No voice, foggy mornings & “Win” – #Littleloves

Last Saturday and Sunday I just about lost my voice due to a sore throat, cough and a cold. It finally came back fully yesterday, but I really don’t understand how parents with really quiet voices cope. Win couldn’t hear what I was saying to him unless he was right next to him, which let’s face it – isn’t very often. Both inside the house and outdoors, it was a bit of a nightmare and I feel like I’ve been shouting all week, just to be heard! Quite funny though.

Ru hasn’t been well either, but distraction seemed to be the best tonic, so we’ve just powered on and it’s been lovely. We met my mum in York yesterday and had such a wonderful day out.



On a very morbid note Jared and I have finally finished discussing arrangements (practical and financial) for when one of us dies. Our life insurance and chronic illness cover is sorted and Jared has written me a very nice letter entitled ‘What To Do If I Die’ which I’ve read a few times. He’s a financial advisor and I’m quite relieved that I know what options I have if he dies, because I literally know nothing about finance! One of us dying is something we’ve really talked about over the last year…but we’ve still got to finalise what will happen if both of us die. I feel a bit reckless for not organising it all before now – Win is 3 and a half.


‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘The Great British Bake Off’. Cliché, I know, but they both make me feel more connected to being British. The same feeling I get when I watch ‘Call the Midwife’.


After months of Rufus calling Winston “Du”, he can finally say “Win”, and it made my week!


We’ve been making a few things this week, but I will documenting them in a separate blog post. Win however, has been asking me to make ‘desserts’ a lot this week – just about every day. Plain yoghurt, bananas, frozen berries, chia seeds and honey. Both boys love them!

I did manage a Styling the Seasons post too.



I know the weather has been confusing, but how absolutely gorgeous at the same time? Dewy grass, foggy mornings that clear to bright blue skies and warm sunshine – completely stunning. Layers have been essential this week – my crazy coatigan has made an appearance too and so had my favourite Zara scarf.


And lastly…

Ru and I spent a peaceful morning at Fairburn Ings. I’ve never taken him by himself before, but the dynamic was so different minus Winston. We moved a lot slower, watched the ducks, ate blackberries and generally bumbled along.


Have a really super weekend!

E xx

#LittleLoves is a chance to remember all the things that made up your week. Linking up with Morgana.




  1. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    2nd October 2015 / 8:42 am

    Gorgeous photos, that hat/whole outfit looks amazing on you.

    You know, I’ve been on at my husband for us to sort out wills and similar letters and he refuses to do it. I’m going to be firm as it’s rather silly not to have that in place.

    Have a lovely weekend xx

    • Esther
      4th October 2015 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks Sian! It’s certainly not nice or easy to talk about, but it has definitely made me feel relieved. I would hate to have be worrying sick about all the arrangements and finances, as well as dealing with everything else. Hope you had a lovely one too xx

  2. Morgana
    2nd October 2015 / 9:28 am

    Beautiful photos Esther!
    My husband is a financial advisor too! We’ve been working on getting all that kind of thing sorted recently, I can’t believe haven’t done it already.
    Loving your outfits, I need to dig out all my favourite scarves, I really do love this time of year.
    Enjoy the weekend xx

    • Esther
      4th October 2015 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks Morgana! Oh cool that he’s a financial advisor too, I had no idea.

      Thank you – also a very big scarf fan! x

  3. 2nd October 2015 / 12:49 pm

    Esther your week sounds ace and I love the pictures. I think i;m going to have to try out the tasty yoghurt. it’s great when the little ones progress and so ute to hear Ru is calling win “win”! Have a fab week and I’m glad I can read your posts when we are far apart. It feels like i’m not too far away! #LittleLoves

    I also need to sort out a plan..naughty me! maybe you could give me some tips!

    Angela from xx

    • Esther
      4th October 2015 / 10:22 pm

      Thanks Ang and yes, I love the thought of you not being far away! 🙂 Eeeep. You and John will know what you want once you get talking. It’s not nice, but there are lots of things to consider and you are so sensible and on it! xx

  4. 2nd October 2015 / 1:03 pm

    Oh love the capes and outdoor adventures. I am so sorry to hear it I have the exact same thing and caught it from the kids. I have no voice what so ever right now I am hoping to get it back soon. Tired of trying to shout that comes out a raspy growl just to be heard at the school gates or to the kids and hubby is out of the country for nine days worse timing ever. I hope my comes back like yours did quickly. It’s awful isn’t it? Love your outfits too darling so fashion forward! 🙂 #littleloves

    • Esther
      4th October 2015 / 10:23 pm

      Ah Jenny! As if you’ve had the same thing – raspy is just the word. I still can’t speak loudly without it hurting. Certainly not ideal for when your hubs is away. Hope you feel better soon.
      ..and thank you! xx

  5. Lauryn
    2nd October 2015 / 5:48 pm

    Hi Esther! Absolutely loving your hat in the photo above. The weather has certainly be a little crazy. I haven’t yet been to Fairburn Ings but I have heard it is such a lovely place to walk. Hope you feel better soon 🙂

    • Esther
      4th October 2015 / 10:23 pm

      Thanks Lauryn – so kind of you. Fairburn Ings is really so so lovely! We love it xx

  6. 2nd October 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Sorry you’ve been ill, parenting is extra hard when you’re ill. That yogurt looks great. We really should sort life insurance etc out (we have some but from before kids and for when we had a smaller mortgage).

    • Esther
      4th October 2015 / 10:30 pm

      Feeling much better thank you Claire! It makes me feel so relieved that it’s sorted – kind of. Even though it’s terribly morbid xx

  7. 5th October 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Glad to see the coatigan has made a reappearance, I still love it! It’s horrible being poorly when you have children to look after, even worse when pregnant. I hope you’re feeling better now. I love your kitchen table and you’ve taken some lovely piccies of your gorgeous boys xxx

    • Esther
      14th October 2015 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks Kerry! Feeling a million times better now. Hope you’re well xx

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