May 27, 2010

paniyiri greek festival

Just after Oliver was born, I remember feeling like I couldn't really leave the house.  If I wasn't breastfeeding him, Ollie would be sleeping, and we were so keen to get him into a routine that worked for him and for us that for the first 3 months, we didn't do much apart from feed and sleep.

So when Will suggested we go out for the day to the annual Paniyiri Festival which celebrates all things Greek, I surprised myself with how enthusiastic I was for it.  It may have been the promise of grilled haloumi, dolmades or spanakopita and sure, when we got there, food was the only thing on my mind, but it didn't detract from a most welcome day out with our little boys.  Ollie too loved the food, dolmades in one hand, haloumi in the other, and Max was a good little guy, happy to be strolled around, napping when he needed to.  The music was loud, the barbecues smoking and the dancing made me want to come home and watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding (again) but most of all, we all got out of the house for a lovely, sunny afternoon.  Opa!!

May 20, 2010

making clothes

(image from here)
I was reading one of my favourite blogs the other day and came across this post.  I know I need to make time before I start making clothes (and quilts and bags and the rest), but as I'm a bit uninspired by most boys' clothes I see in the shops, I'd like to have a go at making some practical but stylish little things for my sons.  I think it'll be more challenging than making girls' clothes but I'm willing to give it a go.  Hopefully Ollie and Max will like wearing clothes made by me.  I just need to get my sewing machine out and shun the housework for a few days in favour of doing something I'm actually interested in.

May 5, 2010


Max Henry, the now officially named, newest addition to our family. He's lovely.

May 3, 2010

so easy being green

My ma's cooking is legendary and she's proving it at every meal time by cooking the most delicious, nutritious and flavoursome food.  After getting the boys to bed, it's such luxury to sit down to a  lovingly prepared and delicious meal.  Everything mum cooks is vegetarian and most of what she cooks is green, leaving us feeling virtuous and satiated after every meal.

The last couple of weeks have been chaos to say the least, and having mum around makes me wonder how we coped before she arrived and how we'll cope when she's gone but in the mean time, my craving for my ma's home cooked North Indian food is well and truly satisfied.

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