Monday, 30 December 2013

Coconut Milk Shampoo..

I'm always on the lookout for new recipes so thought I'd give this one a go ..

You will need,

Half a cup of coconut milk

Half a cup of Castille soap ( I used Bronners pure unscented)

1 teaspoon of coconut oil

1 teaspoon of vit e oil ( I used an evening primrose oil capsule, but olive oil would work just fine)

A few drops of your fave essential oil ( optional )

A clean jar with lid

Combine all the ingredients in a clean jar , put on the lid and shake .. The coconut oil if solid can be melt in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds ....

You use about a teaspoon to 2 teaspoons depending on hair length ..and it will keep in the bathroom cupboard for a month :-) xx

 

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Children's book plans ..

 

So next year I'm taking some time out to write a children's book .. I'm sat here today , covered in a blanket and a cat and writing down some ideas for my book , a lot of research will have to be done but I'm passionate about this area so that's a head start isn't it ? I'm also writing our loose plan for the upcoming Home Ed year and we have lots of plans for new skills to learn and a year long adventure in tents .. Exploring and absorbing nature as we go .. I can't wait xx

 

Friday, 27 December 2013

Life Cycle ..

It's a planning kind of a day here today , planning ahead , making goals and processing thoughts about change .. It seems like I'm rushing and you'd be right in thinking I wanted this year gone .. I do .. I'm anxious for it to disappear .. Don't get me wrong I'm not wishing my life away .. Just this year ..next year is a big year and I have so much I want to achieve both family wise and personally .. But I'm not setting myself impossible goals .. Just small focused tasks .. A trip out to my garden has reminded me that although we are in the dormant period there are still signs of new life , growth , change ..and as I sit looking at these new shoots I'm reminded once more of the cycle of the year .. How important it is and ..how bloody fast it turns around .. It only seems five minutes ago I was harvesting garlic and yet , here we are again .. It goes on ..

 

Monday, 23 December 2013

Here's to an amazing 2014 ...

We've had a trying year , not one I want to repeat at all ..and as we prepare for the second of our seasons celebrations .. I'm gently making plans for what I hope will be an amazing year for us all and for all of you .. Enjoy your celebrations , I hope they are full of laughter and joy xx

 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Traditions..

 

Today I changed our table to reflect the winter months .. One of the few simple traditions we have kept over the last few years , it helps tie us , weld us to the gentle rhythm of the year .. It also helps my Reu ..gives him a feeling of calm , brings some sense and order to a world that he struggles to understand .. This year I have started to introduce a few new traditions .. The months of the year are brought to us with the simple swapping of a picture to show him where we are in the year

The lighting of a candle at dinner time , this calms him in readiness for meals .. And the introduction of a moon jar and a moon tale on the eve of every full moon , a very difficult time for him , but turned into a positive experience and something to look forward to instead of dread.

And a new December tradition .. Rascal reindeer , he hides from us every day and our job is to find him , using the hot cold method .. It brings shrieks of excitement between the boys , where will he be next .. I hope to introduce more , slowly ..as we move from this year to the next.

 

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Gratitude Sunday *

 





{Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}



This week , I have mostly been grateful for sunny days with only the slightest nip in the air , allowing us all to finish the majority of the plot clearing .


For gorgeous blooms of flowers for that last minute splash of colour before winter takes hold.


For visits from Aunty Marge , I love to hear her stories .


For Spring bulbs arriving by post to plant now ready for a splash of colour .


And for friends .. True friends who continue to pop in or message ,with laughter and gifts of time to listen ..




Monday, 25 November 2013

Gratitude * Sunday

 

Joining in with Wooly Moss Roots for Gratitude Sunday this week .. It's always good to remember the good things that at times we take for granted.

{Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}



This week I'm particularly grateful for opportunities to help ..

A friends father's allotment needing some love and attention

Space to just be .

Amazing peace and breathtaking views

Conversations with birds

And mud ..lots of it ..



Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Brisk walks ...

