Making Space for play

We have let go of so many things over the last few weeks- old craft projects which were sitting unfinished in cupboards, the overwhelming amount of children’s craft materials, composters and wormeries which have sat unloved and under-used, gardening equipment for a vegetable garden I no longer have and a lot of vintage furniture which…

Greening Up Our Act

We’ve made some big, exciting changes to some areas of family life in the last few months, beginning with a January of zero consumption. No Spend January gave us a chance to really reflect on where our money was going and how much of it was being spent ethically. During January we only spent money…

Cultivating an Attitude Of Gratitude

Owning an older home (100 years plus), the maintenance often takes on daunting proportions- the sheer height of the house means that simple tasks, such as clearing gutters, painting and pointing, involve working precariously on a ladder. DIY jobs frequently uncover other expensive work which needs to be done and adds little value to either…

Why fewer toys mean a happier and healthier child.

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 join us for a small celebration instead. Many studies have shown that a child who has…