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Fletch is 10!…

August 4th was Fletch’s 10th birthday, and last month Otis (our new pup) turned three, so I decided to bake them a cake to share, using a recipe from the Brown Eyed Baker…it was very similar to a cake that I’ve baked for Fletch before

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You need flour, baking soda (I used baking powder), peanut butter, honey, carrots, oil and an egg…and an audience apparently…

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You sieve the flour and baking soda/powder together…then add all the other ingredients…

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…you stir it all up, pour it into a tin (I used a loaf tin like she does on the original blog post) and bake at 350f/175c for 30 minutes while your audience waits patiently…

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…seeing as it’s their birthday you could always ease the monotony of waiting by letting them lick the bowl/spoon…

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…once it’s done you need to let it cool a bit…

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…and then you can “ice” it…I used more peanut butter with a couple of teaspoons of honey to make it more spreadable…

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…and then you can either feed it to the birthday dogs, or you can prolong the torture a bit more by making them wait while you take some pictures…

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Happy Birthday dawgs!

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2015 in Life, Random

 

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Baby Clothes and Things…

A while ago I wrote a list of lists that I needed to compile (and act upon)…one of which was a list of the things we already have for the baby, as well as the things we are still to get.

On the face of it that’s one list, but in reality it’s several. I like lists – the more I can make the better.

This post focuses on the clothing side of things.

Thanks to generous friends and numerous shopping trips we have managed to amass quite a stash of baby clothes, but as they’ve come in in dribs and drabs (and in lots of different sizes, right up to 2 years old) I didn’t think that we had all that we need to get us through the first few months…

our current stash...

our current stash…

I’ve had a look on several websites to gauge what people recommend for the first few weeks/months and they all suggest different things, so I have looked at all of them to come up with a basic list of what we might need. Most sites say something like “4-6 onesies” but we don’t have a tumble drier so I have slightly upped the numbers in most cases to account for washing taking longer to dry…

  • 12 x onesies (they can be day and night wear)
  • 8 x vests/body suits
  • 6 x t-shirts/tops
  • 6 x leggings/stretchy trousers
  • 3 x outfits (not really necessary, but very cute)
  • 3 x cardigans/jackets
  • 8 x socks/booties
  • few pairs of scratch mitts
  • 3 x jersey cotton hats
  • a sun hat
  • 2 or 3 sleeping bags
  • blankets/shawls (light cotton ones are best…you can always layer up)

TIP: babies outgrow small sizes (or skip them completely) so go for 0-3 month size to start with.

…a lot of sites I looked at were American and suggested something called a baby gown for the first few weeks until the cord stump falls off, but they don’t seem to be something that’s readily available in the UK. I have decided to leave them off my list as I can’t seem to find them for sale over here.

So, this is what we currently have…

Newborn:

  • 5 x onesies
  • 9 x short sleeve vest
  • 1 x long sleeve vest
  • 2 x t-shirts
  • 8 x pairs of socks
  • 2 x scratch mitts
  • 3 x jersey hats
(mostly) newborn stuff...

(mostly) newborn stuff…

0-3 months:

  • 9 x onesies
  • 8 x short sleeve vest
  • 3 x long sleeve vest
  • 2 x light cardigan
  • 1 x thick cardigan
  • 2 x short sleeve body suit
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0-3 month stuff (and some 3-6 on the right too)…

…we also have one fleece and one cellular blanket (not pictured), a micro fibre blanket and one sleeping bag…

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…and a couple of hooded towel/wash mitt sets (both identical…)…

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…two of my favourite things are the coming home outfit that Luke and I bought for him (stripy-guitar-picky designs) and a little blue knitted cardigan that my Nan made years ago. She died when I was 25 so that in particular is really special to me…

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I don’t think we’ll get any more newborn things as we have more than enough of those (even if he’s tiny we’ve got enough to get us through the first few days), but we’ll definitely need to get a few more 0-3 month size things like…

  • another pack (or two) of onesies
  • some tops
  • some trousers
  • a couple of outfits
  • another sleeping bag or two
  • some more scratch mitts

I still have a lot of other, non-clothing stuff to think about, but I’m definitely feeling a lot more in control of the clothing situation at least!…we’re one step closer to being ready…

…but I still can’t quite believe that we will have a baby joining us at some point in the next 4-9 weeks…

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2015 in Baby, Life, Lists, Plans

 

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Back in the Van…

It’s a beautiful day. The birds are singing, the wind is blowing a gentle breeze and the sun is shining. Spring is springing all around.

Oh, and Old Red’s windows are condensating!

The last two winters I have completely neglected to air the old boy out and it’s resulted in de-moulding the cushions, not just once but twice. Today I got home from shopping with the co-pilot, noticed that the van was looking a bit warm and sweaty, and so decided to let him have a bit of a breathe, and get something done at the same time…

So here I am… sat on Red’s sofa bed, table up and laptop out, enjoying the sun in my van. And getting some blog posts written while I’m at it.

please excuse the dusty laptop...

please excuse the dusty laptop…

I know I might not be able to get him out on the road at the moment, what with the lack of tax (and battery for that matter…more on that next time) and the whole not trusting my welded gearstick issue, but at least I can use him as a writing room my days off. It benefits us both as I get to sit at a proper table on a comfy seat, the old boy gets to feel the wind through his cabin, and the view isn’t too bad either…

looking out the side door...

looking out the side door…

I’ve even had a furry visitor pop by to say hello…although he’s not allowed to sit by me because he’s a little fleabag.

Harvey. International cat of mystery.

Harvey. International cat of mystery.

Yes, I could get quite used to this. It’s even inspired a new possible blog name…

…one girl who writes in a campervan…

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2015 in Life, Plans, Random

 

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The Death of an SD Card…

I was being a good girlfriend/roadie recently and taking about a zillion pictures of Luke and his (as yet, unnamed) band as they practiced a few weeks ago, when a funny little icon appeared on my phone screen. It looked like a lightning bolt, and it sat where thumbnails of my images should be sitting.

“Hmmmm…” I thought, as I turned off my phone and unmounted my SD card…

“Hmmm indeed…” I thought again, as I opened my phone’s gallery to see if the pictures had reappeared…

“EXPLETIVE…” I said out loud as I realised that my SD card may as well have been on the moon for all my phone knew about where it was…all my photos from the past few months have vanished without any hope of getting them back…

And so, that is the reason why most of the following blog posts will mostly be boring and devoid of the (amazingly fascinating) pictures that I had planned to pepper them with. I am very sad 😦

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2013 in Random

 

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