Best friend brothers |July 2018 siblings project

best friend brothers - nipitinthebud.co.ukWe’ve had such a wonderful month of the most gorgeous weather.  It almost feels like we’ve had a summer holiday already as we approach the last week of the school term.  We’ve been making the most of our fortnightly allotment time and taken part in some wonderful activities in our home city of Gloucester.  I’ve not been brave enough to take my DLSR camera out with me on solo adventures into town with the boys so our pictures this month simply sum up the ordinary moments shared at home or on the allotment.  Luca is more easily containable that way as he’s definitely an athlete in the making with his fast little running legs and sense of adventure.
Best friend brothers in buckets - nipitinthebud.co.uk
Each year since Euan was born I’ve taken a boy in a bucket photo and last year with a 5 year old and 1 year old it became apparent that sharing a tub was no longer an option!  This year I used our Tesco reward vouchers to buy a little paddling pool and although it’s only 4 feet wide (our yard is not much wider) the boys have loved it.  I’ve appreciated the benefit of a small yard close to the kitchen when it comes to filling it and the boys spend hours in it because it’s easy to fill with buckets of warm water from the kitchen mixer tap.  I’ve even had a dip in it myself and pretended I was on a beach somewhere as I lay back with my knees up and out of the pool gazing up at the blue skies overhead.
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Our allotment adventures this year are definitely more fun with two boys in tow (although everything takes twice the amount of time and patience with a wandering toddler).  It’s so lovely to see the boys working together on the plot, taking turns with the tools or to overhear Euan passing on gardening tips or gently cautioning Luca about what he can and can’t touch.  It’s been fab documenting our ‘gardening with kids’ growing journey and for the boys to be able to look back at my blog in years to come and remember their first season of growing together.
Best friend brothers at the allotment 1 - nipitinthebud.co.ukBest friend brothers at the allotment 2 - nipitinthebud.co.ukBest friend brothers at the allotment 3 - nipitinthebud.co.ukIt wouldn’t be an authentic summer siblings post without finishing off with another ice lolly snap would it. I could fill a whole blog post with a discussion about their favourite icey treats!
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July 16, 2018 at 9:14 pm 6 comments

making Pam Corbin’s Hedgerow Jelly

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I often leave a pair of boots in the back of the car for those spontaneous moments when unsuitable footwear could stifle your sense of adventure.  Picking blackberries last week with only one container I considered an alternative use for my wellies.  I wonder how many jars of Hedgerow Jelly I would have got from two boots full of  berries?  I didn’t follow that thought; I’m not quite that batty!

At the heart of all the best hedgerow jellies is the crab apple, explains Pam Corbin in the River Cottage Preserves Handbook.  ”The pectin in this often scarred and scabby fruit lends the setting power that many hedgerow berries lack”.  I wasn’t able to find any crab apples in time for this picking of berries so used Bramleys instead.  Hedgerow jelly_apples and berries in panTo make Hedgerow Jelly (Pam Corbin’s version)

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July 13, 2018 at 11:41 pm Leave a comment

foraging wild garlic in Cranham woods (and a tale of a tick bite)

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When Euan was 3 years old we went for a bimble in Cranham Woods and stumbled upon a fabulous patch of wild garlic surrounding an ancient gnarly tree. I vowed to return each year but you’ve probably already guessed that we didn’t! I was reminded of both my love of foraging and the opportunity to recreate special trips with Luca when a friend asked me if I knew of anywhere she could find wild garlic to make pesto. Having sent her my blog link from my visit with Euan it tickled my memory bank and I decided to visit with Luca, albeit a year younger than Euan was first time around. If I visit again next year when Luca is also 3 I’ll have to track down Euan’s coat and really go to town with recreating the trip down memory lane!

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Luca and I explored the woods with a new Mum friend and her toddler and I think we found that same gnarly tree. It seemed further away from the road than I remembered and much bigger than it seemed last time but I guess that’s nature for you and 3 years growth (I really don’t trust my baby brain recollections these days). The toddlers were in their element bimbling about picking up leaves, dragging along giant sticks and blowing out dandelion clocks.

