This, right here…

We’ve lived in Little Wood for two years now and, honestly, the novelty of it is yet to wear off.
Every time I visit a big, bustling city I think that perhaps I might quite like to live with everything on my doorstep for a bit. There are definite advantages to being right in the centre of things. But really I’m a country girl at heart. I love the quiet, and the expanse of sky. Wooden gates and brushy hedgerows. And impossibly white bunny tails, buried in long grass that Mr M just can’t seem to keep on top of.

It has been a privilege to build and make a home here – one that is never lost on us.
Many times we thought it just wasn’t going to happen, and it’s so hard – in lots of aspects of life – to accept that something you want so very much, might not be for you. I can’t tell you the number of times we chatted and planned and sought inspiration for this project. Even in the dark days when finances were tight and things looked very bleak indeed, we moved in faith. It was a giant leap, and  such an uncharacteristic one for a normally very cautious pair.

So you’ll understand why we never take our time here for granted. Little Wood has become such a part of our family – inextricably so. I firmly believe that the same walls and floors that we sigh over now – scraped and scored as they are – will be the ones that our grandchildren add their marks to in years to come. I hope so anyway.
I hope this house will tell the tales of our good days and bad days (more good than bad though please!), the busy ones, filled with friends and family and noisy chaos. And the ones where we’ve just been content to be.

Never have I felt more that I belonged somewhere, than when I’m walking these fields.
With this little crew in tow.

Some pictures of a very lazy Sunday, if you’d like to see…

 

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We call these ‘dandy-clocks’ – I’m still not sure what the technical name is?  Anyhow, a more accurate time-teller we have not yet found. (Actually, scrap that. Mr M’s ‘position of the sun’ method is pretty good too. Geek. 🙂 )

 

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We often say that Noah has an old soul in a young man’s body.  For all his crazy, seven year old ways, he is wise and kind and thoughtful beyond measure. And he loves a walking stick like no one else I know.  I love him! 🙂

 

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I have this new thing for wildflowers. Well, it’s a new, old-thing really.  Spring has dusted our little corner of this island with Bluebells and Primroses and Cow Parsley like you wouldn’t believe.  I’ve been gathering and bringing it in, and love the simple, rustic beauty.  How generous our world is, if we just look with the right eyes, eh?

 

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‘I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order’ (John Burroughs)

 

Yes. Yes I do.

 

E x

Potty Mouthed Mummy

 

22 Comments

  1. May 13, 2015 / 8:16 am

    This is a lovely post Emma and I can imagine how head over heels in love with your home you must be when you have built it from scratch- it would be a dream of mine I think but I wouldn’t have a clue where to start. It sounds like you have an idyllic life at The Little Wood- something which you obviously know and are grateful about as well. I love seeing all your photos of your little people, I know I say it all the time but I do think we are kindred spirits- just with a big stretch of water separating us! x
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  2. Natalie @ little jam pot
    May 13, 2015 / 8:17 am

    Love this post Emma. We’re in the process of doing up our new home for the next few years. We’re hoping to move to the countryside by the sea in a few years, but for now we will transform this into our home sweet home.

    Your home is so dreamy, the space, the light, interior. Well done you guys, it’s gorgeous xx

  3. May 13, 2015 / 8:40 am

    No wonder you are so content, proud and chilled there, it’s absolutely stunning! I love seeing your pictures and you make life sound so peaceful and blessed (I know this won’t always be the case with 3 little ones) but it looks simply perfect! Well done for building something so beautiful x
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  4. May 13, 2015 / 9:32 am

    Lovely, you have summed up exactly why we moved to the country. Having your own place to explore on your doorstep. Finding new things everytime. We have just been in our place a year and have yet to finish the place off, but already the garden surprises us. Things we didn’t even know were there just appear one day.

    I hope when all works are complete and I am happy with the house, we can be as happy as your little brood. xx
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  5. May 13, 2015 / 10:20 am

    Beautiful photos Em, and I just love how much you love your house and really appreciate it, it’s so lovely to see 🙂 Whenever I see pictures of you guys frolicking in the countryside, it really makes me want to jack London in and move to the sticks- all that beauty and SPACE! x
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  6. May 13, 2015 / 11:39 am

    What a lovely post Emma – your house just always looks lovely. My husband has a lot of cousins in Ireland that have homes in the country and I love visiting and getting away from crowded roads. xxx
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  7. May 13, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Emma, this is such a lovely post – I love that this is your forever home and one you can imagine your grandchildren enjoying too. It’s such an amazing feeling to have built a home from scratch. I always say I’m a coastal girl, yet I do love living in the countryside and I think I fall in love with it more as time goes on. Beautiful photo’s of the kiddies too – I also call those dandylocks. haha!
    Kerry xx
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  8. May 13, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    This is one of those posts that makes you sigh inside at all the prettiness and loveliness and beautiful words. Just stunning. I think we’re all a little bit in love with your Little Wood too!!
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  9. May 13, 2015 / 6:27 pm

    This post really made me smile Emma. I feel exactly the same, I couldn’t imagine living in a big city, I love little in my little town, close to the rolling hills and countryside. Little Wood sounds perfect and your pictures are beautiful. You have such a similar interior style to me and I can’t wait to put my stamp onto our new house and create a cosy home. I was reading your post whilst sat next to Ava and she asked me to stop at the picture of Annie, she said “she’s pretty!” I think she was also admiring her gorgeous Mac! Thank you for linking up xx
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  10. May 13, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    A gorgeous heartfelt post with some fab pics to accompany it – love hearing about your beautiful home and it’s lovely to hear how grateful for it each and every day you are.
    Wonderful xxx
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  11. May 14, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    I know I seem to say it on most of your posts, but I love your house! It’s perfect; perfect location, perfect house, perfectly decorated. I love it!
    xx

  12. May 19, 2015 / 10:10 am

    Such a beautiful post Emma, filled with love for your home, family and surroundings. Nice to know that you don’t take it for granted though, and two years on still feel the same. Your photos are always stunning too xx #countingstars
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  13. May 19, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    Oh wow Em. Such a gorgeous post. You should be very proud of what you have created. Such a gorgeous home for a beautiful family. I love all the flowers. Thank your for linking to #CountLuckyStars x
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  14. May 19, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    Beautiful in every way Em. The words and pictures set one another off so wonderfully. Your house is stunning and the nature around it is a perfect backdrop. We know you appreciate everything about where you live and why not?! x x
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  15. May 19, 2015 / 10:32 pm

    Such a lovely photos and post – you really convey your beautiful home is where you heart is – well of your hearts! After all your hard work and sacrifices, you must both be so proud of yourselves. It makes me want to up sticks and move to the country now! #CountLuckyStars x
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  16. May 21, 2015 / 11:06 pm

    It is an idyllic life Emma! The best thing is that you’ve created it with your husband and it must all feel so very right. I’m a little envious I have to say but then I’ve never been one for brave decisions involving time and money and long term projects like Little Wood so I settle for what I have. Dandelion clocks – an hour for each blow til all the seeds have flown away right? Xx
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  17. May 28, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    Your home is beautiful but your family make it that place you just want to be. I am sure as long as you live there with your family it will be a happy place and the novelty will never wear off x
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  18. May 29, 2015 / 8:30 am

    What a lovely post, your house really is beautiful! We are moving further into the countryside in just over a week and I can’t wait to be even closer to nature. Like you I sometimes think it would be nice to be closer to everything, but I love the peace and the freedom for my boys x
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  19. June 10, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Lovely post, Emma! Thank you! Your family is beautiful! 🙂

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