Breathe

A few highlights this month… exploring the woods and feeling the crisp crunch of new-fallen leaves, spotting fairy toadstools of many hues, balancing along logs… watching the geese make their long winter journeys against a backdrop of brilliant blue… The late blooms of chamomile and snapdragon providing a cheerful splash of autumn colour in the…

The Beauty Of Zero Waste- Vintage Tech

Vintage technology has a soul, crafted from natural materials with care taken over form as well as function, older devices are often beautiful to behold. Add to this the tendency for vintage items to come without packaging and the fact that they are often easily repaired and it becomes easy to see why vintage is…

The Beauty Of Zero Waste

That’s the thing about sustainability, it’s just so darn nice to look at. Alternatives to plastic are usually far more beautiful as well as kinder to the pocket and the environment. According to the Greenpeace Energy desk news, the UK government quietly reduced recycling targets for plastics last year- meaning that even more plastic is…

Discovering why less is always more

Living with fewer possessions brings benefits to both our mental and physical health. I lived in North America for five years, working as a nanny for a wealthy family. The house in which we lived was several thousand square feet and required many staff to maintain and clean; a housekeeper, cleaners, handyman, deep-clean teams, teams…

A Little Village with a big heart sends a special Valentine

A small village in North Lancashire is preparing to send an extra special Valentine in 2016. Knott End, a small village tucked away on a peninsula north of Blackpool, famed only for its brief connection to the painter L.S Lowry (he painted the Knott End ferry during his holidays there) is preparing to demonstrate how…

Slowing down, re-evaluating

January always lends itself to reflection and re-evaluating  life’s priorities. CC and I had a wonderful Christmas spent with family and our new baby. We shared time with our families, including CC’s mother who came to visit from Canada. I know that the memories of this Christmas will stay with us for a long time….

Simple Bread Recipes

When I was growing up my mum and dad used to make bread all the time and I would often find it in my packed lunch. I often bake on days when we don’t have anywhere we need to be, simple bread takes time to rise (prove), it’s the original slow food, but it’s so…

Family

During the last week in October CC, our little boy and I went on the boat to Northern Ireland to spend a week exploring and visiting relatives from both sides of our families. We stayed in a Georgian cottage in Hillsborough complete with peat fire ( although I couldn’t bear to burn the peat, it is…

A Very British Coup

The election of Jeremy Corbin as leader of the opposition has raised eyebrows amongst Britain’s political classes and many members of the establishment. Click here for 24 things Jeremy Corbin stands for As a rank outsider, party members had seen Mr. Corbin as an additional candidate who would not gain a large share of the vote,…

A Greener Baby

While it could be said that having a baby is not the best thing for the environment, we have certainly tried our best to reduce our little boy’s impact on the planet and build a better future for him. From the outset we were certain that we didn’t want to overwhelm our little house with…

The Age Of Stupid

If you have an hour spend it wisely….watch Franny Armstrong directs Pete Postlethwaite in an extraordinary piece of film –  a profound epitaph for Mr. Postlethwaite.