Mamatography 2014 – Week 5: Quiet Craftiness

We’ve had a quiet week at home. Really, after the madness of the last six weeks or so, if I can get out of my pajamas, it’s a good day. So I’ve been focusing my attention on the girls, and on trying to bring some stability back into their days. That’s the hard part of this job, isn’t it? It doesn’t really matter what you’re thinking, feeling or going through, when they’re too young to understand, you just have to get on with it!

23 & 24: Australia Day. We did a whole week’s worth of Australia Day activities to celebrate the day… just for fun, really.

25: Laundry: Well, I don’t know that we’ll have any more babies, and these are some of the clothes we rescued from the flooded garage, so I’m thinking of just selling it all now. At least it’s cleaned and ready to be worn by the next baba that needs it.

26 – 29: Chinese New Year: Again, just for fun, really, we decided to celebrate Chinese New Year, so had a week full of activities for that.

Some days I find it hard to get out of bed at the moment. That’s truth. That’s real. But pictures don’t show that. That’s okay. In years to come, I hope my girls remember these things, rather than the mama who felt really low on motivation and energy.

Mamatography

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Mamatography 2014 – Week 4: Away And Further Away

16-18. Lost in Wales. It was one of our more unusual trips away, to be fair. We did very little. We went almost no where, we did almost nothing. It was just what we needed. It was perfect. And my brother got to spend some time with the girls, as did my dad. Calm, beautiful, quiet. A tonic for the soul.

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19. Last Walk. My dad and my brother left for Australia, so before my dad’s flight, we went for a walk in the forest. I hate when my family leave. It’s horrible.

21. Toy Fair. Having not even gotten out of pajamas yesterday, today I went to the Toy Fair in London. Hopefully I made a few good contacts to share some awesome product with you this year.

22. New Baby. One of my Mamaventurer friends had her baby while we were in Wales. It was so lovely meeting up and having some new born cuddles.
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Mamatography 2014 – Week 3:A Funeral, A View

The dreaded week has come and gone. These are truly sad and sore times.

9. To See You Again. We went to the undertakers to view my moms body. My dad wanted to be sure it was her in the coffin. I wanted to have a chance to cry without a room full of people. We opted against embalming and two weeks had already passed, so we weren’t sure what to expect. She looked so thin, but healthy. Her hair was soft and brushed. She looked lovely. In life she often abstained and followed certain habits because she wanted to be a beautiful corpse. She sure got her wish.
10. Funeral day. Informal, no priest or stranger leading the ceremony, just me. Leading the family in words, in song, in placing lilies on the coffin. A lot of tears. And after, lunch with every person she knew in the country there.
11. Driving day, all the way to Wales at the foothills of Snowdonia. And a big thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last few weeks.
12. Bittersweet. Knowing she was meant to be on this holiday with us, was bittersweet. Knowing how much she would have loved the mountains, equally so.
13. Bed Hogs. A king size bed, and there’s still no room for me. Sigh.
14. Garden Decor. Some weird garden decor in the town of Machynlleth. Certainly a talking point!
15. Mountains, Gandalf! Mountains! I could take a picture of this mountain every single morning and it would never look the same two days in a row. If I lived there, I’d totally do that. With a timer to go off every day at the same time. It was an exquisite view.

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Mamatography 2014 – Week 2: Life Goes On

2. A walk in the nature reserve to clear our heads – yet another moment that makes us cry. Mom would have loved the nature reserve.

3. A wine tasting at Denbies Wine Estate. We went for the tour, but they were closed for the day, so we just had lunch and a bit of a taster. Disappointing, but another time, I guess.

4. A beautiful bunch of lillies – my mom’ s favourite – randomly chosen by a friend’s little girl.

5. Going through some boxes after the Christmas eve flooding in our garage, I found this card my mom wrote for my 16th birthday.

6. Reading the story “Mine” about sharing and taking turns, so Oupa joined us for a tea party.

7. Needing to warm our spirits and our bodies, we went to the indoor Living Rainforest for a peaceful afternoon.

8.  Our grief seems sort of on hold, right now, during a long wait for the funeral (just over two weeks, in all). Children still need to be kept busy, they still need to be entertained, and given fun opportunities. When a friend invited us to a brilliant indoor play facility, we joined them. The children had a ball. We got home to find the lillies had begun to open. This made my day.

