Friday, October 9, 2015

autumn everyday

local, organic apples from a friend
The days are flying by. A blur of school and work and really quite sleepless nights.
Ena is teething, she is growing and changing so much. Ready to start tasting food, coming into herself firmly. There are things she loves; trees, her doll, her brothers and sister. She is so interested in the world, the sights, smells and sounds. All of this is much more interesting than being on the boob, making what she eats in the day very little so she is making up for it at night. Mostly we co-sleep, most evenings I have her in my arms or Garry puts her in the sling and takes her for walks. It can be tough at times, there is little time for anything and life marches on at it's relentless pace. How I wish there was a pause button. When we could all just be still, take a few hours to do nothing, but we don't and so we must notice the small moments or life will just march past without us even being aware of what this life is. And anyway that is where the beauty of life is anyway, in the small moments.
watching the cobbler mend Joa shoes

kids cook saturday Pizza made by Rebe

a visit to the model railway

beautiful Ena

evening chores

bedtime story

baking with floppsy

autumn branches and acorns in bottles

crafting with friends for a new arrival

nettles en croute

Garry's Birthday ~ the big three three

birthday mayhem
birthday table

elvis gifts

cake from work

henrietta, sammy and ning

the first egg
Last week we celebrated Garry's Birthday. Each year he celebrates being 33 and this year was a particularly big 33rd Birthday.
He started the day  with presents in bed brought to him with much excitement and fanfare by the children. They had used their pocket money to buy things that they know he likes, a teddy, biscuits and beer.
Benny in particular was so proud of his present. It was the first time he had bought something for someone else and he had been dying to give his present for weeks. It was delightful.
The rest of the morning passed as normal with school and physio appointments. When the kids cam home from school again we set the birthday table and birthday mayhem ensued, with champagne, donuts and more gifts. Garry was delighted and happy and felt very loved and special.
We made a feast of a dinner and desert then headed down to the beach with some friends of ours for some beers and a bonfire. The sky burned red as the sun went down and then to our utter delight and awe a blood moon rose over the horizon. A huge, wonderful supermoon. It was incredible and left us reeling until the next day.
Later that week work had a little surprise celebration for him. Ena and I called in and the staff had arranged a cake and several beers were drank with his boss and workmates. We hopped into the van and I drove us home with a big bunch of balloons tied onto the roof merrily popping all the way.
When we got home I showed him the present that his great friends had brought for him while he had been at work...4 beautiful point of lay pullets for his hen house. With his work uniform still on he set to work securing the hen house and getting to know them . Work well done as he was rewarded with our first egg the next morning.
He had not even finished sorting out the hens when his buddies called for to take him out and surprised him with a trip to Kinsale where they had tapas and many drinks and a lot of fun, and his final (and much needed) gift for the week was a day off from work the next day!
He had a great time and I think he really felt celebrated and loved.
Happy Birthday Darling xx

Friday, September 25, 2015

waldorf doll for baby ~ giveaway

 Inspired by Ena I made a new kind of doll this week. A Snuggle Baby. . It is my most simple doll with only a little head and 2 hands, the body has no form or stuffing making it really easy to grab and snuggle for little people who are only just discovering their hands.
It is made of the softest, loveliest rainbow striped jersey. The hat has a wee knot and the hands are made of 2 tight little knots of sheep's' wool covered with cotton interlock. These wee knots are brilliant for chewing on to soothe sore little gums. The head is made in the traditional waldorf style, of rolled sheep's wool covered with cotton interlock and hand embroidered with little eyes and a simple mouth. The cheeks are blushed with a little red wax.
 Ena loves her little snuggle baby and I am so delighted with it I am making more to sell in the shop and to celebrate that I am giving one away over on my Under Rainbows facebook page.

Do pop by and give a like :-)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

September crafting

rainbow doll cardigan
I have not been able to blog for a whole month because our computers were both broken. But a friend of ours kindly fixed the laptop so I am back again, here in this space. The big computer is still broken and I fear that we will have to loose everything on it; all the pictures, all of my written work. It has made me more grateful than ever for this space, holding our pictures for us. It has made me feel that I want to blog more though, to preserve more precious moments online so we can look back on them together. 

So much happened this month as well. We had a christening for Ena. It was amazing, over 150 people came to celebrate this little girl being in the world. The service was nice and we had an amazing gathering afterwards with a BBQ, bouncy castle and a band. We had family and friends travel from all over to share the day. We had a ball. Perhaps I will share a few pictures in another post.

