Posts tagged natural childhood
Celebrating Easter.

The bright mornings. The dawn chorus waking us gently from our slumber (yes, a little earlier than I’d hope for). Drawing the curtains back to see a slow explosion of green, small snatches of blue and purple as the wisteria in our garden begins to open. Our drives into town are now peppered with big and small white and woolly friends, sheep and their small lambs appearing, and we said hello to some small ducklings yesterday as they bobbed down the river with their mama.

While we are very much a secular family, we celebrate Easter…

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Books for all year round.

We love books in this house, and none more than beautiful children’s books. I’m so thankful that in this stage of toddlerhood Eilish has an insatiable appetite for books. There’s lots of “more, more” as books are finished, and bedtime could often be eeked out for two, three, four books more.

Seasonal books are a must in this house, and it’s one of our favourite rituals, our way of saying goodbye to the old season and welcoming in the new. Due to the size of our house - and our budget - I favour buying books that are going to have longevity, ones...

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Seasonal Magic with Children: Creating a seasonal table.

In our little patch of Suffolk over the last few days, it really feels like spring has well and truly landed. The sky is at its bluest, and it feels glorious sit and bask in the first warmth after winter. More likely than not, its not going to last too long before we at least get some spring showers, so we are making the most of it all.

Sometimes, that might be the simple act of hanging washing outside to dry. Or changing up our menu a little for fresher food. Every season we pull out new…

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Bringing the birds in.

We currently have a bird obsessed toddler. She listens with utmost concentration when she hears them out on a walk. She points at every window and says “bird” in the hope of catching sight of one. And when she actually does, our feathered friend is met with so much pointing and shrieking that the poor thing usually clears off quite quickly. Every book with any bird in is now a favourite, and we love encouraging them into our postage stamp garden.

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Celebrating the lunar eclipse.

On the 20th - 21st January - next week - the Earth will pass between the Sun and the Moon, blocking it’s reflections on the moon and causing a total lunar eclipse. As it does so, it will slowly turn to an orange-y red, a sight to behold, and what’s sometimes called a Blood Moon. Not only that but traditionally January’s full moon is called a “Wolf Moon”, which means this moon is being called a Super Blood Wolf Moon, such an exciting name to share with your little ones!

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Zero Waste could be for you too…

I’m sure most of us have read with horror the UN’s latest climate change report. Its not a good forecast and has given me a lot of anxiety of late. With half a degree Celsius cited as the difference between poverty, water shortage and much more, now is the time to be ever more aware of our impact on this planet. It would seem that by the time Eilish turns thirteen, the fate of the planet could well be decided.

Having a baby to me is not only about raising her up as a good human, its also given me a greater awareness of my own values and the influence I actually have around me. I haven’t really spoken much about our mission to be as low impact as a family as we can manage before. Its a vast subject and the lack of characters available to me on Instagram never really gave me what felt like enough scope to really get into it before now. We truly started around June, then taking part in ‘Plastic Free July’, but what really set me off was the amount of money I was throwing in the bin. Toby works and I have made the choice to stay at home with Eilish, which although ideal for us means that we have little disposable income. What started as an interest in being zero waste and the planet, actually became a great money-saving tool for us.

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