It's a Boy!

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So, yesterday was the day of our anomaly scan. The day we found out whether we would be welcoming a little boy or girl into the world. As we watched the radiographer check our baby's gender there was definitely no denying that it was a healthy baby boy! We are all over the moon, especially Evan who is extremely excited to be a big brother. As much as I'd have liked to have a girl so that we'd have one of each, I couldn't be happier that we are having a darling baby boy.  

Now is the fun part, we get to go clothes shopping! It's such a shame that all the shops around here stock 99% of their boys clothes in blue though. It would be nice to have some natural colours in our little ones wardrobe.

Do you know of any lovely independent baby clothes labels worth sharing? 

 

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Lazy Sunday Picnic.

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After two busy days spent in the city, Friday  spent baby shopping and yesterday spent wandering around the museum with Evan having some well needed mother and son time, today we decided to take things a little slower.   

 

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This morning I cooked up a big pan full of corned beef stew (don't knock it until you try it!) and we packed a bag full of food and a big blanket and set off. We made our way down the river, stopping every now and then to watch a squirrel scurry across the ground looking for food. The leaves are falling quick and fast creating a beautiful blanket of colours along the path. Evan gathered some gorgeous leaves ready for us to dry and create something with.  

 

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We spotted the perfect bench and set our blanket and food upon the table. It was getting really chilly so I was definitely glad for the big bowl of hot stew and the warm scarf around my neck. 

 

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After filling our bellies we made the slow walk home. Dan took these lovely photos of me which I'm actually really happy with for once. I'm so fussy when it comes to other people taking photos, I guess that's natural though when you're the one that's always behind the lense. 

 

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My bump is getting bigger and bigger by the day! We are actually finding out the sex of the baby on Tuesday at our anomaly scan and I'm so excited I could scream from the rooftops! 

 

So, how have you spent your Sunday?

 

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Goodbye Summer.

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I'm writing this from warm, snug, comfort of my bed. Woollen blanket pulled up around me and fluffy slippers firmly on my feet. The weather outside is grey and dark and dank, the light sunny evenings of summer are a distant memory. 

And I'm glad. 

Whoever said that summer is the best season of the year has clearly never ran through a pile of fallen leaves, never picked up freshly fallen conkers ready to turn into one of the best childhood games ever and has never felt the sweet relief of a warm candlelit bath after a long day spend adventuring in the cold.

 

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One of my favourite things to do in autumn is to go berry picking. I love their beautiful jewelled tones and how they stain your hands a wonderful Crimson. 

 

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On our recent blackberry picking spree we managed to collect enough berries to hopefully make enough blackberry jam to give as gifts to our loved ones for Christmas.

I plan on putting them into jars decorated with beautiful ribbon and cute little chalkboard labels, I think I'm a tad more excited about decorating the jars than making the actual jam!  

 

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Also, my lovely nan and grandad have a wonderful garden full of fruit and vegetables that they have grown and were kind enough to let me take some apples so that I can have a go at making some chutneys and relishes. 

 

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So, Summer - I am ready to bid thee farewell. I am ready to fully embrace the cold, dark night and all that this wonderful season brings with it, for it means that I get longer to snuggle up with my loved ones to keep warm in out of the cold. 

 

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Abergavenny Food Festival.

I had been waiting for this day for months and it definitely didn't disappoint!  

We caught the train into Abergavenny this morning with the crowds and crowds of other festival goers, all eager to arrive at our food heaven destination. We walked the short stroll into town from the station and the smell of delicious food filled the air. 

First stop was the street stalls selling all types of things from the beautiful galetteselow to lavender jelly and the onion necklaces that you imagine french men to be wearing. 

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Evan and I tried a gooey chocolate brownie from a stall selling all the flavours of brownies that you could imagine.  It wasn't the best brownie I had ever eaten but they definitely looked good.

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We spend hours and hours meandering along amongst thousands of other people eager to fill their bellies with the vast array of goods that the market stalls were selling, until we'd decided that the tasters weren't quite enough and we were ready to find a place to sit and devour some tasty food ourselves. 

We headed on over to the castle where we found a food stall selling freshly made, and I literally mean FRESHLY made, pasta.

 

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They were actually making the pasta fresh with eggs before cooking each meal to order. I had the cherry tomato, garlic and basil and Dan had the pulled pork ragu, both equally as tasty! We found a space on the banking to sit and eat while we watched a doughnut eating contest happening on a stage. 

 

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I had spent so so much money already and if I'd have known that they knock down all the prices as the day goes along in order to sell off their goods, I'd have gone to the festival a little later in the day. On the way back to the train station we managed to get a punnet of Victoria plums, blueberries and a giant pumpkin all for a measly £5! That's our plum jam and pumpkin soup sorted.  

 

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All in all it was a brilliant day and I can't wait to return again next year. until then, we have plenty of goodies to keep out bellies happy!

 

 

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