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Woods are such a good option on a hot day but the shaded canopy from the trees made for rather yellow photos. As we walked back towards the car we spotted a rape seed field and found a break in the fencing to check it out. I love the sight of swaths of golden yellow flowers.

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A few days after visiting Cranham Woods I found an engorged tick on Luca’s neck. During our bimble we’d had a conversation with a couple out on their daily walk in the woods about the deer they often see so it was a fair assumption Luca’s wading through the grass may have been the cause of being nibbled on. And as it was likely to be a deer tick I was a bit concerned about the possibility of infection, most notably the development of Lymes disease.

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George removed the tick with tweezers using this method as soon as we spotted it but it was 3 days after our woods visit . I did some reading about the the symptoms to look for following a tick bite and was relieved to find nothing to be concerned about and no rash around the bite. 3 days passed and then Luca developed a runny nose, napped for 3 hours and come the evening was starting to feel really hot. He was running a fever when I put him to bed. When I spoke to a friend on the phone that evening she mentioned her son had a tick bite and her homeopath had recommended a precautionary dose of Ledum immediately. Only then did it occur to me that Luca’s body might be fighting an infection from the bite he’d received 6 days earlier. I did a little more research and found this article by homeopath Kelley Callahan ,”Ease Lyme anxiety: Homeopathic treatment of acute tick bites” , particularly reassuring.

”The Ledum is stimulating the body to effectively respond to the bite; which may in turn also neutralize the Lyme bacteria and prevent the development of an infection. This is the same principle by which you give someone with a high fever Belladonna; the remedy stimulates the body in its response to whatever infection or stimuli is causing the fever, often enabling the immune system to complete its work, without moving into a full-blown illness be it cough, flu, croup, etc.

I think its important to emphasize that Ledum is treating the *tick bite* not Lyme disease. There is no Lyme disease when you get a tick bite. Yes, it *may* develop. And you *may* get the flu from someone at the grocery store. But, you might not.

This is part of changing your mindset. We need to sever the cord of tick = Lyme always”.

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Luca had a high fever all night and kept scratching his neck where the tick bite had been but there was still no rash. He woke to nurse frequently and I gave him some Ledum when I went to bed and in the morning. The next day he still had a low grade fever and I thought it worth getting him checked over by the GP given the possible cause of his infection. I’m not keen on the use of antibiotics but will use them if there is an urgency around treating an infection where slow natural healing may result in complications. As Luca was no longer experiencing any symptoms and his temperature was normal the GP was happy that his immune system had dealt with the infection from the bite and there was nothing more sinister to be concerned about. I was relieved that not only had his body’s fever response done the work of burning off the infection but that the GP hadn’t been quick to prescribe a ”just in case” dose of antibiotics which I’ve known to happen sometimes for other parents. It’s 6 weeks now since our woodland adventure and Luca never did develop any further symptoms. It just shows what the body is capable of when we let it respond naturally and are nourished and rested like children are.

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July 6, 2018 at 1:33 pm 12 comments

#30dayswild with the Wildlife Trust – our activities for days 16-30

Park gymnasticsWe’ve reached the end of the Wildlife Turst’s #30dayswild nature challenge and feel really proud of ourselves for taking part. I must admit that in the last week our efforts to fit new activities in around school combined with roasting hot weather were less successful than earlier in the month. We repeated some of our simple activities like taking slow wonder walks and appreciated the ideas given to us by the 30DaysWild app.  On the days we felt our activities were a bit mediocre it was a good reminder that every small act like picking up rubbish in the local park, taking our re-usable bottles out with us and having home-made picnic’s outdoors is an important way for kids to feel connected to nature and conscious of the impact their actions have on the world around them.  Here’s a summary of our latest acts of wildness as well as one from my wishlist that we didn’t manage this year but want to remember for next year.

Day 16 – reading one of Euan’s favourite nature stories at bedtime ‘The winter hedgehog’‘. When I said to E we hadn’t really done a random act of wildness today he immediately replied “yes we did, we went outside, we looked at flowers and Luca picked up pine cones on the way to Alfie’s party”. Oh yes!
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Day 17 – we hadn’t even left the bedroom before Euan had hit upon his first #30dayswild activity for the day – pretending to be Walter the slug from Beatbugs using Luca’s IKEA tunnel! We visited my parents house for Father’s Day as G was working away and the boys had lots of fun playing in the garden with their cousins.

