Fear and Surrender


Thank you all so much for your comments here, on facebook and instagram over the last week! We are absolutely over the moon, and it is incredibly touching to have this beautiful community behind us.

The last few months have been a roller coaster. I’m 18 weeks pregnant tomorrow and in some ways it seems like those weeks have flown by, but in the same breath, it feels like the last couple of months have inched by impossibly slowly. After losing our first baby, I have been extremely anxious this time around. When we found out I was pregnant and realised I’d be nine weeks along when we left for Europe, I was so stressed that something would go wrong while we were stranded on the other side of the world. Each day that passed uneventfully while we were away, I said a silent thank you to the universe. Up until a week or two ago I had quite a lot of morning sickness and fatigue, and as ridiculous as it may sound, I was so grateful for every moment of feeling ill or tired (even though it made for some interesting times while we travelled!) I had virtually no symptoms during my first pregnancy, so feeling unwell was strangely reassuring, especially while we were so far home.

Even since coming home and having a great scan, the anxiety hasn’t left me. I was so hesitant to share our news here, and even with our friends and family in real life, for fear of something going wrong. But I know from experience that if the worst were to happen, keeping it to ourselves would not make the pain any less. It also occurred to me the other day that no matter how scared I might be, I do not want to waste this fleeting, precious time feeling sad and worried. I want to start embracing this experience and celebrating this tiny life. I am so happy and so grateful to be carrying this little one. Such happiness deserves to be shared and cherished! I mustn’t let past hurts overshadow the joy of the present.

So, I’m trying to let go of fear and to surrender to the fact that so much of this experience is completely out of my hands. As a person with slightly control-freakish tendencies and a predisposition to worry, this has been a difficult lesson for me, but I’m working on it. I still don’t have complete faith that everything will be ok, but I accept that this is out of my control and my worrying won’t change anything. I trust that what is meant to be, will be, and I am full of hope.

So full of hope.

Thanks again for reading, friends. We are so grateful to have your support as we embark on this next part of our journey.

Katie x

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The Happiest News


Reuben and I are absolutely thrilled to share the news that we are expecting a little one next April! Though the road to this point has not always been easy, we are so very, very grateful to be here now. Our hearts are so full.

Katie x

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Banana Bread

It’s no secret that I’m a homebody. I relish the time I spend with Reuben in our nest, surrounded by our fur babies and the things we hold dear. Though I love going out for adventures and to spend time with friends, I’m always happy to come back to our own little patch of earth.

Our big trip reaffirmed just how much home means to me. Though we had a truly wonderful time and each day was full of amazing exeriences and surprises, I really missed our home. I missed cooking meals in our shabby apricot kitchen. I missed my vintage linens and mismatched crockery. I missed collecting the eggs in the morning. I missed our messy garden. Most of all, I missed our cats, dogs and chickens. Life just feels a bit empty without their furry (and feathery) little faces close by.

A little part of me worried that after exploring some of the world’s most incredible cities, our tiny village would feel suffocatingly small. I was concerned that when we came back, all the messy, imperfect bits of our regular life would seem more apparent and tiresome. But on the contrary, I find myself fonder of the flaws and imperfections than ever before. Spending time away from here reminded me just how much I love this simple life we are building, in all its messy, imperfect glory.

I hope you’re all having a lovely week. Sending cozy, happy thoughts from our home to yours.

Katie x

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Postcards from Europe

My goodness friends, it has been a long time between posts! Last time you heard from us we had just left Paris…

While I fully intended to keep this space updated while we travelled, sometimes good intentions aren’t quite enough. Wifi was unreliable a lot of the time we were away, we found putting posts together difficult without our usual laptop, and if I’m to be very honest, blogging just wasn’t really a priority while we were adventuring. I spent about a week stressing about the fact I “needed” to post here, before giving myself a (metaphorical) shake and reminding myself that actually, the world doesn’t stop if I don’t blog. While I love coming here to tell our story, doing so is not life or death, and while we were soaking up this once in a lifetime experience, it just wasn’t all that important. I know your worlds carry on just fine without us popping up in your reader, and so, I let go… We enjoyed our trip and we didn’t worry about documenting, knowing this space would be waiting for us on our return. It was a good reminder of the importance of taking a step back and living in the moment.


Westminster Abbey

View from Orvlietto

Van Gough Museum





Katie and Reuben




Luxembourg Gardens




Food and Wine Fest

Fountain in Nice

In Paris








Reuben 2


Berlin Wall



Buckingham Palace

Our time in Europe was incredible. So many lifelong dreams fulfilled and so many once in a lifetime opportunities experienced. From meandering down an Amsterdam canal in a paddleboat, to climbing the stairs of Prague castle and wandering the ruins of the Roman forums, there were so many magical moments during our six week journey. Of course, as with all things in life, there were less-than-perfect bits too! But on reflection, I’ve come to realise that sometimes the mishaps make for the best (and funniest) stories.

Reubs and I actually arrived home about a week ago but since our return we’ve been taking it easy. We both came back with nasty cases of laryngitis (as well as jet lag) so we’ve needed to take some time to rest and recuperate. This week we’re both feeling better and getting back into the swing of our regular routines. Our trip was wonderful, but it feels so good to be home!

I hope things have been sunshiny and happy for you while we’ve been away? And you’ve been having a lovely spring? (Or autumn!) I have so missed this space…

Katie x

PS Thank you all so, so much for your kind wishes on my last post! Truly, you are all so kind.
PPS If you’d like to see more of our holiday snaps, there are quite a few on Instagram. I tried not to go too overboard with pics in this post!

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Paris (and a Little Announcement)














After leaving London last week, we spent five days in Paris! I was especially excited about this part of the trip, as visiting Paris had been a dream of mine since I was little. We caught the Eurostar across the channel and I have to admit, stepping out of the train station for the first time, into a foreign country where we didn’t know the language, was a little intimidating. We spent the first day or so feeling a bit overwhelmed, but after working out the Metro and taking some time to explore and figure the city out, we adjusted fairly quickly. Seeing the iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre was amazing, and quite surreal.

Aside from visiting the main tourist attractions, we spent a lovely afternoon at Luxembourg Garden and we placed a love lock on the Pont des Arts. We meandered through the flea markets fossicking for treasures, we took lots of time just to wander and drink in the culture, and we ate a lot of macaroons and croissants! I turned 28 on September 16th and to celebrate my birthday, we made all my childhood dreams come true by visiting Disneyland. Which brings me to a little announcement…


On the evening of my birthday, after watching the fireworks over the castle at Disneyland, catching the train back into the city and walking back to our motel through the bright lights of Paris, Reuben proposed. After almost 10 years together, we are finally making it official! Hurrah!

I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. (How on earth did I get so lucky!?)

Katie x

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