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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Bye bye March!

Helllooo, im back....... and im not mental anymore, yay!!
Here i am, i was having a fat day today(what other kind is there at almost 36 weeks pregnant) so i selected my favourite black GAP maternity jumber and skinny jeans....i did also have my riding/leather boots on this morning as it was pissing it down, then this afternoon turned warm and sunny so i went for the sparkly leopard print pumps with a sparkly accessorize silver scarf!

I know this is a bit of a crap photo, but i was rather excited. Mr P's camera has been broken for aaaages and i sorted it out today so i was a bit snap happy!

This is kind of a jumble of this past week, all rounded up for you. Im back on my way 'up' now, things have sorted themselves, the house and my mind!

Firstly, look at this fab fruit/veg box. Turns out some neighbours of our farm had dumped some garden rubbish over their fences and into one of our fields....words were had...this was the apology gift!

My garden, AH MY GARDEN! Its all coming to life, March has been so warm that im sure you've noticed blossom all over the place is well in bloom already. This is our apple tree, 3 days ago it was just a mass of tight buds, now look at it!!

My mum and i spent a very hard Sunday in the garden at the weekend. It was amazingly productive, we were completely shattered afterwards, not to mention, hot grubby and sweaty(mmm nice)!
I trimmed back the lavender, a job which i didn't do last year, morning sickness stopped me from much of anything of any use. I also trimmed my herb garden right back(the bricked bit behind the table there) and the verbena bonariensis and all the lovely new sprouts are reaching for the sunshine already.
We've already sat out at this table this week and had to use a parasol it was so sunny!

Im not going to do much proper gardening this year(for obvious reasons) my greenhouse will be bare, but i intend to buy some simple bursts of colour for these pots...cosmos daisies, petunias, Dhalias etc .

This is the front garden, i love this little wooden border which Mr P created for me, its full of spring bulbs and primroses and is a lovely sight as you walk in the front door or sit on the bench below the front window facing out onto it.

Look at this stunning jagged edged tulip, its such a bright red!

And these anemonies, i could have a garden filled with just them and be entirely satisfied!

I think my porch needs a coat of creosote, but that might have to wait till next year. I think for now i'll get another box ball for the otherside of the mat. Look at that hosta springing to life!

I like to take photos like this so in about 6 weeks when everything springs to life i can look back and see how bare it was!...My Japanese maple is coming to life, one of my favourite trees.
There's also some chocolate mint, a hosta, a tub full of Geum's and a bare pot waiting for inspiration.

My Araucana was strutting around picking the worms out of the mole hills today.
I have no idea where she is currently laying her eggs but id love to find out as i miss those little blue beauties!

I love that you can buy a little pot of lilac violas for just a pound along with the bread and milk.
I also love the cheery purple pots they come in! These will grow and spread and fill out the pot i choose for them, so they're a little investment!

I know this is another table shot, but im so relieved its so tidy and clean now. My mum was on her hands and knees with a knife cleaning and weeding the gaps between the slabs. She curses Mr P, as 'all it needs is a bit of cement'...ok mum, i'll put it on his list x

Mr P bless him has been such a good boy this week, he borrowed this from the yard and guess what he did...he cut the lawn!!!!!!!!!!!!
SO EXCITED about this!

And here it is, my lawn, in all its half cut glory. You see, after 10 minutes it got a puncture. Poppy spent an hour with him fixing it and was so excited to learn how to do that-every cloud i guess?....Another 10 mins on and it ran out of fuel, damn it! So, its still parked outside my bedroom window, but 80% of my lawn is mowed so im not complaining!

My shadows trying to get in on the photographic action!

This is next on Mr P' list, carpet and other bits waiting for a bonfire.....

He ticked this off his list though-my leaky pipe? Fixed!!
Ah! Heaven is a functioning dishwasher. Didn't realise how much i needed this baby until i couldn't use it!