Day 18 – both boys were home with coughs and colds so making lunch using wild garlic pesto was about as wild as it got! My friend Sonia made the pesto after reading our blog post about foraging wild garlic in Cranham Woods. Luca and I went to the woods a few weeks later but the wild garlic was past it’s best and I’d forgotten to get the other ingredients needed so I’m claiming the delight of Sonia’s delicious pesto as my own! (and making a note to self for next year to buy hard cheese and olive oil before I go picking).
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Day 19 – today was Euan’s sports day and the perfect opportunity for lots of drinking from re-usable bottles. As the activities went on for much longer than we anticipated we re-filled Euan’s bottle 3 times for sharing between us and L and I found mint leaves to infuse in it while seeking shade in the school’s peace garden. We were too busy keeping cool and following E’s class round the activities for pictures but I did snap one of E’s favourite event – Daddy bundle.
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Day 20 – getting up close and personal with a police dog called Napier. It was a wonderful opportunity for little ones to discover that animals can be more than pets and that police men don’t bite either!

Day 21 – on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, G and E set off for Selsley Common to recreate E’s rock writing creations from our previous visit. G’s been working on his #SpacesGloucester music project and needed some extra footage for the film to accompany one of the songs. They worked together to produce the word ”LOVE” on the ground with the intention of filming it from the sky using a drone. The skies were a bit too windy in the event but they got some ground level footage and had some wonderful Father and Son time together.

Day 22 – a challenge for Euan to make something from nature out of Lego. He browsed my Lego-ing Pinterest board for ideas and opted for a parrot (with no instructions just careful observation of the photo)
Day 22 - #30dayswild - nipitinthebud.co.uk

Day 23 – we visited the allotment and planted the gift of wildflower seed that came with our #30dayswild information pack from Gloucestershire Wildlife
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Day 24 – after Euan’s swimming lesson we took a walk to Gloucester Cathedral for a celebration day to mark the completion of Project Pilgrim.  Among the wonderful list of activities E took part in (archery, gargoyle face designing and badge making ) was making a mussy tussy, a posy of herbs and flowers used in medieval times to ward of nasty smells.  Euan was able to name the lavender (the bees really like it at the allotment) and rosemary (I’ve eaten Rosemary crackers before) but not sage (It doesn’t smell of anything).
Project Pilgrim celebration - E making a tussy mussy

Day 25 – park time straight from school with dinosaur friends on a hot day

Day 26 – George has Luca on a Tuesday but was finding it too hot to venture out.  So here’s an idea I came across on Pinterest while taking part in the #GreatBritishBeeCount to save for next year – making a solitary bees hotel
https://www.bakerross.co.uk/craft-ideas/kids/solitary-bees-hotel/

Day 27 – making pot pourri from rose blooms salvaged from a neglected garden in front of flats in our neighbourhood that are going to be knocked down
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Day 28 – visiting Sanford Lido for an outdoor swim. It was so wonderful for Luca who was able to touch the bottom in the kids pool and the combination of sunshine and fresh air as we splashed really gave us the sense of being on holiday.

Day 29 – exploring the fabulous new garden area in front of Gloucester Cathedral.
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Day 30 – last day and blogging about all our acts of wildness.  Sharing a random picture of the chickens we say hello to at the allotment every time we visit!
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If you missed our first 15 days you can read about it here.  A big thank you to the Wildlife Trust for hosting the campaign and our local network of officers and volunteers who provide the wonderful activities in Gloucestershire.
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July 2, 2018 at 10:47 am 14 comments

Me and Mine project [June 2018]

19-6-18 - Sports Day Me and Mine June 2018 - nipitinthebud.co.ukJune flew by in a blink and I can hardly believe that the next time we join in with Me and Mine Euan will have finished another school year. He loves school and this month’s family portrait was a selfie taken at Sports Day. He really enjoyed throwing games but his favourite activity was definitely the Daddy Bundle.
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June was still a really busy month for George between continued work on his Spaces music project website and preparations for the launch in September. He’s also a badminton coach and had several Sundays where he was tutoring, including the Father’s Day weekend. We managed to catch him for a quick card and present opening before he left for day.
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The boys and I spent the rest of the day with my Mum and Dad. My younger brother visited too with his family and it’s always really special time getting the cousins together.
17-6-18 - Fathers Day at Mum & Dads - nipitinthebud.co.uk
What family memories have you been creating this month?
To share yours or view other Me and Mine posts take a look at the linky on Lucy’s blog.