Yesterday we bundled up and bundled out ..with a sicky Daddy in tow .. We were going on a deer hunt .. We knew where they were ... The short drive took us to our country park ..a vast expanse of fields with far out reaching views of the sea .. It was cold and windy ,but every now and then we had a blast of the sun and we tilted our faces to fully enjoy it ..we walked and walked , saw sheep and more sheep then .. Yes .. Deer ..many of them ..they ran away of course ..they are very timid..then onto the woodlands ...silently walking and watching ..then ,in hushed voice ..mum ! Look .. A stag ....gasp ! We stood stock still and watched this magnificent boy , standing proud ..with the most glorious antlers ..then as quick as a flash ,he was gone and we were left fulfilled .. A cup of tea under the trees then back home to fill In our nature journals before the sky turned black and the hail came thundering down ...

 

Monday, 18 November 2013

Carpets of leaves..

On our most recent visit to hospital I was struggling a little to find the positive in the situation .. Difficult to do at times ..but there is always one thing that can brighten the day .. A smile from a stranger .. A bird singing it's heart out , or in my case ..piles and piles of Autumn leaves ..covering the car park like a river of shimmering gold .. tempting you to run into it and kick wildly .. Which I didn't , but I did grab handfuls and allow the leaves to trickle through my fingers and gently float back to the ground .. Distracting me from the present , reminding me that despite the harsh reality we are living in , there is still beauty around .

 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Nights drawing in ....

I'm sat here this afternoon clutching a cuppa and looking out of the window to see the sun seriously considering it time to go to bed ..the temperature drops sharply at about two at the moment , this Is the time I reach for an extra cardi and light the fire .. I have two cats curled into balls beside me and Reu is happily playing with two wooden stags .. They are rutting and have snapped their antlers ..cue daddy with wood glue ..Daddy is on his up time ..he's been pretty poorly this cycle ..going downhill very fast ,but today he's smiling .. Tom is cocooned away upstairs in his room with minecraft .. And breath ... We've had a busy few days .. This rocks Reu a little and we've had a few ..a lot ..of messes and spins .. But we weather them ..as only you can .. We've read Leaf Man and explored our ever changing woods ..we've enjoyed the company of big sisters .. She is a real ray of sunshine in our lives and we are sad when she goes .. And I'm reading , reading more books , planning more crafts .. Enjoying the peace x

 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Bats ...

This week we are going batty about bats after a trip to Mount Edgecombe to see their bat cam .. the boys were fascinated and I am quite keen for them to learn about this wonderful creature .. It has a lot of negative imagery around it ..often seen as a scary thing for children .. so this week we are looking at the amazing side of bats .. some great links here and here..

Thursday, 10 October 2013

This week ..

 

Kitchen table ..a great place to work..

Trying out scootering guided by a big brother.

Chooks enjoying Autumn Sunshine

And discovering a myriad of mushrooms .

The chicken photo seems to want to be here twice ! X

Nightime...

Night time with children can sometimes be difficult .. Night time with autistic children can be equally as exhausting .. My Reu has never slept ..from the word go ..it's strange how lack of sleep can affect you .. Hallucinations , short tempers and the potential for mix ups .. Laundry in the oven ..yes it's been done ..we have an evening routine here ..it's always been the same ..bath time .. No ..bubbles ..he has to see the bottom of the bath ..mummy or daddy need to sit with him ..and maintain eye contact ..no looking away ..bath time lasts and lasts ..he loves the water ..it soothes him ..melts away frustration , I often put some Epsom salts in ..that helps ..then teeth .. Strawberry toothpaste only and pj's ..soft , not scratchy .. We then have milk one .. Look at the moon through the curtains and story .. With milk two .. We then have to lay with him till he drops off .. This typically takes an hour .. He will sleep then .. I adore watching him fall into sleep ..deep breathing and eye rolling until he can fight it no more ... I then slip away .. Typically he will be awake again at eleven ..then 3 ish and then up for the day at seven ...this takes it's toll on all of us .. We take it in turns but with Daddy being unwell I'm doing it ..and it's really really difficult .. I can't see straight and I'm dropping off all the time .. .. He on the other hand is as bright as a button .. Wired .. Less sleep = more wired for him ..... Thank goodness for tea xx

 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

No words...

