The sun shone!

So we went outside. I wrote on my whiteboard last night what I hoped to do today and, even though by the time everyone had surfaced and eaten and cleared up and got dressed it was past midday, I got Erika’s outdoor clothes ready for the boys to help her into and headed outdoors by…

Black and White

I realised I forgot to share my black and white photo challenge pictures so here they are all together.

Magical

I’m desperately trying to stave off a total nosedive into burnout but last night I decided that today I would Go Outside. To collect conkers. It was as good a reason as any. It’s forecast heavy rain tomorrow so today was The day to get outside. And we did. The kids all got new winter…

Life in black and white 1-10

My mum (thanks, mum) challenged me to join in with a ten-day black and white daily photo challenge. No people, no words. So I thought I would give it a go. I curate my life through photos, not that I’ve posted any here for a long time (the need to write something to go with…

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…