Chemins blancs, mezzanine and barbies

29 05 2016

1. A run out along the ‘chemical blanc’ paths between the cognac vines. I get a bit lost and my phone battery nearly goes but the scenery is stunning.

2. A shot from the mezzanine of the ground floor, the house is truly lovely – old on the outside and very modern inside.
3. Our hosts lends the girls a big bag of his girls’ old barbies.


Pizza machine, window and arrival 

28 05 2016

1. We spy this pizza ‘vending’ machine in Normandy – genius.

2. A lovely window in the silence of the church.

3. A tea time arrival at Bois Blanc and supper (and wine!) is all ready in the fridge.

Writing, family portrait and early bed

27 05 2016

1. Isla loves any opportunity to practise her writing.

2. Not sure where this has come from but I find it on the floor. 

3. Enough time for Have I got news for you before an early bed ahead of a 3am start.

Fresh, long play and lunch 

26 05 2016

1. Freshly washed sheets hanging on the line.

2. Isla and Kirsty play so nicely on the trampoline for a good 45 minutes.

3. Lunch with Cheryl while Kirsty has a sleep in the buggy. I also get half an hour for quiet and a cup of tea while listening to Doris in her piano lesson next door.

Poo luck, hoops and bouncy run

25 05 2016

1. Kirsty does two poos, and Jenson one and all while I am out – plus they made it to the wheelie bin minutes before the bin lorry came. I love it when that happens!

2. At the last minute I put on my birthday present hoop earrings for a morning meeting, and get so many compliments on them and my appearance throughout the day. Must make an effort more often!

3. Mat forces me to go for a run, the first since the 10k race and…it feels great. Unlike running with a tummy bug like last time, I bounce along. Plus my new socks, gifted by neighbour Amanda for whom they were two big, are very comfy too. Then at the end of it pizza awaits, win, win win.

Twin cuddle, wisteria and united play

24 05 2016

1. A lovely cuddle with my friend up the road’s three week old twins. There are so adorable and petite – none of mine have ever been that small so it’s a novelty. Kirsty keeps putting toys near their heads for them to okay with – ‘there you go baby,’ she says.

2. The sweet scent of wisteria as I walk along.

3. Hearing the girls play so nicely on the trampoline…until Doris turns the hose pipe on!

Flat vowels, yellow cars and Bertha

23 05 2016

1. Whilst reading with kids at Doris’s school, I am delighted when one of them says fast rather than farst. You can take the girl out of Donny…

2. Isla is obsessed with spotting yellow cars, and there seem to be a lot of them around at the moment. Kirsty and I get ridiculously excited when we spot 5 of them within the space of a minute on the way to playgroup, including a yellow Ferrari.

3. I spot Bertha* is on Amazon Prime video so put it on for the girls and they love it. Reminds me of happy days watching it with Andrew. “Bertha, lovely Bertha, you’re such a lovely machiiiiine.”

*cartoon about a machine that makes anything