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…

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…