Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Bristol Zoo

Be careful what you wish for. After months of rain, the sun has finally bathed this little island in its rays, and blimey it is hot. Having spent the last few days living out in the garden from breakfast until bedtime, today we had to venture inside to play as it was just too hot in the midday sun for mine and the little one's fair skins.

Yesterday, we had a family day trip out to Bristol where we headed to the zoo along with just about every other child under the age of six from the region! To be honest, we were a tad disappointed with the zoo. I think if we lived closer and could make the most of a season ticket, it would be ace. But there just didn't feel like there were that many animals! Perhaps they were all hiding from the sun. At least we saw some Gorillas - Little B has been doing some fab monkey impressions recently. And we think he had a lovely time as there was so much for him to see.
We followed our morning at the zoo with a yummy lunch at Tart and an explore of Gloucester Road - it was a chance to finally visit The Pippa and Ike Show where we picked up a couple of Bobo Choses and Tootsa MacGinty bargains in the sale for Little B when he's a tad bigger.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Ice Cream Kids

A little quilt gift I made for a new little girl in the world. Welcome Miss Piper. I hope you enjoy your tummy time rolling around on these spots and stripes and retro kiddies.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

A Giveaway Heads Up

My talented sister - she of the hand screen prints, personalised baby plates and wedding stationary - is having a fabulous giveaway to celebrate being featured in the Guardian on Saturday. Click here to find out how to enter and possibly win a fabulous print of your choice. Pass it on x

Saturday, 14 July 2012

French Threads

Our alarm clock isn't working. We think he needs new batteries. This morning, we awoke naturally at 9.45 am, still with no sounds coming from the little boy in his bedroom. So Mr B headed in there to find him happily sat in his cot, playing with his teddies and looking at the circus pictures on his sheet. Perhaps he thought we needed a lie in. Anyway, I think we'll need to start setting a real alarm clock if this continues or we'll be the laziest family around. (NB: He's not a totally freaky sleeper - we don't put him down to bed until gone 9pm hence him sleeping later in the mornings)
After a very lazy morning eating blueberry pancakes and jumping with glee as my sister has a mention for her baby plates in the Guardian, we headed across Bath to the first Monkey Threads sale. There we met a lovely lady who is married to a French man. So she's been buying lots of vintage and pre-loved French children's clothes and will be holding a thrice yearly sale from her utterly gorgeous, lavender filled front garden. She has more stock for little girls than little boys, and B is a bit too big for lots of what she had on sale, but we picked up a navy hand knitted jumper (modelled below!), a stripey romper and a petit bateau vest, all for next to nothing. The whole experience was utterly charming with the clothes rails made from branches and hand made bunting everywhere. We were even offered cups of tea. I look forward to her next sale.
[If you're South West based, Monkey Threads are there today until 6pm today and from 10am until 6pm tomorrow - address here]

Thursday, 12 July 2012


Whilst the rain continues to pour, let's make some music and dance ...