21 July 2014


...this week of...

...happiness watching my children playing with their friends, days spent outdoors in the wonderful summer warmth, harvesting potatoes for tea, knitting time, a quiet weekend at home

...sadness at terrible events across the world

...creating rows of knitting - nearly finished now, picnics, lego stop motion films, liquid soap, yogurt

...reading The Year of the Flood by the wonderful Margaret Atwood one of my favourite authors, to the children The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and these picture books* you can read a short review of them here, 179. Alice the Tennis Fairy by Daisy Meadows, 180. Walking Through the Jungle by Debbie Harter, 181. L'Ours dans la villa by Stella Blackstone, 182. L'Ours a la mason by Stella Blackstone

...learning about whittling, bees, ants, adding, stop motion film making,

...thinking about blame and how it seems so many look to apportion this especially when trust has all but gone or broken down

...hoping to harvest my blackcurrants this week

...wondering about places to go for an overnight wild camp with the children

...looking forward to a quieter week this week

*as part of the 300 Picture Books Challenge


I hope you have had a lovely week too......................enjoy the one to come!


  1. Stone Angel was one of my favourite books for the longest times, I haven't read too many other titles by Margaret Atwood so have duly made a note of Year of the Flood! Will be looking into other suggestions too..
    "harvesting potatoes for tea" made me smile, because it would've made me giggle with foreign excitement before I was "British" - I love the little nuances in language that make our English, ours! The blame game is probably at it's worst in the Middle East right now, I often feel the need to wrap myself in cottonwool when the news is on...just to survive. I'll check back in when I return to see where you choose to go camping. I would love to do that with my family this year...x

    1. The Year of the Flood is the second book in a trilogy, Oryx and Crake is the first. I know what you mean about having to protect yourself from the news sometimes it is too much to take in.

  2. I hope you have a nice quiet week next week and lots of time to yourself. Harvesting blackcurrants sounds good - do you eat them straight up or do you use them for baking (too)?

    1. I usually end up freezing most of them and using them during the year. I love adding them to flapjacks and might have to try them with polenta and make a cake like you did with strawberries :)

    2. Good idea! And I love flapjacks too - must try them with blackcurrants.

  3. Sounds like a lovely week!

  4. Stop motion films sound interesting. And an overnight wild camp - something to look forward to once Joe's bigger!
    Congratulations on your blackcurrants. The birds have plundered all of our berries here...
    And I know what you mean about wanting a quieter week. I really wish things would slow down a bit too.
    Sarah x

  5. Wild camping, I'm intrigued!!! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead :) xoxo

  6. Isn't it great to be able to spend so much time outside at the moment. I'm thinking I need to try a bit of stop motion film making with my boy, I can see a dinosaur film coming on ;)


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