Lulu Loves

A blog about family life...and a lot of crochet!

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14Oct

The American Museum, Bath

& a touch of old Hollywood glamour!

The American Museum, Bath

So we had many days to fill in the Summer and as the holidays moved on I started to look for interesting days out that weren't too far from home and that I could manage alone with the children! It's always really hard taking young children to museums/stately homes especially ones where there are no opportunities for younger children to touch, explore and have a run about.  I think many Museums are getting the hang of this now and it can actually make for a really fun experience.  So I decided to take the plunge and pay a visit to the American Museum in Britain, somewhere I remember visiting myself as a child!

The American Museum is tucked out of the way on route to Bath, situated in the beautiful Claverton House. It is one of the few places in the UK you can visit to really appreciate how people lived in America from the earliest English settlers to the Civil War and focuses on the development of American Decorative Arts.  It is set (and this was the deciding factor with the children) in 120 acres of beautiful grounds with some of the most stunning local views...plus in all honestly I was DESPERATE to see the Marilyn Monroe exhibition...

Posted in Day's Out

30Sep

Fish & Chips, Fossil Hunting and a New hat

Lulu loves a new crochet hat!

Fish & Chips, Fossil Hunting and a New hat

After a very hectic couple of weeks we decided to escape to the beach on Saturday, simply to have a walk and some fish & chips by the sea. We ended up on the gorgeous Jurassic coast at Lyme Regis, Dorset. This beautiful coastline has been granted World Heritage Site status because of its geological interest.  We've been many times before and it's the perfect place for a walk, exploring rock pools and the obvious activity, fossil hunting...

 

Posted in Crochet and Crafts, Day's Out

22Sep

Crochet - Lulu's Headband

Crochet - Lulu's Headband

Just a quick post to share with you this quick crochet project.  My friend and I were discussing ideas for Christmas gifts and I suggested ear warmers! I've seen lots of pictures of crochet headbands on the internet so on Sunday with some time to spare I set about trying to create something...

Posted in Crochet and Crafts

20Sep

A Crochet Update

A Crochet Update

It's been a while since I've made the time to blog; I took a little break from it over the summer holidays to spend time with my family.  Since then my eldest has started secondary school, Oli has gone back to primary school, Lulu has started a new nursery two mornings a week and I've lost someone very dear to me! I'm trying to get back on track now.

During this time I have continued working on my crochet projects so I thought I'd share some pictures of what I've been up to.  Some of you may have already seen these as I've had the images stored on my computer for a while now...

Posted in Crochet and Crafts

08Jul

A Summer Birthday Party

Lulu loves a party

A Summer Birthday Party

Last Saturday we celebrated Oli and Lulu's summer birthdays with a garden party.  Nothing to grand just a few friends and their mums and dads but I prayed all week for the rain to hold off!  We put up a party gazebo in the garden just incase it did shower or to keep the sun off little shoulders should it shine!

We filled the garden with toys, dressing up and opened up the clubhouse so they could get up to no good in private!!  Luckily it was a really warm day, the sun came out in spurts and we (the adults) were able to laze around on picnic blankets while the children played.

It's really hard when you're preparing party food for outside as I've found children like to graze at party food and if it's warm you end up with curled sandwiches and fighting to keep flies away; so this year I decided to keep it simple and it removed all of the stress...

Posted in Food, Home and Garden

30Jun

Birthday Preparations

Crochet Heart Bunting and Mini Cupcakes

Birthday Preparations

Birthday time is upon us Lulu turned 2 yesterday and Oli will follow shortly with his 5th birthday next week.  Time is flying by and the days are as hectic as ever, having a toddler at home is lovely but also hard work everything is 'mine' and everyone is 'naaauty' (except Lulu of course!).  I was rudely awaken the other morning with her throwing pennies at my head (from her brothers money box) as if I was some kind of wishing well, whilst shouting 'goodmorning wakeup'! I tried to explain to her it would be much nicer to sneak into bed and try to wake me by stroking my head or bringing me coffee but she just smiled, nodded and continued her attack!

So with birthdays being so close we decided to throw a joint party and I've been busy creating lots of little bits including some lovely crochet heart bunting...

Posted in Crochet and Crafts, Food

13Jun

A New Journey

Learning to Crochet

A New Journey

If you read my last post you will know I have recently been learning how to crochet.  A friend and I loved the idea of being able to create our own blankets for our children and set off on a quest that at times has been both hilarious and frustrating but hugely rewarding...

Posted in Crochet and Crafts

11Jun

remains of the day

*please note this post contains a whole lot of 'nothing'

remains of the day

The weather has been all over the place recently, true to British form, and I've found it really frustrating.  I've got loads of little projects that I want to get started on (or finish) in the garden but the rain hardly holds off to do anything.  The children and I will snuggle up on a Sunday afternoon with a Harry Potter film (oli's favourite but only ones with Dobby in!) tucked into throws and blankets when the sun will decide to shine at full pelt making us feel the need to be outside again; on go shoes, out goes the washing and within half an hour we are all back in again!

So you would think that the minute the sun made a good appearance that looked as if she may linger for the day I would be out there like a shot with all my good intentions but instead I did the unthinkable...

27May

From the Garden

The little things in life

From the Garden

We are starting to reap the rewards of our labour of love in the garden.  The children have delighted in picking radishes and lettuce from the raised beds and have been keen to try everything.  Oli was bewitched by the bright red radishes but has since discovered they are not to his taste!  Granted, we are far from 'the good life'; no man, woman and 3 children can live off the scent of roses, a few radish and lettuce alone but...

Posted in Home and Garden

14May

The Spring Beach

Swanage

The Spring Beach

We managed to squeeze in another trip to the beach during the Easter holidays.  It was much warmer than our winter beach experience in February but still not quite the hazy summer experience I favour.  In the summer we tend to favour the National Trust Beaches of Studland backing on to the dunes and close to the ferry crossing but this time we decided to take a trip to Swanage, Dorset in search of some fresh crab for lunch!...

Posted in Day's Out

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