 

No words , no words ... Just numb , just tears , some smiles .. Some laughter that gives to rivers of tears , friends , friends and offers of help , kind words , some words I can hear , some are muffled by confusion and crying.... But stick on the smile .. Carry on , keep going .. A long way to go .. A small boy who spins and spins and soils and spins .. He is hurting too , he doesn't know how to show it ... Dark nights ..autumn sunrises all watched with cups of hot tea .. Blankets and cosy socks .. Brief walks .. And that word .. Cancer .. Almost as common as daily bread these days .. It's with us , an unwelcome guest in our house , in our Daddy .. For now ..until we slay that dragon .. Banish it to a far off kingdom ... For good ..for now..x

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

No sleep ...

Do you ever have those nights when you'd get more sleep cuddled up with four hedgehogs all sharing a handkerchief for a cover ? Well that was us last night .. In fact most nights to be honest .. With a small boy who has trouble settling and staying asleep we often spend the night shifting like zombies through the house trying to find any surface to sleep on for a few hours .. After a busy day yesterday that involved hospital appointments , car mot's and lots of sensory overload , with which he coped incredibly well this mama noticed that as the day wore on his cheeks were getting redder and redder and boom ! In the middle of the night a temperature and a runny nose .. Reu does not do runny noses and calming him down was difficult .. Daddy was sore from needle invasion and mamma was tired .. Finally as dawn began to arrive , we got some sleep and a settled (ish) boy .. Today we are quiet ..shifting heavily getting jobs done ..very slowly ..with intermittent tea .. But oddly , I like these days ..when you are forced to go slow .. When you take time .. When the day just rolls from one sleepy hour to the next .. And mid washing fold , you stop ..inhale..and look out the window and see the sun shining off the trees and flowers .. And watch a spider sat doing exactly the same in his web ..waiting ..waiting .. Peace x

 

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Foraged dinner...

Little Reu and I disappeared off to the end of the road to forage some dock leaves this morning .. We have a local foraging spot that sadly up until recently was over flowing with edible goodies until a local builder bought the land and cut down the lot .. To say I was disappointed was an understatement.. But he has done nothing with the land and the edibles are slowly making their way back ..Sneakily we gathered dock leaves and ran back home to make a dock and potato crust tart ..Frying off gently one onion and a clove of garlic in oil in a pan then add 1 large grated potato , then after they have coloured add in your washed and chopped dock leaves ,about a cupful and just allow them to wilt before pouring the mixture into a suitable oven proof pie or casserole dish..In a separate bowl combine 6 eggs , a cup of milk , nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste and a cupful of grated cheddar cheese or similar mix that all together and pour the mixture over the top of your greens , if you fancy you can sprinkle some Parmesan on the top of that then pop in the oven for about 20 mins until the top is cheesy golden .. Then enjoy xx oh ... And I do have permission to use the land xx

 

 

Friday, 20 September 2013

Tidying up..getting organised..

Having a little play about with the blog format here for the change in the season .. fresher , crisper, simpler.. I'm sat surrounded by my diaries , a little craft and fluffy merino in a bid to ignore house duties and focus on preparations for a Mabon weekend.. Hoping and praying that the sun stays here just for a few more days , it's been a yucky week so far .. yucky in weather and yucky in news .. We were dealt the devastating blow of a cancer diagnosis and right now , between a myriad of emotions I'm trying to prepare our family for what is set to be a difficult few months .. Remaining focused on the situation and taking the Home Ed at a slower pace and fitting in what we can , when we can.. enjoying the season .. I'm glad we are all together to heal each other .. I'm glad we have time.. time to take the days and nights at our pace .. I'm thankful for my mum's happiness in having Reu for respite so we can attend lengthy chemo sessions and thankful for the many virtual friends and real life friends that are able to listen whilst I cry , laugh , fume or whatever it takes .... Much tea is being consumed , many stories are being read .. and early nights , when the sun decides it's time to disappear .. and a new day , fresh and ready to enjoy xxx 

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Weekending...


.sleepy boys after late late nights.
.Park playing and foraging escapades.
.cutting up crab apples for a deliciously fruity autumn crumble ..
.changing the seasons table to beautiful Autumn x