About Me

I take the threads of life and weave them into stories.  The threads of a life outside the mainstream, not looking in and wondering how to get there, but treading my own path.  A path, if you want labels, of a crunchy hippy green mama, but that is not what I would call myself as I am not keen on labels.

Why sustainable?  Because I believe that we should try to be sustainable in all areas of our lives if we can.  Of course I fall off the cart, don't we all?  But as I pick myself up and dust myself down, I find ways to stay on.  As a mama I need to look after myself as well as my children, that doesn't mean that I come first, more that I need to fit my needs into the picture, otherwise I am not sustainable!

If you love to read about ways to make your life green, being creative with wool and cloth or parenting in a gentle way then you are in the right place.  I hope I can inspire you and you me.  I started this blog as I felt the need to write.  I had been in education or work all my life until the birth of my second child, I am now at home with my children all day every day.  My life is very fulfilled and interesting but I needed an outlet for me.   I wanted to share my experiences with others.  I believe sharing experiences is so important and helps us to grow and learn, but it has been and still is hard to meet like minded people in the society that we live in today.  Blogging is bringing the world together and making the world a smaller place.  It is creating a new society of people who live miles apart but who have the same beliefs and instincts about how to bring up our children and live simply to ensure the world is a good place to live for future generations.

So who am I?  I am a mother, it is what defines this time in my life.  It is an immensely fulfilling and hugely rewarding job, the toughest I have had to date.  I am married with two children and we all live simply, within our means, in a small rural village in the North West of England.

We parent in a gentle, loving way hoping to raise caring and compassionate children, we are home educating (you can read more about that here) and follow an autonomous route. We grow vegetables and fruit but are by no means self sufficient, we do not have enough land for that, but we do grow enough to buy very little extra in the summer months.  I love to cook and use as local ingredients as possible, we eat seasonally no strawberries in the middle of winter here.  I share the occasional recipe which you can find here.  I am a vegetarian who has a chronic health condition, crohns disease, which is thankfully very much in remission.  I exclude certain foods from my diet which is how I manage this condition, calling it chronic (which the medical profession does) seems odd to me as I have few symptoms of this potentially nasty condition.  If I have any 'spare time' I fill it with knitting, sewing and reading which I blog about occasionally.  Until February 2015 I referred to my children as youngest and eldest, after then they have 'blog' names Alice (youngest) and Cameron (eldest).

Thank you for visiting my blog, I do hope you enjoy reading it and will return........


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14 comments:

  1. Hi, we're living in a very similar way in Cornwall, England with me at home with three under-5's, plus dog n chickens! The biggest difference is that our kids will be going to school: my eldest starts this year :-)

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  2. A good thought of blogs making the world a small place. and...we are creating a new society of people.

    thank you for sharing.

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  3. Very happy to find your blog. I breastfed as well, for years in total, and I carried my babies in slings and co-slept with them, so it is great to find someone who understands this. I have an allotment now and I'm starting to try and grow more of our food. As you say, blogging is wonderful in that it is possible to meet people with similar interests and form a community you wouldn't necessarily have with the people you know locally.

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  4. Hi, just saying hi to you from the other side of the world. I am on a journey too, creating a more sustainable lifestyle for my little family.

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  5. Best wishes with all of the projects you have going on.

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  6. Hello! I found your blog through Leigh's blog and I just want to say its beautiful! I can't wait to come back and read more when I have a bit more time. Thank you for sharing ;)

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  7. Hi, I've just found your blog and have enjoyed the bits I've read so far. I also live in the north of England, home ed, knit, sew and grow some of our own food :-)

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  8. Very glad to meet you! We are following similar paths, but thousands of miles apart! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  9. I'm glad to have discovered your blog and have just been having a lovely read. Looking forward to more!

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  10. I found you through Annie at Knitsofacto. I just liked your comment..
    I am from Liverpool but exiled in Norfolk after alife around the country and world with my naval husband. Our children, and indeed, most of our grandchildren are pretty well grown, and now retired, I am stitching, and playing music, and learning to garden and taking up preserving again. Years ago we were in love with Self Sufficiency but a naval life precludes that lifestyle. Enjoying reading your blog!

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  11. I like your description of Blogging as a way of bringing the world together and making the world a smaller place, creating a new society of people who live miles apart. We do live miles apart as I am in Ontario, but I think we have the same beliefs and instincts, having built our own house and living off a large garden in summer. Beautiful blog!

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  12. Big wave here from Scotland - I could almost have written that blurb myself (but for the homeschooling part - Daughter asked to go to school and with Son, we'll just have to see what he thinks when he's old enough ;) Its something I always wanted to do so I applaud you for it. <3).

    I found your blog on ravelry and just thought I'd say 'hi' :)

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  13. Hi sustainable! It is so nice to "meet" you! My favorite thing about blogging is the opportunity to connect with kindred spirits. I look forward to reading more.

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  14. After finishing my exams, I am grateful for the time to explore some new blogs and it is lovely to have found yours. I see we have a lot in common, and I look forward to reading more of your posts :)

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