this house living malarky

well, truth be told our year of being back in a house has been a tricky one. i know we had no end of problems under canvas but i have to say i’d rather be there than here. yes i missed baths and easy cooking, yes we had neighbour issues but i still prefer that to this. i slept better, physically i was better, the children were more chilled out. i miss the simplicity, i miss the outdoors, i miss dim lighting and a lack of electricity, i miss the closeness of the whole family. here there are too many rooms to escape to, to many walls to put between us, we end up shouting out at each other and still not hearing, we end up sitting apart, even at night when we were up and the girls were asleep there was a proximity, now they’re a doorway, a set of stairs, another doorway and the other side of the room away, we go to bed and i can’t sense them sleeping nearby. we’ve just spent 4 nights at Tribal Earth and i loved it. i slept better, i was more awake and able to function in the mornings, when i woke in the night i could look over and see the girls. cooking was a bit rudimentary, but simple enough, i missed our compost loo but the loos were adequate and now we’ve discovered the beauty of the bucket shower my  bathroom requirements are easily satisfied (also at tribal earth they had a water trough with a fire beneath – something we talked about last year but were too busy to actually get round to). I don’t actually want to be in a tent again but a yurt or a hut of some kind would do the trick. i’m not sure how long i can live in a house, it’s stifling, it’s just so unnatural! would like to work out some kind of freezer/decent fridge solution though as keeping food cool & bulk(ish) buying becomes a bit of an issue with no cold storage.

anyway, there’s my latest rambling, and rambling it is.

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Not enough blogging too much tweeting!

Arse! Laptop screen is broken so phone blogging is all I’m going to manage for the foreseeable future. Also spent far more time tweeting & not thinking of blogging – due to laptop & time deficit.

Noise is home, not in an ideal kind of way – no homelife participation happening but at least we know where she is at night, and that (for the most part) she’s sober… She’s now started her new meds which (we hope) will help things along in a positive kind of direction. She’s agreed to be registered as ‘educated otherwise’ which is a big fat smiley, as she’s going to spend a minimum of 12 hours a week at home reading, researching & feedingback. She’s started helping at Yogis nursery one morning a week on a voluntary basis – so all is moving in a forward direction rather than a backward one! Yay for some positivity in our house – is this the affirmations paying off?

Ed’s now home ed, she deregistered from school Friday and so far is having a fantastic time. We’ve bought an AQA GCSE maths book and she’s keen to follow her heart with the rest of her learning! Maths book was her choice & it might well be the one GCSE she does – still haven’t told her dad about the change in arrangements but if he wanted a say in it all he really ought to give a stuff the rest of the time.

Boo’s steaming ahead (steam being my new favourite word thanks to a lovely day out with Earthenwitch & her little lovely) with her reading, her everything! She’s starting to read – with very little input, she’s building, letting everyone we meet know just what it is the Egyptians were up to way back in the days of pyramids & pharaohs, and of course – that key word…. socialising 😉

Yogi’s loving having having Ed home, there shouldn’t be favourites but they are each others and I love it because it means they have their own special person that isn’t me (as well as me if course because I am everybody’s favourite! )

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festivals! yay

It’s been such a long time since I last blogged and I’d pretty much decided it was time to give it up but then I thought ‘things are a changing round here’ and so my blog could get interesting…. (please remember I only said ‘could’)

to start with we’ve been to two absolutely amazing festivals, both in May one for each bank holiday. the first was to wildheart at the beginning of May. Tis a pretty small festival with a very big heart. Lots of ceremonies, lots of workshops and lots for the little ones to do too – my only complaint would have to be the weather…. did it really need to rain quite that much on the Sunday? No? I didn’t think so either but clearly it was meant to be. The festival offered bushcraft, georgian singing, pizza making, chalk carving, a beautiful nest in the woods and a lake for swimming in (if you were feeling brave!) oh and of course compost toilets. we had a fntastic time, met two absolutely wonderful fmilies with whom we have since met up and are really looking forward to our next wildheart!

the second festival took place at the end of May and was wonderful in a very different way, as the name implies it is a small world where everyone lives together with mututal respect. the kids area was brilliant with loads for our little girlies to do, Boo went off one morning at 8.30 am after helping herself to heaps of fruit for breakfast (i did know she was off, she told/asked me) and I didn’t see her again until she returned at 12.30 with a pizza she’d made at the pizza workshop – how many places can you do that? the music was amazing, my favourite being The Undercover Hippy, the littlies slept through their performnce however – in the wheelbarrow wrapped in blankets. Twas a truly amazing festival and we will be returning next year. Even Noise had a fantastic time, she loved the music, the vitality, the vibe. We shared space with 3 faeries and a pirate, loved it, all of it. Compost toilets again, with the addition of a mens urinal and a shewee (communal 😉 ) The children were free, everyones not just mine and I came back feeling wonderful, truly energised and ready for my future.

I want more – festivals that is, both of the above festivals have a second showing coming up, small world in august and wildheart in Septemeber, on our wedding anniversary no less – so if anyone has a spare £150 laying round we’d love to spend our anniversary at Wildheart! Then there’s Buddhafield, Sunrise, and lots of lovely retreats oh how wonderful it would be to be able to attend them all!

And on the festival note mmmm bell tents, I want one – in fact we all want one. Would it be wrong to spend our wedding present ‘sofa fund’ on one?