When you can’t/won’t buy new; Upcycling- a mud kitchen

‘Necessity is the mother of invention‘ Plato I’ve been on the lookout for a suitable lot of wood for making a mud kitchen for the boys to play with. I had been hoping to come upon a spare pallet or find something fitting in the wood pile. Alas, there really hasn’t been anything which would…

Trees and their benefits to our immune systems

Spending short amounts of time amongst trees has been shown to benefit our immune systems and significantly improve our health in a number of ways. As a family we love to spend time in woods and forests and we are lucky to live within walking distance of some small but lovely areas of trees. The…

Ethical and Sustainable Choices In Children’s Clothing

An unusually warm April has meant getting organised on the boys summer wardrobes rather quicker than anticipated. Since I run a non-profit clothing library in my spare time, this has of course been the first point of call. However, our stock of boys clothing as been loaned out rapidly this season and donations in larger…

Sustainability By Design

When sustainability is placed at the heart of community design it vastly improves the quality of life for all, but especially the lives of older people and children who are often isolated by roads they cannot cross safely. It improves the quality of the air we breathe, enables us to enjoy walks in cleaner air…

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…