I live in Kent with my husband, toddler Tilly (henceforth known as Monkey) and another baby due in November. We have two cats, Duncan and Lady Macbeth, and four chickens who kindly lay us eggs daily. We live in the picturesque seaside town of Broadstairs. I enjoy reading, knitting and cooking. I'm trying to be a bit 'greener' (not sure how successfully), and to be a gentle parent. Extended breastfeeding and co-sleeping don't freak me out, we use cloth nappies and try to follow some of the ideals of Attachment Parenting. If that sounds as if I know what I'm doing, I don't! I am also a psychotherapist with an interest in Focusing-oriented therapy, and I have a small private practice in the area.
Our girls arrived on Saturday evening, along with their super-swanky new ark and run!
Lady Macbeth is keeping her eye on them:
It's good to have them at last, after lots of dithering and uncertainty. Strangely it feels like quite a lot of responsibility to take care of the four new members of the family, and in particular I've been worried about foxes, but for now we have decided to keep the girls in their run and not to let them free-range in the garden. At night they are safely shut in the coop, and it is unlikely that- as in a dream I had last night- foxes will be utilising trampolines to spring into our garden (!).
In actual fact they are no trouble at all, they like a bit of corn and a chat now and then, clean water and drink, and scraping the poo out, but in return for very little effort they are providing us with the most beautiful brown eggs. That seems like a good deal to me!
I'm ridiculously excited that my Green Johanna composter has arrived and is sitting in a corner of the garden awaiting lots of garden waste and kitchen scraps. I'll take a photo of it tomorrow to post (I'm getting really cross with myself for never taking my camera out with me anymore). This weekend I am also planning to plant some seedlings indoors and to plan out the space for my raised beds. I am also thinking of stalking the local allotments to see if some kind souls can impart some gardening wisdom to me!
So Christmas with us was a bit of a stressful time with the Monkey seemingly going on hunger-strike for three weeks and then finally coming down with chickenpox. But as the New Year arrived I felt the need to complete at least one small project: freshening up a tatty old chest of drawers that lives in the Monkey's nursery. Here it is before:
Excuse the chocolate-milk-splattered Monkey!
And here it is after a coat of paint. We used a lavender satinwood for the body and tester pots of emulsion for the drawer fronts. I think it looks really cute. Now just have to pull my finger out and get a second coat of paint on, as the babe's clothes have been strewn around the room for week's now!