It was a better week. Huzzah! Thanks to everyone who shared advise/helpful tips with me after last week's post. The verdict seems to be: stop kidding yourself that you can operate like you did before, (only worded much more kindly). Yes, I need to accept that life is different now I have a child, and I need to factor him in whenever I'm making plans, or trying to get myself organised - and remember that all the lists in the world can't prevent everything from falling apart when you have a young child. So this week I've made a conscious effort to go easier on myself, to be a little bit kinder and a lot more forgiving when I let things slip. I'm not completely cured. I've decided to put in for a qualification a whole month before I need to - because I've got all the time in the world, right? But that's me. I hate the pressure. I crave the pressure. It's my motivation.
This was the week where the sun shone down. We stayed a few days with my in-laws in their beautiful barn in the countryside. I love it there, but I appreciate it so much more now I have a child. A huge garden takes on a new meaning when you have a little one to entertain. At the moment we live in a small house with a tiny yard (I just can't bring myself to call it a garden), in which the babe is easily bored. I love taking him out to see friends and visit the playground, but oh the ease that comes with being able to just open a door and let him go for an explore (obviously I watch him!)
I took a few pictures of the garden for an especially summery post. I think its my favourite thing I've put on the blog so far.
Some pretty amazing additions to the Lori and the Caravan homestead this week. My partner gave me a record I've been seeking out for absolutely ages - Nina Simone, Live in Paris. It's a recording of a 1968 concert and I just love it, but the record has been out of print for ages which puts it a little bit out of my price range. The whole album used to be on youtube but was recently taken down. Here's one of my favourite tracks.
I also got some pretty great finds. I always seem to go a bit 1970's when summer hits, and it seems this year is no exception (although the jacket is probably '80's does 70's). I love the buckles on the dress and the fringe on the jacket. Would it really be too much to wear them together?
The boy is doing a little better, although is still not quite himself but I'm tempted to put that down to cutting his first molar - ouch. And as I was writing this he stood up on his own! Pretty sure this means walking is just around the corner. He already looks like his ready to go when he's making his way around the furniture. Oh, what an adventure this shall be!