Mamatography Week 2

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Could You Do A Photo A Week?

Mamatography

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Mamatography 2014: Sign Up Now!

As regular readers will know, I’ve fallen off my own wagon this year, and just not been able to keep up with a photo every day. So, for those like me, we’re changing things up a bit for 2014.

You will be able to participate in one of three ways:

  • Photo a Day
  • Pick of the Week
  • Best of the Week

You do not have to decide in advance how you plan on participating, you can decide on the day you post the pictures on your blog. You can write about your picture, or just have a heading, or go totally wordless too. This means you can adapt it to run alongside other picture-a-day or wordless/wordfull Wednesday posts too, if you wish.

Here are examples for the options above:

  • Photo a Day

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  • Pick of the Week

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  • Best of the WeekCapture

However you choose to do it, the idea of Mamatography is to have a way to remember the every day, the mundane, the beautiful. If you only did laundry today, take a picture of that. If you did batch cooking, take a picture of that. That’s the idea behind Mamatography – being able to look back on your year, the bright and beautiful, and the mama-stuff no one takes note of. Include as much or little about your children as you wish. Document your weight loss, your sewing. Whatever takes your fancy!

What do you need to participate?

  • A blog – if you don’t have one, you can start one for Mamatography quite easily!
  • A camera or camera phone.

So, if you’d like to sign up to join us in this project for 2014, do so here, and we’ll send you a getting started email next week!

Mamatography Week 42: Food, Home And Muddy Puddles

Could it be another week all about food and home life? Oh, and muddy puddles too.

Day 292 – Cooking Class

I feel bad sometimes, because Ameli had so many classes and activities that we did together from when she was four weeks old. Is it because of all the rhyme time stuff we used to do left leg over right leg, crossing the midline and so on that Ameli was crawling by four months? Is that why she was walking at 8 and Aviya only at 10?  Was it the sing alongs and rhyme time that made Ameli speak in full sentences by 18 months, but Aviya only has some words?  I don’t know, but whatever it was, I had fun at this impromptu drop in cookery session, and Avi seemed to love it too.

Day 293 – Dinner

My hubby made us one of my favourite styles of dinner – a build your own sandwich with a variety of different fillings, toppings and options.  Isn’t he sweet!

Day 294 – Mushroom Foraging

A local friend of ours is a bit of a mushroom foraging fundi. We went together one day and she showed us some of the local varieties we can eat. Truth be told I’m not at all confident enough to go on my own, but I’d love to, for sure.

Day 295 – Bliss Balls For Beginners

Remember last week I told you about my new book?  Well, I finally finished it! I’m rubbish with self-promotion though, so feel free to share it for me. I’d be most grateful!

Day 296 – When It Rains, Jump In Puddles

We had such plans for today, but sickness, the weather, who knows what else meant and our plans didn’t go to plan. Instead we hid out at Mamaventurer Yasmin’s house, and then went to a local stretch of forest for a walk. The kids found a few puddles and that took care of a good hour at least!

Day 297 – Cupcakes

How come in the books things look so perfect, huh?  But when it comes down to it, with two children trying to lick the bowl and simultaneously needing the toilet or wanting to read a story, the picture on the right is a much closer version of my reality.

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Mamatography Week 41: Food And Domesticity

It’s a far cry from life, say five years ago, but this is life now, and it’s  pretty good, most of the time.

Day 283 – Food Swap

I set up a food swap with a few of my local friends to celebrate the beautiful bounty of the Autumn. Everyone brought one item type, with enough for everyone.  It was lovely, as we all went away with 8 or so different things to what we arrived with. It was lovely and we’ve been enjoying our Autumn Bounty for days.

Day 284 – Red Thread

It’s with great sadness that we heard our Red Thread days are numbered. Due to personal circumstances for our lovely leader, the group is going on hiatus.  I’m so sad but with perfect understanding. I absolutely will miss this space in our weeks though.


Day 285 – Curls

I have nothing to say here, other than wow.  How much I love these golden curls. 

