Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Green leaves was all my joy - Nature in the home

A branch had fallen off a local tree in the winds, beautiful soft fresh leaves held tightly onto hard brittle branches. I carried the branch home and decorated the house with these beauties in glass jars and pots

Joining in with Lou's Nature in the Home series



"A portrait of A & J, once a week, every week, in 2013."

As- We found a brilliant climbing tree, you could have stayed there all day
J - My happy little 4 year old boy
I am taking part in the 52 project, a photo once a week for a year of my boys. Take a look at Jodi who started all of this

Friday, 24 May 2013

Good for you Brownies

I am a lover of brownies, not just any brownies but the home made kind with their soft gooey centre and their slight brittle crunch which holds them all together. To discover a new recipe which is quite unlike any I have used before was a real treat and I have to say the finished blocks of chocolate joy were just that.
This recipe has "healthy" at it's heart, a great simple recipe with some lovely ingredients
I have tweaked the original recipe which I found here. While making them with my sons we tasted the mixture before pouring it into the tin and we decoded we needed a little honey to suit our taste, adjust to suit yours
115g ground almonds
1/4 teaspoon bi-carb
100 g dark chocolate, in chunks (we used green and blacks 70%)
10 pitted dates
3 free range eggs
57g olive oil
1 tbsp natural vanilla extract
1 tbsp runny honey
Place the gound almonds and bi-carb in your food processor, add the chocolate chunks and blitz until they look like sand. Drop in the dates and blitz again till all mixed and chopped finely. Pour in the eggs and vanilla extract and honey. Blitz until all combined and pour into a 6-8 inch baking tin. Bake at 180c for 20 minutes or until firm on the surface.
If you do bake them I would love to hear how they went down in your house
Take care, Natalie xx

Thursday, 23 May 2013

The little things

A weekly meme capturing the hidden beauty and grace found in the little things that remind us of just how blessed we are

After picking Jasper up from Kindergarten yesterday we had a walk round our local National Trust property. Jasper and I walked round in wonder at the beauty of the place pointing out trees and listening for sounds which we thought were interesting. 

Inspired by Meagan's weekly captures

Take care, Natalie xx 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Needle felting

On Tuesday evening I attended a needle felting class at Prema Arts in Uley, a 2 hour class with the lovely Sophie

Having never needle felted before I had no idea what to expect and also held out not much hope of producing anything much at all

Well, after 20 minutes we were all beavering away pushing our sharp felting needles into the soft lambs wool, shaping, twisting and pushing the fibres together.

I am so pleased with the end result, my own little dog. I can't think of a name for him though, any ideas?

Take care, Natalie xx

The blossom project

I have a deep love of the blossom tree, it is in part their delicate petals so fleeting and the confetti which covers every surrounding surface

Over the past week Jasper and I have been searching for blossoms to photograph, a little project which we have really enjoyed together, he the spotter and me the photographer. He has made me stop in the most unlikely of places and I have had to climb perilously on occasion to capture the pure beauty of nature in all her glory. I am so pleased with the images, they will forever remind me of my little man and I spending time enjoying trees

Take care, Natalie

Tuesday, 21 May 2013


"A portrait of A & J once a week, every week, in 2013."

J - Playing quietly in the garden while I plant some seeds, I love our quiet days together
As- So interested in the world around you, today it was making a farm with my old toys at Grandma's
I am taking part in the 52 project, a photo once a week for a year of my boys. Take a look at Jodi who started all of this

Take care, Natalie xx

Tuesday, 14 May 2013


Jasper, four years ago you came into our lives, it took three days to deliver you and what a journey we have all been on since.

While we were in the maternity hospital together, just you and me, I remember taking a bath, you led in your cot and watched me with those soft brown eyes of yours, I knew at that moment we would be friends forever.

These past few days we have celebrated you, a party, some gifts, cake and plenty of kisses

Your brother the magician helping make your chocolate crispy cakes for the party


We had a party in the woods, hot dogs, your favourite apple juice and plenty of fun

Your cake, decorated by Daddy

Happy birthday dear boy

Mummy & Daddy xxx
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