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Voting.   And then dealing all the resultant emotions from the result.

I voted to remain.  When I was 20 I boarded a plane by myself, and spent a year studying in Ljubljana, Slovenia, as part of my degree.  Whilst there I met so many people from all different corners of Europe, and had an absolute blast with them.  It was a pleasure to spent my year with some of the very best people I could ever hope to meet.  Many years later I’m still in touch with some of the people I met whilst in Slovenia.

When I look at this photo from one of our many many trips that we took I see my Italian, Polish, Belgian, Danish, Finnish, German, French and Irish friends, and myself, all having fun together.  I’m the only British person in the group, but I’m no different to any of my friends.  We all have so much in common, and our lives are richer and broader for knowing each other.

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The same goes for people from Europe, and those from further afield, who have made their home here in the UK.  All of our lives are richer for having them here.

It upsets me that some people in Britain think that people of other nationalities are so different from us; a threat to us even.  Reports of soaring hate crimes against people from Europe and beyond who have settled in the UK make me feel physically sick.

I’m still processing the ramifications that leaving the EU will bring.  I don’t know what is going to happen here in Scotland, or in Northern Ireland, or to the communities that depend so heavily on EU subsidies.  I don’t know what impact it will have on our daily lives, on  our finances, or our ability to travel to trade freely, or our relationships with others.  Let alone the impact that leaving the EU will bring on to things like agriculture, fishing and the environment, all of which have a great degree of input and subsidy from Europe.

It’s all a bit scary, and with our political situation in such a mess I have no idea what the future holds.  All I know is that we all have to come together, and get through this mess as best we can.

Moving on…

growing vegetables

Growing.  My daughter’s nursery class planted some vegetable seeds in the spring.  With it now being the end of term they had a ton of vegetable plants that needed re-homing, and sadly not everyone could take them (or even wanted them).  Wendy’s Plant Adoption Service™ swiftly stepped in, and we now have peppers and beans coming out of our ears.  Just as well as the slugs have made light work of pretty much everything we planted in our allotment.  Swines.

And you might be wondering how we got on with the Nemaslug?  Nothing.  It did nothing.  The pesky slugs still managed to mow everything down.  We are a bit stumped now re: slug-gate.

patio garden

In more positive news, our garden is coming along.

graduation cake

My eldest graduated nursery, and starts primary school after the summer.  Her nursery had a lovely graduation ceremony and party, and one of the teachers made graduation cakes for all kids leaving the nursery.  It was bittersweet, let me tell you.

My youngest is now 6 months old (how?!) and is also hitting all the milestones.  As much as I love the newborn stage, 6 months is my favourite baby age.  If I could bottle the joy of 6 months old and save it for when I’m grey and old and missing my babies it would surely contain big hearty baby laughs; gummy smiles; chubby cheeks, wrists and legs; cosy milky cuddles last thing at night; splashes in the bath; arms and legs flapping in excitement; and a whole lot of love.

We’ve also started introducing solids, which is perhaps one of my favourite stages.  In my opinion winter is the very best time to have a baby, because by the time they’re on solid foods all the lovely soft fruits are in season.  Strawberries have been the biggest hit, which is just as well as the shops are packed with lovely Scottish strawberries.

How are you coping with all things Brexit?

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cradle cap coconut oil

This sweet little whorl.  Also, can I just say it’s taken me until my second baby to learn that you can remove cradle cap by rubbing your baby’s head in coconut oil, leaving it in for a few hours, then combing it all out with a nit comb.  This method takes it all off and is strangely satisfying.  If only someone had told me first time round!  Bonus – your baby smells of coconut!  Cons – everything might get a bit oily for a couple of hours.  Pop muslins down.

pink plant

Getting busy in our yard.  Our tiny yard is 100% concrete and a bit neglected.  Last year, when we moved in we erected a bike shed and potted a few plants and called it a day.  I’ve been trying to spruce it up a little with zero budget.  It’s going slowly.  This is one of the brighter, neater corners.

seedlings

Allotmenting.  My partner and daughter have planted a lot of seeds over the last little while, and then we transferred a load of them over to the allotment once they reached a decent size and the weather was fairly consistent.  But, as our allotment is some kind of slug paradise we basically just grew a load of slug food.  We’ve planted some more seeds in the hope that something (anything!) might grow.  If we get one courgette or cucumber out of this year’s crop then we’ll call it a success.  We’ve tried all sorts of natural slug control over the years to not much avail, so this year we’re bringing out the big guns.  My other half has just ordered some natural slug predators – nematodes – and we’ll see how that goes with the slimy critters.  I’ll write a blog post on it to let you know!

chives

On our walk back and forth to nursery each day my eldest daughter and I have been observing the changing of the seasons.  We’ve been watching the buds appearing on the trees, then slowly unfurling, and now, enjoying them in full bloom.  Seventy percent of the time I’m glad we don’t have a car to take in these little things you only notice on foot (the 30% I don’t is for when the bus is very late, or it’s pouring with rain or one of my children is a bit cranky).

 pink grapefruit

Experimenting with citrus fruit.  If successful expect a blog post soon! ;)

Not pictured: measuring.  We’re adding a small extension to our home, so that we can have the absolute luxury of having a bathroom upstairs. We’re also getting rid of the cupboard under our stairs to create a dining area (we live in a really small house).  We’re consequently decluttering like there is no tomorrow.  We’re not people that have a lot of stuff, but somehow it feels like we own all the stuff.

Other things: I recently joined Snapchat.  I’m not really sure what I’m doing on there or how it works (somehow, because I’m over thirty it’s absolutely unfathomable to me!) but I’ll give it a go.  My username is moralfibres on there if you want to come and find me.  I’m not sure what you should expect yet!

I also made it on to this list of eco and green bloggers to follow!  There are some other great blogs on the list too, if you fancy a read!