A long drive to Scotland and homemade bread #LittleLoves

It’s been a busy couple of weeks here, we are still recovering from our trip to Scotland last week! We drove up and did the journey in two chunks each way, which was still about 22 hours driving. It was absolutely worth it as we had an amazing time, but what an adventure! One of our tyres blew on the way up, thankfully it was after we had left the motorway, and the view wasn’t too shabby…



The Husband's Secret

I have been reading a real book this past week, for the first time in ages! I picked ‘The Husband’s Secret’ by Liane Moriarty up in a charity shop and I’m really enjoying it. It’s lovely to curl up with a book after Frey has gone to bed in the evening. I forget how much I enjoy reading, I haven’t done very much of it at all since Frey was born!



We’ve been watching ‘Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week’ on BBC for the past few weeks. It’s not something I would have usually chosen, but it’s pretty compelling viewing! It’s a search to find the country’s toughest recruit, and these 29 men and women, who are incredibly fit, are put through the most gruelling of challenges. In the first episode the recruits were woken up after just an hour’s sleep. I laughed and thought, ‘Ha, I know what that feels like!’. Then they were put through the toughest boot camp for the next 48 hours with no food or rest.. I’ll take a night feed any day thanks!


Photo Shoot

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this outfit before, but one of the things we did while we were away was have a family photo shoot. Frey absolutely loved it, and I dressed him in his very best ‘Little Bird’ rainbow dungarees. He was full of smiles and giggles for the whole hour – a model model!


Tiny Talk

We have started to go to ‘Tiny Talk’ baby signing classes.. and we took the DVD and CDs away with us so we could sing along to Frey in the car. I’m not sure how impressed he was, but it helped me to brush up on my nursery rhymes before the first class this morning!



I made the bread from the River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook this week. I was amazed that it worked, and I’ve made a second loaf since. It’s the first time I have hand baked bread, I borrowed my Mum’s breadmaking machine a few years ago and didn’t have much success, so I wasn’t holding out much hope for my homemade loaf, but I was very pleasantly surprised, it was delicious! I made a loaf for us and lots of breadsticks for Frey, and he is really enjoying them too.

And lastly…

I’m planning on attending my first blogger conference tomorrow, the FunFest Blogger Summit in Northampton. It will be an early start, but it’s not quite as far away as Scotland! I hope I will meet some of you there.

Have a lovely weekend!


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Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.


  1. Julie S. | 11th Sep 15

    Goodness, scary about your tire but glad that turned out ok and no one was hurt.

    • thesparklenest | 15th Sep 15

      It was a bit scary, I’d have ben useless if I’d been on my own. I’m glad Rob knew how to change a tyre!

  2. Louisa | 11th Sep 15

    Have a great time at Fun Fest. It’s not far from me but I had no idea it was running. Doh! You homemade bread looks delicious. I’ve never made any myself but can imagine the lovely smell coming from the kitchen x

    • thesparklenest | 15th Sep 15

      I think the smell of baking bread is one of the best things about making it! Fun Fest was brilliant, it’s a shame you didn’t know about it in time. It was in such a nice location, a little bit far to drive for me, but it was worth it!

  3. Sarah Anne | 11th Sep 15

    Oooh, where abouts in Scotland did you end up?

    I keep meaning to dig out my bread maker, I keep worrying about how much my youngest eats and the fact it’s probably all full of preservatives!

    Enjoy your blogging event!


    • thesparklenest | 15th Sep 15

      Hello! We were just south of Edinburgh, on the borders. Such a lovely place, I wish we could have stayed longer. I’d really recommend the bread, I couldn’t get along with the bread maker, but so far it seems to be working hand making it.. although I’ve only made two loaves!

  4. newmummyblogcom | 11th Sep 15

    Your homemade bread looks amazing! I’m just off to google the River Cottage book you mention… I hadn’t ought about making baby H specific bread, but that’s a fab idea. I read The Husband’s Secret before H was born, it was such a nice easy read. I need to read more too! I miss it and have no reason not to read in the evenings… Instead the ipad and blogging take over.
    Hope you enjoyed Scotland x

    • thesparklenest | 15th Sep 15

      Thank you! It’s really good bread, and I’d recommend the River Cottage book, it’s got lots of weaning tips and recipes for adults as well as babies. It’s easy for the Ipad to take over isn’t it? I’m trying to make it a rule that I don’t go online after Frey has gone to bed. It’s difficult though as that’s the best time to get things done! x

  5. Jess @ Along Came Cherry | 13th Sep 15

    I love the Little Bird kid’s clothes, it’s my favourite. Your bread looks fab. I must find a good book to read, I haven’t read one for a while :) x

    • thesparklenest | 15th Sep 15

      I love Little Bird too, they’re so cute! The bread is yummy, I’m eating far too much of it!

  6. butwhymummywhy | 16th Sep 15

    I really enjoyed that book, love curling up in the evenings with a book.
    How yummy does that bread look? Well done you. I can never seem to get bread right! xx

    • thesparklenest | 17th Sep 15

      Thank you. The bread is so easy! It’s the only recipe I’ve tried apart from the bread machine recipes, I don’t really want to try a new one in case it doesn’t work! xx

  7. hannah mum's days | 17th Sep 15

    Ooh a lovely post – I do love lots of photos! I’m loving the Little Bird outfit, I love Jools collection! The Bread looks incredible!!! Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

    • thesparklenest | 29th Sep 15

      Thank you, and thank you for hosting! x

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