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…

A Few Lovely Things This Week

Easter cards made with eager little fingers and lots of vibrant colours… The construction of a new road through the garden and a big brother keen to enforce the highway code by the liberal use of signage… A baby bath used for bubbles and then sand… The fruit trees in full glory… An impromptu workshop…

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…

A few lovely things in March

This post has taken me so very long to get around to writing, it seems wrong to celebrate enjoyment of the countryside where we live and our garden when there are so very many families struggling to adapt to staying indoors in small apartments, in large urban areas. Like many families around the world, we…

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…

Growth

In the last week the wind has battered the little terraced house and we have felt such gratitude for its solid old walls and sturdy exterior. We are but a few hundred metres from the coast and our exposed position means that the wind literally howls when it hits the house- a truly eerie sound…

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…