Today, at home..

Coffee morning..
A little bit of colour in my kitchen..
Rediscovering this Banksy book.. 



Can you believe I'd never read Harry Potter (or seen the movies)??
I was given the first 3 books for my birthday and I'm currently devouring the first one..



One of my key words for 2015 is Adventure. I LOVE discovering new places and trying new things!

I made Mr A an Adventure Book for Christmas, to force us to go out and do something different and fun together once a month. In December we played ping pong and this week we're going to a roller disco!
I have to say I'm having as much fun planning as I am enjoying the adventures!!

I've also been making an Adventure Jar for M, with activities such as Climb the lions at Trafalgar Square, Discover a new part of London, Jump on the first bus to come by and see where it takes us.. but also simple things like Have brunch in a cafe, Go for a bike ride, or Do some colouring..
In between school, after school clubs and playdates, I don't get to spend much time with him on his own and when I do, we have such a lovely time together! I really want to make the effort to take him out once a week..

And I have also ticked a few things off my evergrowing "100(0) things to do" list, such as visiting the Neasden Temple (real name BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir), Europe's first traditional Hindu temple..

.. and playing bingo!

I'd been wanting to play bingo for a while.. It took much persuading ("But.. isn't bingo for old people!?") but I managed to rope a few friends into coming with me. So one cold Friday night, we stumbled into this enormous hall for the late (9pm) session. We'd barely sat down that numbers were being shouted at us at a crazy pace and we got stamping, getting slightly stressed at the prospect of missing numbers! And before we'd had a chance to take a breath and grab a drink, it was all over and we'd won £50 between us! It was a bit surreal (the eerily empty hall - except for a dozen old ladies, the staff pointing at the numbers on our grids to help us out, envelopes full of money being brought to the table..) but so so much fun!

I'll share some of those adventures with you and please feel free to share yours or any exciting ideas or suggestions you might have!


Out and about.. Brick Lane

Brick Lane and its everchanging street art, fun shop signs and cool cafes..
I love seeing the Queen in a different attire to what we're used to and it was really moving seeing some tributes to the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the recent events in France..
M wanted to try the new Cereal Killer cafe - he LOVES cereal! - but the long queues put us off so we ended up stopping off at this lovely rustic little place and having the most delicious cinnamon swirls.. 

I ❤ Brick Lane


Today, at home..

Sewing.. a cushion cover made of Liberty squares
Drinking.. peach green tea
Reading.. Y's new favourite book


And life goes on..

After spending the last couple of days in a state of utter disbelief and incomprehension, life resumes its course.
And it all seems very futile.. But it's life..



Today, at home..

Last day of the school holidays and I'm deciding on my next project while drinking my favourite tea..
I think I will start with a "simple" cushion cover (I don't find sewing squares together and matching corners that simple..) before getting started on my Trip around the world..


The best is yet to come..

Kicking off the new year with.. some much needed colour in my wardrobe - hand knitted hat by Betsy, a frosty morning walk and my now faithful diary and calendar..