We went to a family wedding recently. Monty wanted a tie of his own; not a bow tie Mama, a long tie.
He picked out the fabric himself, a red gingham seersucker, and asked me daily if I had made it yet. Truth is I was stitching it late on the eve of the wedding.
You can see it here, he positively glowed when he finally got to wear it.
Happy father’s day friends.
We are running our last ever Collect the Moments beginning on Monday, 16th June. If you have ever wanted to take this class now is the time, we won’t be running it in it’s current format again and we only have a few spots left.
On the last Sunday of the holidays we took advantage of a train ticket offer* and caught the train to London for the day.
Having waited until all of the children could appreciate the trip we were finally headed for The Natural History Museum (Actual History Museum according to Monty).
As you’d expect, the museum was incredibly crowded so we limited ourselves to the mammal hall and the dinosaur exhibition. I adore the NHM, who doesn’t? It is wondrous from the outside and entrancing on the inside.
I love the architecture, it is unbelievably detailed. I think you could spend years viewing the building and still not have drunk in everything it has to offer.
It was designed by Alfred Waterhouse who coincidentally designed our local church around the same time (you can see the tower in this post with it’s NHM-esq details). Even more coincidentally he also designed my business partner’s town hall up in Scotland. Or rather, he got about a bit in Victorian times.
We began and ended our day on the South Banks which is always one of the most fun places to hang out in central London – why did I never come here when I lived in the city? Couldn’t you just stay for the whole day and never get bored?
This Summer they have been celebrating a Festival of Neighbourhood which makes it even more thrilling than usual. Add to that Wahaca’s Street Kitchen and you pretty much have my perfect day out.
I wanted to make a short film for the children to remember their day and decided to go with a series of still images in stop motion. You know I have a weakness for stop motion and time lapse!
Hope you enjoy coming along for the ride x
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*Which, as an aside, was not offered on the National Rail site nor in station. Thank goodness for The Tainline highlighting it and saving us nearly £20 /aside over.
The beginning of March is a busy time around these parts. Late night baking and early morning celebrations abound.
Betsy’s party was an afternoon tea and dancing party. Nothing fancy, no trying to get one and two year olds to play games just a gentle gathering with lots of cake.
Monty’s party was held in our favourite woods. They climbed trees, followed a Gruffalo trail, built dens, ate a good deal of yummies from the barbecue and went crazy for the pinata.
Yesterday we took ourselves off to the beach and Oceanarium. We met up with good friends, dug holes, marvelled at marine life and ate noodles. Lots of noodles.
All that partying takes its toll. If you need me I’ll be having a snooze on the sofa too…
because I know there will be questions: check my Wanties post last week for party gear. Betsy’s hairclips are from Peanut & Pip, Rainbow coats are from JuicyTots and Monty’s orange sweat pants are from Boys & Girls.
I have been missing you! Sorry for ducking out over the last week. I’ve been working on a stop motion which has been taking up my evenings this last week. I’m in the last stages of filming then onto the edit – I can’t wait to unveil the finished project! Here’s a sneak preview of the action on set:
I have been getting used to filming with my new camera. As it allows me to adjust the settings manually it is both incredibly freeing and a steep learning curve. My biggest challenge is remembering to change the white balance each time!
There is little more exciting to me than my children’s deciding they want to play cameras when I have time to play. So when they hatched the idea of making their own TV show to tell people how to make sage and onion stuffing I was setting up the tripod before they’d finished telling me.
I realised halfway through editing I’d missed a couple of close-ups so we recorded them in a second session (spot the clothing continuity error!).
They had so much fun putting this together and I’ll be adding the video to my sage and onion recipe page. They had fun, but I had fun too. I have a few film projects up my sleeve for the next few months not to mention my film class, Shooting Stories, starting in March.
Without further ado! I give you, Milla and Monty…
Please let Milla and Monty know what you thought – they are so excited to be sharing this with you x