Sunday, 29 July 2012

Sunday breakfast

I woke up early this morning and couldn't get back to sleep, so I made crumpets (what we call crumpets in S.A) Ooooh...yum :)

Thursday, 26 July 2012

25/6 weeks

I had my first appointment with the midwife today. She thinks I'm a week further along than we thought (I am big!) and we got to listen to our wiggle-worms heartbeat for the first time too! 

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Another post about our weekend

We've had such a good weekend. Lee's cousin Claire got married on Friday and we were invited to the evening reception. It was so lovely to see everyone and have an excuse to dress up and go out. I'll do a separate post about the wedding soon(ish). It was all so pretty and we had such a great time chatting to the family and seeing all the kids and new babies. We only got to bed at around three in the morning with all the extended goodbyes and then more chatting back at the house with cups of tea and slices of cheesy toast.

We went back the following day to get our car that was still at Galgorm; me and Lee, his mom and dad and uncle Joe and since we were all there and it was lunch time we decided to try out the new Italian restaurant Fratelli. We just shared a couple of pizzas between us, and the goats cheese one was wonderful. What was also wonderful was the outside seating area with heated seats! I was in heaven, obviously.

Also, we've gone and bought the paint for the nursery along with some other baby things.

It's been a good and productive weekend and I've been feeling pretty darn happy, I'm a lucky girl :) And we've still got the whole evening sprawling out before us.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012


I've been seeing these posts all over the blog world for a goodly while now. Today I saw it on Delirious Rhapsody, and since I had some free time at work, thought I'd participate too. So... 

Loving: Being pregnant! It was awful the first few months, but now that it’s settled down and I can eat again and not spend half the day bent over the toilet I’m really enjoying it. It’s fun to think about how our lives are on the brink of enormous change and the little person who’s about to join our family and what she’s going to be like, who she’ll look like and what sort of parents we’re going to be. Lee, obviously, he's a wonderful husband! Ready meals from Marks and Spencer, seriously, they are yummy…especially the chilli con carne with extra lashings of sour cream. That our house is coming along so nicely and we've pretty much bought all the furniture we need except for a few more bits and bobs and accessories for here and there. Working in the city centre and how handy it is to pop out during the day for a wee dander about the shops.

Reading: I’ve been pretty slack when it comes to reading lately. My sister sent me ‘Charlotte Sometimes’ as part of my birthday present. It’s a kiddie book and therefore light-hearted and doesn’t require any thought whatsoever. I have a pretty bad concentration span lately.

Watching: Same goes for telly. When in charge of the remote control, I’m likely to look for ‘I didn’t know I was pregnant’, ‘Obese and Pregnant’ or anything else trashy and mindless. But most evenings I can be found slumped in front of ‘Big Bang Theory’ and whatever cookery shows are on, most recently ‘The Roux Legacy’.

Anticipating/Awaiting: The end of September when I go off on maternity leave; the beginning of November and our wee baby’s birthday; hearing back from the Home Office about my application for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. I’m really hoping they don’t send me home to South Africa!

Listening to: Absolute Classic rock on the radio, or if I'm alone, Absolute classic 90’s.

Planning: How to decorate the nursery.

Working on: Getting through the next ten weeks of work; not becoming obese and um, my pelvic floor muscles, sorry tmi.

Wishing: My family didn’t live across three continents and I could see them all more than once a year; I could drink a big glass of wine; the sun would shine consistently for at least 3 months a year and that it’d be warm sun.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Come dine with us

We had our friends around on Sunday for lunch. Lee'd been planning the menu for weeks and he finally decided on the menu last week. Carri-Ann requested we post her a copy of the menu, so that she could read it out 'Come Dine With Me' style for the camera. Sadly, I don't have any video footage...

Lee decided on a starter from Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir recipe book. It's an asparagus and leek mousse. He was cursing his decision and this mousse when he realized how fiddly and time consuming it was. It was delicious!
 Lee's own confit duck leg and petit pois a la francaise. Oh my. This was amazing and far too much food.
Another recipe from Raymond Blanc. This was a lemon mousse in a marzipan parcel with a syrupy cherry sauce. I think we all whimpered our way through eating this.

By the end of the evening, the kitchen was under a greasy layer of duck fat, as were the insides of our arteries...and we were all fat and full and happy.

They promised to score us in the taxi on the way home and to film that too, and if it did happen, I'll come back and post the videos here.

Friday, 13 July 2012

James Neil

Welcome to the world little guy!*
*Our wee nephew

Baby James arrived on Monday night, 9th of July at 11h45. He weighed 7lb 13oz. Him and his mommy were sent home the following evening as they were both doing well.

His uncle Lee and I went to visit him yesterday and he's a real cutie pie. Congratulations to Janette and Shane!

Monday, 9 July 2012

The last couple o' days

We got a lovely parcel in the post from Canada! The cutest fluffy bunny, a friendly moose bib and some adorable piglet outfits. Along with the presents we got a lovely and lengthy letter from my niece which made us both laugh out loud in places. Thank you family, we love the presents!
23 week bump and fluffy bunny
Baby O'Boyle has started kicking hard enough for me to see the kicks now. She's getting pretty strong.

We've been to Ikea and bought a whole lot of stuff!
This is how our bedroom currently looks
We bought a wardrobe for our bedroom and bedside cabinets, a chest of drawers for the spare room, a coffee table for the living room, a breakfast bar and stools for the kitchen, a rug for our entrance hall and the baby's changing unit! The cot we wanted was out of stock, so we're going back for that maybe this weekend. We also got a few other bits and bobs for the nursery.

Lee's mom helped to hang our new bedroom curtains. It's amazing how big a difference curtains alone can make to a room!

My appetite has come back. I could barely finish a main course at a restaurant in the past, but lately I've been managing to put away three courses. We don't eat out often, so thankfully I'm not exposed to stodgy puddings regularly!*

*I'm ravenous, I could put away a sticky toffee pudding right now.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Fermanagh mini break - Florence Court

On Tuesday, after checking out of Lusty Beg we did a detour past Florence Court before heading back home. We'd wanted to go last year when we were in Fermanagh, but for whatever reason, we didn't get there. It was a pretty rainy day, not the best day for wandering around gardens and grounds, but after a while, it did dry up a little bit. Yay!
 Rose Cottage, where the gardener used to live. So pretty, I'd live there.

I think that's our trips and mini breaks done for a while now. We've been away more weekends lately than we've been at home and I think we're both ready for a few quiet weekends.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Fermanagh mini break

We were in Fermanagh over the last few days. Lee took us away on a 'mystery tour', not telling me where we were going until we pulled up outside of it. The whole way in the car I'd ask if every sign board we passed was where we were going. We arrived at the ferry at Lusty Beg Island, a wee island in the Fermanagh Lake lands. 

Such a pretty island! We went on the nature trail walk, we swam and we ate pretty well too...we would have gone canoeing and off road driving too, but apparently I'm now allowed to in my condition.

On Monday we took the MV Kestrel from Enniskillen to Devenish Island. It was a lovely wee boat trip and wander around the island. I do like some old ruins.
Part two is next...

Wash day!

Yup, this is a post about laundry (and a usual moan about the weather) and how today was the first day in weeks that it didn't rain constantly and how I got to use the washing line for the first time. Exciting times!

I have photos to put up from our mini break in Fermanagh, but I first had to document the washing lines first use. I don't even care that that's kind of sad.

Don't judge me.