Welcome to our blog.

..... 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.

Children
Eldest: 12 yo daughter

Middle: 10 yo daughter

Youngest: 7 yo son

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Mission
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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I love reading your comments
  • sustainablemum Hope you have a lovely holiday with the children. Enjoy your Christmas! 21 Dec
  • se7en Did I ever mention that I just love your dog!!! Wishing you the very best holidays, sounds like a you have fun days ahead!!! 21 Dec
  • Crafting Mother Really fun to have such a selection to play with. Usually I know what I want to make and then sort out supplies. Fun exercise... 19 Dec
  • Crafting Mother And she won a prize for it! So pleased as it was her own creation. Apart from the scarf. 19 Dec
  • Crafting Mother It really didn't occur to me until I stood back and saw the finished jumper. Influences really do creep up. 19 Dec
  • melissa what a fun project!! i like all the little festive bits and bobs! 18 Dec
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"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

Bug of the moment - Mayfly

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Magic of trees

Plane tree

One of my aims this year is to help the children to recognize different tree species. Westonbirt Arboretum is a perfect place to practise. Also a perfect place to enjoy a walk in the woods. Just so revitalizing.

stellata magnolia

I admit that I’ve had to refresh my tree knowledge too. Not that I mind.

skeleton leaves

Eldest was even able to name a tree that I didn’t know. She’d read it in a book. Smile. I must be doing something right.

lesser celandines

cuckooflowerPlenty of wildflowers to recognise or learn about too. This beauty is a cuckoo flower. Such a great name for a spring flower. It was Spring two years ago that we were listening to the cuckoo call down on the Somerset Levels.

cherry blossom

pink rhododendron

new favourite

blue rhododendron

The children ran from one flowering tree or bush to another, asking the names. Declaring that each new one was now their favourite.

feet on feet

Fun to happen across a lovely simple wooden play area. Nestled in among the trees.

No signage, but the natural draw of a good place to play.

big foot

stepping stones

I suspect they would have stayed and played. A lot longer. Time to go home.

chamomile

spotted bee fly

These are from our garden. This time of year is just the time to spot a bee-fly. Like a tiny humming bird with a proboscis as long as its body. It hangs in the air, hovering. Interesting little flies. Children loved learning about the tactics they use to ensure their offspring thrive.

spotted bee fly 2

Breathe. So nice to be outside. Even better to use it as an outside classroom.

Joining in with #CountryKids.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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