Posts in the Adventures category

What Kat Did: Tick tock…

…my life feels like a bit of a waiting game at the moment. I’m due in less than a week and as each new day dawns I wonder if this will be the one in which I meet our third baby. It is exciting, if a little tiring and frustrating. I feel a bit like Mrs Elephant in the film Dumbo, watching and waiting, wondering when the stork is going to arrive.
As well as the usual day-to-day activities that keep my little family chugging along, we’ve been trying to pass the time in our various ways. For me, these include reading my new book
…playing games…
and going for long walks to try and get things moving (which hasn’t worked and only succeeds in knackering us all).
The mister (now officially on paternity leave – yay) has thrown himself into last minute DIY projects (putting up of shelves / shampooing of carpets) with his usual enthusiasm. He’s also been growing cakes!! My mum gave us the batter for one of those German sourdough friendship cakes. Herman, as he is affectionately known, is quite high maintenance, requiring regular feeding and stirring before he can be baked and scoffed. It’s a bit like a cross between a cake and a Tamagotchi but the mister has embraced the challenge with great gusto.
I, on the other hand, am helping out in my own way by offering advice on ingredients and flavours, as well as eating the results of course.
So far we’ve made an apple and cinnamon cake, which was delish. Next up, banana I think or apricot and almond. Herman now has offspring of his own, with several batches of batter growing, which the mister intends to give to friends (lucky them). But I’ve also persuaded him to bake a few more cakes for us as my mum assures us they freeze really well. Besides, I am fully expecting to be surviving on a sole diet of cake very soon, once the baby arrives and it’s always good to have some on hand to offer visitors (if there’s any left).
P.S. I have also been investing in some good box sets for my baby-feeding sofa stints. So far I’ve got Game of Thrones¬† – any other suggestions?
P.P.S. The baby blanket I’ve been knitting since January is nearly finished. It’s now a case of which will be done first, the baby or the blanket but I will furnish you with a ta-dah style blogpost when it is (please, try to keep your excitement in check!).
Bye for now x

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What Kat Did: Nesting and resting

This little corner of the internet has been a bit quiet and neglected of late (*runs finger through the dust and sighs*).
I blame the bump and the increasing instinct of ‘nesting’. I have been spending most of my time and energy trying to sort out stuff in preparation for bubba #3 (less than a month now and counting).
NB: Pregnancy is probably the only time in my life when I get the genuine urge to clean/organise; the rest of the time I do it begrudgingly.
Sorting takes me forever anyway. This is mainly because a) I seem to be incapable of making the simplest of decisions right now (keep/throw/donate/store/repair/customise etc) and b) I get so easily side-tracked.
Going through all of my hoarded newborn stuff means I waste hours oohing and cooing over tiny babygros I had forgotten I had. In some ways, I would love to be that sensible, pragmatic person who buys new each time and clears stuff out regularly but I’m not. I’m the sort of person who will smile nostalgically to myself as I dress my third child in the same tiny babygro that its brother and sister wore when they were just a few days old. And then I will no doubt put them away to be preserved over the years. Then I might drag them out one day, when my kids are grown and expecting babies of their own and seriously freak out everyone with my hoarding prowess. That’s a day to look forward to!
(Don’t worry, this third child won’t be all about the hand-me-downs. I have got some new, irresistibly cute things too – see below).
Anyway, this was just meant to be a quick “Hi, how are you, remember me?” post. And, if you’re at all interested in what a heavily pregnant me has been up to of late (or rather not), then here’s a little snapshot.
Nesting and resting equals: watching period dramas // cuddling my girl on the sofa and marvelling at her hair // knitting a baby blanket (still going) // finally getting my toenails painted // keeping cool with cider lollies and chilled ginger beer // admiring fleurs // oohing and cooing over a hand-knitted cardi (from my mum), Petra Boase printed vests and gifted baby Converse.

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What Kat Did: Saltaire Arts Trail (and snot)

Hello. Did you all have a good bank holiday? Mine was hijacked by an evil bout of sinusitis that meant by Monday evening I was sitting in the out of hours doctor’s surgery begging for some drugs that were safe to take while pregnant. My head felt like it was going to explode (but it didn’t, as the sympathetic mister kept reassuring me it wouldn’t).
Anyway before all that, we went to the the Saltaire Arts Trail, which is a fab three day annual event that combines loads of free craft activities for kids with a lovely designer-maker’s market (oh yes, this place is my cup of tea). N.B. Saltaire and nearby Salt’s Mill are always worth a visit any time of year.
So, after a frenzied hour or two of sticking and painting with the kids – Charlie got to decorate his own hobby horse and Florence found her medium in the Garden of Easels – we had a picnic lunch and I had a little shop. There are always a great selection of handmade designs on sale here and I couldn’t help treating myself (and the kids) to pretty things from Treefall Design, Teazle and Sunlight On Closed Lids.
P.S. That’s a lion statue that’s been ‘yarn-bombed’. Oh those creative folk, bless them!
Hope you all had fun, stayed dry and well.

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What Kat Did: Postcard from Norfolk

Okay, I may have included slightly more than constitutes a postcard here so apologies for the over-indulgent amount of holiday snaps. But looking through last week’s photos from Norfolk helped to pass a very wet day today and cheered me up no end – hope they do you too.
P.S. I don’t think there is a single picture of me on a British beach where I haven’t been wearing a woolly hat. Ever.¬†
(Also, I’m rubbish at Frisbee, even when I’m not 7 months’ pregnant.)

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What Kat Did: the Vintage Bazaar

On Saturday……..I went to the Vintage Bazaar in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. And here’s what I saw.
This is a regular event and one of my favourite haunts as I love a trip to this gorgeous town (which also has great charity shops and cafes) and a mooch around the church hall, looking for pretties. If you want to visit the next event, have a look at the facebook page for more details.
What did you get up to this weekend?

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