building our forever home

building our forever home

In October we began converting three old barns on our 17th century farm into a forever home for our little family. The former cattle sheds will be an open plan living space, snug and laundry room (!), and what was once a hay loft will be a long, narrow bedroom for all...
brene brown’s wholehearted parenting manifesto

brene brown’s wholehearted parenting manifesto

‘Above all else, I want you to know that you are loved and lovable’. Do you like Brene Brown? I recently re-read (and loved, again) The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed To Be and Embrace Who You Are, and right now am...
how to make nut butter

how to make nut butter

Since making a shift towards a vegan lifestyle we get through buckets of nut and seed butters. Literally – I normally buy these huge 1kg tubs of peanut, cashew and almond butter from Meridian, and have them shipped over to us here in France, along with a few...
what we’re reading | goodnight moon

what we’re reading | goodnight moon

What are you reading with your babe right now? At the moment we’re reading Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon. Have you read it? A fellow NCT mama (who also happened to be an Oxford University librarian) gifted it to Henry for his first Christmas, and...
weekend wishlist

weekend wishlist

What are your plans this weekend? Our damson plums are ready, so we’ll be picking a ton before roasting them with a little sugar and vanilla, sieving, then churning the puree to make a refreshing summer sorbet. The recipe is from River Cottage Every Day, if...
the wonder of coconut oil

the wonder of coconut oil

Way before I had Henry, and back when I had time to do things like cook elaborate recipes, my OH bought me a brilliant Indian cookery book (Rick Stein’s India, if you’re interested). One of the recipes called for coconut oil, a product I’d never...

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