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Photos from our Back Garden Today

Woke up with sunshine pouring out of our windows. I’m wondering, has spring arrived? Or is spring really on the way? My husband says the days seem longer now.  That thought makes us happy.

 Have you been outside?  I have and saw this.

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Beautiful blues skies, a bit cloudy against the winter trees.  Lovely isn’t it?

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If we move from here, I’m certainly going to miss this view outside my kitchen window.

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Finally!  A photo of our Camellia in the sunlight, if you’ve been following me over on Instagram, I’ve been posting photos of it in the mist.

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And the sunlight was making delightful shadows on the wall too.

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Even our winter plants seemed to cheer up in the sun.

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…. or maybe not.

Could it be true?

Is Spring really on its way?

Photo Booth

Little T likes to play with the photo booth app in my Mac.  Every now and then I have to delete some of the photos she’s taken of  her hand, feet, and photos of her many, many toys.

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Mostly though, she likes to take photos of herself, making faces.  Those I keep.  She likes to do this all the time, no matter how much I remind her that she can do it in her own tablet.  I guess it’s different when you’re using something that’s supposed to be off-limits to you.

Here are just a few of the many photos she has taken on my laptop:

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Do you let your little one play with your laptop, iPad, phone, or computer?

This post is linked-up with PODcast’s #WhatsTheStory.

 

Have a lovely week!

A Cornish Gnome in Scotland

We went on our first road trip as a family in 2011, all the way from Cornwall to Scotland.  We didn’t go straight to our destination though, we stopped at different places to stay with close friends in Bristol and Birmingham.  Then we visited Chesire and the Lake District before heading to stay for ten days in a cute and cosy log cabin by the woods near the spectacular Loch Awe in Scotland.

What do I remember about the place?  As expected, it rained a lot.  But the landscape was absolutely stunning!  It’s been more than two years now since we last visited and I’m still in love with the breathtaking scenery of Scotland.  We hope to visit again soon.

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This photo was taken in the chapel of Dunstaffnage Castle near Oban, both the castle and chapel dates back to the 13th century. Can you spot the Cornish gnome, though really, she should be called a Devononian gnome, since she was born in Exeter, my husband though is adamant that she is Cornish.  Little T was about thirteen months old then.

I remember that day very well.  We went to see Oban for the first time and then it started raining.  On our way back to our house by the woods, it suddenly stopped!  So we decided to make a detour and visit the historical ruin and I’m glad we did because the place is a must-visit when in the area.  I prefer visiting crumbling ruins than restored and recreated ones.  For me there is more romance and mystery than a rehabilitated one, don’t you agree?

This post is linked-up with PODcast’s What’s The Story.

Hope everyone has a lovely week ahead of them!

Our 2013 Year in Photos

Tonight is New Year’s Eve – 2014. Sounds a bit creepy, isn’t it?   Like a Sci-Fi movie or a Ray Bradbury short-story.

Did you have a good 2013?  Ours was a waiting-game, a bit frustrating, but I won’t bore you with the details and it’s not something I really like talking about, especially not when the New Year is about to come.  I only want to think of positive thoughts and have good vibes, so I’m sharing with you some of my favourite photos of the old year – 2013, before bidding it goodbye.

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Our January began with trying to pick/hoover pine needles off our carpet.  It took ages before we managed to hoover them all off.  Some were really stubborn and stuck beneath our carpet.  At one time, I even started picking them up one by one!

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Early February little T and F went to Darmoor Zoo (with their parents of course).

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Good weather in March took us to the beach in Trebarwith Strand.

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The good thing about living near the ocean is that the beach is never far away.  So here we are again in April, looking for rock pools to explore at Crackington Haven.

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End of May took us to visit a close friend in Brighton.  I love Brighton, hope to be back there soon!

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Every chance we could get, when the sun was out, we hopped in our cars and met friends at the beach.  Here’s little T with her best-friend F, aren’t they the cutest?

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This is probably my most favourite photo of 2013.  I love the look of pure bliss on little T’s face as she played with F down in the harbour when the tide was so low, the little ones actually had a little beach to play on!
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On the 26th of August, our little girl turned 3.  This was taken at her birthday picnic in a park in Launceston after a steam-train ride.

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In September, we had a visit from a close American friend and had a brief tour around Cornwall, bits of Wales, Bristol, Wiltshire and London.

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October of course, our little family of two adults, a little girl, and cat, was joined by a small little pup which little T named Doc.

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Which brought us to lots of walks in November.
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And lastly, this photo of little T with Father Tudor Christmas at Trerice, National Trust rounds up our photos of 2013.  If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll recognise most of the photos I used on the list.  Anyway …

Have a lovely New Year everyone!

Hope 2014 brings all of us more love, luck, wealth and most especially good health 🙂

You guys have been the best!

