New stage of life, new blog

For those of you who have been wondering what has happened to me – sorry. We had a torrid time of it over the past few years at the hotel, and have ended up selling at a huge loss and moving to Edinburgh to try and start again.

You can find my musings on the frugal life, debt reduction, and family fun, at DrLJN

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Bicycles

When Frances asks for a bicycle, this is what she means!

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Frances is Two!

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Long silence

My apologies to thos of you who were worried.  I’ve had Post-natal Depression (surprisingly common, it seems) but thanks to some medication and some very good counselling I’m a lot better now.

Knitting has stopped completely.  First because I really couldn’t do anything, and now because it’s a lot quicker to get something made for Frances on the sewing machine.  My knitting isn’t fast enough to keep up with her growth rate!

Every single soft toy has to have its own nappy....

Every single soft toy has to have its own nappy....

I’ve also been doing some sewing for me with the help of the online community at Pattern Review (you can sign up for a free membership).  I started with some basic T-shirts, and have now managed a pair of corduroy trousers.

Ottobre Woman 05/2007 #16 in a random pocket-print corduroy.

Ottobre Woman 05/2007 #16 in a pocket-print corduroy.

The pattern is from a Finnish magazine called Ottobre Woman – like Burda but with a wider range of body types and ages.

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Frances Jean

Is almost three months old, and smiles a lot for her granny.

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Four generations together

Eustace & girls

My mum’s dad, my mum, me, Frances, mum’s sister, & mum’s stepmum!

Eustace & boys

Then there’s the boys – sadly my Dad has had to go back to work and isn’t with us.

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For Jean – it’s perfect!

Jean's jumper

Thank you!

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