Friday, 5 November 2010

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Sophia and Beth

Monday, 18 October 2010

What do I do when I get a virus

right, i do quite a lot when I can be bothered.

First and most important for me is
Naiouli oil, it opens the passages and can cut off a cough in it's tracks

This is my essential oil bible

I buy my oils here, superb quality and exceptionally reasonable.

Then lavender oil, all around the throat, in front and behind the ears, the sinuses forehead and back or the neck, every hour if you can remember. It is anti viral anti bacterial, reduces inflammation and improves blood flow, and relaxes you mind to boot.

then ibuprofen and paracetamol, if you use them early enough you don't have to take much, they reduce inflammation and open up the airways too, reducing stress on sore parts, lol.

Then a lavender roll, heated pad full of barley or something like that, relaxes everything and is sheer bliss.

Then a good tv programme or film, I love mindless house makeovers, let yourself be young and have a duvet day.

With a vit c drink

May be more will link my blog, but this is enough for you to be going on with yes?

Will put this on living and life, lots of colds about, got one myself and just about surviving with a small part of the above and lots of calming wine!
For a friend who feels a bit frazzled, indulge them with our pretty purple warmer Filled with lavender and wheat, - £9.99. none

Friday, 17 September 2010

International Freedom in Education Day and why Home Education works for us

As I my time is being gobbled up at the moment trying to sort out the catastrophic result of trusting the authorities with the education of one of my children I have decided to celebrate International Freedom in Education Day with a picture blog, always a more natural story telling medium to me.  And for the same reason this post will be my totally belated contribution the the blog carnival over at Jax's  about home education and why people chose it.

I hope these pictures will show the freedom and happiness home education has provided for one  little girl. A little girl who was so unhappy in school that she was able to talk, for the first time in many months, without ranting and without pause for an hour about all the reasons school was illogical and hypocritical and was not supporting her learning or her mental health.  A little girl who did not allow a second to pass between the first realisation that home education was a possibility and and her passionate exhortation to be allowed to leave the school that had become a place of torture for her. A child who for a long time had been too stressed and exhausted to learn at school or at home.  A little girl who was at the time beside herself with anguish, confusion, rage, betrayal and despair but in that moment took back control of her own future and shifted it onto a profoundly enabling and empowering path that changed our perception of many things we had taken for granted for ever!


The Victorian Staffords



Squeezing through

little moustache



Pressy time

Sam's Birthday

to be completed

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Not on Top Form!

Ideally this would have been completed some weeks ago however my mastery of procrastination means that it is still on my list.



So although I can't wait to put my ebay bargain in its proper place,


today I have decided that pretending to be effective when I am not up to it is counterproductive so three of us snuggled down on the sofa and watched When Harry Met Sally, no nobody can say that is not educational, (not it's not that clip!)

And some things are progressing, I did manage to do some window shopping yesterday and recorded some of the things I saw for myself and DD1, can you guess which is for which?



Friday, 27 August 2010

Clay Modelling

There has been some fun being had here lately with some excellent air hardening clay obtained for a bargain price at the request of DS1 at the beginning of the summer.

playing with clay

playing with clay

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playing with clay

All this creativity doesn’t do much for the state of the kitchen table though!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

A Birthday and some help with the garden

How hard it is just to post a picture and maybe a sentence, that is what I promised myself I would do about a week ago, so here we go, better late than never.

One of dd's babies (very important to call them this) had a birthday yesterday and we were lucky that we had a lovely local home educator helping with the garden and his daughter came with him.

So she had help to make Sam's cake and I had help with the jungle that the garden has become following a year of neglect.

Sam's Birthday

Sam's Birthday

Sam's Birthday

Once a self sown seedling!

Saturday, 26 June 2010

{this moment}


{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Inspiration from Amanda at SouleMama

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Realising a dream!

My eldest daughter and husband have just bought a cottage needing renovation at auction.

They have been looking for the perfect property for some time.

West Farm

This comes complete with roses round the door.

West Farm

It is in a lovely location, in the country but close to the city.

West Farm

There is a lot of work to do but it will be so worth it.

West Farm

They are just a bit pleased.

West Farm

More here.