Home Life Project – March

I have to admit I was a little sad that this month’s Home Life Project weekend missed the snow by just a matter of hours (in my part of the country at least!) as it would have provided such an interesting backdrop for March. However I did have some positive news this weekend, as at long last my camera is back from repair with Nikon, although after nearly six months with repeated problems, my confidence and enthusiasm for photography has really taken a hit and I’m still debating whether to trade my current model in and start afresh with a new camera entirely. I think it’s fair enough to say I have lost my photography mojo at the moment.

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Me & Mine – February 2018

It’s our second year taking part in the Me & Mine project and looking back on the last 14 months of photos it is really lovely to see the changes in the kids… and also personally to remind myself how much I do not miss long hair! If you haven’t joined yet it really is worth a few minutes of effort and cajoling every month to create a special family record. This month Jim actually responded with “ok, no problem” when I asked to take the photo – that’s progress!

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Home Life Project – February

As many of you will recall, this weekend was to be the first weekend since October when I was to have my Nikon D600 to take photos for the Home Life Project. I was feeling quite upbeat and had planned to see if I could shoot some video alongside the photos… all went well until about 10am yesterday when my camera (back from repair two weeks ago) started playing up again.

Having a faulty camera is problematic in many ways, but one of the many knock on effects is that it completely pours cold water on any creative spark you might have had… and so my day went rapidly downhill and my poor husband had to put up with me getting grumpier and grumpier.

So I guess it is kind of appropriate that this month I begin with a photo of Alice looking rather cross as she struggles to carry six books downstairs for breakfast… toddler logic!

I’m off to the camera shop again tomorrow <sigh> who knows what the state of play will be next month…

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Me & Mine – January

I’m starting 2018’s Me & Mine project a little late as nearly half of January was lost to the flu! The children had mild doses of it, but I succumbed completely and had several days in bed (or on the sofa) and took 12 days to start feeling normal again, very unlike me as I’ve never had flu before. I don’t know if it makes it better or worse being ill in the most miserable month of the year, but I’m not sad to see the back of January… or the flu… roll on February!

Our photo was taken at Chichester Marina one of the few places where we can go for a mud free dog walk at this time of year… and was a couple of days late, but who’s counting!

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Solent Sea Bass with Isle of Wight tomatoes in a brick oven

I think living on the south coast of England we are rather spoiled with our options of local food. Up in the downs is the Goodwood Estate, where you can dine at the newly launched Farmer, Butcher, Chef restaurant eating a meal which has been entirely reared on the farm and down closer to the sea, you can have lunch fresh from the harbour. Of course if you want to prepare your own dishes there are some great local suppliers on the Sussex/Hampshire border that you can buy from too, here are a few of my favourites…

 

Three Harbours Beef – Beef raised on the grasslands around the harbour in conjunction with the Chichester Harbour Conservancy
Tuppenny Barn Organics – An organic smallholding in Southbourne with a veg box scheme and shop
Weald & Downland Flour – Stoneground flour milled at the museum
Fresh From The Boat – Emsworth based fisherman
Harbour Honey – Honey produced in assiciation with the Chichester Harbour Conservancy
Harry’s Sausages – Local freerange pork sausages, handmade in our traditional way produced by the Treagust family who having been butchers in the area since 1924
Adsdean Farm Shop – Locally reared beef, pork and turkeys
Chilgrove Gin – Made in the South Downs with Sussex grown botanicals

 

Leisure Range Cookers have recently produced a regional guide for places to shop for local produce around the UK and to celebrate its launch they asked us to create one course of a dinner party recipe using only local ingredients.

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