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…

Sugar Highs Are Lows

Recently I’ve been struggling in a number of ways, and although I am trying very hard to find ways to show myself more care. I have always felt there is beauty in the broken, and that honesty is important, so this is the latest on my journey of mental health and motherhood to share with…