Tuesday, April 15, 2014


This break from work has been so chilled.  It's been a real treat to have time to spend at home, with Matthew, with friends, with the cats, just regrouping.  I have a tendency to work at little too much during termtime (I'm sure many bosses would argue that there's no such thing!), clocking in at 60 hours plus, so not doing a tonne over this holiday has been soul satisfying!  I'll be doing some new term prep Wednesday, Thursday and Monday, but mainly I feel rested and quite jolly.  Herewith some pictures from a break well spent.

This little one has thrived having so much attention.  Such a blessing.

Simple things - flowers, candles, washing on the line - bring such joy.

Time to bake and experiment with new recipes :)  Here are fudge cupcakes with caramel buttercream frosting.  Yum!

Roasted veggies with honey & chilli.  A firm family favourite!

Chance to attack the giant pile of magazines and books that have gathered by my bed.

Long lunches.

Lots of chats over cups of tea with my love.

Learning to siesta with the katzen.

Inventing new recipes.  Wholemeal pita + redcurrant jelly + rocket + brie = GOOD.


  1. A week off with kitties sounds fantastic!

  2. I love love LOVE roasted vegetables. LOVE them. Sorry I got a little too excited about the veggies. Glad you are enjoying your chance to rest and regroup xx

    1. Thanks honey - next time you visit let's have tonnes of roasted veggies!


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