Painting with nature and a video – made and discovered

After gearing up for Win starting school this week; it turned out to be of a non-event. He didn’t have his first full day until Thursday, and hasn’t been the slightest bit bothered about attending (which of course I’m relieved about). I was planning a low key week with Ru (& O) but everything has still been very focused on Win. He has loved cycling to school every day, and loves wearing his uniform. I hope the novelty doesn’t wear off too soon!

Here is what else we’ve been up to:

  • Blackberry painting – Win really had a good times creating some art using blackberries, leaves and mud. He insisted it was a ‘blackberries tree’, not a blackberry bush. The Forestry Commission has sent us some fantastic ideas for autumn art, and this was one of them – check out their website for more. Did you know that experts are predicting a truly sensational colour display this autumn? I can’t wait! blackberry-painting blackberry-painting 20160913_14061820160913_141620
  • Mud painting – Following on from blackberry painting the boys spent a wonderful afternoon in the garden mud painting on canvases and a paper roll. It was such a hot day. 20160913_142321
  • Jasmine Thompson – This week I have been loving Jasmine Thompson’s acoustic covers. He voice is enchanting, and I’ve been totally obsessed whilst cooking dinner.
  • The patio and fence in our garden are finished. I am so excited – it is now a usable area. Here are some images inspiring me: f5813a9cb9db21633cc776c0e83a3fb2 525250b6274f878b332a44b96e523ec6 f63d468930a8ff5ad32f087f48ba0dda 7a764075912a6b35b50ebd6251820c55 3f4c9e63f97357b27d162ffb47bced58Just in case you missed the promotional video we were able to be part of for our photographer friend – here it is (make sure you turn up the sound as the song is wonderful):

Enjoy your weekend!

E xx



  1. 16th September 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Your patio area Esther! 😍😍😍 oh my! It’s stunning! And I LOVE the blackberry painting! I am so going to do that with the children this Autumn! Had never heard of Jasmine Thomas before, but a little listen suggests she’s right up my street. Such an inspiring post, Esther!

    • Esther
      16th September 2016 / 11:18 pm

      …I wish it was mine! It was so much fun painting with nature. He was getting so excited about it. Oh – she is SO good!!!!! Thanks Claire xx

  2. 17th September 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Oh I love your blackberry art! We pick some every year but I’ve never made anything more creative than a crumble 😉 I’m glad school is going so well, it’s a relief when they just take it in their stride isn’t it?

    • Esther
      21st September 2016 / 8:36 pm

      Crumble is the best though. So tasty! Absolutely. I hope your little one is getting along just fine xx

  3. 21st September 2016 / 12:46 pm

    Love the blackberry art, what a fab idea. Might give that one a whirl with the boys. I just love that video from your photographer, it is really very special xx

    • Esther
      21st September 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you so much Hayley! xx

  4. 22nd September 2016 / 7:00 pm

    Those patio photos 😍 We love having a garden, it’s not huge but just to have our own personal outside space is fortunate. That painting is such a good idea! X

    • Esther
      25th September 2016 / 9:17 pm

      I know! Seriously stunning. One day hey? Absolutely. Any outdoor space is just wonderful xx

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