Autumn Mantel

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Autumn is my absolute favourite season.  The smells, the colours in the countryside and the lovely warming casseroles just make me happy deep down in my soul.  Somehow, when I’m all wrapped up in my fluffy pyjamas, having eaten a warming casserole or baked pudding, all is right with the world.

I had no definitive plans for this Autumn mantle, things just sort of fell together. I collected the conkers and leaves with DD on the walk home from school and a friend brought me the pomegranates which were on clearance at the supermarket.  The orange slices are the ones we dried earlier in the year. Somehow, as I started layering everything fell into place.

I was a little worried that as the leaves dried out some of their juice may leach out onto the stone so I lined the top of the mantle with some hessian leftover from a previous Christmas craft. Then I started placing everything on.

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My favourite part of the mantle decor is the  old coffee jars filled with conkers and an orange slice. I used my glue gun and some bits of lace and ribbon with these star embellishments to decorate them.  I’m pleased with how they turned out.

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Autumn is my absolute favourite season.  The smells, the colours in the countryside and the lovely warming casseroles just make me happy deep down in my soul.  Somehow, when I’m all wrapped up in my fluffy pyjamas, having eaten a warming casserole or baked pudding, all is right with the world.

I had no definitive plans for this Autumn mantle, things just sort of fell together. I collected the conkers and leaves with DD on the walk home from school and a friend brought me the pomegranates which were on clearance at the supermarket.  The orange slices are the ones we dried earlier in the year. Somehow, as I started layering everything fell into place.

I was a little worried that as the leaves dried out some of their juice may leach out onto the stone so I lined the top of the mantle with some hessian leftover from a previous Christmas craft. Then I started placing everything on.

My favourite part of the mantle decor is the  old coffee jars filled with conkers and an orange slice. I used my glue gun and some bits of lace and ribbon with these star embellishments to decorate them.  I’m pleased with how they turned out.

Tonight, as the night has drawn in, I’ve lit the candles and it feels so cozy in here, I just wanna curl up on the sofa with a couple of episides of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries to keep me company.  Or I might do some googling for some ideas for a fall wreath for my front door.

Do you decorate for Autumn?

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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My little cling on

That’s my little pun on the Star Trek Klingons… not really funny I know but it cracked me up!

It’s been a tiring day.  DD has been clinging on to me as if her life depended on it and while it’s been lovely to have the affection from her it’s also been a blimming pain!  Especially when I was trying to make lasagne!

I had my check up with the dr today and he’s happy with my report on the Venlafaxine and how it’s working for me.  Dr also checked out DD and he says she’s doing fine and I should expect her to be unsteady on her feet and irritable for at least a week while she recovers.

Since DD was in this kind of mood I didn’t get much done today… oh well, I got to be with my baby and that’s all that counts.

Bright blessings,

Mama R

Something stupid and other stories

Yesterday, I did something stupid.  I got dressed for my driving lesson before I’d made breakfast.  I then realised that frying eggs may get my shirt splashed so I took it off and continued frying eggs.  Here comes the stupid part.  I splashed myself with HOT OIL! All over the tender skin of my belly!  I now have M&M sized blisters from under my bra line to my bikini line.  And they hurt!  And the dumbest part? I have three aprons washed and ready for use behind my kitchen door.  Urgh!

Today, DH and I are taking DD to a gentle splash session at our local pool. I take DD on a Friday but was telling DH all about DD’s improvements and he wants to take her again so he can enjoy her new found water boldness.  Hopefully when I get home I can make a start on the lounge and dining room area.  Living with a toddler and a messy husband plays havoc with your housekeeping routines.  Suffering exhaustion and feeling down a lot of the time doesn’t help. But while I’m super motivated I’m going to take advantage of it and get sorting.

What are you up to today?

Bright blessings,

Mama R