Monday, 23 September 2013

Seven Days

Fresh ideas
Birthday Lego
Bread and butter, all homemade
Jam making
In pots
Cinnamon buns, mama made

Saturday, 14 September 2013

From his garden

to our plates in 10 minutes.
More delicious sweetcorn, I have not tasted.
Golden goodness with a touch of butter, salt and pepper.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Embracing Autumn

Yesterday was busy, shopping, into town on what turned out to be a fruitless errand, then on to a friends, lovely garden party, children playing, pimms and cake, chat and laughter.
Today is slow, a chilly, hand knit socks on day, autumn is seriously, firming up her grip.
We have tidied, a little.
Revived, our seasons table.
Roasted more tomatoes with garlic and herbs, ready for the freezer, prepared runner beans for freezing too.
Gorgeous, bountiful crops from our garden.
I foraged in the garden for blackberries and then used them to tuck away a depth of Winter treat, blackberry vodka.
And now, Sunday evening, soup and buttered bagels for supper, knitting and Country File, we're sinking into the season quite well.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Back to Basics - Home Education Planning

Time tables are not how we roll, we do not school at home, we discover, create, learn, grow, develop, play at home, in our community, with friends and without.
We are very flexible, very fluid, suns out, day at the beach, yes I think so.
September, always has that pull for me though, fresh starts, new thoughts, ideas and a touch of planning.
So we drew up a list of ideas for the season ahead and hung it up as a reminder, a guide.
We'll see where it takes us.

Sunday, 1 September 2013


Friday night knitting
Saturday morning painting
Greek pie leftovers for lunch
Saturday night knitting and a magazine
Sunday roasting
Bedtime story

Happy Monday
Any plans for the week ahead ?

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Back to Basics - Home Ed Style

I overwhelm myself so easily, searching for fun, exciting, educational stuff to do, clicking from blogs to searches to websites to pinterest, list of equipment, ingredients and such,overload.
Then I shut down, give up, feeling like I've already produced a wealth of entertaining projects, when in fact, nothing has been accomplished, the table is bare ! 

Then something kicks in, memories of washing my doll's clothes in the garden, making cardboard box camps, fairy house building, all simple, easy fun.
So, I set the table up with pots of beans, seeds, spices and a mound of dough, leftover from pie making.
He's still there, at the table, an hour and a half later, mixing, smelling, chopping, tasting !

We took a wander in the garden, finding fresh ingredients, herbs snipped and smelt, adding more interest to my little chefs creations.

Reminding myself ( yet again ) simple, slow, easy is the best

Water Play - make the most of the good weather, in the garden with buckets, pots, pans, washing doll's clothes, cuddly toys, bikes, the car.

Painting - think big, splatter paint, foot prints, take your paints to a favourite spot and capture it.

Play dough, dough, salt dough - add seeds, spices, beans, herbs, colour.

What's your go to, easy activity ?

He does the washing up too.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Us, warts and all

Yesterday's beach day felt, very much like the coming of the end, Summer retreating, Autumn drifting in.
The place was packed, everyone come to give a salute, a farewell, a nod of thanks. 
Today feels like it should be September, funny how this early Bank Holiday has confused my sense of time.

What a Summer ! 
So much adventure, fun and laughter with family and very, dear friends.
So many events that have been left unsaid here, the great and the good, like the magical time spent with a long lost, much loved, very special family member, not seen for over 30 years to the heartbreakingly sad, of our wonderful daughter still in hospital battling an eating disorder.
How much to share, how much to tuck away, a constant bloggers dilemma and yet if too much is left out, this place feels hollow, dare I say alittle fake, especially as I have spent hours trawling through blogs hoping to find a glimpse of how others cope, manage, survive under such    sadness. 

So, this morning over breakfast,  while remembering our fabulous time in Lewis, with some delicious marmalade bought there, thinking about the coming of Autumn and the changes the turning of the year brings, I'm thinking about the now and where we, all are.
Our biggest boy, just turned 19, he heads back to Leeds next week, house sharing with 3 friends ! looking forward to his second year of a politics degree. He is full of ideas, thoughts, passionate about the World, it's people and his place here.
Our girl, is now 15 and 19 months into a hospital stay, battling anorexia and depression, it destroys us, wears us out and leaves us longing for all the answers, the miracle cure but mainly for our girl to be back, to be home, to be well.
Little man is going to be 6 in afew short weeks, 6, yes really. He's a joy, most of the time, hard work, frustrating and loud some of the time. He's learning in the home environment, a mix up of free play, visits, friends to play, festivals and the odd workbook thrown in for good measure.

Knitting, cooking, days out and all will continue on these pages, with maybe just a touch more of who we really are.