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 Great British Beach Clean

Plastics are becoming a serious problem for the health of our communities, it is estimated that 85% of the plastics that we use are not recycled. The evidence is everywhere, plastic makes up most of the litter we see in our parks, grass verges and beaches. Determined to do something positive during zero Waste Week…

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 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…