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thirty / fifty two

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20140725_130556A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014

Mia: “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” On first glance an English Rose, but that steely look, (temporary) tattoos and bruised little knees suggest there’s a lot more to Mia than that! I like the symmetry between this and the background of beautiful wildflowers and pink graffiti

Joseph: just the simple happiness of being small and being pushed in a swing

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 portraits project. Take a look at the other lovely blogger’s portraits this week!

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twenty nine / fifty two

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20140722_145418A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014

Mia: her drawing of the happy feeling she gets when singing (bottom left!)

Joseph: picnic-ing at Legoland

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 portraits project.

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Photos of our weekend: Peace in the Park festival

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This Saturday we did our usual weekend stuff…swim lesson, a walk along the river and a stop for ice lollies & cake. On Sunday we did something new! I often drive past the Global Retreat Centre at Nuneham Courtney and have been intrigued to find out more. This weekend they were holding a festival, Peace in the Park, open to everyone! Mia and I, and our lovely friend Claire, went to find out more. I am so glad that we visited, as it was just beautiful; the gorgeous country estate setting, the amazing peaceful atmosphere and the lovely people running the event and visiting it. There were talks and workshops covering many aspects of meditation and spirituality, and also lots of excellent kids activities. As we had Mia with us, most of our time there was spent visiting Alice in Wonderland, playing giant snakes & ladders, face painting…and down-hill-rolling! There may also have been strawberry-eating and tea-drinking in the sunshine!

 

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Photos of our weekend: cherry picking

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Last weekend we had planned to visit Rectory Farm and pick some gooseberries to make jam. As the weather was kind of rainy, we decide to visit a farm closer to home. Q Gardens is nearby and has a lovely pick your own farm, and farm shop, with a little tea room hidden at the back. Although they didn’t have any gooseberries, they did have loads of cherries ready for picking. We visited their cherry orchard last year, when Joe was just a couple of weeks old.

Predictably Mia ate loads of cherries and got covered in red juice. Joe screamed as he wanted to be eating cherries, and couldn’t because of the stones. I managed to pick enough to make a cherry clafoutis (my favourite) so everyone was happy…Joe caught up with the cherry-eating later once the stones had been removed!

Ooh, and they had beehives too, pretty handmade looking ones with bees buzzing around outside collecting nectar!

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A first little birthday party

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A few photos from the lovely day that was Joe’s first birthday party. We invited family over for a barbeque in our garden, grilled up burgers and chilled all the drinks in a wheelbarrow full of ice! It was great fun, and proved to me that the best parties are the simple ones. As you can see, I took a few photos before the party, and not many during. Surely the sign of fun times!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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