Backlog: September 2018

September is when the Raveningham Country Fair takes place, so of course we took Em to see it. There's lots to see—steam engines, birds of prey, arts and crafts, and classic cars. Since she's quite mobile by this point, Em loves looking around the garden and garage. She obviously has no sense of self-preservation, so I'm always following her around and letting her explore her environment, ready to intervene if she, as entirely hypothetical examples, tries to climb a ladder or pick up a saw. The weather was still comfortable enough that walks on the beach are plenty pleasant, »

Backlog: August 2018

After the heatwave of the previous month, it was nice to enjoy more normal (for England) summer temperatures. One of the best things about our new house is how close it is to the sea; there’s a nice thirty-minute little circuit I can do daily on my lunch break to help clear my mind and get some exercise. My parents were also getting well settled into their new bungalow a short drive from us, and we started a tradition of visiting every Sunday for a nice lunch. Since Zoe, being a teacher, was not required to be at school »

Backlog: July 2018

By July we'd finally moved in to our new house and unpacked most of our things. We'd also started to explore the town and surrounding area. Em was getting a lot more mobile now – she could crawl quite easily, and was experimenting more and more with standing up. Sometimes she'd make quite a scene of it. July also marked a long heatwave – not a cloud to be seen for weeks on end, so much so that trees and grass were dying. As the month drew to a close, the skies clouded over and the rain came at last, restoring the »

Backlog: June 2018

June feels simultaneously yesterday and years ago. A lot has changed, not least of all Emily, who back then couldn't even crawl. We were also still living in a rented house, too, which we knew wouldn't be enough now that we had Em; plans were in motion, though: we'd decided on our new house and were in the (long, long) process of buying it. »