Happy Easter!

April 4th, 2010 by mrsben

Mira is now three!







March 23rd, 2010 by mrsben

Me: What a good girl you are, pharmacy Mira!

Mira: I’m not good, phthisiatrician I’m FABULOUS!

Mira: You’re not having ANOTHER jaffa cake, Mummy?

Me: Yes. Yes I am.

blanket wip

I am over half way in my blanket. I think it is going to take me over a year in the end because I frogged all the turquoise stripes and I’m glad I did. I didn’t want pink in it but the blanket had another plan! It nagged me until I got rid of the offending clash and it seems to work quite well. The turquoise is going in a crochet blanket later! (The Babette is still lurking but needs to wait until I get some other stuff out the way.)

crawler - 7 months

Jamie is now seven months and crawling, commando style, but with constant effort at lifting that tummy for longer and longer. He still needs to figure out how to sit up but it is exciting to watch him grow and develop!

Colour love

March 20th, 2010 by mrsben

This is one of my favourite outfits for Mira at the moment – stripey tights, order vivid colour, ailment ruffles and trim on a cord pinafore – I don’t know how much longer she’ll fit them now.


We have been getting out a bit more on our first bike! We also had a lovely walk in the park, the first time she had seen carpets of crocuses this year, and she was thrilled, she ran in and out and kept bending down to stroke the petals making excited noises and comments. She has also got great dexterity at threading beads onto elastic – hers is the little star one. She pulled them all off again so I remade it quickly as best I could remember.


I love the rainbow colours and aurora borealis coating, I really don’t care that these are mostly cheap plastic beads, they are fun and full of the things that my life is about at the moment, creativity, colour, symbolism, truth, and sharing my gifts with my kids!

Off for my first postnatal swim I believe – only about four months late!

Dang – the pool isn’t open till 9!

Jamie’s Dedication

February 15th, 2010 by mrsben

…was on Valentine’s Day! Isn’t that so lovely!


Mira painted and glittered the card and I cut out the hearts for a tree to decorate the hall.

Valentines Dedication Tree

Big sister

It was a really great day with everyone exept my brother in law, ampoule who was learning to save lives with crampons etc on icy mountains, approved so we’ll let him off!


I am quite sad it is over, but have great memories…

Going with the flow

February 11th, 2010 by mrsben

I have been in the happy position of really enjoying my maternity leave with the little ones, prothesis not that I haven’t had my wobbly moments, internist indeed there have been three this week, but they have so been surrounded by laughter and love and creativity that I feel very blessed!


I have been meditating on the breaking free of enclosure, the rising from the ashes, the soaring burst of colour, the wings flexing, beak opening in song, shining…

Painted using acrylics, irridescents and glitter on canvas. You can’t really see the shimmer in this photo but the colour is good.

Mira of course got her hands plastered with paint, but I’m going to turn her work into heart shapes to hang on a valentine tree, and bring it to Jamie’s dedication on Sunday.

She is also learning some basic cooking skills like grating, spreading, tearing herbs, flouring and rolling out…


This is the tomato spirals recipe from the CBeebies website!


Hello again!

January 29th, 2010 by mrsben

Just looked at th date of my last post and am slightly horrified. I am afraid my flirtation with facebook has been catastrophic for the blogging… but I have not been idle!

Wire crochet snowflake

Here are some of my facebook thoughts:

velvety baby giggles

my favourite form of punctuation is the ellipsis… and in second place is the dash -

bramble schnapps, web battenburg cake and liquorice allsorts

canned heat – ice cream – aint no mountain – the time is now – don’t give up…


My boys!


October 23rd, 2009 by mrsben


Mira and I went to play in the autumn leaves last Friday and this is what we made – I helped with the design!


This one she did with her friend Jenny and is all her own design. I love the explosion of colour!


And I had a go too.



October 16th, 2009 by mrsben

Has been busy! Jamie had his eight week check up and he was so brave with his injections he barely cried! Thanks to Auntie Jackie who was a sanity saver and kept Mira occupied throughout!


Jamie now weighs almost six kilos and Mira is thirteen. She has also grown three centimetres this summer.  Her favourite activity is giving Jamie kisses followed by painting…



This is a giraffe and a tiger. We had been to the zoo so she is having an animal theme at the moment. I have also had a few creative moments as I keep running out of thank you cards…


The card blanks themselves are recycled material and so is about half of the decoration.

Two months later…

October 10th, 2009 by mrsben

And here we are!




One week to go…

August 7th, 2009 by mrsben

Today I went for my check up at the hospital and was unexpectedly sent for another scan. I was quite happy about this, drug although the registrar was worried that my placenta was in the wrong place. But all was fine, and no I didn’t ask if it was a boy or a girl, just the weight which currently is 7lb 12oz, so already 9oz bigger than Mira. I am quite uncomfy, and happy if there is an early appearance!


This is the patch of nasturtiums that she helped dig and plant! The lupins are doing less well… but here is my purple patch


And a friendly snail!