Harcourt Arboretum, Oxford

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Last weekend we ventured out in the damp and chilly weather to explore the arboretum in Oxford. It is one of my favourite places locally, and is particularly beautiful at this time of year. The Japanese Maples are the most stunning colours in autumn.

On the ground I noticed someone had gathered leaves, ferns, pebbles and pine cones and made this beautiful circular pattern.

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 Mia was fascinated by the mushrooms growing on old tree-stumps, and for some reason found the word fungi hilariously funny!

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 These small yellow leaves actually looked as if they were glowing when they caught the sunshine.

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 The ticket office at the arboretum…I need one of these for my garden.

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Mia seems to have adopted her dad’s ‘Yorkshire hat’

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Found a den in the woods

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 We came prepared with a hot chocolate and brioche…a very welcome, and warming, break in our walk

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The Arboretum is owned by Oxford University, but open to the public all year round. It is lovely for a winter walk, and often holds activities during the school holidays. You can find out more about the Arboretum and its sister garden the Oxford Botanic Garden here.

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20141118_120101(0)eA portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014

Mia: had a ‘crazy hair Friday’ at school to raise money for charity. We attached loads of flower clips to an alice band and made her a flower crown…beautiful as a well as crazy

Joseph: food critic. He is getting very good at feeding himself…he still makes a huge mess, but is always willing to help sweep up afterwards with the broom!

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

Perfect vintage party dresses

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With the festive party season fast approaching, it seems the perfect time to search for a new party dress or two. I love how easy it is to buy vintage online. My favourite online stores for one off vintage items are Asos Marketplace, Urban Outfitters Urban Renewal range, Beyond Retro, Rokit, as well as Etsy and eBay.

One: Vintage 80′s Prom / Party Dress

Two: Black & Gold Maxi Dress

Three: Nude Sequinned Flapper Style Dress

Four: Urban Renewal Vintage Remnants Lace Insert Print Dress

Five: Vintage 80′s Sequin Party Dress

Six: Vintage Silver Sequins Coin Purse Evening Bag

I really love the blue one, and the beautiful beaded dress…and the sequin bag too! Which one would you choose?

 

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forty five / fifty two

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DSCN1754eA portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014

Mia: proving that no child can resist a water-pistol! Thankfully Joe found it funny when he got squirted!

Joseph: bed hair

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

 

Christchurch Meadow, Oxford

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A few pics from our weekend walk around Christchurch College’s beautiful grounds in Oxford. It is such a photogenic city, particularly in the bright winter sunshine.

Joe has recently discovered how much fun outside walking is, and whilst we did take the buggy, he walked for miles (baby equivalent…really 0.5 miles max!) It looked so funny with him toddling along, chasing dogs and ducks, and trying to jump in all the puddles. The groups of tourists were clearly amused by his cheekiness!