sourdough bread

Ten Things

sourdough bread

Hello hello!  How’s it going?  We’re on Easter holiday mode here, so there’s a lot of juggling of childcare and work and life going on.  So far we’ve managed to make it work and it has been fun!  I’m taking a little time off next week from all things blogging so things will be a little quieter around here, but before I head off I’ve got ten things that I’ve read/seen this last fortnight that you might enjoy too.

1.  I wrote a post for The Huffington Post this week asking if ethical clothing is expensive or have we just lost our sense of perspective?

2.  Marie Kondo tells us to ditch joyless items, but where are we sending them?

3.  Inspiring.  A nine year old girl files a lawsuit against the Indian government for inaction against climate change.  I wish I was that clued up when I was nine.

4.  “Just be grateful for these moments. A crying baby is nothing compared to what’s to come”.  A really lovely article on parenting.  As a parent of a one year old and a five year old, life is hard and using the bathroom alone is something I haven’t experienced in a very long time, but this made me realise what’s ahead, and why I’m in the easy bit.

5.  “For 18 years, I thought she was stealing my identity until I found her“.  A fascinating story on racial justice.

6.  Fake science was used to justify badger culls?

7.  Most new mums in America get 12 weeks unpaid maternity leave.  American mothers are now turning to crowdfunding to allow them to have some maternity leave.  Heartbreaking.

8.  Our bread making goes through peaks and troughs.  Right now it’s in a trough.  Erin makes me want to get back on it with her post on making sourdough bread (and her photo of her beautiful bread at the top of this post).

9.  The 5% tampon tax is being used to fund anti-abortionists.

10.  All the heart eyes for this top*.

And three things from the Moral Fibres archive:

1.  Sell your crap, pay your debt, do what you love.

2.  A handy vegetable planting calendar.

3.  Got black bananas?  Try making pancakes.

Until next time!

backyard chickens

A Unique Farmhouse House Tour

I can’t remember the last time I wrote about our home renovation progress.  In a nutshell, things have ground to a halt.  Well over a year ago we got an architect in to draw up some plans, hoping work would be finished at the end of last year.  Fast forward a year and a bit later, and no work has started, and we have reached a bit of a stalemate with Building Control at our local council.  It has got to the point where our architect and structural engineer now refer to our loft as “that bloody attic” in any conversation with us.

At some point I will share a photo of our bedroom in it’s present state – it has a hole in the wall and everything that we don’t want to fix until we get word from Building Control exactly what work needs to be done on our house.  So looking at other people’s lovely houses gives me some hope that one day our house will be lovely too, and not varying shades of orange and brown and with holes in the walls!

One house that I’ve been looking at lately is that of Rachelle Blondel, who lives in a 1729 farmhouse in North Yorkshire.  It’s such a lived in family home, in the best possible way, that looks so relaxed and homely and full of character.  Look out for her cheeky little Jack Russell who is definitely not camera shy!

Rachel also keeps chickens and pigs, and if you’re looking for further proof that she’s really living the dream – Rachelle has a old static caravan that she has restored into a girly paradise.

beautiful white hallway

beautiful stone fireplace

vintage styled music room

plant details

vintage bathroom

bathroom details

hallway

vintage styled bedroom

dog on bed

simple bedroom

backyard pigs

backyard chickens
restored vintage caravan
caravan renovation
succulent planter

A lot of Rachelle’s furniture came from Gumtree and Freecycle.  To see more of Rachelle’s beautiful house, and read further details, visit Apartment Therapy.

And keep your fingers crossed for us that we can reach an agreement with Building Control soon!