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July 1, 2018 at 6:29 am 1 comment

gardening with kids – new friends and allotment grown elevenses

toddler and dog playing ball at the allotment - nipitinthebud.co.ukLast week I visited the allotment for the first time with just Luca as Euan was at school and we’d not managed a weekend visit.  It was a beautiful sunny day and while we waited for Dave to arrive Luca made a new friend, a spaniel called Zac.  Zac kept picking up stones and dropping them at our feet as we talked to his owner Lesley.  She said he likes to play catch with stones but soon went off to find him a ball when we realised how good he was at intercepting every single throw and wincing at the clunking sound of stone on teeth.  Luca was in his element combining his love of balls and dogs and Mummy time.

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Zac was getting so exhausted by the sun and ball play and we could see he would never voluntarily stop bringing the ball back to us.  So Luca and I said our farewell’s and headed down to Dave’s plot, not before stopping to say hello to some other allotment animals.

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We had a little explore while we waited for Dave to arrive.  I’ve always loved the ramshackled sheds at the allotment but over the years, as new plot holders have arrived, there have been more new ones cropping up.  I’ve always loved this shed which has gradually been grown over Virginia Creeper and turns an amazing red colour in the Autumn.  I encouraged L to go and knock at the door but he wasn’t at all keen!

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Our patch is coming along well and we picked some lettuce to take home.  We only have 2 carrots growing after our long weeks of waiting but it’s 2 more than last year!  Still no sign of our kohl rabi but I’m happy to see that the tomato plants we put in a few weeks ago are looking fab.   It’s thirsty work gardening so we always take our Oxo Tot twist top water bottle and on this occasion snacked on broad beans.

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thirsty toddler_oxotot twist top bottle - nipitinthebud.co.uk

It was the perfect time to pick the broad beans as there were very few black fly on them.  Dave plants his broad beans in November and I used to do this as well when I learnt that they escape the black fly by being ready to pick just that bit earlier than beans planted in February.allotment toddler in the broad beans - nipitinthebud.co.ukallotment toddler broad beans - nipitinthebud.co.ukallotment toddler eating broad beans - nipitinthebud.co.uk

We weren’t able to visit the plot at the weekend but hope to on Saturday.  So much changes when you can only visit every other Saturday.  Thank goodness we have Dave to keep an eye on things for us, especially with the upcoming heatwave next week.  If you’ve you’ve missed any of our other gardening with kids posts you can catch up with them by clicking the link.  Cheerio for now and happy gardening.
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June 21, 2018 at 1:32 pm 14 comments

foraging elderflowers to make cordial (with a little help from my friends)

