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Do less, observe more, enjoy most

Porlock Weir_kids playing copy 4B
”Do less.  
19-8-17 - campsite bridge_rock collecting copy 4B
Observe more.  
16-8-17 - Luca rock painting copy 4B
Enjoy most.” – Magda Gerber

Childhood unplugged.  Beautiful memories from a care free few days camping in Porlock with friends.  I admit I find it difficult at times to be less interactive, to do less and observe more, but when you see how much children flourish when pursuing their own ideas and the joy they feel when accomplishing things themselves it makes my own struggles a easier to bear!  Granted steering my daredevil toddler past open fires and rocky drops into the river was a little nerve tattering at times but on the whole the benefits of an outdoor, child led life won out!

My favourite place in this area of Exmoor is still Dunster Beach.  G and I sat on the sand and just watched the boys at play. We admired the beautiful view out to sea and counted our blessings many times over.

19-8-17 - Dunster beach_brothers exploring seaweed copy 4B

Collage _ E writing on Dunster beach copy 4B

19-8-17 - Dunster beach_L with seaweed copy 4B
Our gorgeous bringer of light, so proud of his seaweed find (yes he did try to eat it!)

Magda Gerber quote - let the child be the scriptwriter

 

September 3, 2017 at 8:00 am 2 comments

hanging out in Birmingham

We love just hanging out doing toddlery stuff locally but it’s nice to have a treat day further afield from time to time.  Tesco reward vouchers made that possible for us recently when we met up with E’s also-2-years-old cousin at the Sealife Centre in Birmingham.  E was more interested in clambering and running than fish gazing but he very charmingly shouted ”Wow, look at that” as he zoomed past! sealife centre e and zac 4B

We lunched afterwards at Pizza Express (food for free when £2.50 in vouchers = £10 towards the meal).  E was worn out by his adventures and fell asleep on my lap much to the delight of Daddy who could indulge in his favourite chocolate ice-cream without having to share.sealife centre -pizza hat 4B

On the way home we pulled into our beloved Hillfield Gardens to stretch our legs after the journey.  E decided my vacated front seat was a much better option and cheerily refused to get out:  ”Euan doing driving”. So the boys stayed in the car and I enjoyed a peaceful sit in the scented garden, lovely.sealife centre - sricinf home 4B

I eventually managed to persuade E out of the car with leftover pizza and the promise of meeting a new doggy friend.  Here he is trying to share with Isla* dog!
Did you know that Euan would have been an Isla if he’d been a girl? sealife centre - pizza leftover 4B

It turns out Birmingham is quite a big word for a small boy to master. 
”Burmigan.  Burmingung. Burminham”.  He soon got in when I broke it down to ‘Birming-ham’.  I later overheard him saying to himself  ‘‘Birming-ham.  Yeh, that’s right.  Burming-cheese too.  Burming-breakfast’.  Burning-dinner’.  What a busy brain!
This on a day when he’d already informed me ‘‘Red light says stop.  Green lights says go go go.  Yellow light says Fix the hoover”.

April 17, 2014 at 9:00 am 1 comment

darn it!

George’s favourite wooly hat was mauled by a dog.  His head wasn’t in it at the time thankfully.  In true frugal fashion I darned the hole after teasingly asking if he wanted a Fulham Football Club badge sewn over it.  I now suspect he may be giving this idea serious consideration and if you are dearest I’m sure you’d like the privilege of sewing it on yourself?  Here’s some advice if you’re not sure where to start and I know your Dad has darned a sock or twenty in his time so you can compare notes.  On second thoughts I’d happily do it for you – I don’t fancy trading it for any of your blue jobs!

© poster from The Children’s War Exhibition in 2010 at the Imperial War Museum, London, unearthed in my drafts folder!

