Wild camping…in the garden

A week ago I introduced Pigeon and Parrot to wild camping after reading Alistair Humpreys’ books about microadventures. With both boys having additional needs, we needed to start very small. So we camped out in the garden! Our garden is tiny but has just enough space for a pop up tent and two bivvy bags.Continue reading “Wild camping…in the garden”

Is my creativity broken?

I used to be a creative person; indoors I loved painting, drawing, crochet and embroidery and outdoors, I enjoyed making things in wood (like my raised beds) or doing something with the garden. Over the last thirteen years, I haven’t been very creative in these ways. I have done the odd project here and there,Continue reading “Is my creativity broken?”


What a day! It has been nothing compared to what some people have had to live through, but today, for me it was enough. Sleep deprivation, meltdowns from a teenager, screaming toddler tantrums from an 8 year old and some serious multi-tasking with the household jobs and my own paid work have stretched my patienceContinue reading “Overwhelmed”

Wants and Needs

We all have wants and needs. Do we know the difference though? I think in the modern world, it can be confusing for people to differentiate between the two. Do I need ten coats or the latest phone, when one or two coats and a basic, functioning phone might be alright? It is a subjectContinue reading “Wants and Needs”

Our own language

Strangers listening in to our family conversations probably wouldn’t understand much. We have a language of our own. It is part made up of quotes from Star Trek, Horrible Histories and Peter Rabbit; part made up of the boys’ special interests such as pigeons. For example, a day in the life of Pigeon could beContinue reading “Our own language”

Doing things differently at Christmas

This year for Christmas, we did things differently and not just because of the pandemic. Unlike our neighbours, we didn’t decorate our house inside or outside for Christmas; in fact we decided to get rid of the majority of our decorations. The only things that we kept to put out were the refillable advent calendarContinue reading “Doing things differently at Christmas”