Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween aka Due date...

I am exactly 40 weeks which can mean only one thing....

***Today is my due date***

As these things tend to go, I have absolutely nothing to report and no idea when little b might make an appearance. Maybe he has decided he would rather be a little firework instead of a pumpkin.

Meantime, I have spent the day doing very little but rest, read, listen to radio 4 and watch dvds. Despite the fact that it is hardly what one might refer to as tropical I have been flushed and overheated on and off all day, thank goodness for my shiny chrome fan next to the bed, without which I would have stuck my head in a bucket of iced water.

Lots of lovely texts, emails, facebook posts and a kind blogger reply regarding the imminent arrival, I may be terribly nervous but I am also incredibly touched by the warmth of dear friends, making up for the absence of family.

And of course, it was of my favourite days of the year, an although they are far from our best work, here are this years lanterns...

carved rather belatedly due to my being so shattered and Jon being so busy with work, but we felt we must do them, as tradition dictates.

Friday, 28 October 2011

It's awfully high up here....

I'm not sure about this Daddy...

It's a long way down....

What's that over there...


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Pram at last

After an awful time with mothercare taking the payment twice and the damn thing ending up in GLASGOW! - we finally received our pram....

Jon assembled the beast when he got in from work and we were both so relieved to discover that all the components were there and the thing fit together like clockwork...

So, it's only a sneak preview and still with the foam protective pads on it is, our My-3 in red hex.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Pumpkin Smuggler

Five days until Halloween

My thanks to my wonderful husband for taking this photograph which for a change I don't hate, and to both him and my best friend for giving me the confidence to post it both here and on facebook. I've said before I prefer to be behind the lens, but I love my bump and the life therein and I want him to have this to look back on and know how proud I have been to carry him.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Baking goodness

We've been busy....!

A loving close up of our seeded bread...

Jon's perfect white loaf...

Simple but delicious - chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream...

Almond and raspberry traybake...a new recipe triumph

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Thursday, 20 October 2011


First frost this morning - crispy white coatings on the roofs and cars...

Little B's old fashioned bear - Edward the Teddy arrived...

We even made sausage rolls, pizza and bread...


We discovered that The Cooperative bank are C*NTS

and it rather put a crimp on the evening


Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Little Jon

Another adorable outfit from Pumpkin Patch - grabbed in their autumn sale with free P+P...Awww

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Our beautiful boys


Jasper and shiny mouse

We love our sink

Enjoying the vista

We adore our growing boys.
Seven months.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Sunday, 16 October 2011


Attempting Ikea for the last time, and this time I *mean* the last 37+6 today and I am practically spherical.


Saturday, 15 October 2011



Monday, 10 October 2011

Full Term

I am 37 weeks pregnant and Little b is full term today.

It is wonderful, exhilarating, terrifying and quite unbelievable to have reached this incredible milestone and know that our baby son is full grown and ready to be born anytime from here on in.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Better late than never....

After a summer of discontent we have a squash growing!!!

The big question is...will it reach fruition before the frosts come????

Saturday, 8 October 2011


Wishing my beautiful husband Jon a very happy
I love you more than anything.

You are my life, my world, my everything.


Your Stripeycat.

x x x

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Today's alarm...

Two trips to the doctor today - one for Jon's fasting blood test and one for my midwife appointment, in between which we fell asleep(!)
Twenty five days to go by the way.....x

Monday, 3 October 2011


I've not done one of these before on here, mainly because I'm self-conscious and don't really do photos of myself, whenever possible I'd rather be behind the lens.

But here is a picture of my thirty-six week bump, including the attractive outline of the maternity band part of my ridiculously oversized but very comfy trousers.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Jon's special pudding

...and no, I don't mean me :)

This is arctic roll with raspberries, strawberries and a splash of cream.
Now, now, no disparaging looks about the arctic roll, retro it may be - but I love it.

Saturday, 1 October 2011