Home & Garden, Making stuff

Making stuff 19: gin and jam 2021

I think we've established by now that my only claim to any goddess-like levels of domesticity is my habit of making gin, jam, and chutney. Last year (2020) featured a ridiculous 6 gins but just one jelly. The year before (2019) I just did a couple of gins and three jams. This year, the focus… Continue reading Making stuff 19: gin and jam 2021

Children, Home & Garden

Veggies progress report 2021 – part 2

I love growing veggies. I'll never forget the first year that I grew 5 courgette plants in a sun blessed garden and a friend gave me 8 tomato plants. Himself is only just coming back round to considering courgettes acceptable on his plate after 3 months of me sneaking them into almost every meal. Since… Continue reading Veggies progress report 2021 – part 2

Imperfect lupin with raindrops
Home & Garden, Self-care

Different is Beautiful

Some time ago I wrote a post about beautiful imperfections. Recently, my thoughts are travelling along a similar path. There are some fairly well-defined traditional ideas about what is beautiful: blondeness, being thin with big boobs, sunny days, lush green grass, orange sunsets, spotless cars, rhyming words, clear skin, a straight nose, big blossoming flowers,… Continue reading Different is Beautiful

Trailing cucumber on my office windowsill
Home & Garden

Veggies 2021: Reset

I love growing veggies. In previous years, I've tortured himself, colleagues and neighbours with a surfeit of courgettes, almost ruined the foundations of an oil tank with rhubarb and produced cucumbers into October. In recent years, since we moved up North to a house with a North-facing garden, I've had less luck. I've tried growing… Continue reading Veggies 2021: Reset

Sweetcorn seedlings
Home & Garden

Veggie progress report 2021 – part 1

I love growing veggies. I'll never forget the first year that I grew 5 courgette plants in a sun blessed garden and a friend gave me 8 tomato plants. Himself is only just coming back round to considering courgettes acceptable on his plate after 3 months of me sneaking them into almost every meal. Since… Continue reading Veggie progress report 2021 – part 1

Bright purple thistles
Children, Crafts, Family, Friends, Home & Garden, Reading, Work

Staying home, staying safe in review

After 17 weeks of staying home and safe, gradually going out a bit more, and reflecting every week on our ups and downs I've learned loads about what keeps our family ticking. Home learning has taught me at least 10 things, doubtless many more. I wanted to look back and reflect on our family's experiences:… Continue reading Staying home, staying safe in review