A Long, Hot Summer

A quick catch up… A May holiday in The Lake District and a wonderful day out with grandparents on a steam train… A birthday tea… Gala Day… Jellyfish on our local beach… Another holiday in Northumberland, visits to Cragside, Wallington and Embleton Bay… A visit from a favourite Aunt and nephew from Canada… Hulne Park…

March- A Few Highlights

Mediterranean blue skies, golden sands and inspiring artwork provides a stunning backdrop to a local beach… The sculptures softening into the landscape as they are claimed by the barnacles and sand…. Our weekly bus ride through our rural villages… Spring picnics at Wyre Estuary Country Park… Gorgeous local food delivered to our doorstep…  

The Four C’s of Happiness

Over the last few months we’ve been making a conscious attempt to limit our social media; de-registering from Facebook, making plans with friends for real life social activities and limiting our own screen time. There’s no doubt that social media has had positive outcomes over the last decade but I find that I feel depressed…

The most (Zero Waste) friendly place in Lancashire?

There was a time when shopping for groceries meant a rush around the supermarket, a hefty bill and a whole load of waste. Living in Knott End slowly changed that for us. On Saturday morning we load our Zero Waste kit into a backpack and walk fifteen minutes along the sea wall into the village….

Postcards From The Weekend

fresh green leaves growing from tiny buds… making more friends… the smallest of picnics… a flask of hot coffee and sweet potato and apple muffins enjoyed by the sea making special ‘bird cakes’ for the hungry birds who have (finally) found our bird table… Recipe For Bird Food melt fat ( lard, coconut oil, butter…

A Little Sunshine

Nothing compares to a little sunshine for lifting the spirits, as the days slowly get longer we find ourselves with extra time for exploring, lifting faces toward the rays of welcome light which have been so very rare over the winter. Walking along the cycle paths in Lancaster is always such a pleasure; away from…

Joy found this week (despite the rain)

meeting the natives…. a tiny bit of this… rainy days… …and discovering some truly fantastic toddler waterproofs vegan vegeburgers which even my meat-loving hubby enjoys … a tea party with not-so-healthy (but oh-so-lovely) fayre for a friend’s birthday… a lot of this… Happy February ! Some more interesting things… a gentle nudge do you let…

Food

We’ve been thinking a lot about ‘real’ food at home this month. According to The Guardian, food made in factories from ingredients and additives which would have not been recognised by our great-grandmothers now makes up over half of the UK diet. Known as ‘ultra processed foods’, these often consist of high salt and sugar…

Finding the joy in January – 2018

Keeping cheerful during windy and wet days can be a challenge, we have had no snow this year ( not unusual due to our coastal location), but it has rained for days on end with gales and freezing temperatures. We have found that the best remedies are home-spun… We’ve invited friends and neighbours for tea…

Winter

Despite the relentlessly rainy weather we’ve been spending as much time as we can outdoors, soaking up the precious few hours of sunlight available in our northern climes. Winters are always a challenge with the lack of light and much shorter days, often with just a few hours of daylight. Sunsets at 3pm and dark…