Treasures

Getting hold of a wider range of goods and services without using the car usually involves a journey across the estuary, and what a delight it is. A short walk takes us to our local ferry and a bumpy ride over the sea transports us to Fleetwood, a town packed full of interesting architecture and…

The Beauty Of Zero Waste – part deux

Having a family can certainly add to the waste we produce, an estimated 1/2 tonne of disposable nappies are produced every year per child- nappies in landfills take up to 500 years to degrade and around 200, 000 trees are lost each year to make disposable nappies for babies in the USA alone. The arrival…

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…

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…

Into The Woods

Where dips the rocky highland Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,There lies a leafy island Where flapping herons wake The drowsy water rats; There we’ve hid our faery vats, Full of berrys And of reddest stolen cherries. Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, For…

Finding The Joy In January

Watching Lapwings against blue skies along our beach. Savouring the final winter crops of sprouts. The texture of chunky teal-coloured aran. Feeding hungry winter birds from the birdtable (a gorgeous Christmas gift from my brother) Baking Aunt Bev’s Country Seed Bread with my little boy. The first British daffodils in a Cornish jug. Adventures with…

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…

Spring Cleaning

*   ‘The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur,…

Blackberry and Bramley Jam

The hedgerows are brimming with delicious, ripe blackberries and a delightful afternoon spent foraging yielded enough to make jam to give as Christmas presents this year. Recipe For Blackberry and Bramley Jam – Will make about 4 small Kilner Jars full and an extra jar for your fridge. 1kg of washed blackberries 350g of Bramley…

Freezing MangeTout

We’ve had a lovely crop of MangeTout (Sugarsnap Peas) and have had a go at freezing them. This has worked really well and should ensure that we have some lovely homegrown vegetables in winter. How To Freeze Your Vegetable Harvest 1. Pick your vegetables and give them a good rinse, prepare them as though you are…

Peaches and Summer

Gerry is looking so much better, he’s greedily gobbling all the dandelion leaves I can get for him ( great excuse for not being too thorough with the weeding). CC has been telephoning at lunchtime to check on the progress of the patient. My parents and brother are coming for dinner tonight which gives me…