Author Archives: Ruth

Amelia or Adam?

Alice and Eileen have a mothers’ group going on. I’ve been letting the girls out into the garden whenever there’s no risk of rain and I must say our babies are adorable. Alice is a rather protective mother, always having … Continue reading

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Pink, and the end of an era

We had our appointment at the fractures clinic yesterday and Elena’s the proud new owner of a bright pink fibreglass cast. Thankfully, she only has to have it on for a fortnight and has been given the go ahead to … Continue reading

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The end – and getting better at arriving there.

I found this quote on one of those one-day-to-a-page desktop flip calendars at work. The old fashioned ones, with almost see-through paper. The quote really hit a nerve. It’s so unlike me. I’m absolutely not an inspirational quote kind of … Continue reading

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Lucy or Lucas?

Will this chick turn out to be a Lucy or a Lucas? That is the question. This little one is a Silver Spangled Hamburg, being raised by Eileen (a Langshan). It’s four days old today, having hatched on Sunday, 11 … Continue reading

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Starting Magrathea

I’ve been pondering a lace project for the last year or so. Something special, just for me. I’ve just cast on Strickmich’s Magrathea in Madeline Tosh Light. I’ve never knitted with anything so swish, so I’m hoping the yarn lives … Continue reading

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Chickens, chickens, chickens.

I’ve been on a big chicken-mamma adventure this last month or so, courtesy of two incredibly broody hens. Oh my gosh. Eileen was the first to drink the broody kool-aid, and Alice joined in as soon as she could. The quickest solution … Continue reading

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Oopsie….or, how to break a leg in one easy step: #parentingfail

So, when we were on Norfolk we visited some friends. Who have a trampoline. Elena had a go and collapsed in a heap on her first jump. We iced it immediately and took her home to keep it elevated. She … Continue reading

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Norfolk break

Not many words today, just far too many photos from our time away. I couldn’t pick which ones to post, so you’re getting the (long) short-list! We fed the iconic feral chooks. Often. All was good until one of the ducks … Continue reading

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29°03’30″S 167°57’05″E

While I’ve written about Norfolk Island before, I’ve never shared any photos of the island’s extensive collection of convict-era buildings and ruins. The buildings here were all built during the second convict settlement (1825-1853) and subsequently used by the Pitcairn settlers when they … Continue reading

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Looking forward

I’m looking forward to 2015. This last year has been a complete slog, personally and professionally. I couldn’t count the number of times we’ve been sick (although none of the illnesses have been serious – we’re lucky for that). I broke … Continue reading

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