{Ten on Ten} April 2017

Autumn has always been my favourite season, closely followed by Spring so I always find it such a shame when people treat these two seasons simply as transitions to Christmas and Summer.

There is so much beauty to be found in the Spring that I see no need to rush into Summer. Spring is best enjoyed slowly when you have the time to stop, listen, savour, and enjoy. I’m especially loving slow days like these with my girls.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
My puzzle loving girl.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Our current Morning Basket book collection.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
My letter writing girl.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Gifts from the garden from my eldest babe.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Accessorising with nature.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
The youngest busker in town.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Welcome back Wisteria.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Picnic lunch for the third day in a row.
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Getting ready to send out party invitations… someone will soon be 4!
Ten on Ten April 2017 | The Open Home
Our self taught ballerina.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{Ten on Ten} March 2017

Just an ordinary Sunday for us really. Church followed by a lazy afternoon at home for us girls whilst The Husby went back to work and I cleaned up (more!) buckets.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
New shoes ready to go.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
A rainy walk to church with Granny but still smiling!
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
My favourite tree beginning to blossom.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
Succulent love.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
March present wrapping done.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
5 minutes of peace.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
Choo Choo Thomas, Choo Choo!
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
Afternoon walk past this cute fella.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
The new watch in action.
Ten on Ten March 2017 | The Open Home
My evenings work ready and waiting.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

30 Things in my 30’s

30 Things in my 30's | The Open Home

Last week I turned the big 3-0 and to embrace this next decade I decided to make a list of 30 things I would like to do in my 30’s. Some are big life goals, the things I dream about and others are simply fun or grown up things I’ve been meaning to get round to. In no particular order…

  1. Get a good camera and learn how to use it!
  2. Go on a flower arranging course
  3. Learn to embroider
  4. Learn to play the ukulele with my girls
  5. Learn to speak another language (probably German)
  6. Make a patchwork quilt for each of my girls
  7. Get a pet (maybe a rabbit?)
  8. Try kayaking
  9. Start a veggie patch
  10. Try Beekeeping
  11. Shear a sheep
  12. Climb a mountain
  13. Walk the entire cliffs of Guernsey (in stages)
  14. Read all of Agatha Christie’s Poirot
  15. Read the Anne of Green Gables series
  16. Read the Little House on the Prairie series
  17. Start a Social Science degree
  18. Make a Will
  19. Become a blood donor
  20. Sign up to be an organ donor
  21. Go to 5 new (to me) restaurants on the island
  22. Go to a West End Show in London
  23. Go on a weekend away with a gal pal
  24. Take my girls to the Lake District
  25. Visit Keithley in Yorkshire (where my Gran was evacuated to during WW2)
  26. Visit our friends in Australia & New Zealand
  27. Visit an Asian country
  28. Touch down in the USA
  29. Grow our family through adoption
  30. Celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in style!

What goals do you have on your list?

{Ten on Ten} January 2017

Oops… I had such good intentions for 2017 but yet again I am a day or two late with my Ten on Ten. However, it’s the practice of slowing down to intentionally savour the beauty in our everyday that is important, not the date on which I do so.

I’m always surprised to see how much beauty there is to be found during a simple day at home together.  Lots of cleaning and organising but plenty of play too.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

Ten on Ten January 2017 | The Open Home
Multitasking my morning exercise with an impromptu tea party.
Ten on Ten January 2017 | The Open Home
Sister snuggles.
Ten on Ten January 2017 | The Open Home
Time to play.
Ten on Ten January 2017 | The Open Home
Buckets galore!
Ten on Ten January 2017 | The Open Home
Binge reading by Bubbles.
Ten on Ten January 2017 | The Open Home
A world of pure imagination.
Ten on Ten January 2017 | The Open Home
Finally making use of these homemade cards.
Ten on Ten January 2017 | The Open Home
More multitasking the daily reading with the daily dinner prep.
Ten on Ten January 2017 | The Open Home
Stories and snuggles with their favourite man.
Ten on Ten January 2017 | The Open Home
Late night baking session.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

Woodland Bear Party

Woodland Bear Party | The Open Home

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We ended the year with a little bear themed tea party in honour of our sweet Bubbles turning two. She adores all bears but our inspiration was taken from her beloved brown snuggly Bear that she totes around the house with her.

I kept things simple, making use of lots of home decor items I already had on hand, bought some winter foliage, gathered a few pinecones and made some of my favourite home made goodies; snickerdoodles and chocolate fudge cake. The M&D doughnuts were also a big hit!

As always I was pretty rubbish at taking photos during the party, too busy chatting, eating cake and helping Bubbles open her birthday gifts, but it was a fun time with family and as always the girls loved playing with their cousins.

What was the last party you went to?

{Ten on Ten} October 2016

I’m late getting my photos up as usual but my excuse is that I have two preschoolers to chase after so life is busy! Bubbles was full of a horrid cold on the weekend but is slowly perking up thanks to lots of time nestled at home and some fresh autumnal air.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Work and play in our garden.
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Someone discovered their early birthday present!
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Autumn decorating in progress.
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
To climb or not to climb that is the question!?
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Big sister, little sister.
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle.
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Learning shapes the fun way.
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Dinner time (the pretend one).
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
The fridge art gallery.
Ten on Ten October 2016 | The Open Home
Go for it! My pep talk.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{Ten on Ten} September 2016

A day late with my Ten on Ten and Sunday was the usual kind of day really with a busy morning at Church followed by a lazy afternoon at home (for us girls at least). We enjoyed playing in the garden, exercising and snuggling, all in all some well spent family time.

Linking up again with Rebekah Gough here are my (not quite) ten shots trying to capture the beauty in the ordinary.

Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
A peaceful start to the day.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
Still admiring my postcard beauties from Eastern Europe.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
A morning stroll for Bubbles.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
Getting rather fond of my trainers these days.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
Colourful lunches are the best.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
Snuggling up for the day’s quiet time choice.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
Finally able to see my rainbow books again.
Ten on Ten September 2016 | The Open Home
Benches in the bathroom are a must!

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?