Day 286 – Home Made With Love

It’s only pizza. But when it’s home made – it’s totally made with love.  And totally to specification. Yum Yum.

Day 287 – Photographing My Book

So I wrote a book! Did you know? Bliss Balls For Beginners has 21 starter recipes. They make perfect raw, gluten free, dairy free and sugar free – mostly – recipes for everything from Christmas ‘cake’, to ‘Bounty’ balls – gorgeous coconutty yum. There are goji berry recipes for extra energy and a little something for winter warmth – chilli chocolates.  Chocolate without the guilt. What’s not to love? 

Day 289 – Autumn Nature

Every Tuesday, more or less, we go ‘out and about’ as Ameli says. This particular Tuesday we were at a National Trust property, where they gave us a treasure hunt of sorts. As it turned out we only found one type of pinecone, but the children had so much fun none the less.

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Week 39: Almost All About Avi

A week of friends, food and my baby girl.

269 – What’s in the box? 

A friend of mine opened a new venue for mamas and kids a few towns over from us, so Aviya and I went to catch up with another friend over a gorgeous cup of Mamas Den coffee. It being owned by a friend meant we ran into mutual friends, so it became a nice catch up and chin wag.

I love the pictures of Avi and L from that day. It’s like… hmmm… what’s in the box?

Oh… that’s right.. I AM!

271 – Legoland

We’ve had a particularly difficult week as Aviya’s molars are coming through, she’s not sleeping, nursing around the clock and all the other fun things that come with that. I decided to take the girls to Legoland for the afternoon, since we all needed some fun and excitement.  It’s also so exciting with Avi now, as she’s really starting to notice and be enthralled by things.

273 – A&E

We didn’t really sleep last night. Avi just cried and cried and cried from about 1am until I couldn’t cope anymore. I was worried there might be something other than molars going on, so I took her to A&E, just to be checked out. Four hours later we went home none the wiser, but she’d spent most of the morning smiling and charming everyone. They must think I was making it up.

275 – Foraging

We’ve had a wonderful time foraging this autumn. We’ve made apple chutney, apple pies, dried apple rings, preserved whole pears, made pear pies, and hawthorne and rosehip syrup, and hawthorne jam, blackberry jam and blackberry wine and raw blackberry crumble. It’s been gorgeous!

276 – It’s my Party

Something I get to do very little of these days is pampering with girl friends. So on Tuesday evening I invited a few girls around for a ‘birthday party’ where we drank coffee, ate cupcakes and painted our nails. Avi is normally asleep by the time they were meant to arrive, but this particular night she wanted nothing of it and stayed up way past her bed time!

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Week 38: A Very Foodie Week

I’ve spent very little time sleeping and a lot of time cooking this week!

261 – Molars

I hope they’re molars at least, because we’ve not slept in three nights, and I’m exhausted. I thought Ameli had a bad time teething, but this is horrid! Swollen mouth, the works. Poor girl.

262 – Apple Chutney

The place where we found the blackberries last week also has loads of apples, so I made apple chutney. It’s amazing! Here’s my favourite apple chutney recipe.

263 – Pinecones

It’s an apples and pinecones time of year, isn’t it! We made a garland to decorate the lounge. Bring a touch of autumn into the home, and all that. They say kids that have contact with nature every day, even if it’s just indoor plants, have less chance of depression and other mental illness later on, so we’re working on our nature crafts indoors for the winter.

264 – Nearly New Sale

One of the neighbouring towns had a nearly new sale on, so we volunteered to help. I bought Ameli’s whole winter wardrobe, and not five weeks later her trousers are all above her ankles and her tops are all above her wrists, so I had to buy a whole new winter wardrobe. Here’s hoping this lasts a few months, for sure, and I am so grateful for the nearly new sales. I do not know what we’ll do when they run out! (They go to about 7 years of age!)

265 – Courgette Everything

A friend gave us this courgette from her garden share. It’s awesome. We used it in a lot of cooking this week!

266 –  Courgette (Zucchini) Soup

I did not know how tasty this was going to be, but Courgette Soup (Zucchini Soup)? It’s ah-ma-zing.

267 – The Living Rainforest

We had such a lovely time at the Living Rainforest. It’s quite a drive, but what a great day out!

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