down by the water

Monday, 24 June 2013

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The tiny crabs
Bit bigger crabs
And really rather big crabs
The things with fins
And feathery skins
And wrigglesome
Diving, hiding-in-the-holeysomes
All live.



Sunday, 23 June 2013

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1. Little pancakes for little hands.
2. Collectings found at our little stoney beach.
3. Doodling in a Mama made colouring book.
4. She set to with scissors, sparkly gold paper and glittery paint as she declared, "I am making a very golden picture for you, Mummy." Magnificent, isn't it!?
5. Big foot, wee foot.
6. After breakfast sticker session produced this caterpillary piece. "Please can we go and stick it in my room so I can admire it when I'm asleep and dreaming?" Of course, cherub.

Joining in with lovely Emily and her Weekly Stills collection.



Friday, 21 June 2013

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week.

Matilda: Ironing board cover hat, of course and swiftly removed with a harumph and a "BUT it IS too big, Mummy!"
George: Enthralled with all the wonder of the sea shore.

Joining in with Jodi's 52 Project/


midweek weekending

Wednesday, 19 June 2013


 My Tom is a busy fellow. He works long and irregular hours and at times we don't see an awful lot of him,
 really. Some weeks he is needed at work every day, all seven of them ('cos he's great) and we miss him.
 The babies miss Daddy and I miss my partner in crime. When he does have days off, they are truly savored.
 This week gives us a lovely couple of full days together and another one or two at the end. Perfect.
 We plan to eat a lot and have fun a lot. Hooray! We may even just have had some lovely home made
 (gluten-free) pizza and a splosh of Cava. Not a bad start, eh.

 N.B. Image above is of 'Micawber' Matilda's little wooden doll
 (named after a dog from a Shirley Hughes book) , tucked up in one of the many little beds to be found
 around our house.


Birdy Bourbons.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Our Grampy is a hard fellow to buy presents for. A man with everything he needs and way too many hats. He has been a bird watcher since he was a boy and happily fills time watching them flit about across the grassy machair. Our little lady small shares in his affection for feathery ones and it is with pure delight I see them together looking at their big and small bird books, together. Another thing our Grampy loves is a home baked biscuit from the jar in our kitchen. So, I thought I'd bake him a jarful of something for Father's Day and it turned out to be these little chocolatey birds.

Makes about 15
(depending how greedy you and your little kitchen helpers are with the chef's perks... I got slightly fewer)
The original recipe used 6cm round cutters.

Set your oven to 160c/325f/Gas Mark 3
Prepare two baking sheets

125g softened butter
75g icing sugar
115g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

For the filling:
125g dark/plain chocolate
50ml double cream

Beat together butter and sugar until 'fluffy' or until your arm aches a bit, at least. (You can always use an electric whisk/food mixer.) Then sift flour, cinnamon and cocoa into your buttery fluff and combine to form a stiff dough. Place your dough between two sheets of baking parchment and roll to about 3mm or so, though mine were slightly thicker. Cut them out and pop onto your baking sheets. Bake for around 15 minutes, keep an eye on them as they want to be starting to firm to the touch but they'll firm a little more as they cool... Probably.

Now the filling...
In a pan, melt your chocolate into the cream, leave it to cool and then completely chill down in the fridge for a couple of hours. When it's firm, squidge a spoonful between two of your biscuits and EAT.



Sunday, 16 June 2013

1. Blooms in the garden.
2. Plant sitting for Tom's Mama while she's away looking after our beautiful nephew.
3. What would Matilda like for a snack? "Carrots, cheese and nuts, please." Always.
4. Proud little hand sticking up  her latest spotty dotty piece (on our ever so nasty, still there two years after moving in wallpaper).
5. The best painting of a tree you or I will ever see.
6. Green things growing in the very early morning light.
7. Pottering around with George, also in the very early morning light.

Linking up with the lovely Emily and her Weekly Stills series.


Joining in with the 52 project

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Each week I love seeing the little people so beautifully captured and shared on the blogs I regularly snoop about on. Such a wonderful way to document the little changes children make as they all too rapidly grow. I know we're halfway through the year but I've decided to join in.

Matilda: "But I am already painted and absolutely ready!" (...To play in the garden.) Party dress super fan and testing the boundaries more and more. Oh my fiery girl.
George: Always raring to go, answering questions eagerly with your new words and whole body nod.

Incidentally, blue and red together is one of my top colour combinations. It makes me quite happy when my children are dressed in those colours. Add stripes and my day is made.

Joining in with Jodi and the 52 series.


Away to Uig.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Sunday gave us another morning with big blue, warm skies. So quickly making sandwiches, slathering sun cream on the babies and throwing everything into the boot of the car, we were off in search of adventure. We headed down the road to take us to Harris but as we came to a junction on the way, we veered right and we were away to Uig instead. We have some of the most beautiful, clean and unspoiled white sand beaches here in the Hebrides and Uig is pretty spectacular. It was hard to take any photos to show it off as we were both busy chasing two sandy little bodies. With huge expanses of shining sand and views of our rocky Scottish hills in the background, it is just so lovely. A few hours were spent rolling around and being silly, scoffing treats and splashing in the icy cold shallows. We then set off home with only a break on the way to clear up a car sick (oh dear). Tom's Mama brought dinner to our house and we ate in the warm evening sun. A very good Sunday, indeed.



Sunday, 9 June 2013

1. A little rest for Matilda on our way home.
2. Duplo 'hospital' (a recurring theme) and George's favorite dinosaur.
3. Stop, thief! George is a runaway with a brolly. It was a beautiful day but weirdly (or not-so, for here) windy day so coats were a must for a walk to our stoney beach.
4. There she goes, up and down... Up and down... Up and down those steps again and again and again...
5. Lunch for two on Tom's only day off this past week. We're spoiled with two whole daddy days this week, wonderful!
6. A view across the harbor of our little town.


Looking up and looking down.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

As we amble along  in the afternoon light, my little ones and I, a short stroll tends to take longer and longer as we take the time to really look. " 'ook sky", calls George, with his podgy hand pointing upwards and squinting in the sun. Matilda finds woodlice, little stones, leaves and sticks to add to her collectings and there's always a Cat or two who she must stop to make friends with. I must remind myself to slow down for them, to let them really, really look and take their own pace as we go on our way. I do forget and get caught up with the bustle of life and the' must dos' and 'got to get dones'. But I love nothing more than to spend time with them in this way. Just strolling and seeing and being their Mummy.


18 months

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Little George, you're 18 months old. And totally brilliant.
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