April 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

wordless wednesday

2-11-13 - Brighton_finger through hole stone 4B
2-11-13 - Brighton_stone collecting 4B
2-11-13 - Brighton_Mummy and E horizon 4B

November 27, 2013 at 6:00 am 2 comments

the ‘Ministry of food’ part 4: making mock goose for Christmas

The Ministry of Food - making Mock goose for Christmas..so what was I saying 3 years and 8 months ago.  Oh yes, that lovely mock goose I tried at the Ministry of Food exhibition at the Imperial War Museum turned out rather well when I recreated it at home.  It’s called Mock Goose because it’s flavoured with sage and was made for Christmas on rations without a bird.  I can’t say whether the aroma and flavour alone would be enough to satisfy a meat eater having never eaten goose myself but it certainly had a lovely comforting home cooked roast dinner taste and feel about it.

I didn’t write down the recipe after I made it so this is guess work on my part but from the picture….The Ministry of Food - making Mock goose for Christmas

I’d say a large potato per person, a grated apple, some grated cheese (probably not much as it would have been rationed – enough to thicken the gravy), vegetable stock, enough to cover to the top layer of potato and a liberal sprinkling of dried sage.The Ministry of Food - making Mock goose for Christmas

Bake it in the oven for an hour so the sauce goes all thick and sticky and the potatoes are softened.  The apple and cheese are such a fine combination and you’d never know they were there but for a lovely sweet richness to the gravy.The Ministry of Food - making Mock goose for Christmas
Other posts in the Ministry of Food series you might be interested in
part 2: digging for Victory
part 3: thrifty war time ways to feed your family

October 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm 5 comments

hello Monday morning

sigh, Monday morning comes around so fast doesn’t it.
As far as walks to work go though this one takes a lot of beating.  2-6-13 - Cathedral walk to work 1 4B2-6-13 - Cathedral walk to work 2 4B 2-6-13 - Cathedral walk to work 4 4B
It’s such a beautiful, tranquil 10 minute trundle through the grounds of Gloucester Cathedral that my heel-dragging reluctance to leave my boys playing at home is gradually replaced with a sense of quiet acceptance and curiosity about what the day ahead might bring.walk to work doorway 4B

walk to work Millers Green sign 4B

walk to work arch 4B
Through Wesley’s archway and then turn right … and you’ll find yourself outside my office.   With this view of the Cathedral, as featured in the Guardian’s ”Let’s Move to Gloucester” article on Friday Walk to work - Glos Cathedral article

October 7, 2013 at 7:00 am 2 comments

a pop-up Forest for International Car-free day 2013

I have a friend called Mog with a son called Ernest, born just a few days after Euan. It’s great fun comparing notes about how our Es little brains and big personalities are developing.   I often sigh with envy when Mog shares photos of the fabulous adventures her E has simply by living in the Capital City.  Perhaps she sighs a little too when she reads about our quiet adventures away from it all at places like this and this in our amazing-in-its-own-small-way City.   I thought of Mog and Ern today as another little ”Oh to be in London” sigh slipped out of me so I thought I’d share this for all you London based adventurers. tree
On Saturday 21st September cars and taxis in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials shopping village will be replaced by trees when Camden Council plays host to a one-of-a-kind pop-up forest to celebrate International Car free day.  This unique event will create a car-free haven with 60 trees, all roughly 5m in height, plotted around the central dial monument.   Once the day is over all trees will be moved and planted in new plots across the borough of Camden for people to enjoy on a permanent basis.Seven Dials monument

This year’s International Car Free Day focuses on the issue of air pollution, with road closure events taking place around the world.  Camden Council predicts just one day without traffic will see pollution levels in the area drop by 50% and they’ll be showcasing their new ‘Air Quality Bubble Map’ to highlight how easy it is to walk and cycle within a one mile bubble of their homes, schools and workplaces.2871247725_3268881060_oWithin the urban forest there will be all sorts of activities to keep Ernest entertained including face painting, live music and complimentary food and drink (pizza slices from Rossopomodoro’s pop-up trailer and homemade lemonade at Patagonia). The Orchard Juice Bar will be open for first quenching drinks and information about the benefits of planting fruit trees in urban areas and Dr Bike will be offering free cycle maintenance and anti-theft marking for cyclists between 11am – 5pm.

Dr Bike
Images – Three Pipe Digital Marketing Agency, Save the Planet, Bike Dr

September 13, 2013 at 8:44 am 1 comment

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