Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Everyday living...

Oh gosh the heat!! I do love british summer time but going through the menopause in this heat can become testing :))
Louie came home for lunch yesterday and saw me struggling with the heat and flushes, I think he felt sorry for me, he went in the garage and had a rummage around then ventured out with this filthy dusty fan that I did not know we had. After a good clean I realised it was the fan I bought my nan years ago, its a well made one and came up sparkling...

Sunday afternoon our student arrived to rent our spare room until august, its a way for me to earn an extra income. I  have to provide bed, breakfast and an evening meal,  I spent sunday morning making a fresh bed and airing the room, I keep it basic but clean and comfortable.

This is the view looking out of the bedroom window,

We are now eating our lettuces, spring onions, beetroot and our courgettes and peas are looking promising.
Tomorrow is going to be very hot, I am going to spring clean our bedroom and bathroom, these rooms are very cool so I will make my homemade cleaning products and take my time.
Best wishes x

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Our sleep over...

Its been a busy time, our daughters picnicked in our garden, Eva helped me in the garden, she sowed some lettuce seeds, potted a plant for me, we also made pizza dough. I kept my camera close by, so this is our time in photo's...

We have had a lovely time, tomorrow there is much cleaning and organization to be done as we have a student arriving to rent our spare room until august.
Listening to the news this evening the world needs a prayer.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

My day...

We have our granddaughter Eva coming to stay Friday night, my girls are coming for lunch tomorrow with their babies and then Eva is going to stay over :)
This morning after breakfast I set about making a strawberry syrup for homemade ice lollies.
Once the syrup had cooled I half filled the lollie moulds and put them in the freezer to semi set and then whipped some greek yogurt and honey, put the stick in and put them back in the freezer.
I had a couple of errands to do this afternoon and did not get back until late afternoon, what can I make for dinner with the ingredients in the fridge?
I made pastry, my spring onions are not ready yet but I cut their green tops off and chopped this up and added the chopped leaves to the pastry.

I fried up some shallots, grated cheddar cheese and parmesan , mixed up some eggs and cream and I had a cheese tart. I served this with our home grown salad and beetroot, I also chopped some pancetta and fried it in my little skillet until crispy.

We were all pleased with dinner :)

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Natural Cleaners...

I have really got the bug for making my homemade cleaners, I have also been reading just how damaging shop bought cleaners and detergents are, I am alarmed!!
This morning I needed to deep clean Millys bathroom, I used cleaners I had made with products I have in my pantry, I am amazed at the results :)
Here are some pictures after my new cleaning regime...

I used tea tree oil in my cleaner, I think the homemade cleaners give a better shine when you buff it up after the clean :)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Salad Days...

Today I pulled our first beetroot and lettuce, we have been eating radish's for a while.
Our beetroot was a small golf ball size. How life has changed, when I was gently boiling the beetroot the kitchen smelt so earthy but with a sweetness, I stood and thought how this time last year I was waking EVERY morning feeling panicky, the thought of spending all day at home on my own was filling me with dread! Then I made small changes, and at the beginning the changes had to be small so I did not get overwhelmed.
Today I flow through my day and sometimes there does not seem to be enough  hours in the day for the jobs I would like to do, when I feel like this I know I need to slow down and remind myself what does not get done today will wait for another.
When I set myself a chore I try to concentrate on that one job and now teach myself to enjoy what I am doing even if its me on my hands and knees washing floors. I have to say to anyone suffering with anxiety that baking was a big help to my recovery, I would look at (and still do) recipe books and choose a simple recipe to make the next morning, I started off making scones :)
This would give me a beginning to my day, I would put the radio on low and just try to learn to enjoy the moment.
Our beetroot gently simmering

I also baked a peach tart


Monday, 22 June 2015

Fathers Day

Our two big girls came over yesterday morning with their cards and presents for their dad, we had a cup of tea in the garden.
Little lou lou man dug up some of our potatoes to take home for his dada, he shared them out so Jade could take some home.
I am going to show the morning in photos...

Lastly I just love this cheeky photo of our Eliza,

We are humbled x

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Homemade laundry detergent

Over the last couple of years I have made all sorts of different concoctions to add to my laundry detergents, they all work well. I have wanted to make my own detergent for sometime. This week I have been researching different recipes and read many reviews, it has come to my mind that most people want to make one recipe to suit all their laundry requirements, I don't think that's possible.
I have made a base solution and will add different concoctions to certain garments. I thought about my nan today (I think of her everyday), nan loved to do her laundry, she done a lot of hand washing even tho she had a washing machine. Nan would soak a lot of her linen, she would say to me " a bit of soap and water costs nothing".
I have been using white vinegar as a water softener for years now and its the best :)

This week I was frying louie some fish and did not have my apron on, my dress got slightly splashed, I soaked the spot in my solution for 30 minutes before I put it in the wash, stain gone!

