The Rising Phoenix

The Rising Phoenix
I'm a married mama of a 3 year old girl living life and learning along the way. Doing our best to live in unison with our heart, mind & spirit. Sharing our adventures & everyday moments in the New Forest, UK
 
 

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Day in my life - Week 24

Day in my life - Week 24

It was day 4 of another camping trip and it was a hard day. The previous 4 days were challenging too and I think that added to my tiredness but I have to say it ended up being our best day so far during this trip. Nixie is obviously going through something and she's been so incredibly challenging, amazing me with how defiant she can be! There were lots and lots of tears, her wanting to constantly run off to where I couldn't see her and ignoring me completely & laughing when I would have to go get her which led to me having to put her in the tent while I cooked which I wasn't happy about but it became a matter of keeping her safe. We don't do timeouts and we don't do punishments so I found it really hard. …

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Day in my life - Week 23

Day in my life - Week 23

The first part of the day we took it nice and slow just hanging out at home taking our time to get dressed and ready. She decided it was a great idea to build a tower with our books and I was pleasantly surprised that she actually helped put them back when she was finished. She's been so into playing with her animals as of late and I love all the scenarios she creates, she gets so completely absorbed in her own world. We had someone coming to the house around 12:30 to check on some things so had to wait until he arrived before we could head out anywhere but once he did off we went to the beach. …

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Third camping trip of the year: A week of many shifts!

Third camping trip of the year: A week of many shifts!

We just got back from our third camping trip of the year (June 9-16) and I know I said that the last one was one of the best weeks of my life well now i’m going to say that this one was! Every new camping experience seems to be better than the last & after over a month of no camping due to having too many photography projects and editing to do, this last trip couldn’t have come soon enough. …

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Day in my life - Week 22

Day in my life - Week 22

Our day began with picking strawberries from our garden for breakfast & I adore how excited Nixie gets whenever she sees a bright red one! After a few errands we headed to one of our favourite spots again: Goodalls Strawberry Farm but this time to pick raspberries, we were about a week too early for most of them to be ready but I was determined that we were going to make raspberry cupcakes and we did manage to find just enough ripe ones. …

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Day in my life - Week 21

Day in my life - Week 21

It was day two of our third camping trip of the year and it was such a beautiful day of memory making. First off Nixie managed to blow bubbles for the very first time on her own and the look of accomplishment on her face was priceless! It's been something she's been trying to do for a while and every so often she'd have a little success but this time she truly mastered the skill! Most of our day was spent in the woods in search of newts, frogs and toads...we didn't leave a log unturned and by the end of the day we must have found at least 20 newts, a frog and a toad. …

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Day in my life - Week 20

Day in my life - Week 20

This is a very special entry because it is also my first entry for Artefact motherhood blog circle which is a collaboration of artists/mothers from around the world. Mothers sharing stories of the joys and struggles of our journey. These are more than photographs with dates written on the back. These are the artefacts we are leaving behind for children and the generations to come. …

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Day in my life - Week 19

Day in my life - Week 19

We did not have a good day. In fact, it was pretty awful. I wasn't feeling good, had been completely bed bound a couple days earlier with a vomiting bug and it still hadn't left my system completely. I felt emotional and pretty moody all day and Nixie wasn't in the best of places either. We did head over to Goodalls strawberry farm (our very first time of the season!) to pick some strawberries early in the morning, its one of my favourite local places & I had been looking forward to hanging out at their quirky little cafe. …

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A Week of Pure Inspiration

A Week of Pure Inspiration

​We arrived on the Saturday and besides just a couple of other campers we were the only ones there but by the following Monday we had the space completely to ourselves again, I just couldn't believe how perfect it all was. It's such a different experience when you can just be where you are rather than having to hike somewhere before you are not surrounded by people and there was just something so magical about being there completely on our own, we were able to feel & connect with the landscape differently, we became acquainted with everything that surrounded us such as the trees, the plants, the animals & insects in such a deeper way. …

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Day in my life - Week 18

Day in my life - Week 18

It was such a good day for us. I finally had finished my editing marathon for some clients and had a day where my focus could be completely on Nixie. For the last while our days begin around 5 AM and the first thing Nixie wanted to do was pop the last ballons that were still hanging up from her 3rd birthday. The rest of the morning was filled with chores, we had a lovely surprise from the cats in which one of them weed and pood on the bed which meant another trip to the laundromat was needed to clean the duvet.... …

