A Few Lovely Things this week…

Treasures on the beach- mermaid purses (shark eggs) Veg boxes- two ways A delivery from Growing With Nature ( plot to plate less than 2 miles) Learning… Building wooden towns -and then knocking them down… music two ways….piano by CC, gramophone by me..wish I could play the piano! Finally getting around to stripping the lavender…

Why far fewer toys mean a happier and healthier child.

Children with too many toys struggle to focus properly and fail to gain meaningful experiences through play. Our son turns one next month and we have made a special effort to limit the number of presents he is given this year. We have requested that people do not buy him gifts, asking friends and family to…

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…

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…

Autumn Treats

CC has returned to work and I am now at home enjoying time with our little boy, the days seem to fly by and CC is home before we know it on most days. It was extremely strange not going back  to work and I definitely miss my teaching, however having this special time with…

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…

Postcards From The Weekend

Is there anything nicer than a long walk in the sunshine? CC and I enjoyed exploring Claife Heights- land in the Lake District owned by the National Trust. The views of Lake Windermere spectacular  – but the tarns in the quieter areas of our walk were beautiful, buzzing with dragonflies and damselflies.   * We…

A Quick Update

Enjoyed beautiful walks along our shore line. Managed to do a Zero Waste Christmas shop, thanks to the very lovely shop keepers of Knott End who are always happy to fill our little jars for us. It’s so much nicer than shopping in a supermarket. As always CC helped to carry most of it home,…

September

Is it really the end of September already ? Time has really flown this month; the start of the new term for us means a very busy time, but we’ve found time for some wonderful trips out. Beginning at the start of the month with the family meal and a visit from my brother. We…

Raiders

  We couldn’t resist another visit to Northumberland, there were so many places left to see ! Northumberland is an area long associated with attack and the need to defend from raids from the North Sea. During our last visit we saw lots of evidence of these defensive structures, from walking the remains of the…

Spring ?

*     It’s been one of the coldest, longest winters I can remember and looks set to continue for a while longer. Walks have seen us wrapped up against the icy Arctic winds from the East and, for some of the time at least, making our way through snow. On a more domestic note, hardy primulas and crocuses…

Loss

*  In near blizzard conditions on one of the coldest, bleakest days in March we said goodbye to my Grandmother, Jessie. We will love you forever Grandma, keep singing.