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Deer and Doe Plantain no.3

liberty deer and doe plantain
liberty deer and doe plantain
liberty deer and doe plantain
liberty deer and doe plantain

Here’s the final product of my short phase of sewing productivity when I still had my parents about the house to take Ellis for a bit. It’s another Plantain, and it’s definitely the best/tidiest one yet. The fabric is some liberty jersey I bought at a sewing meet up ages ago, so it’s only fitting I wore this to another one. Here’s everyone:

Sewing blogger meet
Kerry, Helen, Elaine, Clare, Debi, Joyce, Liz, Jen, me

We went to see the Pringle of Scotland exhibition and lunch at Spoon and then fabric shopping, which I skipped because I had Ellis with me. He’d been asleep pretty much solidly for three and a half hours and I felt I had pushed my luck enough! The main thing was to catch up with the sewing ladies anyway!

Anyway, I think that’ll be the last plantain for a while, although I do still have enough of the liberty left over for sleeves, neckband and maybe even a bottom band, so if I could magically find some colour coordinating fabric (maybe turquoise) of the right weight and stretchiness I might make one more.

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Berry picking!

Strawberry picking
Craigie Farm PYO
Craigie Farm PYO
Craigie Farm PYO
Strawberry picking
Craigie Farm PYO
Strawberry picking
Craigie Farm PYO
Craigie Farm PYO
Craigie Farm PYO
Craigie Farm PYO
Strawberry picking
Craigie Farm PYO
Craigie Farm PYO
Craigie Farm PYO

Since I’m on mat leave and Dave still has his one day a week off, and Milo’s swimming and gymnastics aren’t on during the school holidays we’ve been going out on excursions instead. We’ve been to a couple of fruit picking places so far and I thought I’d do a post on that. I hadn’t intended to blog them initially, so I didn’t take any pictures of the first place we went to, just ones of Milo for the project 52 that week, so all the ones of scenery are from the second one. Anyway, I thought it might be useful to write a little bit about them both.

The first place we went to was Belhaven Farm near Dunbar. Now obviously that’s quite far, but it’s just off the motorway exit, so it’s pretty accessible from Edinburgh (also I know lots of people commute from Dunbar, so it’s probably just far to my spoilt city-based standards).

It’s quite a small place, they grow strawberries, only, I think there were six polytunnels. There’s also a really nice shop with a cafe, and an outdoor play area. Added bonus is that the site is next to train tracks, with regular trains, which keeps any transport obsessed kids (as aren’t they all?) happy. We went on a Monday morning, so there were hardly any people in the strawberry picking bit, but lots of people arrived at lunch time just as we were leaving.

The other place is Craigie’s Farm near South Queensferry. This is nearer but we needed to cross the city, and the roads are busier, so I actually found this a less enjoyable journey. They both took about the same time.

This is a much bigger place. As well as strawberries, they’ve got raspberries, gooseberries, red- white- and blackcurrants and cherries. It’s a massive site, with tons of tunnels/outside row for each, we didn’t actually look at it all. There’s actually some kind of trail for people wanting to go for a walk, and some nice views of the Forth. There’s also some pigs, chickens and ponies to look at, a garden centre type shop/cafe, and an outdoor play area. We went on a Saturday morning and it did get really busy. The site is so big that people can easily disperse in the fields and tunnels, but there were queues to get in and to pay and the playground and cafe were too busy for me really.

Anyway, we got lots of fruit. We’ve made strawberry and blackcurrant jam and a raspberry cake already, and are planning on making gooseberry jam still.

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Project 52: 6/27 and 30/52

2/27

He’s awake more now and has started touching the things on his baby gym

30/52

We went strawberry picking on Dave’s day off. Yum!

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2015

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Deer and doe plantain no.2

Plaintain no 2
Giant pond rhubarb
tree

This is the second deer and doe (not doe and deer, I always hashtag it wrong) plaintain I made. I thought I could squeeze long sleeves out of 1.2m, but actually not so 3/4 length it was. The fabric is that bamboo Jersey I like. It was a helluva lot easier to sew than the blue viscose of plaintain 1, and it’s definitely tidier (just one tiny pucker in the neckline) though looking at the pictures it does look a bit messy. It maybe just needs an iron and I’m wearing too many things underneath causing lots of lines but there’s a lot of random blobs in the fabric. I’m also not that sure of the colour. The shop have run out of the most classic colours now, or I would have got navy, but I thought this one was nice though in retrospect it’s a bit browney. I did ask them a while ago if they were going to restock but the guy was noncommittal and thought that they would only get it as a bulk order so we’re waiting for more colours to run out. I guess I’ll look for it online somewhere if I want to make another Jersey thing (which I probably don’t for a while).

