Welcome to The Good Life!


Hello and welcome to our little part of cyberspace! I'm Viki and live with my husband, best friend and personal chef Paul, and our beautiful daughter Matilda at the top of the Elham Valley! Our friends refer to us as Tom and Barbara, because we're basically trying to live The Good Life! We run a business called Valley Crafts UK selling our own handmade and handpainted thingymabobs on Etsy - www.valleycraftsuk.com

We are owned by numerous cats and have a random number of chickens - including some of our neighbour's birds which tend to pop by from time to time... Paul can mostly be found in his workshop creating wondrous things out of wood, like chicken arks and cat houses, or in the kitchen making delicious fudge and chutneys. I spend most of my time in the office/craft room where I knit, crochet, attempt to learn to sew, and paint traditional canalia (that's "roses and castles" style painting).

We grow our own veg, brew our own beers and wines, make chutney, eat free-range eggs from our own chickens and are a hybrid of country bumpkins and hippies with some boho chic thrown in for good measure..!

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Day 73: Being Brave

+ So grateful that Tilly is able to be well looked after whilst Paul and I have to work!
+ Apple and Ginger tea
+ After all the antics over the weekend, Tilly came home with a bit of a cold today – her resilience, however, never ceases to amaze us and she still has her sense of humour! Very brave munchkin
+ Calpol
+ Glad Paul booked tomorrow off so he can have a snuggly day with Tilly whilst I…

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Day 72: Canterbury Food Festival

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Off out very bright and early to visit our local food festival - glorious sunshine and company!

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Arrived in town far too early so grabbed a sneaky drink in Costa…

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The food fest was brilliant again! Tilly had a ride on Thomas, we ate too much (including a delish ginger plum crumble ice cream..!), and we had a lovely morning spending time together

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And our shopping arrived in the afternoon! Lots…

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Day 71: Flowers, Bear Hugs & Pizza

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After spending the morning with Grandma and Grandad, Paul finished work early to spend an afternoon with the munchkin!

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This!

+ I arrived home from work not only to a nice clean house, but also to some beautiful flowers chosen by Tilly and purchased by Paul!
+ CHEESE ROLL TOASTIES
+ Lovely new collars for the cats
+ Decided to have take away as a treat – fish and chips for me, Chinese for Paul,…

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Day 70

+ I still don’t dread going in to work! Grateful there is overtime and both of us work in flexible environments :-)
+ Pay day has made things a lot nicer!
+ Awaiting a large food shop…
+ My dad’s birthday pressie is ordered!
+ Lunch by the river
+ Coffee and tea treats!
+ Tilly spent ANOTHER happy day with Grandma and Grandad
+ That little bit of snuggle time when we all arrive home – it’s short…

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Day 69: Pay Day!

+ Tilly had a lovely day with Grandma and Grandad whilst we were at work
+ It’s pay day!
+ Silly pressies for Paul and Tilly :-)
+ I beat Paul and the munchkin home and made us a tasty dinner so we could all sit and eat together whilst we caught up on the day’s events
+ Knowing things are getting easier and hard work pays off eventually!
+ Relaxing with the cats in the evening!

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Day 68: A Family Day

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+ Another lovely wednesday where we all got to spend the day together!
+ Paul and Tilly popped to the supermarket to get supplies – Tilly enjoyed her brief stint as a fire chief and a racing car driver!
+ Positive things are happening every day now – I don’t know if it’s because we have started the blog or not, but we like it!
+ Sunshine and flowers in late September
+ Pay day is imminent!

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Day 67: Custard Pies

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The morning was spent dressing uo Mr Bear - I love that adulst can get away with having teddy bear picnics when they have kiddlywinks..!

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A content munchkin!

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So glad we have such loving and tolerant cats!

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Dressing up fun!

+ Another great day with the munchkin filled with dressing up bears and ‘pretend’ painting..!
+ Tilly was playing quietly with a silicon cupcake case (like you do…), when suddenly…

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Day 66: Tilly’s First Face

Day 66: Tilly’s First Face

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Tilly and I had a lovely day chilling out at home and spending some quality time together..!

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I was blown away when I downloaded a drawing app and Tilly drew her first face! Thankfully she can also draw one with a real pen now, too, but we were really impressed by her first effort usibg technology!

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Hurrah! Finally able to reach the sink using just a step..!

+ Spending quality time with the…

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Day 65: Chocolates!

+ I got a lovely box of Roses chocolates from a girl I work with who I covered for on Saturday - a lovely surprise!

Day 65: Chocolates!

+ I got a lovely box of Roses chocolates from a girl I work with who I covered for on Saturday - a lovely surprise!

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Day 64: Grandma and Grandad’s House

Day 64: Grandma and Grandad’s House

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It was lovely to receive this photo of a very happy Tilly, from Grandma who has finally worked out how to send them..!

+ Knowing Tilly is having fun whilst Paul and I are working hard!
+ Getting tips :-)
+ Peaceful lunchtimes by the river
+ That first hug when we all get home
+ Cuddling up with cats

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Day 63

+ Got told I was doing a good job today! + Gave up my seat to a lady on the bus when no one else got up, and removed some rubbish left by kids which was rolling all over the floor - hopefully saved someone falling over them…

Day 63

+ Got told I was doing a good job today! + Gave up my seat to a lady on the bus when no one else got up, and removed some rubbish left by kids which was rolling all over the floor - hopefully saved someone falling over them…

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Day 62: When Tilly Met Finley

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Paul and I wentvto work, so auntie Jo kindly took Tilly out for the day with her friends - Tilly had a lovely date at the carvery with Finley!

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Tilly has met Finley before, but there was a bit more interaction this time!

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Shopping!

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Lunch with the ladies and the little man!

+ Tilly had a really lovely day with my sister which included her first kiss, ANOTHER roast, a trip to the shops, seeing guinea…

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Day 62: When Tilly Met Finley

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We had to work today so auntie Jo kindly offered to have Tilly for the day!

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+ Tilly had a lovely day which included another roast (carvery!), lunching with the ladies, meeting a new friend (whom she’s met before but managed a bit more interaction this time!), and got some lovely new toys, as well as seeing guinea pigs!
+ I was so pleased that I got to read Tilly the last chapter of Winnie the…

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Day 61: A Family Day

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Today is the first day we’ve had together in a while - Paul cooked a really tasty Wednesday roast!

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+ After spending a lovely morning gardening together, Paul cooked an amazing roast whilst I had a nice long bath!
+ Spent a lovely afternoon playing with the munchkin and chatting to Paul about everything except work!
+ Grateful we can spend more quality time together now I’m not studying – just…

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Day 60: The Long Walk

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Starting the day with a cup of decaf coffee… SHE’S 2!!

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Lunch at the supermarket! This smile is enough to liven up even the most rubbery cheese

+ Today was a beautiful day and much warmer than expected
+ We walked a 5 mile-round trip to the supermarket to pick up some goodies ready for roast tomorrow – 18kg of goodies; mummy pushed the load 2.45 miles up a big hill, including Tilly, and now feels…

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