Thursday, 26 August 2010

Endings, New Beginnings and some Partying !

L's week -
Tuesday - GCSE results, all As & Bs ( with 1 C for History )
Wednesday - Enrol at College, A levels - English Lit, Law & Philosophy
Thursday - Head to Leeds Festival with friends http://www.leedsfestival.com/home/index.aspx

An amazing week, hard work rewarded and tickets for a festival that could have been made for him, all his favourite bands in one venue ( apart from Muse but he has tickets to see them in September )
He set off, early this morning with a huge back-pack stuffed with junk food, wellies and water proofs .. it's pouring down here and has been for days.
Last minute panic of too small tent, had no solution, so it will be cosy for 8 large lads plus gear !
Life and all it's lessons.

He is spreading his wings, testing them and finding them up to the task of flying, soaring, catching some warm currents to take him onto new adventures.

While, this Mama feels excited for him, there is also some knots of worry, some concern, the need to chase him back into the nest and hold him closer, tighter, just for a little while longer.

He is our firstborn, the first time N & I saw our love made visible, all of our hopes, dreams and promises in one 8lb bundle of joy.
He teaches us, tests us and makes us find resources we had no idea we had.
I have learnt so much about myself because of him.
He has my heart, now and always.

So,I blow my nose, wipe my teary eyes and await the stinky, muddy piles of washing he will bring home with a good stock pile of wash powder !







Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Brothers Lasagne

Cooking for O, with big brother for company.
A pleasure to set the bowls out, then sit back and watch, listen to their chatter, see O's smiles of triumph as he spoons, stirs and grates.

My little guy loved snapping those lasagne sheets, we had bits everywhere but each time he broke some, the giggles were such a joy and his glow of pride shone on us all.

Layering up and tearing in fresh Basil leaves.

What beauties and delicious too.
Recipe here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/icancook/makes/lasagne/

Monday, 23 August 2010

Friday, 20 August 2010

Summer Magic


This moment, a Friday tradition, a time to cherish, to remember, to honour its importance.To stop and give thanks, a time to feel blessed.
Inspired by SouleMama http://www.soulemama.com/soulemama/

Thursday, 19 August 2010

The Good, The Naughty and the Very Fishy

The Good, using the bounty of veg from our garden - Courgette and Tomato Flan.

The Naughty - a box of these darlings to welcome home your girl from summer camp.

Another Naughty ( but very nice ! ) Mama-Made Lemon Cheesecake, well, it's not every day your first born turns 16 .. oh my goodness!
Cheesecake is his treat of choice, he has his own Top Five List.


The Very Fishy - a stack of fishy face cloths for a Water themed swap.


Whats the news from your kitchen ?


Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Nature Treasure Boxes

O's decorated treasure box.

An adventure to our friend's lovely wood to fill it, with things from nature ( mmm orange is abit doubtful ! ) matching up the colours painted at the bottom of each section.


Leaves, berries, wild plums ... the wood was a larder of treasures.

We looked at soft and hard, smooth and spikey.
O at nearly 3, loved this activity, chasing round the wood to find his goodies, so very proud when he had found all the sections.
Inspired by the lovely Kelly and her boys http://freeflowingways.blogspot.com/



Monday, 16 August 2010

Dish Washing Delights


Freshly picked from the garden.
Sat, brightening up my draining board, while I wash the dishes.
Waiting to be re-homed to another part of the house.
To admire their simple elegance.
To catch a hint of their stunning perfume.
To delight in their beauty.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

at The Beach

A day at the beach with friends, cloudy, alittle chilly with sudden bursts of sunshine, a typical English Summer Day.






Then rain, lots of rain, quick dashes to the cars, gathering up children, buckets, spades, picnics and rugs on the way.

So, off for fish and chips in a cafe, followed by ice-creams on the front, when the sun reappeared.



Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Summer Sunsets





A vision of light , colour and darkness.
A delight for the senses.
A time to stop, be still and wonder.
A goodnight from the Earth.
A promise to return.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Working at The Car Wash

You might not ever get rich.
But let me tell ya it's better that diggin' a ditch.
There ain't no tellin' who ya might meet.
A movie star or may be even an Indian Chief.
(Workin' at the) car wash.
Workin' at the car wash yeah !
Come on and sing it with me car wash.
Get with the feelin' y'all car wash yeah.

Come summer the work gets kind a hard
This ain't no place to be if ya planned on being a star.
Let me tell you it's always cool
And the boss don't mind sometimes if ya act a fool.

At the car wash
Talkin' about the car wash yeah!
Come on and sing it for me car wash.
Car wash yeah!


(Work and work) Well those cars never seem to stop comin'.
(Work and work) Keep those rags and machines hummin'
(Work and work) my fingers to the bone
(Work) at five I can't wait 'til it's time to go home
Hey
get your car washed today.
Fill up and you don't have to pay.
Come on and give us a play.
Get a wash right away.

Car wash
talkin' about the car wash yeah!
Woo car wash
Those cars never seems to stop comin'
Well
I say
Keep those rags and machines hummin'




Sunday, 8 August 2010

Sunflower Sunday













Standing guard over the bean house, tall and proud.
Summer Sunday Sunflowers.


Thursday, 5 August 2010

This week has been full of ....

the very best pizza making with the very best of friends,

body art,


jammin' with the grooviest dudes in town,

delighting in the growing garden



and harvesting.