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…

Small Pleasures this week

Paints in the garden – all the fun without the messy clean up! A vintage find transforms our mealtimes from cramped to calm and the old table re-imagined as mud kitchen.( the transformation pics in another post) Lots of sensory play and a dustpan and brush at the ready! The absolutely joy of unschooling –…

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…

Homeschooling – making the most of what we have

We have been thinking hard about how to best use our house and garden to give the boys exciting and beautiful play experiences, whilst holding to our family values of protecting the environment and using what we already have. A dear friend kindly lent us a copy of the book –The Curiosity Approach , and…

zzzzz……

Hello from a very tired terraced house. Such a busy time after a little person arrives, but between feeds, meals, nappy changes and naps we have enjoyed some precious moments both indoors and out this month. watching the nesting birds at Sizergh Castle exploring the grounds stunning displays of spring bulbs at St. Chad’s church…

A Long, Hot Summer

A quick catch up… A May holiday in The Lake District and a wonderful day out with grandparents on a steam train… A birthday tea… Gala Day… Jellyfish on our local beach… Another holiday in Northumberland, visits to Cragside, Wallington and Embleton Bay… A visit from a favourite Aunt and nephew from Canada… Hulne Park…

March- A Few Highlights

Mediterranean blue skies, golden sands and inspiring artwork provides a stunning backdrop to a local beach… The sculptures softening into the landscape as they are claimed by the barnacles and sand…. Our weekly bus ride through our rural villages… Spring picnics at Wyre Estuary Country Park… Gorgeous local food delivered to our doorstep…  

Postcards From The Weekend

fresh green leaves growing from tiny buds… making more friends… the smallest of picnics… a flask of hot coffee and sweet potato and apple muffins enjoyed by the sea making special ‘bird cakes’ for the hungry birds who have (finally) found our bird table… Recipe For Bird Food melt fat ( lard, coconut oil, butter…

Joy found this week (despite the rain)

meeting the natives…. a tiny bit of this… rainy days… …and discovering some truly fantastic toddler waterproofs vegan vegeburgers which even my meat-loving hubby enjoys … a tea party with not-so-healthy (but oh-so-lovely) fayre for a friend’s birthday… a lot of this… Happy February ! Some more interesting things… a gentle nudge do you let…