The skirt is also new. I had this jersey maternity skirt that was like a skater skirt, which I really liked wearing, but the bump band is now too big (yay, I guess) so it just looks and feels ridiculous.

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Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland
Jupiter Artland

While my parents were here we went to Jupiter Artland on one of Milo’s nursery days (purely cosmetic 4 adults and 2 kids do not fit in a car – he would have loved it). It’s a sculpture park outdoor museum type place in West Lothian. We’d only been once before four (!) years ago (blogged here) and then we had cycled all the way there so we didn’t pay to get in and just looked at the stuff between the gate off the road and the place where you pay, which actually turns out is about a third of what there is, but we didn’t know that then. Anyway we did look at it all this time, and I took a picture of most of the artworks. I probably went a bit overboard with putting all the photos into this post, but if that’s not enough, there’s more the Flickr set, where I’ve also noted all the artists and names of the artworks. Some big name artists, which I didn’t realise!

Hopefully we’ll be back again soon with Milo, it is a very kid friendly place, it was full of kids (some of the artworks were being used as climbing frames as you can see with that Anthony Gormley) and we actually bumped into one of the mums from my NCT class, who lives five minutes away and goes there all the time. I would too if I lived in the west, but I’m still not so crazy about driving, you do get spoilt when you live in the city where you can walk most places.

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Ellis weeks 1 to 4

1 week old
2 weeks
3 weeks alternate
4 weeks

We’ve decided to do the weekly chair pictures again this time. Different chair and different teddy though, and no fancy graphics, I’ll be going back to work in the new year and I need it to be as straightforward as possible so I don’t fall behind massively again.

We’re doing pretty well all things considered. As I mentioned, Ellis was big to start off with and he’s stayed that way, which makes things a lot easier as we don’t have to worry about him gaining weight at all. His feeding’s great, although he is following in his brother’s footsteps with regular and enthusiastic milk vomiting. We’re currently averaging 4 outfits a day! His being so sturdy also means he could lift his head from really early on, and he’s turned over from his back onto his side quite a few times. I googled it as that did seem worryingly early and found nothing on three week olds turning (I found some stuff on three months olds, although that was turning around completely) but when I mentioned it to the health visitor, she didn’t seem that impressed, so maybe not that unusual after all.

His sleeping’s still fine as well, he tends to be all relaxed and sleepy in the morning and be awake and cry in the evenings, but at least he’s usually calmed down by the time we go to bed. I think I mentioned we’ve managed to get him to settle in his crib now which is nice. No progress on keeping him in there all night yet though, but that’s probably because I don’t have the patience to wait until he’s properly asleep after his feeds before putting him back in the crib and then he just wakes up. I figure it’s better I position him properly between us in the bed than wait and accidentally fall asleep with him in my arms, which has happened. I do find the being awake in the night a lot more difficult this time than with Milo, which is probably because back then I wasn’t also being woken at 6am every day. Actually my parents were still here til today (Saturday), and my dad often got up with Milo and entertained him for an hour while I went back to sleep, so it’s only going to get worse on that front. It’s been amazing having my parents’ help until now, we haven’t really been tested yet as parents of two!

nyway, that’s enough baby based rambling for now!

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Project 52: 29/52 and 5/27

29/52

My friend and her wee boy came round the other day. They were playing by the window when the window cleaners came round (they keep a pretty random schedule and just turn up every now and then), which caused much excitement.

5/27

Ellis with his granddad at Jupiter Artland sculpture park.

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2015

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A blanket for Ellis

granny greens blankie
granny greens blankie
granny greens blankie
granny greens blankie
granny greens blankie
granny greens blankie

My lovely knitting group made this awesome granny square blanket for Ellis! Thanks guys!

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Coffee and walnut cake

walnut and coffee cake
walnut and coffee cake

So, I got a bit overexcited and accidentally scheduled two posts for Monday – as I’m sure you’ve worked out, one of them was meant to be for yesterday! To make up for it, here’s a quicky of a cake I made the other day. This is the recipe – I added some instant coffee granules to the buttercream, as it didn’t taste of coffee enough for me.

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