A fresh start

This blog is having a refresh.

I drew my first treehouse on the Paint program of an old Microsoft computer when I was 12 years old. It wasn't much to look at, but that tree fuelled my daydreams and drawings for the next 13 years. I would spend hours lying in bed with tree houses and pirate ships and troll tunnels taped up on my wall, dreaming of stories and imagining myself exploring their hidden rooms and climbing those rickety ladders. I loved getting lost in the mazes of my imagination.

The name, A Rainy Day House, comes from my love of being home on cold, wet days, when the inklings of boredom start to creep in. Boredom is when the imagination thrives.  As a mother, I want to share with my children what I know, in a way that's exciting for them. I hope they capture the joy of a novel, a pencil, a story. I hope they dream. I hope they'll always be comfortable in talking to their mum and dad. I hope they have great memories of dinner around the well-loved old dining table.

I'm also an advocate for living simpler - to have a home that's thoughtful, uncluttered, and a sensible size for us. To buy responsibly, and preferably pre-loved. To create less waste and use less plastic. To eat food that is healthy and fresh. To not get caught up in being "busy" and miss the opportunities and moments that make life so good.

I'm trying to make good memories with my family. I'm trying to share the joy of imagination. And I'm trying to make a home that is beautifully simple and - most importantly - that is happy and safe.

It's a journey which I've been travelling for a few years, but the documentation of it begins now. I'm not in any way an expert, but maybe if you hope to achieve these things too, we could share this road together.