What’s been making me happy: May

May seems to have absolutely flown by and I can’t quite believe that we’ll be half way through the year in a matter of days. It’s been a busy month workwise for both Adam and I, and also a month of seeing people I care about go through the lowest of lows and highest and highs. We’ve had our first mornings frosts of the year and the darkness seems to close in quicker and quicker each evening now too.

Here’s what’s been making me smile this month…


Looking down on an olive, flecked knitted cardigan with tortoiseshell buttons, set upon a grey and white stripe linen sheet.

The season of knitwear is upon us, and as always, that couldn’t make me happier. I adore jumpers, cardigans, vests and capes. There’s something about pulling on something knitted on a cool morning that just makes my heart sing. Autumn and winter fashions are my favourite, perhaps because they embrace knitwear, jeans and the muted, natural colours that I enjoy wearing. Over quite a number of years I’ve worked replacing worn out or damaged knitwear in my wardrobe with items made of wool, cashmere and other natural fibres. Although it’s not a huge collection, I’ve selected pieces in classic styles and neutral tones that I know I won’t easily bore of, and that I hope in years to come, will have dozens and dozens of memories attached to them.


Looking down on autumnal leaves on green grass.

I may have just plain forgotten last autumn, but it seems like this year the leaves are putting on a particularly spectacular show. Every time I’m out and about I always catch a glimpse of a tree covered in a fiery display of yellow, red and orange. I’ve visited a few parks these weeks past and the piles of fallen golden brown leaves are immense. Paul hasn’t quite cottoned on to playing in the detritus, but Adam and I have had a jolly good time swishing through them and reminiscing about our northern hemisphere autumns from years gone by. I know we’ve probably only got a few more weeks left, before the proper chill of winter hits and all the leaves fall and become a soggy mess, so I’m trying to make the most of these crisp, crunchy days.


Looking down on a gift wrapped in brown paper and tied with a light blue ribbon, set against a black and white checked blanket.

This month two new little people have arrived. In fact they were both born within hours of each other on the same day, which will hopefully make remembering birthdays easier! One baby I will get to meet soon, the other it’ll probably take a little bit longer… but by golly I can’t wait. Both babes have been born into beautiful families and it’s such a joy to watch how lives will transform as a result of their arrival. Needless to say I’ve been doing a little bit of newborn shopping and it still spins me when browsing through tiny outfits at how small these little ones are… and how small Paul was too. Paul will probably always lean towards being on the petite side, but even he feels huge when I see infants now. Bring on the baby snuggles!

What’s been making you happy this month?

Have a wonderful week.

M. x

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