Lucy's Life (oh, and a bit of Daniel's life too!)

A record of (almost) everything


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Here comes the sun.

Sunday was an absolute pleasure – beautiful sunshine swept over Sussex and we made the most of the day by heading out for a long walk with my sister Robyn and baby Milo. My neighbours dog also joined us for the occasion (good practice for when we finally get a dog *hint* *hint* Daniel). So we put on our welly boots and Milo wore shoes for the first time (how cute??? although all he wanted to do was eat them) and we headed on out into the sunshine. Good job we went with the wellingtons – it was still super muddy out there.

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These few days of sunny weather have given me a huge amount of energy to get out and do things. It was amazing to feel the warm sunshine on our faces, and a gentle breeze running through our hair.

Things are behind in the fields and in the garden – this time last year we had beautiful tulips out in the garden – deep reds, vibrant purples, bright yellows and cute pinks – but the cold and wet has kept them hidden in the ground this year. The trees are only just budding so everything still looks bare and harsh rather than lush and green. However, these last few days have encouraged the tight curls of buds to unfurl to start to reveal new life.

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I can’t wait for next weekend and am keeping everything crossed that it’s nice again. I have grand plans for a barbeque with some friends. But hey, this is England so you never know, it may be snowing next weekend!

Let’s hope this is the beginning of a beautiful summer.

Love

Lucy’s Life x x


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Moochy Saturdays

All week long I “have to be somewhere”. Work, gym, meetings, appointments, the bank, the post office…you get the idea. Sundays I spin (don’t ask me why, I know it’s evil and wrong but it feels sooo good). So that leaves Saturdays. We used to jump up on Saturdays and do errands and stuff. Food shopping, cleaning, having people over, going to friend’s houses. Every morning during the week I’m up at 6am…drag myself out of bed with sleepy eyes wishing to god I could have another ten minutes. Saturday mornings my eyes ping awake and can I get back to sleep? NO. Recently we’ve made Saturday’s “Moochy Saturdays” where we kinda just mooch about the house in our PJs. Its ACE.

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I’m a massive tea addict, with Teapigs Jasmine Pearls being my drug of choice. I can’t get enough of the stuff. Daniel on the other hand is a coffee nut – he likes his coffee strong and black and powerful enough to send you into orbit. How amazing is it when you open a new jar of coffee? That sound of piercing the foil, and then the smell. Oh that smell.

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Not that the coffee stops him having a snooze. We nicknamed this chap Tiny Tears (the childs doll that’s eyes close as soon as you lay her down!) for his ability to sleep anywhere. Even when we have only just crawled out of bed.

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It’s a good start to the weekend just chilling out, watching some Saturday Kitchen, playing with my nephew Milo and drinking endless cups of tea. Daniel’s in charge of brunch – this week it’s poached eggs, bacon, spinach, mushrooms, confit potatoes, hollandaise sauce. Yeah, that’s a proper breakfast for you! Only problem is that it’s taking a while and I’m hungry….

We’ve a busy rest of the day with some family visiting, a 30th birthday party, visiting the local farm to do some food shopping….maybe heading out for a late lunch somewhere – we will see how the mood takes us. I also have some serious Country Living reading to catch up on. I dream of one day living in one of the homes in my Country Living magazines…all shiny, clean, tidy and organised – some couple have effortlessly made a home beautiful all with “recycled finds” and “items picked up from local flea markets” (for the record, I’m pretty sure that I could never make some recycled finds and junk picked up from a flea market ever look that stylish – sigh). The gardens are pristine and full of flowering “wild flower gardens” to encourage bees and butterflies. They obviously haven’t had to struggle with the torrential rain we’ve had and the never ending amounts of ivy we have in our garden that invades and takes over. For my house & garden actually to be like that I would need an army of cleaners, interior designers, gardeners and a site manager, oh and a miracle (double sigh).

