Happy Days!

Hello my friends. This week has been such a happy week for me for a few reasons. First…this time last year we were packing up our home in Devon and moving back north! I can’t believe that we have been back here for a whole year. The moment we left Devon I felt a lightness, that horrible claustrophobic feeling that I …

The End of an Era

This is a mostly happy but little bittersweet post to write. On Saturday our homeschool journey drew to a close with Jessica-Laine writing her final SAT Subject exams.  Our closest exam centre for these exams was a beautiful fee-paying school in the Yorkshire countryside. From Chester, it is about a 2.5-hour drive and when you need to be at the school …

Dandelion Yarn

I love how this time of year just keeps throwing up seasonal treasures week after week. Often these treasures are fleeting like the bluebells and others last a little longer like the cow parsley that is flooding the verges at the moment. About two weeks ago the fields, lawns, verges and country lanes were awash with yellow dandelions. I just love …

Country Life

I ADORE living in the country. I know that some would find it a nightmare but not me. I love being close to nature, watching the gentle rhythems of the natural year reveal its treasures each and every day. Today we woke to a thick mist engulfing the countryside, hiding the hedgerows, trees and fields from our view. Slowly, it dissipated …

Exploring Our Surrounds

Today pulled our wellington boots on, grabbed our cameras and walked across the fields behind our house to explore and enjoy our first proper autumn walk. It wasn’t a ‘nature walk’ as such but inevitably we end up collecting natural treasures along the way and today was no different. We are lucky to have quite a few walks around us, many of …

An Inspired Life

With only a week to go before we head up north, my girls and I decided to pay one last visit to my own personal favourite NT property…Greenway House, the once much-loved home of my most favourite author, Agatha Christie. Oh to live in such a lovely property! The very setting inspires one to write. Did you know that her book …

Late August Harvest

It’s ‘that’ time of the year again, busy busy like a little squirrel, preserving the harvest to enjoy during those long, cold, dark months of winter. I picked loads of apples and plums on Saturday. I spent Saturday afternoon dealing with the apples. My plan for these apples was to make it all into apple sauce as I use it in various …

Winter Nature Walk

Well hello there! What a busy week it’s been! Our school week has been severely interrupted with two days of interviews at college for DD1. I suppose it’s par for the course when one of your children is in their final homeschool year and arrangements for the following year need to be made. We’ve managed to keep on top of the …