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The Rising Tadpole

The Rising Tadpole

Watching tadpoles go through their metamorphosis into little froglets has been such an incredible experience for our family especially Nixie. It wasn't something we set out to do but on one of our walks in the woods we found lots and lots of frogspawn in a giant puddle and with the only thing we had as a container: our Costa cups, we carefully collected some of it along with another cup filled with their puddle water and brought them home with us! …

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Day in my life - Week 17

Day in my life - Week 17

It was an unusual day. Kevin stayed home sick which is something that rarely ever happens. I took this opportunity to go to the laundromat on my own. A week of camping and two long weekends in a row out of town meant that we had a crazy pile of laundry that seemed neverending! When I got back home poor Kevin looked so rough so me and Nixie went on a little adventure down the quay for ice cream and in the later afternoon we headed to the woods... …

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Day in my life - Week 16

Day in my life - Week 16

I had woken up feeling really stressed for various reasons but by the end of the day I felt so good. Everything began to shift when we went out for a little walk to Buckland Rings. It was a gorgeous day, the sun was shining, and you could feel that spring had truly arrived, all the flowers in full bloom, vibrant colours were everywhere. Nixie was in one of the best moods ever, extra affectionate, super easygoing and so full of love and joy. ..... …

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Day in my life - Week 15

Day in my life - Week 15

It was the day after getting home from camping which meant there was lots and lots of laundry to do but the chores couldn't keep us inside and we headed to Brockenhurst for a little morning adventure in the woods before resigning ourselves to a day indoors. …

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Day in my life - Week 14

Day in my life - Week 14

It was Day 2 of our 9 day camping trip & in comparison to our first day, a much cooler and gloomier day with a bit of rain but it didn't matter to us, we still had a wonderful day drinking hot chocolate, building bridges, climbing in ditches, exploring the woods, finding superworms, tadpoles, & tiny slugs which we then had to search for a bigger one (their mamma) before she was ready to set them free. …

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Day in my life - Week 13

Day in my life - Week 13

It was one of those days where the last thing I wanted to do was pick up my camera, I was just not in the mood for this project at all! But I made a promise to myself when I began this project that no matter what I wouldn't miss a day so I persevered and decided I didn't care if I didn't do a very good job. I'm finding this project quite interesting, it's fun to see what kind of images I create based on my ever changing moods! …

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Day in my life - Week 12

Day in my life - Week 12

It was the beginning of Easter weekend so Kevin had the day off which was so nice, I love it when we get to all be together even if we're just having a lazy day at home. Actually, I think that lazy days at home can be some of the best days! …

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Camping season has begun!

Camping season has begun!

We just had our very first camping trip of the year last week on March 22 when the campsite which had pretty much become our second home last summer opened up for the season. I haven’t had the chance to write about it until now because as soon as we got back I was inspired to create a new wall hanging, a weave using a fallen branch that I had found as my loom and now that it’s finished I can finally reminisce about our short but perfect little break away from it all.. …

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Day in my life - Week 11

Day in my life - Week 11

It was an exceptionally great day, maybe a bit full-on but still a wonderful one! It marked our start of camping season and Nixie could not have been more excited, I was worried we were going to have to cancel our trip due to Nixie being so poorly a couple of days before but luckily she got a lot better, still very coldy, with a runny nose but I'm so happy we decided to go ahead with our plans because it was a day to remember. …

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Nixie's Snow Day Part II

Nixie's Snow Day Part II

I got up at 4:30 with her Sunday morning, but I didn't feel tired when she woke me & I was actually in the mood to get up... But that morning I was especially happy to be up because as we looked out into the garden it looked like a winter wonderland! Even more so than last time, I really didn't think that we'd get that much snow so I was pleasantly surprised! And what was even better was that it happened when Kevin was home. …

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A week of many shifts

A week of many shifts

So many shifts have happened this week. We stopped nursing during the night & it's the 5th night where I have our super king all to myself! Nixie is asleep in her own bed in her own room & Kevin hasn't come home from work yet. It is such a strange feeling, she seems so grown up, like she's jumped 4 steps ahead! And today we had an incredible adventure to Whitley Wood. …

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Day in my life - Week 10

Day in my life - Week 10

It was another really good day. We spent the morning and afternoon with some of our favourite people, Elina & Levana. Nixie just adores and loves Levana so much, I love watching their special friendship grow. The only thing is I wished I would have brought my tripod so I could have gotten in the frame more, we were only meant to see each other for a little bit while we were on our way to see the horses but we ended up spending most of the day together. …

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My Mother's Day Walk

My Mother's Day Walk

A couple of days late but I really wanted to share some photos from this past Sunday. I had a really beautiful mother's day. All I wanted to do was go for a walk somewhere new and that is exactly what we did. …

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Streams, Puddles & More Puddles

Streams, Puddles & More Puddles

The woods were so so wet, and the streams were flowing. This is Nixie's favourite environment and it took her all of 5 seconds before she was off exploring the path of the stream by wading through it and at times sliding down the sides or jumping into it or just sitting in the middle of it. …

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It Finally Happened, Nixie's First Snow!

