Archive for March, 2009

Uncle VOIP, a mum who knows & a new quilt

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

So BST seems to stand for Bawling Snoozy Time in our house. The hour change has foxed Emilie completely who is now looking for 2 feeds an hour apart at night as she has in her mind gone to bed an hour early. I’m trusting it’ll settle down but maybe not til the clocks change again!

She has been sent her first phone from Uncle VOIP ( that’s Gordon to the rest of us) Never too early to have your first phone. It appears it’s quite tasty too and makes various sounds to keep Emilie occupied. 

She’s lying on a new quilt that my cousin Tina has made. It’s beautiful and at last Emilie has decided she can take some time on her tummy and loves looking at the colours. 

My cousin Gill sent this doughnut type of baby gym when Emilie was born and it’s really coming into its own. Emilie is reaching for all the squeezy and squeaky things now and if frogger can support her then is happy to sit and amuse herself for a wee while. Gill said that when her two were chucking toys around the doughnut was great for holding them all in. I agree. In addition Emilie loves sitting up like a big girl so this is fab. It’s her own little world. 



A new friend

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

When I was young I had a “rabbie” blanket, which was actually my sister Rachel’s cot blanket with two rabbits on, but I adopted it and was not to be separated from if you wanted a peaceful day. In fact there is a memorable family story of having to drive all the way back from the ferry to home to get said rabbi before leaving for a family camping holiday as I’d forgotten it. 

Emilie was given a rabbie yesterday by our friend Lorraine and she LOVES it. 



like mother like daughter

like mother like daughter

Wash day

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Today, Emilie helped with the washing up


Family and Friends

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

We spent a lovely family day on Monday as I turned 40. Michael arranged for us to borrow our friends landover and we sped to some of the out of the way places in Orkney accessible only by 4 x 4. I managed to get us stuck in a large doctor foster type puddle! Michael got us out again.

In the evening some friends arranged for us to have a champagne and cake doo which was lovely. Fiona came up trumps as always with an amazing cake this year featuring our latest vehicle. 

here are some memories of the day. 

Spring Roll

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

That is Spring is on a roll and sadly not that a chinese takeway has opened at the end of the road. 


Michael, Emilie and I went out a walk in the sunshine this afternoon and watched the Hamnavoe whizz by. 


Michael and Emilie overlooking Hoy

Michael and Emilie overlooking Hoy

She’s a fire starter! Emilie’s first bonfire

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Friday evening saw us over the bay at Orphir with our lovely friends Malcolm and Rachel. Their house comes to the shore and we had a bonfire and evening sausages and baked tatties. The weather was the best night of the year so far, calm and clear and the stars were amazing. 

Emilie taking after her grandad enjoyed the pyromaniac display!

Here is Michael tending the fire and toasting our sausages on a pile of embers and managed to stop that age old problem of the sausage whizzing round the skewer as you turn it by creating a cross bow kind of contraption . Emilie was wrapped up in her cot and slept through the proceedings. 


Library Corner

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Another glorious day in Orkney today. Having had some root canal treatment this morning ( ouch!) I came home and Emilie and I enjoyed some more sunshine in the garden. A hungry Emilie met a hungry catapillar


Spring has sprung! Yippeee

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

WOW wow wow! what a fabulous fantastic day. Bright sunshine and warm too. The delight of our house is that we haven’t seen this season and so it’s exciting to find bulbs all over the front garden are sprouting up and the rhubarb is coming out of it’s winter of discontent. 

Emilie and I went for a lovely, lovely long walk and watched the ferry coming in the back of our house, and I watched the washing on the line bobbing about which gives me great joy. Ahh the simple pleasures. Emilie and I spent all day in the garden and later on Mick came and sunk a couple of posts so there will be even more washing joy. 

Here are some images of the day including Emilie giving the dawn chorus. 

Sunset tonight

Friday, March 13th, 2009

What a glorious day today in Orkney. This is the view of the sunset from our kitchen window at about 6.15 tonight. 


The nights are getting lighter.. hurrah!!



Working on our submission for the Tate?

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Emilie is 4 months old today!


We painted……. Mostly ourselves!



Emilie's first painting

Emilie's first outing into the world of paint