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It’s nearing midday and I’m starting to feel a little guilty that I’m (we’re) still in PJs. Milo and his dad are snoozing, Daniel and I are drinking more tea and coffee, and the smell of bacon is starting to fill the house. Gosh my tummy is rumbling.

I hope you have a wonderful Saturday planned – don’t forget to take a few moments today though to just be. It’s good for the soul.

Love

Lucy’s Life x

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April Already?!

 

Jeez…..where did the last month go? You know how sometimes it just feels like time is going too quickly? You blink, and then it’s April and it’s SUNNY. Life runs away from you every now and again.

As I am sat here reading this, I’m having one of those rare evenings where I am alone. Daniel is away playing golf with his dad and my sister, her husband and baby Milo are away visiting family. It’s just me, the cat and a tub of mango sorbet. It’s quite nice to have some peace and quiet and some time to do bits that I want to do, but it’s also making me think about how quickly things are happening.

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One week ago, we bought our new dresser for the kitchen (I’m still trying to work out how to display stuff – you know when you walk in those little vintage shops and they get it just right so it doesn’t look too done? Not quite there yet….). Loving out new beautiful chicken postcards!

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Two weeks ago, we bought Gerty and Audrey home from the farm and I’m happy to report that our other chicken Elsie has stopped bullying her new housemates and they are all much happier about life, scratching about the garden. Only problem is the new chickens don’t get the whole “boundary of the garden” thing and quite often take themselves off down the road to meet the neighbours. Naughty chick chicks.

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One month ago, I started my new job and I am really enjoying working again. It’s not a struggle on a Monday morning to get out of bed, and I no longer get that Sunday feeling of dread thinking about the week ahead. Fingers crossed it stays like that – although I have a good feeling about it. At the same time, we opened up our home to my sister, her husband, Milo and Tally (or Larry) the cat (she has two names – don’t ask me why). They are staying with us for a while whilst they sort out where they are going to live. How cute is this picture of them before Milo came along?

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Six months ago, baby Milo joined the crazy world of our family. He’s such a happy chappy, always handing out his goofy gummy smile to anyone about. He’s started to make funny noises….like his own little language. He’s quite noisy with it and makes up giggle as he chats away about everything and anything.

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Two years ago, my wonderful husband and I got married – such a gorgeous day surrounded by friends and family. I wish I could do it all again. Well, actually, I wish I could do all the fun parts again – I wouldn’t want to go through all the stress of organising a home-grown wedding again! Someday we will probably re-new our vows and have a huge party – yeah!

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Three years ago, we bought our beautiful home. We moved out of Brighton and never looked back. We are surrounded by some great neighbours and love having a large garden and the fields on our doorstep. Today as I spent some time in the garden, I had four or five different neighbours pop by to say hello. The postman came by with his dog, and talked for a while – we gave him some fresh eggs and then a family walking by stopped as their children asked if they could stroke the chickens. I went for a walk with a friend into the village with their dogs, and we met with another friend for a cuppa. The sun was out and today was a good day.

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Three and a half years ago, we started to try for a baby. It’s not happened yet, but we live in hope. It’s hard that it’s taking so long, and there are days when I want to just give up – but fingers crossed.

Four and a half years ago, I met Daniel in a bar in Brighton. Within a month or so we moved in with each other and we both knew it was right. Sometimes I wonder “what if” I hadn’t walked into that bar that evening. The thought scares me. Daniel tells me not to be ridiculous, and that our paths would have crossed at another point. Failing that, he assures me he would have tracked me down.

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Five years ago, I made one of the biggest decisions of my life and moved out of London, away from my job and friends, and to a new city, a new job and a new life. In actual fact, it wasn’t a decision I agonised over for very long. I felt like I’d had my time in London and that I wanted to be closer to my family. Within a short period of time, it went from an idea I had to a reality – living by the seaside. Not a day goes past when I wish I hasn’t moved. Sometimes you have to lean into the wind and just go with it – have some faith and it will carry you through.

