Weds 7th Nov 2018

#weeklywednesdaysnapshot Since I last did a snapshot (I still need to upload a couple I actually managed to write as well) we’ve had 2 birthdays, 3 viruses, and a burnout relapse so rather than this quarter being a chance to recover and reset it’s become a bit of a survival period instead. There have been…

Thurs 30th August 2018

Today’s accidental gathering! Went out to look at the veg garden and ended up thinning the carrots and pulling a few stalks of wild onion (possibly allium canadense). Went out later on to smell the rain and regarded the tiny-plum tree and finally identified it as Purple Leaf Plum Tree which happens to have edible…

Weds 29 Aug 2018

Weekly Wednesday Snapshot Some before/after pictures, updates, snapshots. Cleared a LOT away in the “swamp” this week: willowherb, brambles, nightshade, bindweed and nettles. Discovered the willowherb pulls up quite easily by hand, which means no stubble left behind (which there is if I use a scythe). Was only aiming to get through to the apple…

Sat 9th June 2018

We have achieved, together, today. Steve and the kids had pancakes and I came in to see Erika happily trotting off to the sofa with her plate of pancake to sit and chew in peace (with the ipad!). I got the last of my plants in the ground, pulled a load of weeds out of…

Tues 5th June 2018

Um. From starting today off feeling like I could barely even manage to talk to the kids and that I was making an executive decision to stay in pyjamas all day and take it easy, today has been incredibly productive. I made a cinnamon milk loaf, There’s a sourdough in its tin finishing proving overnight,…

Sat 26th May 2018

So… half an hour to write up the day? Ok, so I finished off the rhubarb and ginger bread and bitter pudding for breakfast (how silly of me to think it would last three servings!) while the others had pancakes. Steve had already been out cutting the grass by the time I surfaced, and headed…

Sat 28th April 2018

The last thing I did last night before I climbed into bed was make up another ball of bread dough and left it on the side, in the hope that maybe I’d be able to get up in the morning to deal with it. No such luck, Erika is still very clingy and was not…

Blackberry vine basket

I made a thing! I’ve been looking around the garden/woodland etc trying to figure out what I can make with what I have. I watched a video on willow basket weaving the other day and the lady said something that really spoke to me: “It’s what we’ve always done: we’ve found the plants that are…

Thurs 19th Apr 2018

“It’s what we’ve always done: we’ve found the plants that are growing near us, and found a way of turning them into something useful.” I’ve started allowing myself to dream about what I want to do with myself in the future, on our land. (Partly because there’s so much I want to be doing, but…

Sun 25th Feb 2018

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in this house only a couple of days more than two months, and that Christmas was only two months ago. Today I kind of slept in. I’m poorly with a cold, Erika’s poorly with a cold, her sleep patterns are disrupted and so therefore are mine. Steve’s still poorly…