The last of my Summer Snapshots posts – home. I’m not sure that any of us feel as if we’re properly home yet. We definitely love our house even with the squish and the squeeze (currently the boys are sharing a small single bedroom*), and I’m very confident that it will feel like home but at the moment it is all too new – the house, the schools, the activities, even the scenery and surroundings. It will just take time.
The wild flowers were picked for my new vase, which was a gift from some of our summer visitors. Do you know Anta? They design and make wonderful homewares (all materials are sourced and made in this country). I have coveted their stoneware for quite some time so I couldn’t quite believe my luck when I unwrapped the vase. The Anta workshop is not far from here and I’m itching for an opportunity to visit.
John took Finn off for a big boy weekend part way through the holidays. One day the rest of us collected beach stones, washed and then painted them. It was a great wee project for us all……..apparently the finished stones look very ‘pretty’ arranged along the wall of the house and Katie takes pride in showing her ‘bunnies’ to anyone who comes round.
Last but not least I had a little time to do some sewing. The first for months. I still have a fair bit to go on this quilt top but it was very satisfying just to sit down and lose myself in the fabric – the patterns, colours, textures – and the planning…….. so much planning goes on while I sew!
Katie and I have picked brambles most mornings this week. Or should I say that I have picked brambles while Katie has eaten them. She has shared a fair few with the dog too, Susie loves fruit. I’m finding it a really relaxing way to begin the day……..wave off the school bus, wander down a footpath to the shore picking as we go, throw some stones or run in the sand and then make our way back home – to remember all the jobs that need doing! We’ve eaten brambles most nights through the week and have frozen a few bags too. I do love free food! Have you had a chance to pick any berries so far this year?
* There’s only space for a small desk between the two beds (each has half of it) and the door doesn’t open fully because the room isn’t designed for two beds. They are coping remarkably well especially given that Finn is very messy and disorganised and Angus is the opposite. Finn’s hamster, Sporty, is on the floor between the two beds as well…….and that’s it, no more space. We have plans, though, to convert the garage which will give us a fourth bedroom and separate rooms for the boys. We may also be able to add on a fifth bedroom if we’re able to stretch our money and then the girls wouldn’t have to share either. I know that plenty children have to share rooms all through their childhood and if the girls have to carry on sharing that would be fine too, and isn’t in any sense a judgement on families who do so – we fully understand the predicament, we have always had at least two of ours sharing! If we can manage a fifth bedroom it would feel like such a luxury and really help with overnight visitors.