Hello. Welcome, and thank you for stopping by. This is my journal, about a life treading lightly and enjoying it, if we can make it, we do, but we don't make do. Nature, the seasons and being outside is at the core of our lives, home education is thrown in the mix too. I take these threads of our 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 our own path.
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 mindful decisions, how to embrace the seasons, being creative with wool and cloth, gardening, cooking up a storm in the kitchen or parenting in a gentle way then you are in the right place. I hope I can inspire you and you me. I believe sharing experiences is so important and helps us to grow and learn, writing online is bringing the world together and making the it 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. You can read ten random things about me here.
We parent in a gentle, loving way hoping to raise caring and compassionate children, we home educate (you can read more about that here). 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 health condition, crohns disease, which is thankfully very much in remission. I used to exclude certain foods from my diet which is how I managed this condition, lately I have managed to rebalance my gut and now there are only a couple of foods that are off limits. 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 I refer to Alice (youngest) and Cameron (eldest), not their real names.
Thank you for visiting, I do hope you enjoy reading my stories and will return again in the future. You can find me and keep in touch in the following places:
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