A Family Portrait In June {2015}

We are half way through the year already, how did that happen! We have lots to celebrate;

Simon’s spinal operation was a success, he is out of hospital and in much less pain. It was hard being apart from each other, and hard in the early days, but he is slowly getting stronger and we even managed a few family days out towards the end of this month. We visited Beningbrough Hall near York and had a beautiful day, a picnic, football on the lawn, a walk around the walled gardens and a visit to the park. It’s the simple pleasures that are the most enjoyable, spending time together with no distractions and no reason to rush, we were all calm, relaxed and enjoying the sun!

Me&Mine June

We can’t imagine life without Ava, and last week we saw her first real (non-gassy) smile! A week later and she is smiling at every opportunity, and its transfixing, it’s so easy to spend hours just cuddling her and making her laugh. James tells her all about his day at school, and he shares more with Ava than he does with any of us! She is settling into a better sleeping routine which is a welcome change after the 3 hourly feeds!


Summer has finally arrived and we have been enjoying a lot of time in our garden, Lily has been asking to play in the swimming pool since December, so her face lit up when we pumped it up. Surprisingly she doesn’t really enjoy playing in the water, I jumped in fully clothed to shock and splash the children (and Simon!), James and Amy loved it, but Lily cried when I splashed her and wanted to go indoors!
Me & Mine June 2015

Me & Mine June 2015

We have been enjoying fresh homegrown strawberries and lettuce this month, our first harvests from our garden. Our allotment is looking brilliant too, full of colour and fresh fruit and vegetables, and a few too many weeds! James and Lily love caring for their plants and watching them grow. This year is a bit of a test, and a step towards becoming organic & self-sufficient. I love the idea of batch cooking fresh tomato and basil soup to freeze for winter, and making strawberry cordial to drink. We have just finished our last batch of stewed apple from the apples we harvested last year, to make apple crumble, it was delicious! I have been putting a lot of thought into starting an allotment blog to record our journey to self-sufficiency.

Simon and I are on a fitness mission at the moment. We have been eating healthier and I have started running again to help me lose my baby weight and ‘mum-tum’. Its getting a bit competitive as we both have recently purchased a ‘fitbit’ watch which acts as a pedometer, as well as monitoring heart rate and sleep. They are fantastic and we are really enjoying using them, except when they remind us we have only had 4 hours sleep… then they aren’t so brilliant! I want to lose 2 stone in total, and Simon wants to lose about about 1 stone, 10 pounds so we both have a way to go, everythings more fun with a bit of competition!

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Me & Mine - June 2015

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  1. Abzi June 30, 2015 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Love the photograph full of happy smiles. Sounds like it has been a busy month for you. I am envious of the home grown fruit and vegetables.

    • Hannah July 2, 2015 at 8:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you 🙂 Its our first year growing anything from seed and I am amazed anything has survived… I am looking forward to the harvests later in the year!

  2. Cariemay July 1, 2015 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Aww they’re all such happy photos – it must be lovely to be together again after having to be apart and I’m glad the operation was a success!

    • Hannah July 2, 2015 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you, it was a bit daunting, and we were really lucky because Simon was only in hospital a few days… Its the first time we have been apart for so long since before we married nearly 7 years ago… It sounds very soppy but I really missed him!

  3. Jane - Our Little Escapades July 2, 2015 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Great photos this month. I’m glad the operation went well. I’m very impressed with your home grown fruit and vegetables, I wouldn’t know where to start x

    • Hannah July 2, 2015 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      I didnt have a clue either, we put our name down when we were struggling financially to see if we could make a saving… My fingers have never really been green but its been very interesting learning and its a bit addictive now!

  4. Caro Davies July 2, 2015 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Aaah such lovely pics of your family but just LOOK at your amazing allotment!!! I *might* have a little bit of garden envy!! 🙂

    We’ve had our name down for a village allotment for about 4 years — I’m beginning to think it’s never going to happen!! #MeandMine

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

    • Hannah July 2, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Unfortunately the weeds are growing better than the veg if that makes you feel better 😉 Fingers crossed you are offered one soon 🙂 x

  5. Lucy July 6, 2015 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Awww, gorgeous photos. And so lovely to hear about what your family have been up to lately. I am so impressed by the amount of food you’ve grown, well done you. x

    • Hannah July 6, 2015 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Its taken a lot of work without much reward yet, we are looking forward to the next few months! Thanks for visiting 🙂 x

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