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 45: A Visit from Auntie Jo

+ My sister came over early this morning – we don’t get to see each other much even though she’s finished uni, as she’s currently training with BA
+ Tilly was very pleased to see auntie Jo and we had a lovely day catching up, with a tasty lunch of fresh pasta and lots of cups of tea!
+ Made plans to do more things together in the future – including out for Mexican at a lovely local place, and a…

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Day 44: Daddy & Tilly Day

+ I had to work today but walking through town early on a Sunday morning is lovely – so quiet, and you notice things you normally wouldn’t
+ There was a beautiful autumnal breeze rolling in and the smells have changed from lush green to that scrummy autumn smell
+ Tilly and Paul came in to see me in the morning! I was really pleased :-) I made Tilly a chocolate milkshake and she munched on a cake…

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Day 43: Nanny Day

+ I still don’t dread going in to work!
+ Tilly spent the day shopping with her nan and great nan, having roundabout rides and feeding Khan treats, which always makes her day!
+ Paul and I both had nice days at work
+ The sun was shining!
+ I sat in my favourite spot at lunchtime, by the river and the theatre, gathering my thoughts and looking forward to snuggly winter evenings
+ Realised my…

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Day 42: Box Cars

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A simple cardboard box became a source of entertainment for most of the afternoon!

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+ Tilly and I had a fabby day reading, writing and playing with a cardboard box whilst listening to classical music – bliss!
+ A lovely gift arrived from my dad – a beautiful Roald Dahl Matilda duvet set, all ready for Tilly’s BIG bed when it arrives
+ Paul phoned to tell us he had a really good bonus, which he…

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Day 41: Tilly & Daddy Day

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Paul and Tilly had a lovely day together whilst I was at work!

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Tilly enjoyed looking at the “”“tigers”“” at the garden centre…!

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….And the ladybirds too!

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Enjoying cakes and drinks at the garden centre

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Nothing makes us happier than seeing Tilly enjoying food we’ve grown ourselves

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You know you’ve had a good day when this happens..!

+ Tilly and Paul had another lovely day filled with rabbits and…

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Day 40: Reaching Day 40!

+ The day started with us being woken up by two very soppy cats - this is rare, they usually jump on our heads shouting…

Day 40: Reaching Day 40!

+ The day started with us being woken up by two very soppy cats - this is rare, they usually jump on our heads shouting…

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Day 39: Relaxing at Home

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Who can complain when the day starts like this?!

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A morning bath for the munchkin meant LOTS of splashing!

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Tilly made me smile in her plastic boat floating on a sea of Lego l

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It’s those moments when all goes wuiet and you know something isn’t quite right, so you have to take the camera to capture the moment…!

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We must have had happy times today because Tilly even managed a nap!

+ Even the rain…

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Day 38: Bank Holiday

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Tilly felt bad that mummy was working, so she decided to work from home today! It’s nice to get photo updates whilst I’m at work - technology is amazing

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Only on daddy’s watch..!

+ It’s been a very wet bank holiday, but we both enjoyed it – Tilly and Paul got to spend the day in the warm at home having fun with cleaning (!) and things, and work went really fast because people kept coming in to…

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Day 37: Lunch at the Garden Centre

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Tilly loved her present I bought with my first wage packet :-)

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Tilly & Daddy at the garden centre

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Tilly ate her lunch so nicely - she’s growing up far too quickly!

+ We had a lovely trip to our local garden centre today with Paul’s mum and dad – so nice to see them and enjoyed a lovely lunch followed by the nicest cakes in the area (the reason we go there!)
+ Enjoyed a lovely lazy afternoon…

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Day 36: The Day I was Late

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Tilly enjoying a lovely day at Nanny’s whilst Mummy and Daddy are at work!

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We don’t know how they did it, but Nanny & Auntie Jo managed to get Tilky to have the cutest bunches in all day!

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Enjoying dinner with Nanny and Auntie Jo

+ I thought the day started well with a lovely cup of peach tea in town, but I was actually late for work as I read the rota wrong! This was, however, a happy moment as I…

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Day 35: Tilly’s Sleepover

Day 35: Tilly’s Sleepover

+ Had a really lovely morning with Tilly – it feels like I don’t see her as much as I’d like to now so all of our time together is precious
+ Had a lovely lunch with my mum and sister, consisting of pizza with home grown toms and freshly picked basil – really nice to have a proper catch up with them!
+ Tilly left with my mum and sister for a sleepover, so I had an afternoon free snuggling with…

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Day 34: Ghost Town

+ Got in to work really early – walking down the high street is bliss at 7am! Had a lovely coffee whilst writing
+ Tilly had a lovely day with grandma and grandad, and got lots of lovely new clothes which involved a fashion show when we got home!
+ Had a lovely catch up on the day’s events with Tilly and Paul when we got home
+ First pay day tomorrow!

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Day 33: Tilly & Daddy Day

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I had to work today so Tilly enjoyed a day with Daddy! Daddy made Tilly lunch…

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…& Tilly made Daddy lunch!

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Like two peas in a pod!

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There were tomatoes…

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…and bonfires…

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…and running…

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…and shenanigans!

+ The best part of my day was coming home to hear all about their adventures together – Paul is an amazing Dad, it’s so nice that Tilly gets to spend time with both of us, and sees the…

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Day 32: The Long Walk

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Tilly & I went for a 2.5 mile walk to Asda today to get some bits; Tilly had a ride in the fire engine and we shared a cake together in the coffee shop - it was lovely!

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Cake Face!

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We walked 2.5 miles back too, fuelled by chocolate cookies and chit chat! Really nice morning!

+ When we got back my nan and grandad came over for a cuppa, then Tilly played quietly with puzzles – it was a blissful day!

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Day 31: The Chicken Teapot

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Paul’s mum picked up this beaut from a charity shop for me - it’s huge! I am in love with this beast

+ Still enjoying work. This is a new experience for me…! (Not ‘working’; working for someone else and enjoying it…!)
+ Met some lovely people, had a productive day, missed the rain and got some free coffee!
+ Polite children and happy parents
+ Talked to Tilly on the phone on her way home – she…

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