Thursday, 31 July 2014

Treasure from trash festival

A few weeks ago we visited the treasure from trash exhibition and mini festival.  Being someone who spends a lot of time at the tip and brings home more than she takes, this exhibition was right down my street.  We also took a woodland walk afterwards in search of natural treasure.


Saturday, 19 July 2014


Frieda has a friend, she actually has many friends but they are all either children of my friends, teddies or dollies. The friend i'm referring to is Frieda's first independently chosen one, a friendship formed in my absence, whilst at nursery.

For about a month now Frieda has been talking about this little girl, whom I shall refer to as Bessie throughout this post. It's a two way friendship, Bessie also mentions Frieda when she at home or on days that Frieda is not in nursery. And that grin that appears on Bessie's face when I take Frieda into nursery makes me feel so proud; proud that the arrival of my daughter can cause another little girl to feel joy.

I have been connecting with people, enjoying the company of others and forming friendships for as long as I can remember, we all have. I continue to do so everyday at work, on the internet and in the new town that I live in. Other people have helped shaped my identity, influenced my decision making, nurtured and supported me, made me laugh and joined me for some of the greatest adventures of my life. It therefore makes me so happy that Frieda has started on this journey of friendship making, one that she will continue on for the rest of her life.

It's a true mark of independence for Frieda. She has independently connected with someone whom I no very little about. So whilst i'm at work sharing a cup of tea with a colleague, discussing hopes and dreams, Frieda is making her way through nursery with a friend at her side.

So here’s to friendship.


Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Summer Solstice

We always celebrate the Summer Solstice because it happens to be the same date as the birthday's of two special people in my life. As much as I love it, there is always a nagging feeling in my mind that the days will now start to slowly draw in. With this nagging feeling in my mind, I wanted to make the most of this longest day and indeed we did.

Our day was a slightly eclectic mix of celebrations; We started in the morning by watching the Morris dancers (obligatory fare for any spring/summer celebrations in England), we moved on to a sweltering hot visit to Newhaven Fort (in hindsight maybe not the best day for this activity) and we rounded up the day with an impromptu, picnic drinking up every last bit of the hot sun. Alan excitedly spotted the Morris dancers. He asked for the camera and wanted to move round to get better photos. My response, 'Alan we have so many photos of Morris Men on our computer we don't need any more', was ignored. My partner is Scottish and I think Morris Men still represent a little bit of the exotic. When we left the dancers, Alan shook his head and said 'i'm very surprised at you, you were completely oblivious to the fact that the sisters were doing it for themselves.' It turns out that the Morris Men were in fact Morris Women! I hadn't noticed. Damn my complacency it got the better of me. I vowed not to let complacency triumph over curiosity again.

Newhaven Fort, with it's slightly 1980's exhibits, was a triumph of a day out. However it was a bit hot to soak up the history and Frieda was a bit too young, she is not quite the military history buff we hope she will be. We will go back. My favourite part was the 'Blitz Experience' which involved an air raid simulation. Not ready to head home, we decided to buy some treats, sit in the park and feast. A Happy Mid Summer day indeed.

Friday, 4 July 2014

The Elderflower Trilogy - Part 3

The elder flowers are fast disappearing and there are signs of them slowly turning into elderberries. For those of you who have never made elderflower fritters I urge you to go forth next year and do so; they are are summery sweet treat that should be on your seasonal food calender. I followed Nigel's recipe and thoroughly recommend it. My mum seemed a little horrified at the thought of eating what she described as 'mini trees'. She suggested that I next time it might be an idea to put the flowers into the batter, this would give a more delicate look but I think the 'mini trees' have real charm.

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