It Finally Happened, Nixie's First Snow!

The snow is all gone now, & it only lasted a day but I feel the need to memorialise it because it was the first time Nixie got to experience snow and I want it on here as a memory. Plus I took lots of photos and I need a place to share them. …

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Day in my life - Week 9

Day in my life - Week 9

I woke up in the grumpiest of moods due to not getting very much sleep & I was not in the mood for this project at all! But Nixie was in one of the greatest, happiest moods ever, so full of vibrant energy jumping and dancing around the house giggling away that it didn't take long for her mood to rub off on me. …

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Our Return to the Forest

Our Return to the Forest

In the past couple of weeks we have had some incredible moments while out adventuring in the forest. There's been a definite shift in energies and now it's the woods calling us. …

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Day in my life - Week 8

Day in my life - Week 8

We had a really fun relaxing day playing games at home, getting a bit messy and a beautiful walk to the woods with a little stop on the way to give some horses some love. …

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Day in my life - Week 7

Day in my life - Week 7

This a day in my life project was filled with so many different emotions. I left for a two night trip to Sweden to see my mom & it was the second time being away from Nixie overnight, the first time was 6 months ago when I had to make an emergency trip to Sweden when my mom was in hospital. My mom has Alzheimer's and had moved to an assisted living facility after her hospital stay and this was the first time I had been able to visit her there. …

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Day in my life - Week 6

Day in my life - Week 6

It was nice to have Kevin in my Day in My Life Project again although I felt bad for him he had been up since 3Am and didn't get home until 1:30Am on the Friday and really needed some extra sleep. I did try to give it to him but Nixie could only wait so long until she had to wake him. …

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Day in my life - Week 5

Day in my life - Week 5

We had such a beautiful day! It began with an outing to the sea with some of our favourite people, Elena, Levana & Rad and an afternoon busy with being creative and playing with her animals and puzzles. Nixie actually made her very first pinch bowl all on her own and started experimenting with a new technique while water coulouring.... …

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All About the Seaside

All About the Seaside

Usually I'm more drawn to the woods but lately I've been feeling such a strong pull to be by the sea. And it seems Nixie has been feeling the same because everyday for the past few weeks she's been talking non-stop about wanting to go to the seawall. And for the past three weeks we've been having almost daily adventures to the seaside. …

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Day in my life - Week 4

Day in my life - Week 4

We had a really great adventure for this week's a day in my life! We had a day out in Bournemouth visiting one of my dear friends Sara who's about to have a baby within the next couple of weeks! Although I did find it hard photographing while trying to have a catch up and running after Nixie but we had a really lovely day. And Nixie was so happy to be able to ride the train and a bus all in one day! …

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Day in my life - Week 3

Day in my life - Week 3

This week's day in my life felt so much better than last week! We've had such a great day, from the moment we woke up the cuddles began and it was a day of being creative, getting messy, going on adventures, running errands, eating and playing with her animals. Just another typical day in our lives but a really good one. …

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Day in my life - Week 2

Day in my life - Week 2

So this week's day in my life felt so incredibly hard! I had thought we'd at least have an outing of some sort but that didn't happen, the weather was just uninspiring with drizzly rain and to add to the dreariness, the light that I find the most challenging in our house consumed our whole day! There was basically no natural light coming in anywhere, It was grey and dark and I had to rely on artificial light which is not a fave of mine and I had to set the ISO way high! But we made the most of it and spent hours upon hours mostly playing with her animals with some breaks inbetween to go do something else. It wasn't the most exciting day and I found it very difficult to document but that's part of why I like this project, it's making me really push myself and getting me out of my comfort zones. …

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Our first just-the-two-of-us adventure of the year

Our first just-the-two-of-us adventure of the year

This week marked the return of Kevin having to go back to work after 12 amazing days together. I was a little worried that it was going to be a bit of a hard transition for Nixie because she had been loving having him with us everyday and has become so attached to him. She wouldn't even let him out of her sight for a second! But she really surprised me with her maturity, the first morning she woke up and noticed that Kevin was gone, she just said, “daddy's at work, I miss him, I love him,” and just gave me the biggest cuddle and that was it! The last three days have been so wonderful, there's been no upsets, bad moods or anything... …

