Christmas at Home

Christmas at home is a big deal.

Mum begins lacing the house with this Christmas fragrance oil about mid November. Mum has done this since we were all little so we all associate the warm Christmasy scent with the start of Christmas and instantly we know that the big man in red will be on his way before we know it.

Then on the first of December without fail Mum begins the decorating. With at least five Christmas trees throughout the house to decorate, it usually takes a couple of days and quite a few cups of coffee.

The farmhouse is a cosy place all year round but it’s taken to a whole new level at Christmas time. The fire roars and there’s a warmth that you’ll find in no other household.

I shouldn’t get this far without mention Dad. He’s in charge of logistics. Hunting for branches to make the twig tree and putting up all the outdoor lights. He’s also the unlucky one in charge of turning the lights off every evening!

Every room is as Christmasy as the next.

Does it get any cosier than this?

The only thing missing is Santa himself but we all know that we’ve got to wait until Christmas eve for him………

Have the loveliest Christmas and New Year

Love Gemsy








A Railway Adventure


Last month we embarked on a railway adventure to the far off place of Worcester town. With autumn in full flow I thought it was the perfect time to take Arch somewhere on the train. He’s been on the choo choo before but not since he jumps up and down with excitement when we do something new.

Worcester was the perfect destination as it was only an hour on the train so Arch could enjoy it but not get fed up too quickly. Continue reading

My Struggle With Anxiety


Watching Archie learn, love and live over the last two years has been truly magical. I have realised my ambition to be a mum and I feel like I was born to do this job. But for the past 18 months all has not been what it seems to anyone looking in on my idyllic life.

I’ve had anxiety. There, I said it.

Giving birth to my baby boy was breathtaking and beautiful but instantly made me realise the feeling of loss my parents must have felt when we lost our brother at twenty one. I now had what they had lost. Continue reading

Speedy Tortilla Pizza

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-15-27-35This pizza is the perfect meal when time is tight but you want something tasty. It can be made in the time it takes to ring the takeaway, so put down the phone and get the oven on. It tastes ten times better than a take out and is most definitely a healthier option.

If you’ve got little helpers get them involved too. Arch would have got stuck in if he wasn’t feeling poorly sat on the sofa watching Paw Patrol on repeat. Thank god for kids TV when they’re sick. Continue reading

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Mum

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-20-28-32Whilst I was pregnant with Arch so many people took pleasure in telling me how my life was never going to be the same again. They told me I’d never be the same person I was before I had children but actually I’m happiest being a Mum. Yes life does change but I think every bit of it is for the better.
Almost one year on (yes he was a year on Friday!) I wanted to share with you what I wish somebody had told me before I became a Mum. Continue reading