July 6th 2019

It rained overnight so it’s been a non-nettle weeding day today. Plenty of cleavers to pull out, plenty of herb robert, and plenty of other weeds and stray grasses. In amongst all the chaos in this little patch is my walking onions, some purple sprouts, purple poppies which I did not plant but I love…

Growing Things – Plans…

I may not write “updates” very often but I realise I write in my paper journal more. I thought I’d keep some of it on here too. Current windowsil seedlings, germinated / successful: 32 fig seedlings 4 runner beans 12 kale (cavolo nero 4 peas 21 sweetcorn 2 cucumber 7 butternut squash 2 courgette 5…

Nature Tapestry Looms

Today we’ve been enjoying the sunshine even though it’s quite chilly, and making some nature tapestry looms. I can’t remember where I found the idea for this but it’s pretty simple: tie four sticks together to make a square or rectangle, then loop string around to create the loom. Here’s ours: This first one is…

Growing Things

Last week I got home from school one night to find Steve had finally had chance to make some shelves for the big living room window for me, so I’ve somewhere to set out all my seed trays! The next day I got all the seeds sown – sweetcorn, giant pumpkin, crown prince squash, butternut…

Food forest beginnings

Round the back of the house, there’s a pretty big area that I can see from my kitchen window. For a year now I’ve been dreaming of turning it into my main kitchen garden but there have been other, more pressing, areas to attend to. But. Steve has finally been able to take some days…

Waking up after dormancy

Time for a #weeklywednesdaysnapshot! Been a while, for me. We had a much needed withdrawal from Doing during the first half of Winter. But as Spring approaches, I can feel life also starting to flow through me again. I’m becoming more and more aware of seasonal shifts and cycles living here, and I’m relaxing into…

Restart….

I think it’s time to do a restart. Again. It’s been a long time, and I’ve been through a few burnout periods in that time. I’m fresh out of the latest burnout and feeling (surprisingly) pretty unscathed this time. Maybe I’ve finally learned to be gentle with myself during a burnout. But just as I…

Tues 4th December 2018

It didn’t take long for Ben to find the fun the elves had had. He carefully did his morning jobs around the mess, taking the cats’ food out to them, and when Charley woke up they emptied the dishwasher and put the coffee on together and then waited for Erika. Charley discovered the elves were…

Mon 3rd December 2018

I spent faaaar too long trying to arrange that blanket into a heart shaped nest 😂 Heart decorations for the tree (the elves had been cooking up a storm with the heart decorations – should’ve put them in the kitchen really, that can happen another day though…) and there’s a tree shaped cutter and a…

Sun 2nd December 2018

Completely appropriate use of tinsel and toilet paper. Piper and Luna are already trying to lead the new girl Lumi astray. As I’m a bit overwhelmingly underprepared this year I think the elves will be digging out a few bits of decorations for the tree each day as well as whatever else I can think…