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Day in my life - Week 1

Day in my life - Week 1

This is the first entry to my personal project I will be working on this year. Photographing one whole day in my life, 1 day a week starting on Monday Jan 1, 2018. The second week will be the following Tuesday & the week after that will be the Wednesday and so on until I reach 52 weeks. I'm giving myself a week to edit them so will be sharing the day a week later. …

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The Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice

This was a year of many firsts, and this holiday season we didn't celebrate Christmas as we have done in the past but instead our big day has become the Winter Solstice, celebrating the coming of light & we decided to have our big day coincide with the solstice celebration at Stonehenge. …

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Reunited with her Tomato

Reunited with her Tomato

This past Sunday Nixie got reunited with her sweet Tomato. Ever since the last time she got to ride her she hasn't stopped talking about her. Everyday, several times a day, she gets sad and says to me, “I miss tomato,luv her, want to riiiide her, cuddle her” and at other times she'll be reminiscing about tomato and in a happy voice will say, “ride tomato, i running!!” Her love for her new friend is really one of the sweetest things I've seen. …

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A little seaside explore

A little seaside explore

It was such a gorgeous day out today and when I saw the clear blue sky I knew we needed to have a little adventure. Nixie loves to run around on our little beach during low tide and I had checked the times for low tide and it just happened to be during the most beautiful part of the day and a time that wasn’t too early or too late. …

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An auspicious day filled with inspiration & love

An auspicious day filled with inspiration & love

Me and Nixie really lucked out today, Kevin had to work from home due to a train strike which meant he could give us a ride wherever we wanted to go on his lunch break. No waiting on trains. No long treks. Not needing to carry Nixie in the backpack. Such a novelty!! …

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The soothing sea & the grounding forest

The soothing sea & the grounding forest

Today our senses got a special treat, we got to feel the soothing energies of the sea in the morning and the grounding energies of the forest in the afternoon. …

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Nixie's first ever horse riding experience!

Nixie's first ever horse riding experience!

Oh my GOSH! What an incredible weekend! We spent it at the stables in Brockenhurst where Nixie got to have her first horseback riding experience. I had called the number I was given on the day me and Nixie were playing in the puddles on Balmer's Lawn and they told me if a helmet fits she can have a go. And thankfully Nixie fit into the smallest helmet they had. …

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From the blues to bliss

From the blues to bliss

I feel such bliss right now and feel completely enveloped in the most beautiful love. It's 19:00 and Nixie has just fallen asleep and I'm right beside her enjoying listening to her sweet little breath, and I can't help but think how since having a child how the littlest of things can bring me such comfort and bliss. My day didn't start so good though, I was feeling incredibly tired and drained, I had wanted to go on a hike but just didn't have the energy to carry Nixie and deal with everything that a hike would entail. …

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The Dead Trees

The Dead Trees

What a day! I don’t think I've felt this worn out since the day me and Kevin walked 8 miles when I was 10 days overdue trying to get Nixie to come out! I had wanted to go on a long hike but it ended up feeling more like an expedition. …

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Holland's Wood Wandering

Holland's Wood Wandering

What an incredible day me and Nixie have had. I woke up feeling pretty rough, I had barely gotten any sleep, Nixie kept me up most of the night, wanting to nurse all of the time. She hasn’t been very well these past few days dealing with a cold that’s been wearing her out. Right after I woke up this morning I felt the strongest pull to go to the woods, i thought being outside would be good for both of us. Whenever i feel a bit low, I know that the best place for me is the woods. It always restores me in some way and gives me exactly what i need. …

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A little wander in Roydon Woods

A little wander in Roydon Woods

This morning we woke up around 6:00 and since the moment I opened my eyes I was itching to go on a little hike in the woods. So after breakfast I got us ready and made sure I packed some snacks & several extra pairs of clothes for Nixie since she has this inner compass that seems to always guide her directly to some source of water when we are out, it is quite impressive! I put her in the backpack and off we went to catch the train to Brockenhurst. …

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Our New Life in the New Forest

Our New Life in the New Forest

These past couple of months have brought with them so many life changes. We relocated from the busy city of London where our everyday environment consisted of lots of cars, busses, fumes, buildings, pavements, ambulance sirens, noise and people rushing around in too much of a hurry to even say hello, to country life in the New Forest where our everyday consists of horses, cows, donkeys, forests, heathlands, fields, seaside, woodland streams and birdsong …

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