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..... We craft
..... We garden
..... We explore
..... Nature inspired

Three children *** Two dogs *** Two parents *** Country loving *** Cottage dwelling in the South-West of the UK. That's us!

We've been blogging since January 2010.


Eldest: 12 yo daughter

Middle: 9 yo daughter

Youngest: 7 yo son


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We strive to be self sufficient. We love living in the countryside and enjoy nature. We'd rather be searching for beetles than shopping for shoes. We take inspiration from the nature all around us. We like to spread happiness and share our skills.

Just a thought….

"A moment spent in wonder is worth a lifetime spent in awe."


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  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) There's something so calm about boats resting by the harbor. Its like a prodigal son finally arriving home. #countrykids 14 Sep
  • Aly Gorgeous and atmospheric photos.The tall ship and floating bridge are my favourites. 13 Sep
  • Louise What a lovely way to spend a day - sounds like you had a wonderful time and lovely to get to see a tall ship... 13 Sep
  • Crafting Mother It was amazing to see the van, as it's a 4 hour drive. We used to walk passed the van every day as we went... 13 Sep
  • Crafting Mother It was lovely to slowly potter. The children were really happy just to observe everything going on. 13 Sep
  • Crafting Mother We left before the festival really got started, so I'm so glad we saw this one and a few that had already moored in the... 13 Sep

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Pottering around the harbour

sunset falmouthAt the end of the summer, we spent a few days in Falmouth. A chance to indulge my love of boats and harbours.


There is something about the mass of masts and that distinctive “tink-tink” sound as the boats bob around in their moorings.

canoes in harbour

The children were excited to spot a jelly fish and lots of little fishes. We examined the crab buckets of people leaning over the railings, hoping to catch more. Lots of activity going on in the harbour.

ships on river Fal

Not to miss out, we took a river cruise. The weather was turning which ruled out the wildlife cruise we were hoping to go on, but we enjoyed the river.

Something surreal about seeing these big ships moored up in the River Fal.

mussel farm

Plenty else to see too. The children saw the mussel farm. We spotted little egrets, herons and cormorants.

floating bridgeFun to see the floating bridge that we took a couple of years ago. Amazingly, we spotted a van from our village crossing over on it.

river cruise

The cruise took us up the River Fal and lasted two hours. We donned waterproofs and sat at the top, determined to see it all. TF was fascinated by all the ships and boats moored up along the route.

tall ship

On the way back to Falmouth, we spotted a tall ship, in full sail, coming in for the start of the festival that weekend. Quite a sight.

boatsIt was fun just pottering around the harbour. Whatever the weather.

Linking up with Fiona over at Coombe Mill. For once we are less #CountryKids and more seaside-kids.


AlphabetPhoto: R is for rice


In the Rainforest Biome at the Eden Project, we found rice growing. I’m not sure I’ve seen rice growing before, other than in photos. So used to seeing it as grains in a packet, rather than growing as cultivated grass.

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for #AlphabetPhoto. Time to join in with Podcast’s linky. My R is for rice.


AlphabetPhoto: Q is for quiet

quiet on dartmoor

First day back at school today. AJ starts her new school and the other two are in new classes. It is quiet at home. Very quiet.

I took this photo when we stopped for a moment on Dartmoor, during the holidays. One of my favourite places. I stopped to check the sat nav and before I knew it, all the children had spilt out of the car. Cameras in their hands and no time for shoes. It was quiet on the moors. The heather and gorse were in full bloom. There were highland cattle to our right and sheep resting on the side of the road.

I love the quiet and the open space. Truly wonderful to pass this on to my children.

Linking up with Charly’s #AlphabetPhoto linky over on PodCast. My patchwork from last week, is not yet at the stage to be called a quilt, so my Q is for quiet.

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