About us

We are a hard working, family of eight. Swimming in the sea when we aren't busy on our small holding. Daddy dragon has to work away a lot, so this blog is to let him keep up with our adventures at home.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas fayre

I think the one part of Worcester which I miss, is the Victorian Christmas fayre.

I appreciate my family would paint a different picture.

Freezing cold fingers, large crowds, and a lot of noise.

However, there is something quite wonderful, in the smells and sights and sounds.

Roasted chestnuts, liquor laden hot chocolates, and row upon row of holiday confectionary.

I think what I like best is that feeling of community, and having worked running a festival, I have a very real idea of just how much work goes into orchestrating an event like it.

Last night was our local Christmas fayre and it was small and quiet by comparison. It did not flow through the winding city streets.

Instead it was held inside a town hall. 

Every corner, nook and cranny filled.

There were no big name brands, but there were dozens and dozens of local hand crafters, cheesemakers, and lots of community spirit.

Instead of paying four pounds for a single drink, everyone was handed drinks and a plate of food as they came in. 

It went on late as everyone chatted and danced, and the children ran about playing.

It was a lovely evening.

And it makes me very appreciative of this fine little community.

So it seems the season has begun, for us anyways.

Tomorrow we are bring our vaste collection of chocolate moulds to a friends, where our collective ten children will make chocolates for gifting to postmen and teachers and friends.

The weekend that follows is our island's Christmas tree lighting, supper, and dance. Followed by the weekend long Christmas bazaar.

Suddenly, it will be December!

I will post a Christmas advent of activities  which thanks to a newly found interest in pinterest should be quite extensive this year.

That site is dangerous.

For now though we shall try to enjoy the remains of November, and I hope that yours is passing as gently as our own.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Good morning Mr. Sun

Nice to see you back, if only for a peedie while.

Everyone has one of those neighbours

Even with all this space,

there's a mardy one who has to go about shouting at everyone else.

'There, there love, never mind.'

'Some things the kids needn't hear. We do not behave like her, pup!'

The seal communities are a delight to watch, even if it is cold, wet and windy.

They have so much character.

Happy Tuesday.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Crochet hats

This year the girls asked me to knit them hats after their special toys.

A cat, an elephant, a bunny, and an angry bird for the baby, chosen by her big brother.

I have been overwhelmed by the sheer supply of quality patterns free online and how many tutorials there are on youtube.

I feel the very least I can do is recommend and thank this lady, whose site is beyond fabulous.


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The bathroom is happier

When we moved in, one of the first projects we wanted to undertake was changing this bathroom.

Mostly, due to the horrid smell this carpet exuded.

It smelt like 25 years of urine.

The hatchlings all helped.

We painted and primped, 

and we are now very happy with the results.

Time rushes quickly away

It feels sometimes as though the minutes of the day slip through our fingers and there is nothing we can do to slow it all down.

Projects stack up, work flows in, and suddenly a month or more passes by.

We have officially return to the roaring winds, that stomp and snarl like lions outside the door. 

And every where you look there are people eagerly anticipating the year's end all ready.

Don't throw away these last few weeks, they will go by plenty quickly as it is.

Instead free up you time.

And try meditating.

A very long time ago I bought the hatchling a set of children's meditation cds, and they have brought them out again. 

They tell me every one should meditate, it is good to rest your head.

Hence, I am passing on their message.

And wishing you a good mid week.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Respectful remembrance

Today, we are thankful for this peaceful day that we have.

I wish it was something that could be taken for granted, that a battle once fought was finished.

We all know the truth is otherwise.

So, today, I will simply be thankful for what we have and hope for peaceful tomorrows.