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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.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Meandering, random thoughts...

It's all quiet over here. I'm enjoying reading my favourite bloggers but haven't had much to write about myself. I've a few photos on my other 'puter that I'll post when I'm back at home, and here's a link to a little video of the Monkey doing some gardening! Unfortunately most of the herbs had already bitten the dust and even her watering efforts won't be able to revive them. I have got some rather lovely tomato plants which are doing well, they will (hopefully) be my first ever harvest.

I feel like I *should* have lots to say but I seem to be experiencing a period of just 'being', lazy days flopping around on the sofa with Monkey, watching too much television, dodging rain showers and reading a little. The days seem to be gone in no time at all, a trip to the shops, preparing the evening meal, a stroll in the afternoon- where does the time go? I'm feeling content, waiting for our move to happen (still looking at the end of August) and making house plans. I'm working too of course, I'm seeing about 5 clients a week at the moment which doesn't sound like a lot but a couple of those are fairly troubled people, plus there's the bundle of energy that is my 13 month old to look after. Yesterday we met a friend for lunch and walked around the park, I swear she must have toddled half a mile on her little feet! This weekend we are down at the coast and although it is raining right now I'm hoping we can get to the beach tomorrow for a couple of hours. We are also going to the new house to do some measuring up. I can't wait, we haven't seen it since we made our offer way back at Easter! I'm meeting a psychotherapist tomorow who I'm hoping will become my new clinical supervisor, it will be good to make some connections down this way.

I'm currently reading this book, 'Body Shopping', by Donna Dickenson. I've only read the first chapter but it's fascinating and thought-provoking. It is about the commodification of the body, the sale of body tissue, organs, genetic material etc., and asks whether we 'own' our bodies? At one end of the scale would be something like sperm donation right through to traficking in organs and material from corpses. A few horror stories too, some which genuinely made my jaw drop. My friend Dany has a weekly podcast and interviewed the author last week, which was what prompted me to order the book. The podcast is called 'A Pair of Continents' and features my friend in London and her friend Steve in Atlanta chatting about random, usually topical things, each week they interview someone and it tends to be popular science-related or sometimes about scepticism or atheism. If you're interested, give 'em a listen. They've got about a thousand subscribers from all around the world, which is pretty cool.

Unlike many people I won't be going to see the new Harry Potter movie. DH and I have been slowly working our way through the audiobooks read by Stephen Fry- we need more long car journeys to get through them all!

I've been cooking...
Savoury organic mince with new potatoes, lamb biryani (a real success!), vegetable chilli, stir-fry noodles and veg, and stewed rhubarb which I plan to use to make frozen yoghurt. My blender broke this week, I was trying to make a smoothie and the ice just cracked straight through the plastic. I probably should have checked that I could crush ice but at least it's another point in favour of getting a Kitchenaid or Magimix food processor *swoons ever so slightly*.

Spare a thought for... my poor husband who has got cellulitis in his foot from an infected mosquito bite. He's upstairs in bed with the shivers, poor thing.


Michelle said...

Hope your DH is feeling better soon. My DH had that last year and it was awful. We don't know what started his but I've never seen him in such pain and as he's had a bad back for years and various ops, I've seen him in pain before.

Mon said...

Super Ice!

Ooh, what a curious book.

I love how little ones 'garden', lol