My Week

Nautical cycles on Ely river

The weather’s been glorious again this week, hasn’t it? We made the most of it on Saturday and caught up with some DIY outside. The front door and outside windowsill have been repainted – we even cleaned the windows!

On Sunday, we took advantage of the amazing weather and went down to the river. We were hoping to go on one of the narrowboat tours that run from there through the summer, but they were nowhere to be seen, which was disappointing.

Whilst consoling ourselves with a 99 ice cream, we spotted the rather silly looking nautical cycles which are available to rent on the river. It’s like a pedalo crossed with a bicycle, with two sticking-out floating things (technical term) so you don’t sink. I couldn’t bring myself to try one, so James took the boys out on them for 15 minutes each. The boys had a saddle, but no pedals – so it was James doing all the work and it was quite heavy-going by all accounts! The boys absolutely loved it. Maybe I’ll be brave enough another time…

Nautical cycles on Ely river

On Monday I hosted my very own Bake Off…

HomeSense Autumn Baking

 I was the only contestant, so there wasn’t much competition. It was great to get stuck into some really technical baking – my first ever cinnamon buns!

Cinammon Buns

My other big event of the week was helping out on my son’s school trip to the town museum. It went really well and the children were delighted/awe-struck to meet Hereward the Wake. I do find that many children en masse pretty exhausting though (even though I was only actually in charge of two of them). Teachers, you have my full respect.

This week has also been about…

Being HomeSense’s Blogger of the Week on Twitter. Such a nice thing to happen!

What I’ve been making…

Halloween crafts. Day-glo knitted bunting, anyone?

What I’ve been thinking about… 

Puppies. I think we’re settled on the idea of a labrador now.

Blog posts I’ve enjoyed reading this week… 

6 tips for how to cope when your child starts school from Katie at A Touch of Domesticity. 

A dusky baby – M’s Homebirth Story from Catherine at Pushing the Moon

September Favourites from Rosie at Cider with Rosie

I hope you’ve all had a good week too. Has the sun been shining where you are too?

Lizzie x



  1. October 2, 2015 / 5:46 am

    I don’t think I would have braved the nautical cycles either – although they do look fun!

    Thanks so much for including my post on your blog post round up – it’s very sweet of you!

    I hope you have a lovely weekend Lizzie. Xxx

  2. October 2, 2015 / 11:46 am

    Oh what a nice surprise – thank you for linking to my post! I had to scroll fast through your cinnamon bun recipe earlier this week to avoid making them myself as they looked so amazing – trying to be good after one too many bars of Green & Black’s sea salt milk chocolate (Addictive. Don’t buy it!) x

  3. October 2, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    Puppies!!! I had a labrador growing up. I think you’ve made an excellent choice! And if you need a dog sitter I’d like to volunteer?! Good work on the solo bake off, those cinnamon buns look delicious. I’m also a big fan of tackling a new recipe if I have a bit of spare time – I find it oddly therapeutic!

    • marmaladepie
      October 5, 2015 / 7:47 pm

      Thanks Rachel – now my boys are both at school I’m really enjoying some solo baking! x

  4. October 3, 2015 / 12:01 pm

    Congratulations on being HomeSense’s blogger of the week. Those nautical cycles look like fun and those cinnamon buns look very scrummy! 🙂

    • marmaladepie
      October 5, 2015 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you Louise! x

  5. October 4, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Ooh yay for the nautical cycles (I can’t actually ride a normal bike, maybe I’d have more luck with these?!) And congratulations on being HomeSenses’ blogger of the week! Xx

    • marmaladepie
      October 5, 2015 / 7:45 pm

      Thanks Lins – i’m still getting back into the swing of a real bicycle, so I’m definitely not ready for one of these yet!!

  6. October 9, 2015 / 9:01 am

    Ah labrador puppy, I’m excited for you! Congrats on being blogger of the week too! 🙂 x

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