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 10: Rainy Daze

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More outdoor fun with Tilly in between showers

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The little things Tilly does which make me smile!

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We grew these! First ripe bunch

+ Snuggly reading time with a sleepy toddler throughout the day
+ Realising this blog is really helping mindfulness and positivity in our lives – it’s almost like a daily mantra
+ Feeling safe in the rain – everything feels fresh again, including me
+ Watched Sex and the…

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Day 9: “I was at a Family Barbecue”

Day 9: “I was at a Family Barbecue”

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A great start to the day

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Breakfast of champions

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Family reunion!

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We start with cake, we finish with cake! Well, meringue actually…

+ Reaching Day 9!
+ Catching up with family and finally being able to introduce them to Tilly and Paul
+ Good food, great company
+ Starting the day with a trip to the garden centre and cake, ending the day with family – and cake!
+ Having a beautiful snuggly moment…

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Day 8: Summer Daze

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Tilly playing outside

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Candles, Incense, Canadian Whisky & Shooting Stars

+ Spending the entire day with the munchkin, including ice cream and sand pit fun!
+ Having lunch in the treehouse!
+ Seeing the first crop of tomatoes ripening and the hard work in the garden starting to pay off – we have edibles!
+ Spending an evening together with Paul in the garden surrounded by cats,  candles &…

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Day 7: Grandad’s Birthday

Day 7: Grandad’s Birthday

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Breakfast in the treehouse!

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Making Mummy’s breakfast!

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Breakfast for Mummy :-)

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Tilly feeding Khan

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Seeing the enjoyment from a bowl of cold water!

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Enjoying another day outside with the family

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+ Spending an epic day with Tilly!
+ Jo’s lemon tarts!
+ Reading proper bedtime stories
+ Sunshine AGAIN!
+ Beautiful flowers and Summer colours
+ Planning a date night which is long overdue
+ Seeing good…

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Day 6: Something Old, Something New, Something… Found, Something Blue!

Day 6: Something Old, Something New, Something… Found, Something Blue!

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Found some old garden paint in the shed - with some sandpaper and hard graft Viki revamped all the garden furniture!

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Tilly’s house got kitted out today - still needs some work but almost there!

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It even has a kitchen area!

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Somewhere nice to sit and watch the sunset - it’s all coming together

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Homemade mocha and five minutes to look at the garden - before table revamp!

+ More sunshine!
+ So many…

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Day 5: Painting, Treehouse & Summer Fun

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Making thank you cards for beautiful birthday gifts

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It’s finally built! Thanks to everyone who contributed - it’s lovely to know Tilly has something which will engage her imagination and give her lots of outdoor fun!

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A very excited 2 year old shouting “PARTY!” very loudly!

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+ Getting the start date for Viki’s new job!
+ Sunshine!
+ Being able to accept invitations out now Viki isn’t studying :-)

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Day 4: Seaside, Sheds, Sunshine & Shells

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Tilly’s birthday present finally arrived - it’s almost finished!

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Ice cream at the seaside with Aunty Jo

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Gifts from Tilly picked up by the seaside

+ A peaceful and uplifting yoga session
+ More birthday cards for Tilly!
+ A spring clean
+ A new meditation space in the office
+ Time to sit, crochet and think
+ Lemon tea
+ Sunshine!

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Day 3: Tilly’s Birthday Weekend - Part 2

Day 3: Tilly’s Birthday Weekend – Part 2

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A happy 2 year old

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Precious moments with Grandma

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More lilys out today!

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The only things in life that matter

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Who needs computers when you have a sandpit?!

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Precious moments with Nanny

+ Having family & friends together
+ Getting caught out by the rain but everyobe coming together to rescue food and save the day!
+ Tilly’s messages on Facebook and knowing that people care so much for her to share…

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Day 2: Tilly’s Birthday Weekend - Part 1

Day 2: Tilly’s Birthday Weekend – Part 1

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Beautiful (and tasty!) gifts from beautiful people

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Tilly meeting a new friend for life!

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Wonderful gifts for the garden - must be tried and tested instantly, obviously!

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Cuddle time!

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Spontaneous barbecue with amazing people!

+ A surprise visit from some friends we don’t see often enough!
+ Our first ripe tomato
+ Wonderful company and new friends

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Day 2: Tilly’s Birthday Weekend - Part 1

Day 2: Tilly’s Birthday Weekend – Part 1

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Beautiful (and tasty!) gifts from beautiful people

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Tilly meeting a new friend for life!

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Wonderful gifts for the garden - must be tried and tested instantly, obviously!

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Cuddle time!

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Spontaneous barbecue with amazing people!

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Day 1: Flowers, Food & Free-Time

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Seeing our first lily open - strikingly beautiful

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Getting updates of Tilly’s day out with Nanny & Aunty Jo whilst we prep for 2nd birthday celebrations

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Tilly having fun with Nanny and Aunty Jo

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Enjoying lunch with Nanny and Aunty Jo - “stop taking photos, I’m trying to eat here!”

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A brief moment to be enjoy some adult time before Tilly came home

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Whilst Tilly was away… Phase 1 complete!

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21st Birthday Gifts for a Leopard Print Lover!

21st Birthday Gifts for a Leopard Print Lover!

It was my sister’s 21st birthday recently, and she has a passion for all things leopard print and girly, (so pink is in on the act too…). We hosted a leopard print party for her, with cake, but I also decided to make her a hamper of lovely gifts. I forgot to take photos of some of the bits, so as soon as she arrives back from sunning herself in Mexico I’ll be sure to grab some photos and post…

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Day Out to Folkestone

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Beautiful Flowers to Brighten the Day!

Beautiful Flowers to Brighten the Day!

Birthday Snugglies

First off I will say I did not make this! But I wanted to share it with you because I will probably be living in it for a while - it’s so soft and comfortable!

Birthday Snugglies

First off I will say I did not make this! But I wanted to share it with you because I will probably be living in it for a while - it’s so soft and comfortable!

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