Monthly Archives: June 2013

Trials with technology!


Back in the old days, pencil and paper ruled the world. I, like everyone else, learnt to write with a pencil and I still love the feel and sound of it against the paper. But this archaic method of communication apparently is no longer up to the job – it no longer cuts the mustard, it has been declared passe. I’m told that I now need to do things electronically!

I have accepted letters, email, facebook, twitter, web pages and on-line shops but now the time has come to commit my diary to electronic media. I have resisted, continuing to carry round a veritable tome in my bag, in which I plot the daily movements of the whole family – keeping us all on track and on-time (mostly) like the captain of a ship.

We have simply become too busy for the whole family to rely on me and my book – we all need to make appointments when we’re not together to check if the others have any commitment clashes – “oh no I can’t do that”,I cry, “I’m supposed to be taking Little Miss to x,y,z!”

And so I have taken the plunge and got myself a Google calender (other online calendars are available) and synced it to my phone – get me! Just how efficient this will turn out to be remains to be seen – I’ve spent the past 4 hours sorting it all out and it involved the creation of numerous email accounts and access to several mobile phones. I’m not convinced and it was alarming looking at dates for Christmas.

Hopefully it will work though – I might save at least a little weight in my bag – but in the mean time, if I’m not somewhere when I’m supposed to be, please, dear friends, it’s not my fault – blame it on the technology.

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Baby, baby!

At the weekend I attended a fantastic event! The Cheltenham Pregnancy and Baby Fair organised by the Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Supporters Network (GBSN).

My involvement with the organisation began years ago when I had my first child and helped out in one of their groups supporting mum’s during breastfeeding. Although I haven’t been involved for years, it was lovely to be able to take my stall along to their event and support them on the day. 

I thought I’d show you just a few of the people I met there – if you see anything you think you might be interested in then please click on the images and you should be taken to their website (if I have done all the magic linking correctly!)

Firstly, I really should give you a link to GBSN themselves:



They run a network of groups to support you though the highs and lows of your breastfeeding journey – I highly recommend them. If you don’t live in Gloucestershire then I’m sure there will be something similar near you.

I had a lovely lady each side of my stall – one was from Tread Lightly Toys. She sells ethically sourced toys and has a fantastic selection – do go over to her website and have a good look around.


On the other side I had the fabulous Lotusbud – providing specialist pregnancy yoga and massage.



It was wonderful to see the team from Blueskies – now open in Cheltenham with their stay and play cafe in their natural parenting centre. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it there. From slings to massage, music and dance classes to fun and of course coffee!



The Camomile Rooms provide maternity and reproductive reflexology as well as cranial osteopathey and much more:


Tatty Bumpkin provide yoga inspired classes for 0-7 year olds – plenty of music and and fun!


Mini Moments run a whole host of courses in baby massage and baby yoga:


And finally visit The Stripy Company for some gorgeous gifts and products:


There were so many others there that I didn’t get to talk to, so sorry to all those who I haven’t talked about. 

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Sol sistere – Midsummer’s Folksy Friday


The summer solstice arrives today – it is now midsummer, although that’s fairly hard to  believe from the weather. The word solstice comes from the Latin word sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).Scientifically speaking, the solstice is the moment when the tilt of the earth’s axis is closest to the sun and the sun reaches it’s highest point in the sky. (Don’t all complain if I’m not quite right – I’m no exert!) The upshot though is that Midsummer’s Day will have the most hours of daylight (the flip side of course is that it’s all downhill from here until mid-winter). In honour of Midsummer’s Day I’ve been having a browse for some lovely handmade sun themed goodies – if you like what you see, do go over and have a closer look at the makers’ shops – click on any of the pictures to follow the link . Have a fantastic mid-summer’s day, whatever you do and however you keep it – I’m considering getting up to see the sun rise, but I don’t expect I made it!


Montgomery Sun by Glass Island Photography


Rising Sun Necklace by Claire Gent


Sun, Moon & Star brooch by Ruth Makes Jewellery


Sun Suncatcher by Joysofglass.


Ceramic Sun by Leadon Valley Crafts


Sunshine garland by Pelemele


Sunshine Cushion Cover by Spotty Cottage


Sun Mounted Print by Carey Creations

There are more lovely pieces on my Pinterest Board at

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Midsummer’s Eve


Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert Hughes.

This has always been a favourite picture of mine, for years I had it as a poster on my bedroom wall but in many house moves it got lost. It’s everything I like to think about a magical moonlit night in the woods surrounded by the fairies. I’ll have to get another copy.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing some Midsummer inspired Folksy finds.

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The Road Not Taken……


This has long been my husband’s favourite poem but I can’t say I’ve ever paid it all that much attention. But now I have, and I love it. Which path should I take? And will it matter it the end?

The Road not Taken – by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day! 
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


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MoonRiver has green fingers……

……well sort of!

Today I’ll introduce you all to my little garden. All of you probably realise by now that I’m quite ‘into’ all things green and natural; leaves and bushes excite me as I walk along and interesting wildlife catches my eye. However it may come as a surprise that I’m not so interested in growing pretty flowers as I am lovely vegetables.

When we moved into our house about 2 1/2 years ago the front garden was just open grass onto the footpath.

What a waste of perfectly good garden I thought to myself – so I set about fencing it in to keep passing dogs and footballing children trampling everything. Several injuries later, my do-it-myself picket fence was finished (and I’m pleased to say is still standing!)

First we used the space to keep our two hens but having moved them to the back garden over the winter where it’s more sheltered, I decided that I liked them better there and started to dig up all the rough grass to make a veggie plot. My goodness was that ground hard work to clear – it had been laid to grass since the house was first built and wasn’t going to give in lightly.

Then I set about building the beds – having put all that effort into digging already, I prefer the raised bed no-dig method! And then disaster struck and the awful weather of last year killed off pretty much everything that I had growing.

I’ve begun this year with great enthusiasm again though – all the collected compost from the bins along with the ‘waste products’ of the various pets have been buried in the trenches (more digging!) and all the creeping cinquefoil and dandelions removed, root by root. Some seeds are starting to appear and I’ve just planted out beans, peas, lettuce, squash, cucumber and courgettes. Oh and the strawberries seem to be settling in quite well.

This is the garden as of today:





I’ll do another picture later in the year if it all grows!

Now all I need is time and patience (something which my youngest clearly hasn’t got as he asks every 5 minutes if he can pick the beans yet) – here’s hoping that the weather’s a bit kinder this year!

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If you go down to the woods today……


Today with the sun shining we set off for the deep dark woods. After a picnic on a convenient log under a flowering rowan tree came a lovely walk through the trees of the Forest of Dean.





The bluebells were ringing all around us and a little friend flew over to sing his hello – he sat so close for such a long time!


These photos really don’t do it justice. What a lovely day full of inspiration.






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