Let There Be Light

Having made the looooong decision of spotlights or hanging lights in the newly extended lounge, We decided upon spotlights.


This meant I could invest in a couple of beautiful lamps. 1 floor lamp and a couple of table lamps I'm yet to find a floor lamp that A) I love enough to buy and B) that Mr G will let me buy. I'm having a love affair with some stunning pieces of lighting from US based Antiques and Oddities website called Factory 20.


This one has been snapped up, by some lucky tinker, it's a beaut!







Amidst my floor lamp torment I stumbled across a lovely table lamp from a gorgeous little shop in Hitchin called The Yard.



I love this lamp, currently searching for a chest, or piece of furniture to replace the small oak table it sits on, I think it will come into its own when sitting on something a little more industrial. Really show the detail in the wood at its best.
I love it's raw edges, the cable, it's unapologetic sharp lines. It's very simple.



Tucked away behind the church in Hitchin. The Yard is easy to find a very short walk from the market car park.



(Image taken from The Yard Facebook Page)



The Yard is a little shop I've been frequenting for a long time to find beautiful little gifts, and bits for the home it's a little treasure trove of delights. Stocking Nkuku, Scandinavian brand Bloomingville and treats from Compagnie De Provence among many others from stunning notebooks and wallets, to clocks, cushions, light fittings crockery and shelving units its absolutely worth a trip, pop in to get inspiration of how to work pieces together…. I bet you cant leave without clutching a green carrier though….



If you follow me on Instagram you'd have seen many accessories around the house courtesy of The Yard pop up here and there, I'm a big fan and have dragged a few friends along on my jaunts… Who now have pieces from The Yard creeping into their homes.



On a gorgeous sunny day such as we're having, why not make a trip of it pop in to Halsey's Deli a few yards away and grab yourself a gorgeous bite to eat and let the kiddies feed the ducks outside the church to finish off your shopping trip.



Not hugely present on Twitter you can search and 'like' The Yard Hitchin on Facebook to browse lovely pictures of new items and updates on sales. It was through a teaser on Facebook I found this lamp, I'd seen it before but somehow the picture of it I saw it in a different light. A phone call later to check dimensions and it was out aside for me to collect. Now that's fantastic customer service. They're also soon to introduce an interior design service, so if you need direction on the look you want to achieve in your home their advice may be just what you need to get started.



On another note …. Any ideas how to convince Mr G that this beaut from Graham & Green would make our hallway?




I'll keep you posted with that one!



Little Crumbs

Splash, Splash, Splosh – Letchworth Splash Park

…. Excuse the image quality I only had my phone … Bad planning on my part peeps!


So, over the course of the summer I wanted to share a few posts on places we've enjoyed together.


I'd seen posts on Facebook where friends of friends had gone to a splash park, recently after a huge cash injection from lottery funding what was a very old paddling pool in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, had been developed into a modern splash park.


Not to be out done, we packed up a pic nic and drove on over today.


It was busy, schools are still open until mid next week around here, so I'm sure the same time next week it will be busier. That said it's so well laid out, with a lot of space we didn't feel penned in by any means.


So, in essence it's 2 paddling pools linked together by a little stream. In the deepest parts the water was about a foot deep, on a smooth concrete with decorative leaf patterns. We were fine barefoot, but some children were in crocs etc. There's also a play area in a shaded area should your little ones want a break from the water.


It is very clean and well maintained, everyone we saw there were enjoying the facilities respecting the area. Children playing well, the bigger ones taking care around the little ones. It was a pleasure to see.

Various jets in one end very gentle but enough to be exciting for the little ones I'd say ideal for up to 5. The other end had higher jets and was enjoyed by some older children, or a few narly younger ones!



If Euan wanted to venture off a little further from where I was sat with Edie, I could let him as the visibility was great, you could see all areas of water, so for parents such as myself, alone with 2 at different ages they could both enjoy themselves and you could relax knowing you could see them, and the areas really aren't far apart from one another.


Edie was fascinated by a small area in the middle, with stepping stones and small bubbly fountains….




We took a pic nic as did many visitors, there is a kiosk that had snacks and drinks, however during this afternoon they ran out if all ice creams and cold drinks. Not ideal, but they were very honest in that they just underestimated how busy they would be.



There are various large benches around the outside of the water but we grabbed a good spot on the grass quite close to the edge half in the shade of a tree, which meant I could keep an eye on our things while playing with in the water. I took the kids, my handbag and left our pic nic blanket etc where it was when we walked to the kiosk for Euan to use to loo, and I felt quite safe doing so.


It was boardering on 30 degrees today, so a beautiful day to enjoy it. This did result in a few bikini clad mums working on their tans. I however wasn't that brave, I was firmly in the 'roll up your trews' for a paddle camp.


So, after our visit today a few things to mention….

  • Don't be afraid to visit a place such as this on your own, it's great fun.
  • Take a few water toys, buckets, boats, balls …. But be prepared for other little ones to want to play with them too! Some older children had water squirters.
  • Get there early to get easy parking and make the most of the day, we arrived at 10 and it started to really get busy around 11-11.30.
  • Swim Nappies, take a few!
  • Take a pic nic to maximise your day,
  • Be mindful, there is a main road across the grass, if your little one is a runner, keep an eye on them,


If you're not local, google search for a splash park near to you, well worth a visit. An inexpensive day out and a great way to knacker them out spend quality time together. We already plan to go back next week with friends from Euan's pre school.

You can find Letchworth Splash Park by searching on Facebook.


Enjoy the Sunshine!





Mummy Fashion

Ooooh nice trews

I will be forever in debt to my very dear friend Claire for introducing me to a pair of trousers.


I'm guilty of sticking to my safe uniform of skinny jeans and biker boots, but on these rare warmer days its nice to wear something loose and comfortable. Sometimes a maxi dress isn't always practical, and I'm not one for getting my pins out… For the sake of the general public.


I was admiring a lovely pair of joggers that my friend Claire was wearing,


Now. When I say joggers I know what your'e thinking … Velour hot pink with JUICY all over the backside…. Tut tut you should know me better by now … I'm talking the Kate Lounge Trouser from Whistles…. Not Joggers….*ahem* but a Lounge Trouser.



The details from the seams, to the cut give these trousers such a flattering fit. They're ridiculously soft ,comfortable, and so versatile. A must have for you stylish Mum's out there.
Worn with my studded high tops and a slouchy T shirt for the school run.
Wear them as Whistles suggest with some killer heels. Or team them with these lovely flats just £28.00 from Topshop, and this bag from Zara finished with a loose strapless top and a blazer with rolled up sleeves for casual drinks out with the girls.
I'm continuing my stud obsession and thinking of wearing them with these Zara delights….
Whistles have a gorgeous sport luxe feel to their Autumn Winter '13 range, where I used to see much of Whistles collections as being quite formal, conservative much of their range is very wearable, mixed with other high street brands their pieces are versatile and practical with fantastic quality and an edgey maturity'that I'm liking a lot.
It's no wonder Claire snapped up these trews in every colour, I'm sold!
Be quick though reduced from £65 to only £35-£40 online and in store there are limited sizes still available.
Its worth calling your nearest store to see what they have, available in Khaki, Grey (as pictured and what I went for), Black, and Navy. Its worth noting that not all colours are available in the sale as the black and Navy are new to the range, therefore these colours are currently at full price £60. Not cheap I admit, but they'll see you through to winter so worth every penny.
Happy Shopping you lovely lot.