk in wellies so they are vital for rainy days...

Does Santa have one?

Monday, 12 December 2011

Sign at Uppark. We went to meet Santa ( meadow cried) and on the way to the stable, passed this sign! Haha!

Nice knocker:)


In petworth park! Cool!

Hello London

I've missed you! Bringing my Meadow next week!

Love! Anthropologie! Perfect for chill of The OBH

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Dancing singing Santa band!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Meadow enthralled!!!

Meadows first school pic :)

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Hahaha we laughed for ages!


Saturday, 13 August 2011


Saturday, 6 August 2011

Today I have been running around achieving very little, despite having a party tomorrow for neighbours and baby buddies at The OBH....

But I have had a baby attached all day to my hip :)

But I did find the time to read my current fav blog
and read her new baby blog pages and it made me really envious that, although I for sure, have a beautiful baby girl too, our experience of bringing our babies home is somewhat different...

I am so so envious that she has memories that included bunting and 'welcome home with baby' cake and the cards and most of all, the love.

My memories are of the cold silence and the absence of my Mum.
Which makes me sadder than I could ever imagine possible.

I guess life experiences like these help make all the sweet moments even sweeter and I try harder to understand the different temperaments that make us who we are.

But , hell am I wel-jel :)  because nothing can ever change that first precious day/week/month.

But my baby is the most gorgeous baby in the world ever! So I am sucking it up......

Oops part 2

Friday, 5 August 2011

And then they had a snood as part of A/W new collection and oh how I ADORE a snood and then it too joined my dress. Oops. But seriously. I will wear this a LOT!!


Somehow this comptoir des cotonniers dress ended up in my hands, then was taken to the till then was on my credit card and then in the car and now in my closet. Oops.


If I had £850. Oh Nicole Farhi I LOVE you

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Meadow enjoying morning toast and Desperate Housewives !

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Monster sized Total! Yum. But full fat! Need 2% dudes!

Thursday, 23 June 2011


Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Today I have been thinking.
Thinking that I am so blessed to have my baby girl who is a Demanding!! but so so precious.
Thinking that my husband is difficult, and tricky, and sometimes just a bit black but I wouldn't change him for the world. I love his difficultness and his sweetness and his handsome handsome face!
Thinking how amazing my friends are. Clever and talented and gorgeous.
Thinking wowzers I get to live in The Old Bake House!
Thinking am I totally old school about baby bed times? Selfridges last night had teeny weenies in their buggies at 7.30pm ?!?
Thinking oh, I would really like a cheeky 10K top up in my bank account. Or actually even the £1300 the tax man owes me.
Thinking that life is a struggle but they tell us it makes you stronger. I'm not sure about that, but what I am sure of, is I LOVE this quote:
'worry is using our imagination to create things we do not want'

Back on form auntie Cerys AND eatin my cornbread xxx

My cottage cheese obsession may have ended. Rich made me dinner last night with this! 5 days out of date!! Whaaaat!

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Klondike with reeses PB? As Cerys would say: get outta town!! Want want want now x

Fwd: Top 10 Reasons to Join Us...

If I had £150 a month for gym membership ...
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Top 10 Reasons To Join Us...

Friends of Lime Wood & Herb House Spa,

If you are already a member of our Herb House Spa, we hope you are enjoying your time with us.

If you haven't joined but you're thinking you would quite like to, here are our Top 10 Reasons to inspire you....

1. Our gym is situated on the third floor opening up onto our Roof Top Herb Garden, where fitness classes are held during the summer months.

2. With the New Forest on our doorstep, we are able to offer you so much more ... cross country runs through sand dunes and cycling through the forest.

3. All of our Fitness Instructors are fully qualified Personal Trainers making sure we bring the best to you.

4. We only work with boutique product houses from the British Isles that are hard to find on the high street.

5. We are always striving to be unique in offering our members exciting treatments and products. We are the only spa in Hampshire to offer the treatment Chavutti, we have just started working with ' Wellicious' - an eco-friendly, lifestyle clothing range and one of our Heidi Klein bikini's was recently shown in Grazia Magazine.

6. In our Spa restaurant, Raw & Cured, it is a feast for your senses. Watch your fresh meal take shape before your eyes. We have a number of daily specials and also offer takeaways too.

7. All of our food is as simple as it sounds... it is Raw & Cured - no artificial or processed ingredients, our girls go that extra mile to make sure all ingredients are healthy and natural and locally sourced.

8. All of our membership rates have a lifetime promise on them, so the rate you join at will stay with you for the duration of your membership, even if we increase our new 'members rates'.

9. All members receive 10% off all treatments and food & beverage in both the hotel and spa, plus 10% off all retail purchases in the shop.

10. As a member of Herb House you will be invited to exclusive events such as cocktail parties, regular product launches, allowing you to be the first to see new collections & treatments.

What do you think? If you feel like our Herb House Spa would be the perfect retreat for you then take a peek at some membership info below and give our Membership Director Sam Ryder a call on 02380 286 992.

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Meadow and Daddy taken by Grandad

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Yep. Loadsa toys and she finds the night light that has accidentally fallen into the box....:) natch!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Not impressed

Pics (June 2011) are completely the same as mine...same beach hut/poses.... courtesy of


Euggghh 'award winning' Brighton Photographer Lisa Devlin has copied my West Wittering engagement shoot shot for shot.... Biatcchhh.
Case in point.... my shot May 2011

Yummiest wine in the world ( well affordable best wine in the world!)

Going down v nicely thank you very much Waitrose

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