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A bit obsessed...

Phalaenopsis Orchids from our collection
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Life Lately

Square crop photo of us printing by Indie.
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One last Paris Post*


One of our favourite meals in Paris was made by Malc.


*for now
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Philosophy


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Birthday Camping



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Burning House


His: Tiamo hand coffee grinder, The Oxford Book of Madrigals, Biffy Clyro The Vertigo of Bliss, the party elephant, Monty the Mouse, our Moroccan teapot and our Ukelele. 


Hers: A picture of us from 2004, wedding ring, engagement ring, Dad's wedding ring and a family ring from my 18th Birthday, the note Malc used to propose to me, house keys to my mums, Duck, our family's sound machine, our scrapbook from Australia and my favourite handmade cushion.
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HOME


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Did you know Malc sings in a choir? They're pretty good and he loves it. Here's a few shots from a St David's Day event they performed at last weekend. (Have a listen here)

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the first time


The first time I ever took a photo at a wedding, I guess I was about eight. My beautiful Sunday School teacher was getting married in our church. I don't remember the day much, but I treasured the photo for years. (Shot on a 35 mm camera I was using at the time, mostly to photograph little friends, stuffed toys and dens). 

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MORE.SNOW






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The Geese are Getting Fat


Celebrating with: hanging candles; eggnog; a rosemary wreath; paper ornaments; a Christmas branch; mulled drinks; Happy Birthday Nativity and Christmas bread. 

Giving: wrapped up fresh bread; keyring tools; wrapping with pom poms; our handmade version of this book; an indoor fire; the projecto mini projector; moleskine diaries and a DIY camera kit



Wishing for ... this book, Brownswood Bubblers Three CD, this book, Punch Brothers Who's Feeling Young Now,  Floreat by Mara Carlyle, this sequin blazer, a knitted jumper, a smart pair of trousers (32W 30L), a little projector, printing ink & screen, a holga lens for DSLR, nice plant pots (like this lozenge shape one), a mini greenhouse, some whiskey, tea pigs and some not too fancy loose leaf english breakfast tea.

And crossing our fingers for some spray chalk; etching liquid; a sequin tablecloth; a pen that writes on food and a ukelele.

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The End



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The End
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Roast Chestnuts



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Roast Chestnuts
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Hot Chocolate


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Hot Chocolate in the Best Wedding Presents

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Rehearsal Dinner


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Rehearsal Dinner
With the Begg & Griffiths Clan
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Transported


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Transported
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Autumn


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Autumn

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Drawing In



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The nights are drawing in
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Bathroom


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Bathroom

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Mint Monster



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Mint Monster
Trying its hardest to take over our house
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Radishes


Yesterday was radish day. We had three bunches from Bullring Outdoor Market for £1 and plenty of choices for recipes. We pickled two bunches, used their greens in soup and saved the third for salads, garnishes, to bake and other treats.  Read on for recipes...


Radish Top Soup- recipe from here

Melt some butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in one chopped onion, and saute until tender. Mix in two diced potatoes and about four cups of radish greens, coating them with the butter. Pour in chicken broth. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.

Allow the soup mixture to cool slightly, and transfer to a blender. Blend until smooth.

Return the mixture to the saucepan. Mix in the heavy cream. Cook and stir until well blended. Serve with radish slices.




Pickled Radishes - recipe adapted from here

Trim the greens off and wash about 30 radishes. Then slice thinly on a mandolin discarding both the ends. Cut about two inches of ginger into matchsticks and add to the radishes. Put them in the fridge whilst preparing the pickling liquid.

Combine below ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then pour over radish and ginger. Allow to sit for 30 minutes before putting in jars. Store in the  fridge.

1 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 bay leaf per jar

I've been saving loads of recipes on my Pinterest Food board, next thing to try with the remaining radishes: roast them. Yum
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Tech Meeting



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Tech Meeting
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Bubbles



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Blowing bubbles


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Roasting Figs



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Roasting Figs
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Josh & Rachel


We got to hang out with some of our friends from Aberystwyth last weekend. It was such a lovely day with sunshine, a walk in a nature reserve, bubbles, curry and brownies. 



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Baby M




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Coming soon
Baby M :) and her Mum, Rachel
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Renovation


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Renovation
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Redecorating at Number 10



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Plug Socket
Redecorating at Number 10
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{family}







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Eric the Duck



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Eric the Duck (and friends), 5
Our bath
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Home



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Pink Gerbera


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Again


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Hair today...

...gone tomorrow

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Flowers




Mum sent me some flowers today from her garden. I washed my entire "garden" in the kitchen sink. 
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No Spend Month

So we're over half way through the no-spend... and we've spent a grand total of £55.14. (But there is a grey area spending zone... really we've spent £142.44)


The rules:
...can be read on the Small Notebook blog, where Nom first read them last year.


Our version:
We set a budget of £30 per week (excluding gifts, tithes, emergencies and bills). The difference between the two above spending figures is that the first excludes bills and gifts etc.although, to complicate things, there is a degree of "can we count that as a gift?" and "we bought that last month, but paid for it this month... should we count it in the end sum?".


The main change has been not spending on little unnecessary things and buying wisely (particularly with food shopping), not picking up things to put in the present cupboard, and not buying treats for ourselves.


We've also been more tight with food- making sure that we use up things that are going past their best instead of throwing them away. We've saved by eating down our reserves - stock items in the cupboards and supplies we had in the freezer - by taking food with us rather than buying meals out, and taking bottled water instead of buying a can.


We've saved money by inviting people round to ours on a BYOB basis rather than going to the pub and inviting people back for pudding when we did eat out. Where we would have bought a bottle of wine or something to take when we visit other people we've made something edible to take along, with ingredients we (mostly) already had in stock. We've wrapped presents without buying wrapping, using old packing tissue paper or wallpaper scraps.


I'm not sure how much we've cut down really; we've eaten out and we've had other meals for free, maybe we set our budget too comfortably? We'll see in the next two weeks.


If you're interested in this sort of thing, you might find Rachel's New Year Resolution an interesting challenge. It seems a more long term approach and a life style change rather than a one month diet which isn't sustainable.
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We're going on holiday

This is how we get ready in our house.
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Garlands









 There are a lot of things hanging in our house. I like it that way.
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