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…

Sensory Play- naan

Often the loveliest opportunities arise from life’s small problems. Having two little ones with some food allergies, our options are sometimes limited when it comes to buying some edibles such as naan (Indian flat bread)- which contains Ghee. As such, we have been making our own naan to go with our delicious lentil and tomato…

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…

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…

Blimey….

Wow, has it really been so long since I posted ? Time for a TWO season catch up… Autumn Lots of adventures in the woods….amazing fungi pumpkin patches on holiday in Staffordshire… Seasonal garland… Winter Making presents- Peppermint Bark A fab gift from a lovely lady in Germany – wonderful crafts, including Polar Bear ears…

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…  

The Four C’s of Happiness

Over the last few months we’ve been making a conscious attempt to limit our social media; de-registering from Facebook, making plans with friends for real life social activities and limiting our own screen time. There’s no doubt that social media has had positive outcomes over the last decade but I find that I feel depressed…

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…