Me & Mine – September

Ok lets cut straight to the chase, September’s Me & Mine photo is a full two weeks late being shared (even though it wasn’t quite that late being taken) but late though we are, I’m determined to try and keep on course until the end of the year…

I’ll be honest this isn’t my favourite photo of us, but that could be a whole lot to do with me being very overdue a haircut… more on that next month!

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Home Life Project – October

Our weekends over the last month seem to have been chock-a-block full of events and commitments of one kind or another and so I was really relieved to open the diary for this month’s Home Life Project and discover we had an empty day yesterday. We spent half of it at East Wittering Beach. You’ll see East and West Wittering mentioned a lot on this blog, they both form the same long stretch of sand and shingle and depending on how we feel, we park at various places along the coast to take a walk on a stretch of it.

Our walk today was to mark my mum’s birthday which was earlier in the week. We intended to walk to one of our favourite breakfast places and grab a hot chocolate, but when we got there the whole experience was a bit of a let down, but that’s another story entirely…

Back home in the afternoon we planted some of our huge collection of daffodil bulbs and Skyped Jim’s sister in the Middle East. My photographing ended rather abruptly when my camera stopped focusing (ahhh) so I’m now desperately googling in search of an answer to that problem, at least it didn’t happen earlier in the day!

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The Swedish coast from the sea

I realised the other day that my two most memorable days this year (so far!) have both been spent on the water. Our first was on the River Thames on my birthday in August and our second only two weeks later off the coast of Sweden.

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Silver nomads and micro housesits (our experience with TrustedHousesitters.com)

For us 2017 has been (surprisingly) the year we’ve opened up our home to strangers. As well as having a couple of Air BnB guests, we’ve also had housesitters for the first time and it’s not only saved us money, but enabled us to travel more and stay away for longer.

I was introduced to the website Trustedhousesitters.com last year by a friend. What’s unique about the site is that the majority of their housesitters offer their services for free in return for staying in your house, so we were lured in by the potential massive savings we would make on kennel fees when we went away.

Us and our New Zealand housesitters Graham and Maree

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Zero waste party tins for a 6 year-old’s birthday

Every year when Theo’s birthday approaches I worry a little about waste. I try to think about the kind of food we can cook at his party that won’t be nibbled and cast aside, I try (and nearly always fail) to think about how to keep a handle on incoming toys and for the last two years I have also attempted to do something close to zero waste party bags.

Some might say that the answer to party bags is simply not to have them, but I think it’s possible to do them in such a way that still gives pleasure without creating waste.

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