elderflower cordial making - nipitinthebud.co.ukI love foraging and I love making cordials but since having children little of either has happened. My last attempt to make elderflower cordial was with a 1.5 year old Euan and it took all of his nap time just to prepare everything. My resounding memory was how time consuming it was between the car journey to forage, de-bugging the flower heads, chopping lemons and sterilising bottles. I had over-picked last time which meant doubling up quantities and I reached a new realisation that making in bulk is not always the best option!
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When my friend Sonia said she’d like to make cordial for the first time and offered the use of her kitchen if I wanted to join her I was so excited. Luca and I foraged the elderflower from our local park next to Euan’s school and we picked just the specified quantity for the recipe Sonia was going to follow. It felt like no effort at all, just a lovely outdoor pastime and we were even able to use foraging as one of our #30dayswild nature activities.
Toddler picking elderflower - nipitinthebud.co.uk
It was so simple to turn our foraging and preserving into a play date and social activity. It was a gorgeous sunny morning when Luca and I went out foraging and we played in the park for 45 minutes before picking so our flowers would be as fresh as possible when we arrived at Sonia’s. Luca was such a willing helper and the flowers were beautifully pungent. Folklore suggests picking on a dry, sunny day results in more flavourful flowers and this certainly seemed to be true for our resulting cordial. We also didn’t see a single bug on our flower heads so the timing was just right.
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The preparation of the elderflower heads for infusing this time round was as simple as giving them a little shake to check for bugs before sitting them upside down on top of slices of lemons. Sonia had a beautiful glass dish and her careful layering of lemons and positioning of flower heads was like watching an artist at work. I was inspired by her diligent approach and resolved to take more care next time I prepare food as I’m rather slap dash, focusing more on the speed and convenience of getting it done than giving due care and attention to the task in hand.
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When I’ve made cordial before I’ve followed the method from the River Cottage preserves handbook where you soak the flowers in water with lemon zest overnight and then add the sugar and lemons the next day. This suited me when I made it as I wasn’t keen on having a sticky mixture infusing on a hot day and with 3 cats in the house. Sonia’s recipe involved using her Thermomix to make a hot syrup and then pouring this over the lemon slices and flower heads. She left it on the counter top overnight and Luca and I returned the next day for bottling and tasting. The flavour was much more intense and finely balanced from all of the ingredients soaking together. Some recipes recommend leaving the infusion for up to 3 days but I think there’s a danger of the lemons going bitter when left that long.
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Our elderflower cordial was so delicious to drink. It’s going down well with the boys today who are both home with coughs and colds. Both the elderflower and the lemons with their vitamin C content will be giving their immune systems a boost. Sonia plans to use her cordial in cooking too starting with a favourite cake recipe which includes home made gooseberry curd (she’s quite the foody and a real inspiration for re-kindling my love of preserving and trying out different recipes).

Sonia’s Thermomix elderflower cordial recipe
25 elderflower heads (we had about 40)
1.5 litres water
1750g sugar
4 lemons thinly sliced
50g citric acid

  • Make a syrup with 1 litre of water and the sugar.
  • Slice the lemons and layer in the bottom of a glass or stainless steel container.
  • Place the elderflower heads stalks upwards on top of the lemons.
  • Sprinkle the citric acid over the top and pour in half the syrup.
  • Add the remaining 0.5 litre of water to the syrup and mix.  Pour over the flower heads and lemons, cover and leave at room temperature for at least 10 hours or overnight.
  • Strain the cordial through a fine sieve (we used a muslin) and pour into sterilised bottles or jars.  Once cool store in the fridge.

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A happy outcome of making the cordial this way was that we ended up with beautiful preserved lemons. I always feel a bit wasteful when making cordials or jellies involves throwing away pulp I wish I could dream up a use for. My initial idea was to keep the lemons to simply add to a glass of water but I love them so much I’ve just been eating them straight from the jar. I’m never going to make elderflower cordial any other way from now on and Sonia and I have decided to instigate seasonal foraging play dates ever after. Perhaps we might even try some of these other elderflower recipes.
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June 18, 2018 at 12:17 pm 3 comments

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It was 5.30am when George played this to me for the first time. I listened to the music while seeing familiar faces among the musicians and choir. As @sebfield hit that first note I cried, releasing the feelings of isolation and exhaustion that had been building that I hadn't shared for fear it would effect his music making. The feelings of overwhelm and anxiety and Mum guilt that hits hard when you're parenting small ones on little sleep or company. It's not always easy being married to a creative person but the George I've loved for over two decades wouldn't be the same without the music running through his veins. I'm in awe of everything he's achieved through his #spacesgloucester project and can't wait for the release of the full version of "The Quietness of Stones" tomorrow (and then a film every Monday until September). If you have a minute or two to spare please taken a listen tomorrow and share it with anyone you think might appreciate it. Thank you x (George is more active on Twitter than IG so if you want to follow and RT on there he's @georgeawmoorey) #lookcloserlistendeeper #nationallotteryfunded #gloucesterlife
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