Day by Day, Nature study and science

Autumn books – October 2019

A fresh chill in the air, the rustle of leaves as we shuffle through these glorious piles of yellow and gold, the smell of bonfire smoke, the vivid crimson of berries against a gin blue sky, the evening chatter of water fowl as they congregate. These delights to my senses all tell me that autumn… Continue reading Autumn books – October 2019

Day by Day, Foraged food

Sausages and hams October 2019

This is not strictly foraged food...we no longer live in the days when one could head off into the woods, bow and arrows slung over the shoulder, and hunt down a wild boar. However, it is part of our seasonal living, an autumn tradition, and it's fun! We generally get our weaners in the spring… Continue reading Sausages and hams October 2019

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Autumn Term November 2019

This half of term has felt like a long haul, with challenges on several levels, as well as much for be thankful for. I feel that during this season we are in, we will increasingly face challenges, and I've felt God impress upon my heart a few strategies for walking well through them. We want… Continue reading Autumn Term November 2019

Day by Day, Foraged food

Sloe Gin – September 2019

The sloe is the fruit of the blackthorn, sometimes known as wild plum. They line the hedgerows in the autumn, jostling with blackberries as the most sought after fruit. The blackberry usually wins as sloes can't be eaten straight from the bush. They can, however, be turned into sloe gin, a warming winter drink. Its… Continue reading Sloe Gin – September 2019

Day by Day, Nature study and science

Spring learning April 2019

As the weather warms up, we naturally spend more time outdoors, both at work and play. The summer term is often a more relaxed one, with lots of outdoor learning. Both boys have exams coming up, so this is a season when the pressure is on for them. I therefore decided that in an attempt… Continue reading Spring learning April 2019

Day by Day, Foraged food, Nature study and science

Stinging nettle and wild garlic soup April 2019

This is just a version of stinging nettle soup Stinging nettles are best to eat at this time of year (and maybe sting the hardest too!), so it's a other seasonal one. I tend to pick only the top third of the nettle. Then by pouring boiling water over them, their stinging power is curtailed.… Continue reading Stinging nettle and wild garlic soup April 2019

Adoption reflections, Day by Day

Moments of beauty in the midst of life. April 2019

There are so many moments of joy in my mothering journey, and it truly is the most fulfilling job I have ever done, but it certainly feels like hard work some days...in fact, most days. But I don't think anything of such eternal worth is ever going to be a breeze. There are many seasons… Continue reading Moments of beauty in the midst of life. April 2019

Day by Day, Nature study and science

Spring days – April 2019

The Easter holidays have begun! I love all holidays for different reasons, but the Easter ones seem to signify hope; a change from winter to spring, and more importantly the life giving hope of Easter. However, after some warm and sunny weeks, the weather has turned cold again (a dusting of snow on the hills),… Continue reading Spring days – April 2019

Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

Those grey winter days…February 2019

I set out to write something about keeping going through the dreary and seemingly endless days of a wet British winter. I started on one such day, and forty eight hours later am finishing it while sitting under a cloudless blue sky, listening to a chorus of birds with the warmth of a pale winter… Continue reading Those grey winter days…February 2019