Birthdays and baths and breastfeeding mermaids

19 September, 2014

I read this lovely post yesterday by Ruth. Just a simple, whimsical look at their bath time tradition. Reading it was like soaking in a hot bubble bath – just the soothing thing I needed. Most of my social media time this week has been taken up by the NZ election. I feel permanently angry and despairing about the media’s shocking bias towards National and the general population’s tendency to swallow it whole.

Reading Ruth’s post made me feel sorry for you lot, my lovely blog readers. You come on here and then I slap you you round the head with a rant about politics or parenting. Well out of order.

I thought I’d just give a little catch up on our lives – hoping some gentle musings might provide an antidote to all my ra-rah clamour.


Tim has finished the yurt extension and installing some solar panels. We now sit in a little cabin add- on in the evenings, with the lights on, reading and talking and feeling properly smug and snug! It is only about 3m x 3m but we are absolutely stoked and are filling it up with treasure found in the local dump shop.
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I turned 32 last week and for the third year in a row we went camping. This time last year we were broken down in Italy – can you BELEIVE that has been a year? This time we managed to not break down but we visited our most favourite place in NZ. You dig a whole on the beach and it feels with hot water from a deep spring (imaginatively called Hot Water Beach hehehe.) We made an epic pool and sat there until the tide came in and swept cold waves in amongst our (3)

This is my breastfeeding mermaid look. Someone needs to design a nursing wetsuit, thanks. photo (2)

We are trying to be kind to ourselves. We’ve had a few disappointments/ hurts over the last couple of weeks. Somehow we manage to both internalise and externalise this by being mean to ourselves and grumpy each other. What is up with that? Warped I tell you. We are trying to go easy, seek out simple joys. We are lucky to have formed some deep and lovely friendships already here. If it wasn’t for our new friends this would have been a madly homesick kind of a week.

I have joined the library and am ravishing mountains of books. This is partly about being kind to myself but also because I read somewhere that the SINGLE thing a child needs to learn how to read is just lots of books and reading going on around them. No need to teach. It may happen much later, but it will happen. So bunkering down on the sofa with a good novel while the girls unravel loo rolls/ take every single tin out of the cupboard/ cover themselves in paint is very much a part of their education, thanks. (Any book recommendations HEARTILY received.)

Ramona keeps growing. (What is up with kids growing, eh?) Taking on new extreme challenges. I have always wondered about Ramona’s inability to jump. Perhaps it is a body memory of falling and breaking her leg when she was a baby, but she has never, ever been able to jump off things more than a foot high. However. This week she has begun to jump. Like, parkour styles. Off things bigger than her. Twice as high as her. Backwards. I just love the constant reminders from our children that we can keep our subtle encouragements to ourselves, they don’t need a push towards anything. They will get there, they will find their courage, in their own sweet time.

Juno, meanwhile, has been free running for about six months, stampeding through life. She is Sonic the Hedgehog but less blue. Christopher Wren with blocks. And she has begun saying “Uh Oh!” with stella comic timing.

That is us, for now. How are YOU?!

Treat yourself kindly, my friends. Read a book, take a bath, gobble chocolate.

(And Vote! Just don’t read your Facebook feed until Monday, when you can carry on pretending all your friends are as sensibly progressive as you. Teehee)

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  • Ali 19 September, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Would love to see some pics of you dump shop finds. Our local tip shop has been shut by the council – DONT get me started! and then the bestest junk shop in the world where we buy ALL our furniture has just gone bust! I’m in the middle of re-doing my whole house so am up for some bargain hunters envy!

  • Adele @ Circus Queen 19 September, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Delicious post. I love getting little glimpses like this into your life. Gorgeous pictures too. Talitha doesn’t jump off things either, which I’ve found odd because she loves climbing and has a better sense of balance than I do. But then she had a fall as a baby too so now I’m wondering… Anyway, looks like it may come in its own time.

  • ThaliaKR 19 September, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Another lovely post, thanks, Lucy. (I’m content with rants, though, as long as you want to write them :).)

    I’m sorry to hear there have been hurts lately. And pleased you are being kind to yourself. I have a newish Pinterest board actually called ‘Be Kind to Yourself’ 🙂

    I had mixed feelings about it on finishing, but would still recommend a book I think you might like: Sue Monk Kidd’s latest, a novel set in the States before the Civil War, on slavery and women’s suffrage. The Invention of Wings.

  • Tania O'Donnell 19 September, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    By Jove, what a handsome family! Thanks for a great post.

  • amy 19 September, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Ah this has lifted my spirits 🙂 we’re going through a trying to be gentle on ourselves time too..camping this weekend with close family and looking forward to a couple of days away from it all in the Welsh hills. Totally agree with the book thing too – we spend too much time gazing at our phones/tablets/laptops and it’s no surprise my one yr old would rather swipe through the pics on my phone than flick through a book. Thank you for reminding us to read 🙂 xx

  • ThaliaKR 20 September, 2014 at 7:49 am

    And yes please, I’ll join the call for more pics of the yurt extension and its treasures!


  • trudy 20 September, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Love your posts- chronicling your family’s life- as someone who loves to spend time bodyboarding In Cornwall- I had the same wetsuit dilemma for years!
    I always said there was a market for a wetsuit with zipped flaps!!

  • Roger Driver-Burgess 20 September, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Great to see you again, today, Lucy. I’ll hopefully be in touch next week. Appreciated all the rants very much indeed, and it’s great to hear about the relaxing, too.
    Gudday to Tim and the kids.

  • Vee@VeesEasyVegan 20 September, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I am really enjoying reading your blog, loving the way you write.

    Our tip is also hands off which is sad because we are coveting an bath tub for outdoors my partner saw there. I love what I see in your pictures from your “local dump shop. Awesome idea.

    Keep Shining 🙂

  • haley 20 September, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Hey I highly recommend the book Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, Amazing.

  • Ruth 20 September, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Thank you for the link and the lovely kind words, you beautiful lady. Much appreciated. That bathtime post was actually written as a way for me to take a step away from all the politics for a bit, because just as you’ve been caught up with the NZ election, I’ve been caught up with the independence referendum, and am feeling utterly destroyed by the result 🙁 will be spending this weekend with family, away from social media and quite possibly in a warm bath xxx

  • Downs Side Up 28 September, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Such beautiful photos and I love the idea of a breastfeeding mermaid.
    Much love to you all

    • Jody 28 September, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Ooooh Hayley!! You and Lucy (along with Sacraparental and pudgeandbiggs) are my top blogs – and here you are together!!! I have a big happy grin on my face 🙂

  • Angela 23 October, 2014 at 12:23 am

    “The Masterpiece” by Anna Enquist and “Cat’s Eye” by Margaret Atwood, if you haven’t read them, you definitely should.