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…

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…

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

Crafted from natural materials with care taken over form as well as function, vintage technology has a soul which is lovely 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 becoming the…

The Beauty Of Zero Waste

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 finding its way in to landfill. Concern over plastic in our food 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…