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This is where I blog about our lives with baby frog, flirting with waldorf education, solid in attachment parenting, sewing, knitting, crafting, raising chickens, growing vegetables and living in our country pub. It's a different world from my past life as fashion marketing pro in the city, but I love it.

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I hope you’ve been enjoying my blog series on how to set up heuristic play activities.
Today’s blog post is all about providing heuristic activities easily whilst enjoying the great outdoors this summer, so it seemed an appropriate opportunity to link up with the fabulous Country kids…

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Today we got books for free. Healthy planet have taken over a vacant retail unit in Bournemouth (in the Richmond shopping centre) and opened its doors as a free book store.
Each person is allowed to check out three books free of charge. The project prevents these books from being put into the landfill.
As well as books the project offers manuals, magazines, cassette tapes, vhs, vinyl and cds.
It’s officially my new favourite shop.
The store collects both monetary and book donations for those who want to contribute to the project.
We all found great books the only hard part was narrowing down to just three.

Free books and recycling what’s not to love? This “shop” is dedicated to giving away books destined for the land fill.

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Has anyone else noticed how early the blackberrys are out this year? Some near me are already over ripe.
Edwin and I went for a walk on a footpath, that backs on to the council estate where I grew up, and picked half a pound of fruit this week.

I split the foraged hoard into two batches, the first I used to make homemade cordial.

Blackberry cordial recipe
1/4lb (250g) of blackberries
2 litres of water
180g sugar
3 tbsp lemon juice

1. Make sure you thoroughly wash your blackberries to make sure they are free from bugs.
2. Pulp the blackberries through a sieve using a spatula or wooden spoon
3. Pour the juice of the blackberries and water into a jug or large container. Leave to steep for 2 hours
4. Finally add the lemon juice and sugar and stir until the sugar it’s dissolved. The mix is now ready to bottle.

This cordial is best used within a few weeks, and kept in the fridge as it has a low sugar content so is less preserved than other soft drinks.
(It has just 1tsp of sugar per serving compared to 17tsp in the average soft drink)

We live a little bit differently from your average family, we own and live in a country pub, raise chickens, grow veggies, play without toys, baby wear, make our own clothes, wash lots of cloth nappies and boycott the supermarket’s to shop locally.

This blog is split into three ‘sections’

My personal blog- sharing our waldorf, attachment parenting and modern self sufficient lives

Mama makes- how to’s, recipes and tutorials for a more homemade family life 

Creating play- educational activities, heuristic play and nurturing learning ideas without flash cards or screen time.

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Enjoying nature on your doorstep

If you want to enjoy nature you don’t need to go on a long journey to get there. In fact if you can’t appreciate the beauty in the wildlife and the plants that grow around your back door, it is unlikely that you will see the beauty in even the most serene and outstanding of locations. So today we decided rather than driving to the forest or the beach, we’d do our nature walk on our way home. Rather than rushing through the roadside footpath, we walked slowly and looked for nature. We found it by the bucket load. There were bees enjoying nectar, butterflies, juicy blackberries waiting to be eaten and freshly dropped pinecones everywhere. We stopped and watched the river stream past from the railway bridge. Bella dog splashed in the river, whilst Edwin shouted down from the bridge. We had a mini picnic and enjoyed the sun. We gathered treasure for heuristic baskets and the seasons table All on the way home from the shop a few minutes from home.

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Has anyone else noticed how early the blackberrys are out this year? Some near me are already over ripe.
Edwin and I went for a walk on a footpath, that backs on to the council estate where I grew up, and picked half a pound of fruit this week.

I split the foraged hoard into two batches, the first I used to make homemade cordial.

Blackberry cordial recipe
1/4lb (250g) of blackberries
2 litres of water
180g sugar
3 tbsp lemon juice

1. Make sure you thoroughly wash your blackberries to make sure they are free from bugs.
2. Pulp the blackberries through a sieve using a spatula or wooden spoon
3. Pour the juice of the blackberries and water into a jug or large container. Leave to steep for 2 hours
4. Finally add the lemon juice and sugar and stir until the sugar it’s dissolved. The mix is now ready to bottle.

This cordial is best used within a few weeks, and kept in the fridge as it has a low sugar content so is less preserved than other soft drinks.
(It has just 1tsp of sugar per serving compared to 17tsp in the average soft drink)

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I love lavender, and now is a good time to harvest it, so this week that’s what we did.

Today I have had a good work day. It’s been a while since I’ve been this busy with home chores, as I’ve been mainly keeping a toddler cool and out of trouble.

After a visit to the allotment and the market we harvested some lavender. Which this afternoon I’ve spent turning into homemade goodies, for (please don’t stone me) Christmas presents!

I’ve put whole stems in olive oil to infuse (making lavender oil) and loose buds in sugar (making lavender sugar).

Both will keep for a few months till I process them into cookies, soaps and balms.

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Lots of homegrown goodness. The view at our allotment today. Nearly using all our plot- but would still love suggestions for crops that can be sown July/August/September.

We’ve only had the plot two months and most of the seeds were from the local garden centres bargain bin for 25p.

I think the free chicken poo from our hens is definitely encouraging them!


So far growing well
Lots of squashes
Courgettes
Marrows
Carrots
Leeks
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Beetroot
Pak Choi
Sweetcorn
Runner beans

So go on, tell me what seeds should I order for my allotment?