This afternoon we went to our grandchildren's school fete, I did not feel comfortable taking photo's because you do not know if parents agree or not, but I did manage to take this shot of our darling Eliza...

A photo of our garden this evening x

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Buried Treasure...

I dug up the first of my new potatoes this afternoon, the sun was shining, I got down on my hands and knees with my little hand shovel :) The soil in our raised bed was so crumbly I felt pure contentment!

I lightly steamed the potatoes and served them with sea bass and a shrimp sauce, I could rub the skins off with my finger. I took this picture as I was walking down from the garden back to the house.
Yesterday I made homemade burgers and coffee and walnut butterfly buns.

I went grocery shopping today, I wrote a shopping list and kept to it, todays shopping was a little more expensive than my normal shop but I needed to stock up on cupboard items, hopefully if I plan my daily menu's I will save money in the long run. I am so focused on changing my shopping habits.
Tomorrow I have a dentist appointment but I hope to make homemade strawberry ice cream, homemade pizza, milly got to choose this weeks topping...chicken ,parma ham ,mozzarella cheese and mushrooms.
I also hope to make my laundry liquid this weekend, I also have my grandchildren's school fete.
I just wanted to share with those who suffer with anxiety or just simply get over whelmed these changes I am making, the cooking, making cleaning products and growing kitchen vegetables are having such a calming effect.
I guess as they say, I am starting to own my own power, I am grateful :)

Monday, 15 June 2015

And so my new journey begins...

Its no coincidence of the books I read, the blogs I enjoy, the places I seem to find myself visiting.
Ever since I can remember there has been a stirring in me that I longed to listen to but never could understand.
I realise my nan was always trying to coax this side of me to come to the surface, my nan was a wonderful woman and like many of her generation she had great hindsight having raised children in those war years.
I had my first child at the tender age of sixteen, I have been in a relationship with my husband since I was sixteen, so those development years for me were very different to the average young girl.
I was terrified of being judged by society or failing as a mother I thought I would become Wonder woman!!
The home had to be as near immaculate as I could make it, I doted on the children thinking that what if I buy them a push bike they might fall off and hurt themselves, it was always this kind of thinking.
Soon I was to have four children under the age of fifteen, busy busy, looking back I did not stand still to take a breathe. I just kept pushing that stirring in me further down.
We were living in town, life bought its highs and lows, sometimes I felt trapped and lost in the shuffle, we bought our first home and then decided to buy and sell houses for the next ten years, always run down houses and bought them back to life while living in them, so in a sense our children were brought up in building sites.
Moving years forward to the last few months, louie losing a second brother to suicide and us having two new grandchildren all this happened within eight weeks, I finally stood still and took a deep breathe.
Finally I listened to me, what was important to me, how different a person I really am to the person I thought I should be...at last.
simplifying your life is more than buying the Country Living magazine once a month, I am learning to grocery shop, cook, organise, grow vegetables, budget and put money by.
This is happening slowly.
I have been learning about home made cleaners and am slowly introducing this to my home, something I have longed to do. I am listening to my beliefs, family is still my number one priority but so is the environment and the people I choose to live with.
I hope I have not waffled to much and bored you :)
I have made my first cream cleanser for the kitchen, the sink is shining and smells wonderful, No chemicals!
The fairy has got to go :))))))

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Tea Gardens...

I still do not feel confident to drive after my latest dizzy spell but I was getting a little cabin fever.
My middle daughter Jade called last night and asked if I would like to go with her and Oscar ( my lovely grandson) to the tea gardens for lunch, I jumped to this as the tea gardens is one of my favourite places.
We found a lovely spot under the fruit trees...

The weather was perfect

Lunch tasted good

In this picture Jade is trying to show Oscar how she can juggle (or not!)

Oscar smiling for his nany...
My head is still a little swishy, if swishy is a proper word, but I just could not resist getting on the blanket with him for a cuddle :)

I am really hoping to walk our dog down the lane tomorrow, I would like to pick elderflowers.
I am still taking anti-sickness tablets, I don't like them as they make me feel slow.