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The garden this past week has burst into life! What a blessing it is to have this space to try and live our life’s sustainably and with care. I am excited as it’s approaching the safe time to plant out a lot of plants which I have been protecting from frost! And slowly the vegetable beds and borders are going to fill up even more.

Although I have designated raised beds, there are areas of reverence garden which I would really like a cottage approach to really allow flowers and edible plants, fruits and vegetables to work together to support and protect each other. I’m not an expert at this so I’ve a lot to learn! But I am enjoying the process immensely.

There is a new section to my blog, where I cannot wait to share growing, as well as simple nourishing recipes and I cannot wait to share more on this over the coming months.

This morning myself and the little one went to the garden centre to get more compost, we are hoping this summer to make a composting area when we have cleared a section of the back garden. This year with the extra growing space it feels like the first year we have really ramped up the effort to be more self sufficient and I so look forward to sharing this adventure with you all and tips on how you can engage children young and old in all aspects of home life.

Wishing you all a marvellous week!

Peace and love

K xxx

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Do you ever spend time to really take care of your inner self, to nourish the soul? Like REALLY take time?

May is my birthday month, the month I made my First Holy Communion as a child, the month of Mary, the month where boughs of blossom weigh heavy on tree branches, where the promising new life of the world is showered in blossom confetti, just as hopeful, as joyful as a couple showered in confetti on their wedding day.

So yesterday for me was one of the most nourishing days I have ever had. For my 38th Birthday next week I chose to go on our annual pilgrimage to Walsingham with @salforddiocese (the first one since the pandemic) I got to meet wonderful people from my local churches as well as connect to dear friends from my old parish. I had a day spent in deep prayer, for myself, my family and friends (at home and in this space), my community and the world.

I didn’t know what to expect as I walked the ‘Holy Mile’ from Walsingham to the @olwshrine barefoot. It was actually more painful than I expected - the shingle pushing into the soles of my feet, but in some strange way it really deepened my prayer and concentration. I suppose in a meditative way it removed me from the distraction of the rambling country hedges, the gorgeous Norfolk countryside and really turned my focus inward as I lost myself in the Mysteries of the Rosary. It really felt like a turning point in the day for me, and as we arrived at the shrine, and my feet were soothed by the soft cool grass, sprinkled with blossom from the trees in the garden, I felt ready to really allow myself to grow in the love and Grace of the Lord.

A wonderful greeting by Bishop John Arnold, a lovely Reconciliation service and Mass left me feeling a deep gratitude for all my faith gives me, and for all I can give through it. I feel fortunate to have spent a day like this, and I am glad I pushed my own doubts to the side (not wanting to leave the children for the day etc) to allow myself this experience. Thank you to @salforddiocese for the opportunity.

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Today I finally gotten around to doing something I’ve been trying to find time for for a while, preparing and storing the fur we have brushed from our pet rescue rabbit Daffodil.

Daffodil is a long haired rabbit and since we adopted her I realised she could contribute so much (thank you Daffodil) to our home sown fibre project. Some of you may know, many of you won’t, that I am passionate about regenerative, sustainable and locally made textiles. Along with the flax I have sown in my front garden I am hoping to create a blueprint for learning and growth in textiles into local area. As well as a great opportunity for local school children it offers the opportunity to really see how we can create lasting change and have a positive impact on tbe environment. How we grow fibre and indeed consume fashion is something which is desperately in need of change from the ground upward, and just as important a part of looking after this planet as growing your own vegetables or indeed reducing our meat consumption.

So today I used a couple of dog brushes to care the fur and roll it into manageable pieces for spinning, the short and super soft nature of the fibres will mean that they will need to be spun with something else, maybe locally sourced wool fleece - the local sheep have wool which is generally considered too coarse for clothing but mixed with this it could make a great combination.

So in a jar it goes, to be stockpiled ready for when i can use it. I am excited to share the process with you all!

If you are interested in homegrown textiles or indeed exploring textiles, sustainability and what’s going on particularly in the North west of England you can visit @northwestenglandfibreshed @thewilddyery also shares some wonderful work in local projects

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