This week has been all about spending time with the boy. With house-moving, DIY projects, my job, the Lori and the Caravan shop, and you know, life, I feel as if my little man has got a bit lost somewhere in the mix. He's picked up on it too, and I'd started to feel a bit resentful every time he ran to my partner for a hug instead of me, or clapped his hands excitedly every time he saw 'Daddeeeee' (which he never ever does for me, no matter how much time we spend together), and would get really cross at myself if we weren't having an ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT time every second we were together. So this week, with little in my diary and my partner away for a day, I decided my focus needed to be almost entirely on the boy (I say 'almost', because I still managed to squeeze in cocktails with the girls. Hey, this mama has needs).
My partner's Uncle owns the vineyard Breaky Bottom in Sussex, and we headed over there for a play and a run around earlier this week. The boy was pretty excited to discover there were grapes growing on the vines - luckily I managed to intervene before he got any (think of the wine, my boy, think of the wine!) The vineyard is way down in a valley in the heart of the South Downs, and is just beautiful. It is, without a doubt, my husband's dream place to live (he'll have to make do with just visiting, but I think he'll be ok).
We're lucky enough to live very close to the Raystede Animal Welfare Centre, and this very important and worthy place is fast becoming our favourite place to visit (although the sight of all those poor abandoned animals is upsetting, its reassuring to see what a lovely life they now have at Raystede). I'm pretty confident already that the boy is going to be a big animal lover. Chickens, goats, dogs, and kitten were all met with unbridled glee. The only animal he was a bit wary of was the geese - and who can blame him. You don't mess with geese.
This week on the ol'blog I wrote about the artist Dora Carrington, her wonderful painting and decorative art, and her crazy life on the fringes of the Bloomsbury Group. I think she's a really underrated painter - what do you think?
I'm off to France this weekend so I'm probably lying shattered across two very uncomfortable chairs on a ferry as you read this. Hope you've had a good weekend!