Posts in the Adventures category

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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What Kat Did: The best book shop in the world (probably)

Whenever we go to Northumberland, as we did last weekend, one of the ‘must do’ places, always on my list when I visit this part of the country is Barter Books.
This place is simply wonderful. Situated in an old Victorian railway in Alnwick, this second hand book shop is full of rare and unusual books and the setting is fab. It’s a great place to visit on a cold or wet day especially as the original coal fires are burning and you can cosy up for as long as you want with a hot drink and a good book. You can also sit down for a light meal in the Station Buffet, which is the old converted waiting room from bygone years.
I just like to wander round, reading all the old literary quotes dotted around the place and looking at the beautiful and sometimes hilarious books. There’s even a children’s section, with toys and rides to keep them entertained. So if you’re ever up in that neck of the woods and you’re fond of books, I highly recommend it.  Here’s a ‘few’ pix – sorry, I got a bit snap happy!!!
I feel sorry for the dog, he’s clearly not in the ‘circle of truth’
 Hmmm wise words???

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