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I wonder what the next five years have in store for us?

Lucy’s Life x x

 

 


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Baby Animals – Too Cute (can I take them all home? Pleeeeeeaaasssssse?)

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Daniel first took me to see baby lambs when we went away for a mini-break to Climping, West Sussex. He had found a local farm where all the baby lambs were being born and I got to hold a little fellow who had been rejected by his mummy and was being kept warm under a heat lamp, being fed by the farmer’s wife. He was so soft and cuddly. Daniel had to instruct me to put him down after a while, and let the (long queue of) children have a hold.  Apparently I had been hogging holding the baby lamb whilst a line of patient children waited their turn. Whoops.

So, when we hear that there is a temporary Easter baby zoo on the green in the village a couple of weekends back – I was there with bells on it. Baby ducklings, baby lambs, baby goats, baby chicks, baby rabbits.

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Hey baby lamb – your soooo gorgeous.

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Little fellow – can I put you in my pocket and take you home?

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Can you guess which one I wanted to steal?

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Thumper, is that you????

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Back to my favourites.

Too soon it was time for the baby animals to go back home so (reluctantly) we went off to have a cup of tea with some friends, and dream of one day owning a small holding so we can have our very own baby animals.

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See ya!

Lucy’s Life x x


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My most favouritest time of year.

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I know that isn’t really a proper word, but it sums up how I feel about Spring. I know so far, Spring has been a bit hit and miss but, even so, it’s still my favourite. The promise of longer days, sunshine peaking through the grey clouds and little shoots of fresh green growth as the new plants fight their way up from the cold soil into the fresh Spring air.

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It’s one of the things I love about living in this country, the beautiful cycle of the seasons. The wonder of new baby animals being born and tiny plants and flowers growing in the Spring, then moving on to lazy sunny days and a full display of bounty and colour in the Summer before slowly winding down into Autumn and finally everything going to bed for the Winter.

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As the days get longer, I myself feel a new surge of energy coming out of the Winter months where we have spent most of our time locked inside with the heating on eating chocolate biscuits. I want to get out into the fresh air and explore. Yeah! The little seedlings in the greenhouse are starting to poke their little heads above the dark rich soil that has been keeping them safe and nourishing them – the blossom on the trees is breaking out and it’s so beautiful. The chickens are happier that everything is not just one massive mud bath.

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The best days are actually those ones where there is still a slight chill in the air, but it’s really sunny – so you wrap up all warm and the sun hits your face instantly making you feel happy and lucky to be alive. Even better when it’s a walk along the beach, and the pebbles roar with the waves crashing down on them.

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It won’t be long before we’re heading over the fields with our picnic basket and the rug, sitting in an open field enjoying the late evening sun with a glass of wine, but that’s another thing altogether!

Love

Lucy’s Life x

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Happy Easter!

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Hey lovely people – Happy Easter! I’m sat here feeling a little ill, having just eaten a whole chocolate bunny (whoops!), that was meant to be kept until Easter Sunday (double whoops!).

I am so looking forward to the extra long weekend – we have some exciting things planned. An Easter parade in the local village, a trip to the seaside and a fabulously yummy Easter lunch on Sunday (where, no doubt, as usual, we will all eat waaaay too much). After the Easter parade there is a giant, yes GIANT Easter egg hunt (whatever that may be!) and a whole host of other events are going on (including a temporary baby animals zoo on the village green with baby lambs and chicks – too cute).

I am hoping the weather is nice – booooo to all this snow and cold weather. This morning was promising with some sunshine peaking through the clouds – fingers crossed it stays dry and the sunshine makes an appearance. It would be nice to get out for a countryside walk or even get out to plant some bits in the garden. I live in hope. Plus the little baby lambs (and the farmers) could really do with a bit of a break.

What have you got planned for Easter?

Have a wonderful weekend, and I will check in next week with some pictures of the weekend!

love

Lucy’s Life  x