Snow day

All that magical white flurry of snow that fell upon our doorsteps went far too quickly. Two weeks now since the rooftops and gardens were covered in pretty white fluffs of ice and it was wonderful while it lasted.
We didn't have enough snow to build snowmen or go tobogganing or go on a snowy adventure however we DID have snow so that is pretty special. Olive was rather impressed to say the least. In the evening as the snow fell we sat at the window and watched it lay on the wet ground (or at least we saw the wind drag it sideways!). Olive sat, pointed and excitedly said "Oh WOWWW!". It was spectacular.
The following morning I hurriedly looked out the window and felt disheartened that it was all mostly gone. The night took it away from us. Until it started to snow again. I was so excited for Olive so the moment she woke from her nap I put her coat, hat and shoes on and we went outside. Letting the delicate snowflakes fall upon our hands, Olive repeatedly said "bubble bubble" with an excited voice. The snowflakes looked a little like the bubbles from the washing up bowl - the bubbles that Sebastian puts on his hand and blows letting them disperse into tiny bubble clusters -very much like the huge snowflakes she was seeing right at that moment.
We are lucky enough to have lovely downstairs neighbours who let us play in their garden whilst they are at work so I couldn't not let Olive properly feel and see the snow fall around her. It just isn't the same to experience it on our front step!
The snow on the ground was more like ice now and these fresh flakes weren't laying like the night before. So Olive was a little apprehensive about walking on to it. We stood in marvel and after a short while of letting the icy cold temperatures turn our finger tips and noses a darker shade of pink we headed back upstairs in the warmth and continue to stare in awe out the window.
Warm radiators, two pairs of socks and hot cups of tea seem to help us warm up quickly whilst watching passers by wrapped up warm in scarves, coats and mittens.

I know most of the country had a little if not a lot of snow, did you get enough to enjoy it too? Build a Snowman? Sledging? A snow angel perhaps?


You are my Sunshine...

This week has been glorious for both magical sunrises and gorgeous sunshine. Mother nature is killing any bad vibes around here and spreading the love through wintry accents, early pastel mornings, warm sun rays upon icy cold noses and even a bright sparkly sighting of Jupiter.
This week has been wonderful.
The one huge positive of being back to work two days a week means I have to be up and out of the house super early. So early that the walk down to the bus stop means stopping every 10 steps to take a snap or two or five of the stunning pastel view. The whole bus ride feels like a magical tour bus ride through a pinky lilacy tunnel and I am almost tempted to get up a tiny bit earlier so I can walk through it instead.
It sure does ease the idea of being back to work instead of staying home with my little lady. However we did make the most of our days off together in the sunshine.

On Wednesday we wrapped up warm in our knitted pink hats and mittens and piled into my best friend's car where we drove to the seaside. Stopping on the way for coffee (obviously!), then singing and pointing at sheep and birds all the way to the sea. Walking along the seafront in Winter is my favourite thing to do. It's no secret I prefer the seaside in Winter than in Summer. There aren't alot of people around except walkers and pups - which Olive was most excited about "wooohwoooh" ('woof woof').
We walked and talked for over an hour whilst Olive snoozed most of the way. Ahh blissful sea air saves any sleepy Mama.
The sun was out and it was just wonderful. What a lovely way to spend a Wednesday afternoon.
Thursday came and so did the sunshine again, Wow. Blue skies and early blooms - it's nearly Spring! I couldn't not take little lady out in it. So after I baked banana bread and we ate lunch we went for a stroll. We popped to the shops to pick up some essentials then wandered ran around the library picking out some books. I absolutely love the way Olive says book, it's probably the best pronounced word other than Mammy, Daddy, Nanny and cat. The rest of her vocabulary (and it's a huge one!) is very much obvious or a really good effort but not 'perfect'. She is wonderful.
After the library, we sat in the gardens for a while watching birds, nibbling rice crackers and stroking a ridiculously fluffy dog before heading back home to nap.
We have no plans for today as such but it's beautifully sunny again so I may have to take full advantage of it and take Olive to the swings this afternoon. Or maybe I will save the swings for the weekend when Sebastian is home. I wish we had more outdoor/fun things to do or pretty walks nearby.

 Happy Friday! What are your weekend plans? I hope the sun stays out for us, though according to the weatherman it is set to be sunny all week. Yay.


Kent // Ightham Mote

A few weeks before Christmas, I took a much needed day out (sans bebe) with my friends, Jenny and Alice. We had planned to visit London and soak up all the festivities by visiting the markets, sipping mulled punch and nibbling on mince pies but instead we opted for a more peaceful approach to celebrate. A National Trust estate.
This is soon becoming a tradition of ours. We visited Hever Castle together at Christmas time not too long ago so staying in Kent and spending the day at Ightham Mote adorned with Christmas seemed like a pretty good shout.
After a much needed catch up, we filled our (very much mine!!!) hungry tummies with sausage rolls and scones laden with clotted cream and jam, washed down with breakfast tea and went to explore. The gardens were beautiful, with robins flitting about perched on bushes posing for photographs. Unfortunately it was raining so we didn't get a chance to roam the grounds fully, next time we shall pick a Summery day, bring a picnic and explore properly.
We spent our time inside the manor house learning about Christmas traditions, eyeing up each beautifully decorated tree that stood in every room and exchanging personal traditions (ie leaving different treats for Father Christmas!).
I love walking through the rooms and taking each and every detail in, imagining life in the 14th century. I loved learning all about Henry VIII at school so these estates fascinate me. Well, any type of historic house intrigues me. I have always wondered and wished I was born centuries before!
We finished at the gift shop where, between us, we bought Christmas gifts and tree decorations. We jumped in the car and drove to Sevenoaks to have a wander in the town and visit the local Christmas market.
We finished our day with more gift buying and some delicious food at the market before setting home and watching festive films.

I do love a National Trust spot. I must visit more this year. Hopefully my mother and I can visit a few in the Spring with a picnic and little Olive. I know she will love adventuring through the pretty flowers and spying the friendly birds. Perhaps I should invest in a pass.

Do you have a National Trust pass? How often do you visit an estate?