August has been as sweet as peaches. Full of long days, where the sunlight lingers late into the evening and the heat hangs in the air.
I love Autumn, but I always find the summer hard to let go of. If you read my last post, you will know why particularly the start of this September was always going to be tricky. But, before we get lost in this month, here is the ‘Monthly Voice for August’ featuring what we’ve been loving and what has captured my heart this month…
August started off with a bout of the chicken pox for Bailey. In some ways it was perfect timing, those itchy spots had the courtesy to wait till were home from France, (I noticed the first spots the day after we returned), and I guess it was also great to get them out of the way before she started school. She was brilliant with it really, at one point she said “Mummy I’m trying not to think about my itchy chicken pox. Right now I’m thinking about lollies & fairies.” We were quarantined for about a week, but since lots of her friends have had it, she still got out to play.
August saw our 10 year wedding anniversary. My husband very sweetly bought me this handmade necklace from Made (the long one pictured here). It is made from 5 brass rings, one for every two years we’ve been married. If you haven’t come across Made before, all the items are handmade in Kenya, plus they teach people new skills, providing them with sustainable employment and opportunities in their community. You know how I feel about companies with heart, so this makes me love the necklace all the more. Have a look at what else they make here.
We got to enjoy lots of family time with Bailey’s cousins. Her 5 year old cousin from France came to stay with us for a few days, plus her other cousins, who live in America visited. A headache with stolen passports meant we got to hang out with them for longer. We were sorry they had trouble, but pleased that it meant more days in their company. I am aware that every time we see her cousins, they are another year older, and the dynamic of how they play together always varies. When it’s good (like it was this time) I want to drink it all in, because it probably won’t always be that way.
We are loving this beautiful children’s book ‘Air’ featuring cut paper art by Nathalie Trovato. It explores the ways little ones observe air, both inside and outside their bodies. I’m sure it will get read time and time again in this house, plus it’s a great way to get children to understand environmentalism and how important clean air is. You can get your copy from independent publishers Home Grown Books here.
Finally I loved reading this issue of Taproot magazine – it’s full of wonderful articles, and also have my eye on this book published last month by Louisa Thomsen Brits ‘The book of Hygge: The Danish art of living well’.
Happy September all.
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