Ooohh, we’ve had some lovely weather here over the last few days; the weekend was glorious, bright sunshine and warm Spring breezes all mean that blogging has pretty much been at the bottom of my priorities. We’ve been enjoying the lighter mornings (well, I was until the clocks went forward!), and I honestly think it’s so much easier to get up when the sun is streaming through a crack in the curtains – somehow the day seems to hold so much more promise!
I’ve been spending time pottering about in the house as well; clearing out old junk, arranging collections and gently whispering words of encouragement to new seedlings (actually, it’s more like, ‘please don’t wither and die’!) – something about the Spring makes me want to purge everything and fill the house with light and space!

We paid our favourite coffee shop a visit, where we ate the most amazing banana bread concoction that’s ever passed my lips; marscapone piled with teetering slices of banana, topped with berries and some incredible local honey. Daisy was entertained by dominoes and wooden trucks, while Ben got stuck into the great book selection – he reads pretty much anything now, and it’s so lovely to see him pick up a book and just become completely absorbed. I’ve always been a huge reader, so I’m thrilled that he seems to be going the same way!

Mother’s Day was all about plants and driving in the sunshine (and gathering materials to make Ben’s Easter hat!); I came home from our local garden centre with four brand new houseplants to add to my growing collection – I’ve got visions of them on every surface, hanging from every ceiling, in upcycled planters and handthrown pots. We took a drive out into the country, where I discovered a local hardware store that sold Falcon Enamelware and traditional ironmongery, and I came home with an old fashioned wooden washing up brush, which pretty much made my day. It’s the simple things!


  1. Halcyon Threads
    April 1, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    Oh that banana bread – was that Southsea Coffee Company? I think I need to go there soon and get me some of that banana-y goodness! There must be at least a couple of your 5 (or 7) a day on that, right? x

    • Vicky
      April 2, 2014 / 9:44 am

      Ahh, yes it was – you absolutely have to go there, I honestly cannot think of a better coffee shop anywhere in Portsmouth. If they have some, get some of the rhubarb cake to take home as well – it's making my mouth water just thinking about it! x

    • Halcyon Threads
      April 5, 2014 / 7:14 am

      Oh yum – I took myself off there yesterday afternoon and tucked in to a plate of that banana heaven. Amazing – especially as I was toddler-free for the afternoon so didn't have to share! I've long beena fan of their coffee but definitely feel I need to spend a bit more time becoming acquainted with their cakes and treats… x

  2. Vicky Myers
    April 2, 2014 / 5:36 am

    Stunning photographs:) I am loving the weather too:)

    • Vicky
      April 2, 2014 / 9:42 am

      Thank you! Ironically, it's really grey and rainy today, I think I've cursed us! Pah!

  3. Beach Hut Cook
    April 2, 2014 / 8:22 am

    Same here! Just need a magic wand or be able to wiggle my nose and make all the old yucky wallpaper in our house disappear and lovely rich putty paint colours appear instead. Then I can really get busy doing all the exciting bits such as accessorizing! Elinor x

    • Vicky
      April 2, 2014 / 9:43 am

      I like the fiddling about part, but not the actual DIY part – the husband is currently resealing all our windows, and tidying up the skirting boards – and we only rent, ha! x

  4. KatGotTheCream
    April 4, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    Like the look of that cafe – just wish I lived closer (and then I could meet you for a coffee and a chin-wag) x

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