Ena's outfit for the day was very simple. A little broderie anglaise dress, that had been in a hand-me-down bag, a simple white organic cotton vest and leggings that my mum bought and this cardigan.
 It is made from handspun undyed sheeps wool and silk. Spun by my wonderful friend especially for Ena. I knitted it up, similar to the bumble bees sweater, by heart and Garry made the buttons. He got a small branch from a hazel tree in the woods and cut a slice, sanded it smooth and drilled little tiny holes into it.
I love the buttons and will definitely be getting him to make more of them!

 In other crafting I am back doll making full force. Finding a rhythm with Ena's nap times, often sewing with her asleep in the sling on my back.
 And of course there is always time for baking...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

school days

Today is the first day back at school. And for one of us it is the first day ever of school.
 He was so excited and proud this morning, even though he has been feeling a little under the weather for the past few days. He delightedly put on his uniform and his smart new school shoes and looked at himself in the mirror with a very proud, big-boys look on his face.

 The others seem to be ok about going back; happy to see their friends, not so happy about the work. Excited to use their new pencils and workbooks, but no so happy about the sitting down for hours.

walking to school

in we go

finding the classroom
finding his desk

I think Joa will do well at school, he'll enjoy the people and the busy-ness and I am sure they will enjoy him too. I have a sneaking suspicion that he will also enjoy the work, he's not crazy about drawing here at home and would rather play his little table games, but I think in school he will manage it all just fine.

I of course have mixed feelings about them all going. I will miss them dreadfully, I love their company and we had so much fun this summer. But I am looking forward to the routine, I think the rhythm will suit Ena who is also finding her rhythm and need for more marked nap times. I am also looking forward to having a more structured day for myself and I am hoping this will give me a chance to exercise more and work on my dolls more and perhaps even blog more (fingers crossed).

Thursday, August 20, 2015

the cutest thing I have ever knitted

I am so delighted with this little top I knitted for Ena.
It is made specially for her in every way.
The yarn was handspun and dyed for her by my lovely friend Melissa.
I made up the pattern adjusting one of my favourite baby knits.
The buttons were bought from here because they have tiny bumblebees on them and are so happy and cute.

A perfect sweater for our perfect Ena Bumblebeena

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Townlands Carnival 2015

After the success of last year's festival we were super excited when the day finally arrived and we set off for the Townlands Carnival, a music festival held relatively locally.
To be honest getting ready was stressful. 
We planned to go for 4 nights, with the trailer tent, a new baby and an extra child. I felt like we spent the week before preparing, days of washing and packing and checking lists. 
I felt anxious about camping with Ena, knowing it would be fine really, but a fear of the unknown. 
Finally we were ready though and set off. 
We decided to arrive the day before the festival and leave the day after it finished minimizing the stress as much as possible also making the most of our time away. It was a good move. We left home much later than we had expected and arrived around dinner time, tired, hungry and still with lots of unpacking to do, none of which I could help with as Ena needed me. 
Still I was glad we did it that way because it meant we were set up and ready before the festival began and we could relax and enjoy it.
It was so full, every moment filled with excitement and adventure and newness. We made so many new friends and tried new things. Heard great music and danced in the mud. 
There were pockets of calm, lying in the tent with Ena and Joa, reading stories or playing. There were lovely moments around the campfire toasting marshmallows. There was the camaraderie in our little group of tents, huddled under awnings and around the campfire, sharing meals and washing up and child care. There was much laughter, and play, and friendship, and dancing and rain and shouting and smiling and eating, too much to even remember all in one go.
So I will let the pictures jog our memories...

Alan and Steve

our camp




communal meals

pocket money

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devil sticks

friends and circus


festival baby

blue-tonged skink


wishing line

Sibin Stage


waiting for pizza

pizza and pimms
and then the camera ran out of batteries and my phone ran out of batteries, so I will use single words instead to jog more memories...
Alan, sausages, devil sticks, sparklers, candle making, puppet show, rain, wind, porridge in cups, dancing competitions, stilts, parade, umbrella jelly fish, horrible loos, nettle rash, meeting old friends, funny little dog, blacksmith, Alan, raincoats, Heavy Billy, marshmallow burns, fetching water with the wagon, face paints, rain....Alan

It was great, Ena was a brilliant festival baby. At times I felt a little jealous of the beers being drank and found it difficult needing to sit in the tent at times to shelter and rest with her while others were out partying. But it was better than I thought it would be and easier than I feared it would be and we made wonderful memories and had great experiences and made brilliant friends. It would have all been easier if the weather had been on our side, but thanks to slings and babywearing raincoats and the helping hands of everyone around us, we truly enjoyed it.