Relaxation. Our bodies crave it, our religions mandate it, and our society seems to promote yet rob us of it. Women everywhere, particularly mothers, are sold the idea of self care as a prevention and cure for anxiety, relationship stress, and the crippling pressure of modern parenting.  Switch off every now and then Schedule … Continue reading Not just an on/off switch
My garden, often described as my happy place, was started in 2020, (see this post) has moved twice, and is now, finally, producing fruit. Up until this point, my harvests have been green leafy vegetables and herbs. After a long summer season of banging our heads against dead soil and shriveled seedlings, I have successfully … Continue reading Garden of Repurpose
Our family is coming out of an especially busy 2020. In a short 8 weeks, we moved house twice (yes, twice!), started a new life in a small town, and welcomed the arrival of our baby girl. Somewhere along the road to our new life, routine fell out the window and we kept on driving; … Continue reading Routine of JUST GET ON WITH IT
Our darling little Esther is two months old now, and from the 12th hour of her being in the fresh air, she has been exclusively wearing teeny tiny adorable cloth nappies. She wore two disposable nappies, one on arrival to our local hospital, and one before transferring to the nearby maternity hospital. I winced as … Continue reading Diary of a Cloth Nappy Family 8 – and then there were two!
I delight in receiving smoko-time text messages from my husband. Even this morning's which went something like this: "My morning's not going well. I'd like for today to be over now." I sighed and looked around me at the unsettled baby in my arms who would normally be asleep now, the breakfast muffin being squashed … Continue reading Unexpected Friday Delight
Baby number 2 has been in our arms for 6 weeks now, and I can hardly believe how quickly she's grown and become part of the family. For the first time I'm experiencing typical newborn exhaustion; Reuben slept solidly as a newborn, and Esther is sleeping like a typical newborn. Once you add a less … Continue reading The ups and downs of the first 6 weeks.
It's been a little while since my last post, I apologise. I thought myself around in circles on how to write this post; do I make it a Diary of a Cloth Nappy Family Post, do I make it a funny anecdote, do I completely avoid any announcement and cloak the news in slice of … Continue reading Right on time
If you thought this post was going to be about the chickens, well I'll include them at the end, just for you! Here's a sneak peak at the chickens' contribution to this post What this post is really about is my nesting experience as the end of my pregnancy looms in the near future. Something … Continue reading Nesting in a new coop
In my last post, I shared some of the... trials...of our recent move. Check it out if you haven't already, because this post, while a little late, follows on from my promise to share some of the highlights and rationale for our move! There we were, a family of 3 + 1 on the way, … Continue reading Not just a new town.
Almost 3 weeks on, and here we are. In a new house, a new town, a new community, and a new lifestyle. The dawn of a new era for our family as a unit, and as individuals. It hasn't been an easy transition. I've had a lot of good friends tell me that as long … Continue reading Not “just” emotions.