It’s been a while since I did a Monthly Voice but with that ‘back to school’ feeling thick in the air, I thought it would be the perfect time to resurrect them.
For those that are new to this little corner of the internet, the Monthly Voice is a place for me to share what we have been loving over the last month and some of the things we have been up to. This one is like a bumper bonus edition because I haven’t written one at all over the summer.
Two years ago I wrote a post on ‘Longing to be a Mother Again’, well after four years of ‘trying’ and no baby, that longing hasn’t lessened, if anything, right now it feels stronger than ever. I thought when I wrote that post it was the most difficult thing to be going through. However, over the last month I have discovered a whole new low. Where we currently are with it all feels like a messy maze of emotions and I have no idea how to even begin to navigate my way through.
In the meantime, I tried to soak up all the summer sun and spend as much time with my girl as possible. I have had the Laura Marling lyric echoing round and round in my mind..
”We’ve not got long, you know
To bask in the afterglow
Once it’s gone it’s gone”
Here’s what we have been up to recently and some things I have been finding inspiring…
Both Bailey and I love our backpacks from The Burlap People. They are a small independent company that hand craft jute bags. They are made in India where the family have been making jute bags for three generations. If you want to find out more about this fun-loving company that like to spread ‘good Juju’ head over to their Instagram page.
We had lots of wonderful family time over the summer. My brother and his family came to stay from France. They have never visited this house before, and to be able to welcome them all under our roof felt very special. Bailey was so excited to see her cousins and share a room with her older cousin. They didn’t actually manage to fall asleep in the same room as each other but they were able to wake up together and play, which meant I had a few days break from the 6am starts. Normally, I am woken by little footsteps padding into our room, and all the way round to my side of the bed (yes, that’s right, she walks passed her daddy), this is usually followed by a gentle prod and whispers of ”Mummy, mummy is it morning yet?”
My sister Helen turned 40 and we had a brilliant weekend in Manchester celebrating – there were thirteen of us in my sisters house! As well as some family celebrations, we actually managed to go out for dinner, and to the pub on a Saturday evening. My folks looked after all the grandchildren (five of them; ages 6, 5, 3, 3 and 1) – we did put them all to bed first! I can’t remember the last time I went out with my brother and my sister minus the children, and needless to say we laughed a lot.
In August, we had a such a fun weekend at the Just So Festival and I will write more about that soon.
I attended a Superfood workshop on skin health run by Neal’s Yard Remedies. The course was held above their flagship store in central London. If you have not been to that part of London before it has a real buzz about it if you catch it at the right time. The workshop was all about what superfoods are, why they are so good for us, and what our bodies need to have healthy skin. The two hour workshop was packed full of nutritional nuggets and I came away with a head full of ideas for simple changes we can make to our diet. My plan is to test out some easy meals and snacks and then share some of it with you all soon. If you fancy attending a similar event, head to the courses section of the Neal’s Yard website.
Right at the end of the holidays we spent a week just the three of us in Devon and we lucked out with the weather as it was the sunniest week of the school holidays. We haven’t been away for a proper family holiday for a few years and taking that time reminded me how important it is to do.
It’s been really rewarding to see some of my written work published in print. I have loved writing several pieces for Project Calm Magazine. I wrote a feature about ‘The Maker’s Hands’ for issue four (which was out during June) and issue five has just been released – get your copy here – in which I wrote about natural dyeing, specifically indigo, entitled ‘The Slow Art of Indigo’. I also had the pleasure to write a piece on the ‘Art of Slow Living’, and have some of my photography featured in The Linen Works Summer catalogue.
Finally, I have been loving this beautiful linen checked dress from Muny and naturally dyed indigo cotton jumpsuit. Whenever we had sunshine this summer the jumpsuit got an outing. Do go and have a look at their collection of slow and sustainable clothes – they are so beautifully made.
I hope you all had wonderfully slow summers and are ready for all that September has to bring.