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Month: January 2012

A Long Winding Road

A Long Winding Road

 So that was 2011 then. To say it’s been eventful would be an understatement similar to the time Maggie Thatcher (RIP) said “bollocks to it Dennis, I’m bored of messing with the Argies. Let’s have some fun with the miners”. This year marked a huge accomplishment in the long and winding road of our life and I’m not just talking about my new beard. Although it is rather impressive and adds a dark, broody dimension to my chiselled double chins, what…

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Good Thoughts

Good Thoughts

This week has been a very different kettle of fish to last week, of course we have our usual ups and downs but this week has flowed much more, a little more rhythm has been achieved.  So here are some of the many things I’m grateful for this week. – This place I live in, that astounds me every day. – The chance to watch the moon rise, tinted by the just setting sun. – A cosy fire to sit…

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Sunny Seeds

Sunny Seeds

The last couple of days the weather seems to have fallen into a pattern.  An overcast morning with snow flurries evolves into a gloriously sunny day, heating the house and bathing us in golden winter sunshine.  By 3.30 the sun is covered again in clouds and the wind begins to whip, reminding us that King Winter is not always benign and gentle but has the power to drive us inside, and keep us there, at will. After quiet time this…

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Good Clean Fun

Good Clean Fun

1 x $5 slider + 2 crazy boys + 1 even crazier daddy + the hill outside our house  = A LOT of fun! This is Stephen proving that all it takes to entertain children is a high tolerance for cold, sliding on ice and the ability to be landed on without extreme injury! And for even more Monday morning jollity here is a favourite clip of mine from Alan Davies (a particular favourite of cat lovers Alice and Haitch!)…

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It’s Complex Ok?

It’s Complex Ok?

So I haven’t been feeling well for a while, about a year and a half or so.  I’ve lost track a bit really.  What with moving countries and houses and children and the hard times of life, I sort of forgot what feeling healthy was like.  Last year, after a bout of symptoms I couldn’t ignore, I sought help and was diagnosed with pernicious anemia, basically I can’t process b12 from food so I need to take injections to keep…

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Back to Work

Back to Work

Have you ever been standing in the hallway, trying to dress a screaming child as he yells at the top of his lungs (right by your ear) “Want a BISCUIT!!!!” over and over again and you are yelling back “You can’t have a BISCUIT!!!!  We have to feed the chickens!!!!!” and then you realise that this marks the official moment  your holiday is over.  With a capital OH. I always knew it would be rubbish when Stephen went back to…

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Celebrating Slow

Celebrating Slow

Despite feeling a bit fragmented and dusty headed when it came to our festive celebrations this year, something I was really pleased to see manifest was the desire to make a season of celebrating rather than just one day.  This year we celebrated St Nicholas, the Solstice, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  Presents and treats were spread out over the days allowing for a bit more treasuring and a little less pressure on ‘the big day’.  New Year…

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

Baby It’s Cold Outside

I can always tell when the temperature is below -20C; the air freezes around my nose as I breathe in.  Today is sunny and clear so I should have realised that it would be a tad parky, but it wasn’t until I was outside checking on the chickens that I realised how much the temperature had plunged overnight.  But once we were all suited and booted and outside on this glorious sunny day we couldn’t help but head off on…

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2011: Looking Back

2011: Looking Back

As I reflect over the year, through the photos I took and the memories they stir, I am struck by how full our year has been.  My Dad said last christmas that we would look back and wonder how we did it, that is exactly how I feel.  How?  But  we did and here we are, happy, tired and looking to the future. January Jars rescued from an old shed, symbolising my desire to regenerate this place that had just…

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