Day by Day, Easy Food, Nature & Animals, Science and Nature

Stinging nettle and wild garlic soup April 2019

This is just a version of stinging nettle soup (earlier recipe). Stinging nettles are best to eat at this time of year (and maybe sting the hardest too!), so it's a other seasonal one. I tend to pick only the top third of the nettle. Then by pouring boiling water over them, their stinging power… Continue reading Stinging nettle and wild garlic soup April 2019

Day by Day, Homeschool, Homeschool Questions

Mended Teacups a podcast and a new venture April 2019

It’s Friday night; the boys and a friend are eating pizza and watching minecraft videos (!), the girls are just about ready for bed, having had their pizza. At the end of our first week back to homeschool routine, we've had the fun of a day with home ed friends at Tyntesfield, a NT property,… Continue reading Mended Teacups a podcast and a new venture April 2019

Adoption, Adoption reflections, Day by Day

Moments of beauty in the midst of life. April 2019

There are so many moments of joy in my mothering journey, and it truly is the most fulfilling job I have ever done, but it certainly feels like hard work some days...in fact, most days. But I don't think anything of such eternal worth is ever going to be a breeze. There are many seasons… Continue reading Moments of beauty in the midst of life. April 2019

Adoption, Adoption reflections, Day by Day, Homeschool, Homeschool Questions, Routines

Home education and adoption April 2019

I recently had the opportunity to share some of our home ed journey with an editor of a Christian magazine, and one of the topics she was particularly interested in was the combination of home ed and adoption. This has prompted me to jot a few thoughts down. Adoption is God’s design...He’s adopted us into… Continue reading Home education and adoption April 2019

Day by Day, History Projects

Around the World in Picture Books – Antarctica – Jan/Feb 2019

I was not hugely inspired by the thought of Antarctica...all that snow and ice, a research station and lots of penguins. However, thanks Usborne's "Polar Adventures" it developed into a fascinating project, and led onto a trek up to the Artic, too. We read about three explorers who ventured to the South Pole; Amundsen, Scott… Continue reading Around the World in Picture Books – Antarctica – Jan/Feb 2019

Day by Day

Balancing busyness and rest March 2019

It seems I continually fight a battle to live a quieter, simpler life. The sort I think I read about, where children have hours to run free in a meadow chasing butterflies, while Mum sits in a shady spot sipping tea and reading a book. Having purposefully stepped off the conventional parenting treadmill, I often… Continue reading Balancing busyness and rest March 2019

Adoption, Adoption reflections, Day by Day

Holidays through the seasons March 2019

One great advantage of homeschooling is that we've been able to go on holidays when everyone else is at school. This not only gives me a delicious feeling of playing truant...in a legitimate sort of way...but also it's cheaper and campsites, countryside, beaches, museums etc are all quieter. Since the boys started college, we've not… Continue reading Holidays through the seasons March 2019