I take the threads of life and weave them into stories. The threads of a life outside the mainstream, not looking in and wondering how to get there, but treading my own path. A path, if you want labels, of a crunchy hippy green mama, but that is not what I would call myself as I am not keen on labels.
Why sustainable? Because I believe that we should try to be sustainable in all areas of our lives if we can. Of course I fall off the cart, don't we all? But as I pick myself up and dust myself down, I find ways to stay on. As a mama I need to look after myself as well as my children, that doesn't mean that I come first, more that I need to fit my needs into the picture, otherwise I am not sustainable!
If you love to read about ways to make your life green, being creative with wool and cloth or parenting in a gentle way then you are in the right place. I hope I can inspire you and you me. I started this blog as I felt the need to write. I had been in education or work all my life until the birth of my second child, I am now at home with my children all day every day. My life is very fulfilled and interesting but I needed an outlet for me. I wanted to share my experiences with others. I believe sharing experiences is so important and helps us to grow and learn, but it has been and still is hard to meet like minded people in the society that we live in today. Blogging is bringing the world together and making the world a smaller place. It is creating a new society of people who live miles apart but who have the same beliefs and instincts about how to bring up our children and live simply to ensure the world is a good place to live for future generations.
So who am I? I am a mother, it is what defines this time in my life. It is an immensely fulfilling and hugely rewarding job, the toughest I have had to date. I am married with two children and we all live simply, within our means, in a small rural village in the North West of England.
We parent in a gentle, loving way hoping to raise caring and compassionate children, we are home educating (you can read more about that here) and follow an autonomous route. We grow vegetables and fruit but are by no means self sufficient, we do not have enough land for that, but we do grow enough to buy very little extra in the summer months. I love to cook and use as local ingredients as possible, we eat seasonally no strawberries in the middle of winter here. I share the occasional recipe which you can find here. I am a vegetarian who has a chronic health condition, crohns disease, which is thankfully very much in remission. I exclude certain foods from my diet which is how I manage this condition, calling it chronic (which the medical profession does) seems odd to me as I have few symptoms of this potentially nasty condition. If I have any 'spare time' I fill it with knitting, sewing and reading which I blog about occasionally. Until February 2015 I referred to my children as youngest and eldest, after then they have 'blog' names Alice (youngest) and Cameron (eldest).
Thank you for visiting my blog, I do hope you enjoy reading it and will return........
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