autumn

Brambly hedge

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As a kid, I have a fond memory of going blackberry picking with my mum the first weekend after school had started again in September.  Blackberries seem to be appearing earlier and earlier so we have already been and returned with a surprising haul.  We used half for the traditional crumble and the other half […]

baking

Choux stopper

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Last week I said that I’d share the recipe Daf and I created as one of our “date jar” activities, so to stay true to my word…here it is.  I love trying to think of different flavours that go together but often need some inspiration.  During the February half term, Daf and I were fortunate […]

Activity

We never change

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Daf and I have never been particularly good at “date night”.  Early on the pressure to do something super original and fun or ensure we had a great time was too much.  We now often struggle to think of something to do, forget, put other things first, don’t want to do what the other wants, […]

baking

Morning has broken

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I thought today it might be nice to write something which can draw us away from the topic that seems to dominate most of our conversations at the moment.  By no means am I suggesting that it is not important and real, but I do believe a distraction is valuable now and then.  Therefore, I […]

baking

Our daily bread

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Creativity, experimentation, an awakening of senses, connections, celebrations, enjoyment, fun, laughter, family, necessity, daily, basic need…what do all these connotations have in common?  Food.  Our daily bread.  Something we need to survive.  I love food!  I love exploring new tastes and trying new things.  I’ll be honest from the start, I am a fussy eater […]

Activity

We are family

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When did you last take a minute to stop and think about what you value as a family?  Good question, she says, knowing that I can’t remember the last time, or if I have even ever thought about what we value, cooperatively, as a family. So, here are my thoughts: Family: We love spending time […]

Creativity

Lollipop, lollipop…

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Creativity is a wonderful phenomenon. It comes in all shapes and sizes and one of the most beautiful things about it is that there is no right or wrong. We far too often compare our creative skills with others who perhaps have a better photographic eye than us or have a straighter stitch or a […]

birth

You’re Beautiful

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Our bodies are extraordinary concepts.  Our minds are even more staggering.  Yet, however detached we may feel from one or the other they are intrinsically linked.  As my role as a play therapist, I have worked with numerous children who have taught themselves not to feel.  Due to pain and trauma, they have experienced in […]

Creativity

For a limited time only

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I thought I’d better get this recipe up quick before the key ingredient disappears from our river beds.  Who out there loves eating seasonally and resourcing their meals locally?  Who out there couldn’t care less, but likes a good tasty meal anyway?  Well, whichever of those categories you fall into, this one ticks both boxes. […]

Creativity

Smoonie

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There are so many recipes out there these days and so many rules and ideas about what to eat and what not to eat.  I’m not here to try and tell anybody what they ought to do, but what I am here to do is share some of my passion about good, natural, wholesome food.  […]