{Daughter Diaries} #59

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Dear Blossom, in the past week you have slipped down the stairs, tripped in the garden, fallen off the sofa, stumbled in the kitchen, bumped your head on the coffee table and stubbed your toe in the hallway! I feel another growth spurt may be coming on. Perhaps a career as a professional tennis player is not quite the best idea after all, maybe go back to writing books, you’re less likely to break a leg that way! Dear Bubbles, this week marks the end of an era as we say goodbye to play school and move on to new ways of learning together. I was particularly delighted to hear from your ladies in the end of year report that your sense of humour has shone through at play school these past couple of years. You never fail to entertain us with your cheeky antics and I hope you’ll be photobombing my Insta worthy photos for many years to come! Dearest Daughters, may you never lose your zest for life and the ability to laugh at yourself.

When did you last laugh at yourself?


{Ten on Ten} July 2019

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Summer display space in progress.
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Outgoing mail to French Guiana.
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The art of fresh flowers.
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Geography prep in progress.
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Outgoing mail to the U.S.
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The art of sea shells.
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Fruit & Veg badge in progress.
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An open home.
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The art of photobombing.
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Farm life.


We spent our Wednesday mostly pottering around at home before heading to the country side this afternoon for the girl’s weekly play date down on the farm.

What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?

{June Gratitudes}

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For island life and coastal living and expeditions with my favourite.
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For new hobbies and eager learners.
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For morning rituals and books that delight.
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For chilly toes and sandy feet and the very best of sensory play.
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For hope, always hope.


These are the inserts from our gratitude journal during June, reminding us that God is good and we are blessed.

What have you been thankful for lately?

{Spring Nature Study}

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“Why be indoors when you can rightly be without.” – Charlotte Mason

Spring never disappoints us. We appreciate every new bloom that comes through, every new bird that visits and every new addition down on the farm.

This spring we’ve learnt about the circle of life as we said goodbye to one pet goat and welcomed in another. We joined in Guernsey’s first BioBlitz and left with a new appreciation for moths and voles. We’ve seen improved skill through our nature journaling, started to dabble in some nature photography and even began work on our very own wildlife garden.

Here are some of the snapshots:

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Up close with the bees and bulbs.
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New arrivals down on the farm.
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Coastal walks and interesting nest sites.
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Rockpooling with Daddy at Chouet.
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Nature journaling first signs of spring.
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Watching the starlings fly overhead.
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Happy days down on the farm.
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Discovering new-to-us bays.
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Joining in the BioBlitz.
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The six-spot burnet moth in all it’s glory.
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My trusty nature backpack.
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Delicate egg discovery from the western parishes.

What did you enjoy most about nature this Spring?

{Daughter Diaries} #58


Dear Blossom, now you are six you are as clever as clever and just like A.A. Milne, I kind of think you should stay six for ever and ever! But I mustn’t be selfish and keep you all to myself now should I? After all, age is a blessing that is denied to so many so I shall instead be brave and embrace each new stage and welcome each new age and let you grow into that young lady I already get glimpses of you becoming. Oh what a sweetheart she will be! Dear Bubbles, being four is such a wonderful age to be, in fact I think it may be my favourite of all the ages. I love the little hands that are often found in mine, the tender kisses that want me to feel loved, the complete and utter silliness that fills our bellies with laughter, the honest, unedited words, spoken straight from the heart and the sweet moments of whimsy that appear before me like magic. I love you all the way up to heaven and around the island too, dear girl. Dearest Daughters, may you be this sweet and lovable and perfect forever. Try to hold on to your whimsy and I’ll try to hold on to your hands.

What sweet things have your little ones said lately?

{Dear Daddy}


Dear Daddy Man, it must be hard to live with so many girls. We jibber and jabber and giggle and squabble all the live long day, especially that Mummy Lady she jabbers the most of all! Thanks for listening though I love sharing my heart with you. I like sharing adventures with you too. Expeditions round the island, scaling ginormous log piles, trying new sports, I enjoy them all when I do them with you, even the hikes in the rain! Thanks for encouraging me to try new things, to push my limits and to be braver than I first believed. Lots of love, backwards hugs and dinner time snuggles from your biggest little girl, Blossom xx

Dearest Daddy, can you believe how big I’m getting? So big in fact that I managed to keep all the Father’s Day secrets quiet this year! I particularly hope you enjoy the cheesy footwork I made for you, I know how much you appreciate my stinky boy like moments so I expect you’ll treasure my cheesy feet forever. I may not always admit it but I love you so, so, so, so much! So much in fact that I plan to name one of my 28 babies after you, Daddy makes such a nice name. Lots of love, kisses, zoibergs, thumbs ups and fist pumps from the coolest kid in town, Bubbles xx

Dear Husby, here we are again with another ode to you. The years go by so quickly, too quickly really, but each year despite the mundane, the simple and the everyday normal that makes up so much of life there are many pockets of joy, memories filled with lots of love and happiness and adventures because of you. I’m so pleased I am the one you chose to put up with for the rest of your life, together we make the best team. All my heart, Wifey xx

Happy Fathers Day!

Rainbow Tea Party


Blossom requested a rainbow themed tea party for her 6th birthday and you’d think that’d be an easy theme to pull off, I mean it’s just colourful right? But I actually found this theme to be a tough one to pull together.

Thankfully we had all our lovely wooden rainbow toys to make use of and throw in some bright flowers and rainbow balloons with lots of home made goodies and sweet treats and it all came together pretty well in the end. She was chuffed at least, which made the 3+ hours of cake making the evening before worth it, but next time I’ll be sticking to buttercream icing, way quicker and way more forgiving than fondant!

What was the last party you went to?