Let’s all be friends again next year and all the years to come 🙂

A walk and a hike

Dear Reader,

So this is how it started, Dada and I picked up J from the train station at Exeter.  The next day, we showed him around our little village by the sea.  Like I said in my postcard from Bristol, J is from America.  I call him MY J, because I like to call things “mine”, though I’m not really sure that he is a “thing” just like MY Peppa Pig lunch box or MY DVDS.

Anyway, so the next day I wore the shirt MY J gave me (among other things) and I thought that it would be a good idea to show him around my neighbourhood.  That’s what we did, we went down the village

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That’s me eating ice-cream while me and my mum waited for MY J and Dada outside the Witch’s Museum.   She didn’t think it was a good idea for me to go inside.  

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We walked up by the coast-gaurd’s hut on our way back.  I got tired from all the walking so here I am waiting for them to catch up with me.  Sometimes, grown-ups are so slow!

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The next day we took MY J up for a hike to the next village called Tintagel.  It was a very, very, very long walk! 

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 I actually had to give MY baby a piggy-back-ride because she was also too tired to walk!

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Dada says this rock formation is called the Lady’s Window.  My mum got all hysterical when my Dada took me to look at it up-close.  She said it made her knees go jelly.  I don’t know why she said that when there was obviously no jelly around!  Sometimes my mum says the silliest things!

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The grown-ups were all saying how lovely it was.  I couldn’t understand what the fuss was all about!  I like it when you can actually go near the water (not admire it!) and play with sand.

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I walked that path all the way down and up again.

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Now you know why I just had to stake a snooze on the bench up there.  There were also other hikers resting at the top of the hill.

It was indeed a lovely day and warm too!  My mum actually had to put some sunblock on me.  I don’t really like that stuff, it’s too sticky.  But mum said I need it to protect my skin from the sun.  Later during the walk, MY J asked if he could have some too.  He said he wasn’t prepared for this kind of weather in England.  He said he only brought rain gear!  It’s been raining this week, I guess if MY J was still here, he’d be happy that he brought all his rain gear stuff.  Mum says summer is gone and autumn is here.  She said it’s time to take out all our winter stuff from hiding.  I didn’t even know they were hiding!  

See yah!

Love,

T

This post is linked up with Coombe Mill’s Country Kids

My Top 20 Things to do when it’s Raining Outside

1.  Do some “work” on my laptop.

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2.  Adorn my legs with stickers.

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3.   Have a tea party with my toys.

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4.  Bake cupcakes or cookies.

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5.  Have a “real” tea-party with the cupcakes I’ve baked.

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6.  Play with my train-set.

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7.  Play with my doll’s house and castle.

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8.  Jump on my bed!

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9.  Be a super-hero.

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10.  Make shapes with my play-doh.

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11.  Rummage in my toy-box.

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12.  Wear mommy’s shoes & dance!

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13.  Colour outside the lines.

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14.  Watch my favourite dvd.

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15.  Pretend the sun is out and wear mommy’s shades.

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16.  Have a picnic in the living room with my toys.

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17.  Ride dobbin in my witch’s outfit.  Yes, I know it’s not Halloween yet.

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 18.  Make a card-board mask and try not to bump into furniture.

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19.  Play cars with my best-friend.

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20. Lastly, when all else fails watch the rain fall by our window with my bestest friend in the world!

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What do you like doing when it’s raining outside?

This post has been linked up with Podcast’s What’s The Story

Snapshots: 1095 Days

The following are random photos of my daughter taken from when she was a few days old to the present.

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Holy trinity

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Three years of happy days, tired days, difficult days, fun days, sick days, filled with laughter days, filled with tears/whinges days, filled with cuddles and kisses days … But most of all 1095 days filled with absolute and pure love days.

Happy Birthday Little One!

This post is linked with Podcast’s What’s The Story

Paint The Sky Blue

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We had really bad weather last week.  It felt like summer has indeed packed its bag and waved hasta la vista to us.  It was cold, damp, wet, dreary and grey.  I wondered if Autumn has come, but reminded myself that it is only August and September has yet to arrive.

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I felt bad for our dear friend who was visiting, though he has visited a number of times, no one likes to go on holiday in the rain.  But in spite of the dull weather, no visit to Cornwall is ever complete without dropping by the beach.  And that’s exactly what we did, took him down to Crackington Haven.

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As you can see, T doesn’t really care whether the sun is shinning our not, when out on the beach, she simple goes wild.

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Yes, it’s a catch me if you can moment …

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Why bother?

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We just her be.

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Until of course, it was time to go home.

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She was like the little piggy who cried

wee-wee-wee all the way home.

I’m so glad the sun has come back … for this week at least.

I’ve linked this up with Podcast’s What’s the Story

Share-a-Find: Tam and her new Tent

I love when it’s summer and Tam can just play in the garden with her toys.

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This ikea tent is perfect for that.

It’s bigger than her old one and can fit a small table and stool, along with her other toys.

It’s also a great size to fit two kids (even more), perfect for T and her best-friend when he comes over to play.

You can also pitch it inside your kids’ room if it’s big enough and make a cosy little corner for them to play in with their toys.

Don’t you just love summer?  We do.