Evenings in the garden – made and discovered

This week has been glorious and most nights after school the boys have been playing (and arguing) in the garden. My mum is helping me create a cut flower patch that (in theory) should have flowers all year round. Win helped me plant the bulbs for spring one evening and I’m feeling hopeful – lots of tulips, narcissi, alliums and daffodils. We’re going to tackle season by season, and we’re only going for flowers that come up year after year, with very little maintenance. My mum works in her garden every single day, so is a total expert. I however, am not.

Here is what else I’ve been up to:

  • Garden blackboard – This is a little project I’ve been working on over a few sessions, and I found the time this week to fix it to the wall. I’m just going to touch up the paint and then it should be ready to go. 20161003_144725
  • The Unmumsy Mum on Instagram – I’m a little late to the ‘The Unmumsy Mum’ party, but I recently discovered her Instagram and spent about 40 minutes crying with laughter at her hilarious feed.
  • Anne Robinson’s Britain – This is a new series on BBC one. I’m not interested in all of the topics it covers, but I did watch the parenting one. It examines families that are so different from one another and I found it fascinating. The overriding feeling for me afterwards, was that if the kids are happy and it works, then do it. It was so intriguing, and I could see elements of Jared and I’s parenting in all of them.
  • A World Without Down’s Syndrome? – I am someone who has had very little contact with Down’s Syndrome in my life. I’m uneducated and I found this really quite emotional and moving. It raised so many important questions, and didn’t attempt to answer all of them. So many beautiful, beautiful individuals.
  • The book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well‘Hygge’ is a very en vogue word at the moment, and researchers suggest it is the secret to why the Danes are the happiest nation in the world. I’m enjoying this lovely little book – it gives lots of ideas to make connections with loved ones and your environment more meaningful. Some say ‘Hygge’ is a myth, but in my eyes, it can’t be a bad thing.

20161004_122831120161006_101911I really hope you have an amazing weekend!

E xx



  1. 9th October 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Ooh thanks for the reminder, I really want to read the Hygge book! I love your blackboard too, fab idea!

    • Esther
      13th October 2016 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks Nat! It is a great read so far! x

  2. 11th October 2016 / 7:23 am

    This week I’m planting all my bulbs too, I’ve got such a selection including some you’ve mention and I’m really hopeful of being able to cut my own flowers next year instead of shop ones… so satisfying when it’s something you’ve made or grown right?!
    My dad bought me some more bulbs, – posh new trawl and is going to help, he’s green fingered too!

    That blackboard is genius, we love to let the kids chalk, they love to do hopscotch and pictures on the brick wall, we’ve been thinking of a chalkboard wall and you’ve completely convinced me! They love the easel so much too so makes sense.

    I watched The parenting programme too, so interesting and found the same thing, elements of each, and our own of course. Interesting how every single family is different.

    I’ve been looking around for a book on huge, there seem to be so many, and looks so appealing. 🙂

    I love this round up, I want to start back up my weekly post but I struggle with time 🙁 xxx

    • Esther
      13th October 2016 / 8:37 pm

      It’s amazing when parents can offer much needed advice, and help out.

      Thank you! I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. The border paint was brighter than I expected, but I’m pleased with it.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the programme too. It’s amazing getting an insight into how other parents do it.

      Thanks Nat xx

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