****Drumroll please*****

*****TA DA!!!!****
The result of weeks of work upstairs can now be revealed. My dad, step mum, and mum and i have spent a loooonnng time preping and then painting this space. Then we had the new carpet laid and it finishes it off perfectly. Im still 'tweaking' the rest of it in terms of prettifying the area, but you get the picture?

This is the area which leads through to the nursery...

Baby's cot will go in this corner. For now as you can see its just baby 'bits' piled high!

Come inside...

The bed will have a plain white duvet cover on it this week and all those untidy bits underneath will be neatened up.

Another job waiting to be ticked off of Mr P's list there on top of that old bedside set of drawers.

So thats the all new clean fresh upstairs area...Hope you like it?
The nursery needs a little shelf and something nice on the walls, but maybe we'll wait until after baby arrives so that it can be a bit more personal? I'll keep you posted on the room's progress.

Ive sorted mothers day now, the gift below is what ive chosen for Mr P's mum...bought from one of my favourite local shops Kit & Caboodle in Romsey.
The shops owner Debbie is so lovely, she even supplied this pretty pink paper...about 5 sheets of it when i bought a birthday gift recently and i had some left over. I'll do a post on the shop one day, its to die for. Full of Emma Bridgewater and beautiful jewellery and a huge range of home and gift ideas!

I loved this mug, Mrs P senior has a pair of call ducks so this will be right up her street. Its a small bone china mug, perfect for a ladylike sized coffee in the morning.
You can find more Sophie Allport products HERE, they're simply adorable.

On wednesday mum and i took about 9 bin liners full of 'stuff' she'd helped me turf out of the loft cupboards, to a local boot sale. One which doesnt start until 10am, how cool is that?!
So off i went to the school run, then met her there and she helped me set up.
After 40 mins it started spitting, then it started raining...hard.
So we quickly threw everything back in the car. It was a crazy hour of selling though and i made 45 quid!! Ive got a few bags full of nice things left to sell so we shall endeavour to try again in the next few weeks before baby arrives. Not bad for an hours work though eh?!

I did pick up ONE little treat at the boot sale, a gift for Mr P. He likes to sit on the floor of an evening, preferring it over the sofa, he sits about six inches away from the TV like a 6 year old even though he's now had his eyes lasered! He then likes to eat his dinner off a stool. The last one, a little wooden one covered in CK fabric has seen better days(its hideous-seriously)...so...

Look what i bought?!...What a cute little stool!? For £3 i couldnt leave it there in the rain could i ??

And there you have it, we're well and truly back in the land of the living.
Things are coming together nicely and i think im almost ready to have this baby...Ah April tomorrow, i welcome you with open arms...bye bye March!

Oh, and I Cant wait to be able to give up my new best friend in a few weeks....


Love Kirsty xoxo


charl said...

i missed your last post sorry you were feeling so stressed.. i think when your preggers you just ( well i did ) get to that point were its so hard to do anything and the tiredness overwhelms you that you cant imagine leading a normal life again.. and then with me this amazingness took over and i felt i could do anything.. and i basically got so much done in the last weeks .. i think its natures adrenalin kicking in!!..
you sound like your very much on top of things .. oo how exciting knowing in a few weeks you'll have a little bubs in your arms.. so lovely and such a lovely time of year aswell just as its getting warm!!


♥coco rose♥ said...

Wow, you have been a busy bee! Bet it feels good to get productive and have things finally coming together! I need a bit of that! ha ha!

The room looks awesome...and that stool...£3? a flippin' bargain!

Have a super April Day!

Love Vanessa xxx

periwinkle said...

wow that was a long post .. you are most definately in nesting mode and all those flowers to look at .. gorgeous

Debdor said...

Great post! You look absolutely glowing, I think you are having another girl as you are carrying all out front. I love your garden pots, lets hope we get plenty of opportunity to sit outside this year. Gaviscon was my best friend too, unfortunately.