Wednesday, October 09, 2013

So here is where we are at...

The past couple of months have been a little bit of blur in all honesty.  I really struggled with the pregnancy this time around and certainly feel as if my body was yelling it was time to stop.  We have six beautiful beautiful children and I certainly can't complain.  For sure, I had a really easy pregnancy compared to many but not as easy as I have been used to.  I guess the combination of being older (I'm 38 now, I was 19/20 when I had my first bubba - phew long time ago!), along with the lifestyle we live now being so much harder work than it used to be - what with the animals we have to care for, stable and poultry houses to clean out etc, and well, it's hardly surprising I felt achy and tired really.

I will be writing Amara's birth story for my next posting, but I wanted to add (more than) a few photos here and recollect a bit of what we got up to throughout August and September.  This is mainly for my own personal memory box, but of course anyone interested is welcome to read the insight into our days.

So starting with August.

We had our first ever visit to Silverton Street Market.  It was a really lovely day, with the weather being pretty kind to us whilst we were there - but unfortunately the heavens opened in the late afternoon.  The market was full of local producers offering their scrumptious wares - homemade cakes, jams and cordials were in abundance, crafters were showing off their gorgeous creations, and the musical and drama entertainment really added to the atmosphere on the day.

We came home with a nice little haul of goodies...


Taisia was delighted by her lovely handcrafted dragon, but she took an equal shining to the rabbit toy we bought as a gift to our then unborn child...


I couldn't resist the poncho when I saw that at the street market, it's cute isn't it?

August also saw us with 3 special occasions to celebrate, namely my birthday, husband's birthday, and our wedding anniversary (together for 18 years).  For my birthday I was well and truly spoilt this year with Chelsea making me the most delicious (and stunning) cake...


and I had lovely gifts that the children chose themselves...


I also had a gorgeously cute necklace from a very special lovely friend...


Of course our usual strolling around the lanes and gazing at views featured strongly during August, we particularly liked our summer evening ones...






Another day out for us in August was a visit to Dawlish Air Show.










The event was thoroughly enjoyed by us all, and it was well worth the early start to get there and park before the crowds arrived.  I took my knitting along with me to help pass the time (you have to pick a spot and stay there as spaces soon fill up), and it was remarked upon numerous times.

Talking about knitting, I made Taisia a new 'dolly'...



I have certainly got the knitting bug again and have a few things on the go at the moment including a gorgeously colourful car seat/moses basket blanket, a pair of trousers for Amara, and a couple of cardigans. I am loving being able to relax in the evening and hearing that clickety clack of colliding needles.  It feels as if I'm being rather productive too.

September came and the weather was pretty kind to us for a while.  August had been a real mixed bag weather-wise, plenty of rainy days scattered with a few brighter ones.  September saw rainy days too but also had us basking in the sunshine.  Our garden was taken over by a variety of butterfly species...






Our animals loved free-ranging in the sunshine...

Winston

Tilly

Poppy, Hettie, and Winston.

We had a certain little lady refusing to have her photo taken and doing everything she could to not allow it... *grin*


And she also enjoyed cuddling our gorgeous elderly hamster Mickey...


and roped Callum into playing puzzles with her...


We had two bouncers on our gate vetting any visitors...


and grew cats in pots apparently rather successfully....


Remember our cutesy teeny weeny kittens?  Well they are seemingly loving their life here and are growing at an incredible rate.  They are outdoors all day pretty much at the moment, enjoying spending time with our chickens and ducks.  They just tend to hang around our land although will come for walks around the lanes with us on a regular basis much to the delight of the neighbours.  They do still love having a bit of fuss and cuddle though and they are a real pleasure to have around the place (also helping with the rodent population of our smallholding, working as a tag team to catch their prey not pleasant to think about but numbers do need to be kept in check).





I know I'm biased, but they are pretty stunning aren't they?

September also meant pleasant walks down by the canal, blackberry picking the early ripers, and feeding the ducks in the dark - as you do.








We stopped off at the canal side visitor centre where the children could read the displays, play on the interactive computer screen, and check out the various models.



Tiegan started to notice and identify the various fungi we have growing on our land, and we all loved having a visit from a dragonfly which stayed around us for quite some time...




Alongside all of this September also saw visits to and from friends, a home-ed meeting (after a year of being away from this particular group it was great to catch up with folks), lots of baby preparations, family reading time, library visits, a hospital ultrasound scan to check on placenta placement in preparation for the home-birth (only had the one scan at 37 weeks), an MRI scan of the heart for husband, and a horrible fall down our outside stairs for me where I cracked a rib and bruised a lung.  Painful and worrying whilst in the last stages of pregnancy, but fortunately everything was ok.

Back up to date with today's activities.  We went for a stroll around the lanes to pick up some items from nature in preparation for an arty crafty day tomorrow.  Actually, the plan had been for us to have done the arty crafty stuff when we returned home, but we ended up walking for far longer than we had planned - approximately 6 miles in all - not bad for a first stroll since birthing I don't think.  Tiegan, Taisia and Callum all took their cameras out and snapped away as we walked around, we are yet to view their photographs but I'll share some of them here tomorrow.  

Today we looked out for seasonal signs, chattered muchly, cooed over bubba, and looked for the little things our eyes usually can't be bothered to see....











I love the fact that Joseph (aged 15) has really taken Amara to his heart, he loves pushing her pram...


Chelsea "I don't do babies" appears to be melting in attitude somewhat...


whilst Taisia is loving being a big sis...


Of course as it is a certain little lady's 1 week birthday,  it's only right that she has a little space of her own here on this blog.  Here is Amara Rose in all her utterly yummy scrummy glory...




As I am rather feeling like this at this moment in time...


I shall sign off for the night and reconnect with you guys tomorrow.

Oh, and a quickie mention for those that are worried that their child may be behind in reading.  Callum (aged 8) has skipped all the learning to read normalities, showed no interest in the new reader books, has not had any formal 'reading teaching' of any description and yet just yesterday picked up a Harry Potter book and started to read it aloud.  Obviously there was the odd struggle, but on the whole his reading is there.   Another 'when they are ready' success story - one of many within the H.E community.

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful blog once again Julia. Congratulations on your new little family member.You photos show HE just as it should be.

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  2. Lovely pics, i dont know many mums that could entertain a six mile walk one week post birth!

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  3. Lovely. :) Congratulations on the new precious addition. And my favorite books are still Harry Potter.

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  4. Congratulations on the beautiful new addition! :)

    Just popping in to say how much we're enjoying having your blog on our high school homeschool blogroll at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com. I hope it's sent some great new traffic your way. I wondered if you could help us get out the word about LHSHS on your blog too? We have a dedicated button on our About Us page: http://letshomeschoolhighschool.com/about-us/. And we've added a ton of new content recently. Drop by and check it out if it's been a while since you visited. Look forward to seeing you there...when you have a little time, of course! :)

    Katie

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