Mouse Hunt

Searching for a little mouse in a beautiful wilderness… We are lucky enough to have the most incredibly creative, imaginative and playful activity group locally called Playcircle, whose drop-in play sessions, story sessions, seasonal parties, and now even a mini summer festival, are filled with glorious singing, music, songs, crafts and activities. Run by lovely mummies…

If you go down to the woods today…

Getting muddy at Forest School… We have spent some lovely mornings recently at a local Forest School, a really fantastic way to get your children outside and into nature, learning little things along the way and embracing the liberating freedom of muddy hands and hide and seek among the trees. Of course, you’re still dealing…

Duck & Pheasant

The shooting season is coming to an end, but that didn’t stop R heading out with friends for an early New Year’s shoot last weekend. He’s been shooting several times before, but only with my father and never on his own, so this felt like one of the many necessary country initiations since we moved…

Snow Day

It makes me sad that in nearly three years this is only the second time that Munchkin has seen snow. And certainly the first time it has settled and been worthy of a snowball or two. I worry about global warming and the weather changing and how much wetter and warmer it is. I don’t…

Healthy Hens

Making sure your brood is fighting fit… Keeping chickens as healthy as possible is totally worth your while. No-one wants to be dealing with a sick chicken. (Unless you’re like my friend Francesca who takes hers to the vet, because she fancies him….but that’s a whole other story). Sick chickens are miserable chickens, they don’t…

Leaves Underfoot…

I cannot get enough of autumn. Ever year, it rolls around and I think for a brief second that I’m not done with summer, and then I remember how happy it makes me – the colours of the trees, the feel of a chill in the air, fresh mornings and cold nights, burnt oranges and…

Those Summer Days…

There have been flashes of a most glorious British summer in the last month or so. (There’s also been flash flooding and freezing evenings when I wanted to light the fire, but hey, whose counting?) On days like this I feel especially blessed that we live where we do, and that we have all this…

Happy Hens

We recently decided to take the plunge and get chickens. Selfishly because we love fresh eggs every day, less selfishly because Munchkin loves chickens and we decided to get them for her birthday. Everyone wins. I thought it would be pretty straight-forward getting chickens – buy hutch, buy food, pop down to chicken place, pick a chicken,…

Country bumpkins….?

Despite being country dwellers for over two years, it’s pretty clear to me that there is still a long way to go before we feel like bona fide country bumpkins. Finding yourself a nice cottage in a pretty village and buying a pair of wellies is not, unsurprisingly, all it takes. There are certain nuances, skills,…