Wednesday, 31 March 2010

30 Days of Beauty : 23 ( The Baking Edition )

When my littlest guy was poorly recently, we fell ( far too easily ) into having the TV on during the day, Cbbeebies was a huge hit especially I Can Cook.

So when O was better ( and the TV switched back off ) we set about having our own I Can Cook session.
I measured everything out in bowls and then gently guided O with his baking.
Firstly he made Banana Bread.

Those little hands were so capable, so clever, so skillful.

The start of a Mama-Made gift for a friend, who adores Battenburg Cake.

O's Banana Bread, ready to share with his Woodland Group friends.

A tray of feta cheese filled savouries, O loved making and eating these.
His pride at sharing his goodies with family and friends is wonderful to see and so worth all the clearing and washing up after.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Spring Time Seasons Table

First yellow Brimstone butterfly of the year spotted on saturday 27th.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Our Earth Hour Evening

Was spent together, watching the sun go to bed and the moon come out to play,

Turning off all the power to our house and going outside to honour Mother Nature,

Lighting a fire in Her honour and raising a glass to celebrate Her.

Knowing our small lights in the darkness, together with so many others, was making a difference.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Refreshing the Soul

With dirt on our hands,

Planting new life.

Learning about touch, taste and smell.

Gushing saved spring rains.

Spotting yellow butterflies.

Living and Learning from Mother Nature, wrapping us in her Spring cloaks of new life, freshness and Hope.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

30 Days of Beauty : 22

Light and Love in the Darkness.

I have found love for my girl in many places here on the net over the past few days, kind Mamas who have opened their hearts and dedicated a place to her.
We are humbled by your love and oh so grateful for it.
Thank You.

Monday, 22 March 2010


For our daughter, Emma Joan
20 - 21 March 2005


As around the sun the earth knows she is revolving
And the rosebuds know to bloom in early May
Just as hate knows love's the cure
You can rest your mind assure
That I'll be loving you always
As now can't reveal the mystery of tomorrow
But in passing will grow older every day
Just as all is born is new
Do know what I say is true
That I'll be loving you always
Until the rainbow burns the stars out in the sky---ALWAYS
Until the ocean covers every mountain high---ALWAYS
Until the dolphin flies and parrots live at sea---ALWAYS
Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream
Did you know that true love asks for nothing
Her acceptance is the way we pay
Did you know that life has given love a guarantee
To last through forever and another day
Just as time knew to move on since the beginning
And the seasons know exactly when to change
Just as kindness knows no shame
Know through all your joy and pain
That I'll be loving you always
As today I know I'm living but tomorrow
Could make me the past but that I mustn't fear
For I'll know deep in my mind
The love of me I've left behind Cause I'll be loving you always
Until the day is night and night becomes the day---ALWAYS
Until the trees and seas just up and fly away---ALWAYS
Until the day that 8x8x8 is 4---ALWAYS
Until the day that is the day that are no more
Did you know that you're loved by somebody?
Until the day the earth starts turning right to left---ALWAYS
Until the earth just for the sun denies itself I'll be loving you forever
Until dear Mother Nature says her work is through---ALWAYS
Until the day that you are me and I am you---

A painful weekend of memories and longings, made easier by knowing we are not alone.
Your messages of love and friendship, of support, have strengthen and held us, the flowers for us and for Emma, have as always overwhelmed us, their colour bringing rays of sunshine into our darkness.
Thank you could never fully convey how very much your love means to us.
That her name is spoken, that Emma is remembered brings healing to this families hearts.
Be Blessed.

Friday, 19 March 2010

30 Days of Beauty : 21

Every morning O looks to see if this broody hen has hatched her eggs yet.
We're all hoping it won't be long.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

30 Days of Beauty : 20

Hello Spring.
Welcome Back.
It is so wonderful to see you, to smell you, to feel you.
Stay Awhile.
Happy Days.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Spring Time Buds

Sweet smelling tokens of love and friendship.
Celebrating the fresh buds of Spring.

Monday, 15 March 2010

30 Days of Beauty : 19

Basket of Mama-Made knits, knitted with love and care for babes just arrived and babes due soon.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Home Baked Challenge - Boggis's Chicken

We are having such fun, dreaming up dishes to take part in Hannah's Home Baked Challenge ( click on button in sidebar )
This month's theme is Fictional Food - food inspired by books.
Great ideas and laughs round the dining table, revealed a wealth of recipes to try ranging from Enid Blyton Famous Five picnic goodies to Twilight morsels.

Our first tasty treat is inspired by Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox, Boggis's Chicken.

" Boggis was a chicken farmer.He kept thousands of chickens.He was enormously fat.This was because he ate three boiled chickens smothered with dumplings ever day for breakfast, lunch and supper "

Ok, so we didn't have this for breakfast or lunch but for supper ( or tea as we call it ) and it wasn't three chickens, only one but we did boil it and it was smothered in tasty dumplings.

We had a great time, reading from the book, eating our tea and singing the song

Boggis and Bunce and Bean
One fat, one short, one lean.
These horrible crooks
So different in looks
Were none the less equally mean.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

30 Days of Beauty : 18

Waiting for Daddy.

And then the joy when Daddy calls back as he rounds the corner of our road.

Daddy is Home.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

On our Mantle

Our Yule Log.
A candle for each of us, shining with our own individual lights but standing firmly together, collective, solid and strong.

Our treasures, trinkets and tokens of love.

Our butterfly girl, Emma, our near and far girl.

Special things, special people.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Saturday, 6 March 2010

30 days of Beauty : 16

But every time it rains,
Your here in my head,
Like the sun coming out.

I just know that something good is going to happen.

And I don't know when,
But just saying it could even make it happen.

On top of the World, looking over the edge,

You could see them coming.

Cloudbusting - Kate Bush

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Yesterday's Food

was good, the day started with a bagel, spread with tahini and yeast extract, so good.

Stir-fry greens with plenty of garlic for lunch.

Smoked haddock and spinach risotto for tea.
I have something of a Spring Green theme going on.
Whats on your menu for today ?

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Monday, 1 March 2010

Book Sharing Monday - Life Without School ( the quiet revolution ) by The Robinson Family

My copy arrived Saturday morning and was finished by Sunday afternoon, from the first page I was hooked.
From the magical family that collectively bring us The Mother Magazine, this book is full of family life and all that such a rich and varied environment has to offer our children's ( and us adults ) education.
Each family member shares their thoughts on a variety of subjects,I love Bethany and Eliza's chapters - full of their hopes, dreams and experiences.
Veronika and Paul open their hearts and share the good and the bad of their unschooling journey.
Recipes, photos, music and ideas for seasonal fun, add to make this a wonderful resource but it goes much deeper than that, sharing a deep and true love of family, of life and of self.
For more families taking part in BSM -
And another amazing giveaway over at Garden Mama