I had grand plans for this month's styling the seasons. Plans that involved making something, styling an outdoor surface and including lots and lots of colour. And then the boys were sick, it rained non-stop for days on end, (apart from the last few lovely days) and ultimately, I ran out of time and energy. So I resorted to popping to the local market to buy a big bunch of flowers and digging out a few of my favourite jars, jugs and vases and arranging them all on the mantelpiece in the living room. This pretty much sums up how April has been for us so far ... plans, problems, cancelled plans, changed plans, smiles, chaos and hopefully, a simple but happy week ahead as we're escaping to colder but infinitely more exciting climes (if you want a hint, check out my Instagram account).
The living room is where I spend time with the boys when we're in during the day as it's home to most of their toys. Train sets and Octonauts galore! It's been so nice to have something pretty to look at. Although, it wasn't easy taking these photographs without appearing, bad hair and all, in the mirror too. I was almost tempted to take it off the wall but thought that might be a step too far even though I think the flowers would look much better without the reflection.
Pretty, pretty ranunculus. They look like they'd make the most marvellous pillows for fairies to lay down their magical, little heads.
And these two ... well ... their poor heads became a bit too big for their slim bodies so they found a new home in two little ramekins where they have been happy floating for over a week now, much like lillypads on a garden pond.
Oh, and this book? This book has to be one of the most perfect children's books. If you have a child that wants to know more about nature, seasons and changing scenery, then you have to buy Nature's Day. The illustrations alone are worth spending hours pouring over. They're so beautiful.