Bias Binding: The Effect of Gendered Clothing On The World

Here’s a riddle for you: One day a father and son are driving down a country road when they are involved in a dramatic and horrific car crash. The father is killed immediately and the boy is rushed to hospital unconscious. His injures are severe and so he is taken swiftly to the emergency room…

Battling Boob Anxiety

When I *finally* weened my eldest I remember the strange voices that came into my head to attack the change. It wasn’t as if she was young, we’d got to 21 months, and when your daughter starts using you as an excuse to avoid bed for a bit longer it’s probably time to stop. Even…

Side By Side Refugees: Christmas Came Early

I have been meaning to write something for a really long time, or maybe it just feels like a really long time… I don’t know. What I do know is that I am physically and mentally exhausted whilst being simultaneously elated to the point of bouncing! One of my new roles has been Project Manager…

Jon Greenaway: TheLitCritGuy

Strangely the first time I met Jon must have been through Bear, although I knew of him through friends, friends of friends, and church. Stranger still was despite sharing these circles at least in part for at least a few years, it was only really when I was moving hundreds of miles away, and most contact…

Adventures into Upcycling

Last week I was offered two cabinets, one long and one more like a bedside table, from family. Although I didn’t think our little wee house had the room for them I did think I could perhaps do something interesting with them. They were solid pieces of furniture and apparently worth a decent amount if…

Public Patreon Article: What Can I do?

I was writing something for the church website but really believe it should be spread as far and wide as possible; it is an ever-increasing list of ideas of what we can do to be greener. If you want to check it out, please do by clicking the logo below!

Patreon & Patronage

Patronage is a strange thing in our modern world, but it’s a remarkably beautiful thing. It allows those with an idea or skill to work on it despite the not-immediate profit available or funds available. Once upon a time the wealthy may have simple flung coins out of their properties for their dependants to scrape…

Researching a Simple Life

For a long time I have had this nagging thought in my head that what I am looking for is something akin to monastic and artistic communities. I have always held a passion for creativity, for sharing life, our blessings, and skills, and living in a simple, sustainable, and environmentally friendly way. It seemed a…

Sometimes: grace

I have been learning about planning, and grace. For example, one little challenge I’ve given myself to try and get a grip on my eating habits is simply having a tub of my favourite ice cream (a ridiculously sweet, salty, chocolatey, amazing one that I have been eating far too much of recently) in the…

Save the World; Yes, You!

Something has been bothering me for a long time: waste. Attached to this is the way that, when trying to do the right thing, life seems to be getting harder. Specifically this was made painfully clear when I arrived at a newly discovered local farm shop, where I could buy some amazing vegetables without any…