The Sweetest Things

Sweet Eats.

I think I’ve hit on a new obsession this past week. An online friend recommended this book Brilliant Biscuits and now my latest aspiration is to approach this level of icing artistry.

Given, my sister-in-law, Talitha and I didn’t have quite the right tools when we were decorating biscuits for the church Easter family day but, even if we had, we probably still have a bit of a way to go. Ahem.

Iced biscuits

Sweet Age.

Ophelia is now two months old. It is going too fast! She’s out of all her 0-3 month clothes. They’re in a bin liner with the breastfeeding cushion getting ready to be sold or given away because, well, no more babies.

Ophelia 2 months.jpg

She’s smiling loads these days and has even started gurgling in response to us talking to her. It’s so sweet seeing how in love Talitha is with her. She’s taken to curling up next to her in bed in the morning and insisting they share a blanket. She’s started speaking for her too: “Ophelia don’t like that. Ophelia need milky. Ophelia want her mummy.” Ophelia smiles most for Talitha. The rest of the world isn’t in on this thing that’s growing up between them.

Portishead Marina

Sweet Spots.

On Saturday we looked around the house, considering whether we should clean it and decided to go out and look at some boats instead at the marina in Portishead. Between scooting alongside the water, watching some boys fishing and eating at Hall and Woodhouse, it was one of the best afternoons out we’ve had as a family of four.

Family lunch at Hall and Woodhouse .jpg

Sweet Touches.

An online friend, Polly, recently launched her Eco-friendly bath and body products shop, Cariadon, and I could resist buying a few bits. I bought lip balm, sleepy balm and face moisturising balm and they’re the loveliest things I’ve put on my skin – chemical-free too.

Cariadon

Sweet Moments.

My parents recently visited to see us all and meet Ophelia. It’s hard living this far away from them. Their time with the children is always too short and it feels like our relationship is constantly in limbo. They also remind me of a past grown up in far away Trinidad and Tobago, a country that doesn’t feel real when I live here. Did my nineteen years there ever exist when any reminder of it, including my parents, seems increasingly alien? And yet, Britain isn’t really home to me either. Not yet.

My parents

Sweet Entertainments.

On a totally different note, I am loving Channel 4’s New Worlds. It’s set in Restoration Britain when those fleeing persecution under Charles II are colonising America. History in all its complexity it is not but sexy and entertaining it certainly is. Anyone else a fan?

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18 Comments

  1. April 22, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    seeing Ophelia’s little face is making me so broody!! And glad you like the goodies you bought from me πŸ˜€
    Polly recently posted..Our weekend in photos

  2. April 22, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    Ophelia is so beautiful, those eyes! It must be really hard being away from your family, I bet they were pleased to see you all again, and meet the newest member of your family! xx
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  3. April 22, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    You’ve just reminded me I need to make some biscuits from that book, they look fab! I went to spend time with my family who I rarely see this weekend, I always feel sad that I don’t live nearer when we get home but as my dad pointed out (after an entire weekend of J screaming) absence makes the heart grow fonder! x
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  4. April 22, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    I think your biscuits are perfectly imperfect, lovely. Sounds like you had a lovely time in Portishead, funnily enough my small people where there at the weekend too with their auntie while we unpacked more boxes.
    Purplemum recently posted..A move and a bank holiday

    • April 22, 2014 / 11:19 pm

      I never think of going to Portishead, really but we’ll be back. Hope the unpacking is going well. x

    • April 22, 2014 / 11:20 pm

      I need to give those biscuits another crack! Well, a few more because I want to perfect some bees for Talitha’s birthday party in June.

  5. April 23, 2014 / 1:16 am

    How do you manage on a practical level living so far away from the family? We have just moved to NZ from the UK (*sniff* at missing what sounds like an amazing new series on the Beeb) and my family are from Gibraltar and I’m really feeling the loss of contact at the moment.

    And you definitely win the prize for making gorgeous babies πŸ™‚
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  6. April 23, 2014 / 8:09 am

    My mum handed me down a fantastic simple biscuit recipe and I can’t wait to make and decorate them with my daughter. I love the picture of Ophelia with your Dad too. Magic.
    Eleanor (thebristolparent) recently posted..Songs to sing to your baby

  7. April 23, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    OOh loks like a fab few days and super tempted to buy myself some of the lovely Polly’s lip balms! x
    Lori recently posted..A GOOD BOOK // BRILLIANT

  8. April 23, 2014 / 9:03 pm

    I love the sound of that Channel 4 series and seem to have missed it completely. That reminds me that my biscuit book hasn’t arrived, i must find out where it is! As always, love your photos!

  9. April 23, 2014 / 10:00 pm

    I’m so glad you went out instead of cleaning the house. A woman after my own heart πŸ™‚

  10. April 24, 2014 / 1:19 am

    Ahh such a beautiful post and I too really love that book – so much biscuit inspiration πŸ™‚ and I think even without the right tools yours came out great. How lovely is Polly’s products – I really need to order some and your little one is growing so quickly πŸ™‚

    Laura x
    Laura recently posted..Putting the fun into kids bedroom interiors

  11. April 24, 2014 / 10:44 am

    Such a lovely idea for a post. I think the biscuits look great – I’d eat them! x

  12. May 7, 2014 / 9:46 pm

    Very nice looking biscuits. Pleased to see you all doing so well. You are my inspiration :0)

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