Lulu Loves

A blog about family life...and a lot of crochet!

Hello, welcome to Lulu Loves where I write about the things I love; family, crochet, cookery, books, crafts and life in general.

Thanks for stopping by. Em xx

13Jun

A New Journey

Learning to Crochet

A New Journey

If you read my last post you will know I have recently been learning how to crochet.  A friend and I loved the idea of being able to create our own blankets for our children and set off on a quest that at times has been both hilarious and frustrating but hugely rewarding...

Posted in Crochet and Crafts

11Jun

remains of the day

*please note this post contains a whole lot of 'nothing'

remains of the day

The weather has been all over the place recently, true to British form, and I've found it really frustrating.  I've got loads of little projects that I want to get started on (or finish) in the garden but the rain hardly holds off to do anything.  The children and I will snuggle up on a Sunday afternoon with a Harry Potter film (oli's favourite but only ones with Dobby in!) tucked into throws and blankets when the sun will decide to shine at full pelt making us feel the need to be outside again; on go shoes, out goes the washing and within half an hour we are all back in again!

So you would think that the minute the sun made a good appearance that looked as if she may linger for the day I would be out there like a shot with all my good intentions but instead I did the unthinkable...

27May

From the Garden

The little things in life

From the Garden

We are starting to reap the rewards of our labour of love in the garden.  The children have delighted in picking radishes and lettuce from the raised beds and have been keen to try everything.  Oli was bewitched by the bright red radishes but has since discovered they are not to his taste!  Granted, we are far from 'the good life'; no man, woman and 3 children can live off the scent of roses, a few radish and lettuce alone but...

Posted in Home and Garden

14May

The Spring Beach

Swanage

The Spring Beach

We managed to squeeze in another trip to the beach during the Easter holidays.  It was much warmer than our winter beach experience in February but still not quite the hazy summer experience I favour.  In the summer we tend to favour the National Trust Beaches of Studland backing on to the dunes and close to the ferry crossing but this time we decided to take a trip to Swanage, Dorset in search of some fresh crab for lunch!...

Posted in Day's Out

02May

A very Good Friday

Prawn and Mussel Linguine

A very Good Friday

I can't get over this fabulous weather, It's been so hot here over the Easter holidays that it's felt more like summer than spring.  Once again, we've taken full advantage of the weather and have been eating most of our meals in the garden and yes that means A LOT of barbequing; but as it's traditional to forgo meat in favour of fish on Good Friday I decided to do a very simple mussel and prawn linguine which was perfect for the whole family on a scorching lazy day...

Posted in Food

17Apr

Slowdown Sunday

Slowdown Sunday

Today has been one of those days where I don't feel like doing a thing; I'm thankful it's a Sunday and have decided to give in to my mood without guilt (untill tomorrow when I think of all the things I could have done on this sunny day).  The boys have been very busy with Rugby practice and gardening while I have wondered aimlessly around the garden.  I have taken a few snaps on my phone to show what a lovely day it is and am writing this quickly while I feel inclined before I succumb to my mood with a cup of tea and my new book...

Posted in Books

12Apr

Sisters

Lulu loves her big sister

Sisters

When I was young I often thought it would be great to have a sister.  I have a younger brother and we were polar opposites growing up, my mum said that I stopped wanted to play with him the minute he refused to do what I told him (I think this is a bit harsh but was probably somewhat true)!  As adults we have grown much closer and I now really enjoy spending time with him (we have a more balanced relationship now *ahem*).  But I am glad Lulu has a big sister as well as a big brother, I think she'll have the best of both worlds.  Already I can see their relationship developing and it is sometimes breathtaking to watch...

Posted in Family

31Mar

A Mini Breakfast

Poached Quail Eggs

A Mini Breakfast

We love good breakfasts and thanks to our garden hens we regularly have dippy eggs and soldiers or scrambled eggs for breakfast. I love that the children can nip down the garden, collect a few eggs and within 10 minutes they have a nutritious and tasty breakfast, I'm lucky that all three of the children love eggs as they are a great start to their day.  At the weekends we have the time to be a little more adventurous with breakfast so I was very pleased when I was given some quail eggs by my sister-in-law (whose family has inherited 50 quails to look after!)...

Posted in Food

28Mar

The Dummy Diaries

Lulu Loves and Loses

The Dummy Diaries

Lulu has a dummy, well she has lots of dummies hidden in various locations around the house.  Lulu loves her dummy but now it is time for it to leave her.  This has been on my mind for a few months now, how do we remove the dummy?  The other two didn't have dummies so I am a complete novice at this particular conundrum, I've heard all sorts of dummy stories in the past few months but I was finding it hard to put anything into action.  And then it happened...

Posted in Family

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