A Bean Grows In Ipswich

Sweet Bean turned 14 yesterday. He seems to have been growing up so fast lately, to the extent that he is noticeably taller than me (and, indeed, is the tallest in the family now!) He has not only grown physically, but has also grown within himself, achieving some firsts this term, and pushing himself to do things he would not have considered before.
His first triumph was to design, perform and present a science experiment for the Science Fair his distance education school put on this term. He chose to find out if the sun and a magnifying glass could be used to focus heat on rope in order to burn it (as seen in many films). Here’s his presentation –

We were so proud of him! It was hard to believe that he had never done a presentation before. He won second prize overall, which was lovely, but the best part was seeing him so confident (and brave!).

His second triumph was performing in the Homeschool Learning Day’s performance. He played a Roman soldier (it was a time travelling plot), and we helped him create a costume as well. Another brave move for him – last year he wouldn’t even consider getting up on stage.
The whole performance was wonderful. I love to see kids of all ages having the chance to get up on stage, and stretch themselves in new directions. There are always moments like someone finding they had a talent they didn’t know they had, or having fun with a group of friends… or just losing themselves in the moment and the music – magic! 🙂 Here’s Sweet Bean’s performance –

His birthday was relatively quiet, with presents, french toast for breakfast, and cheesecake with Grandma in the afternoon.


Steampunk goggles!


Steampunk gun! …and old watch (not working)/new watch.

We took him to Sizzlers today for his birthday meal – what better way to celebrate than with lots of food?


Cheers – for another great year! ❤


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Everywhere, Grace

This popped up on my YouTube page, so thought I’d share. 🙂

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Jumping In

It’s been a while since I’ve been here – I’ve been such a procrastinator lately… today I got some note-taking done, and have been working my way through textbooks, but it’s been very slow. There’s not really enough time to lose! Nevertheless, I’m bingeing on Antiques Road Show at the moment… pleased with the work I did today, though.


Loving my breakfast! 🙂
I’ve been overhauling my eating patterns lately – problems with gut health, mostly by slipping into lazy eating with not enough nutrients and too much sugar. I’ve been enjoying sauerkraut, and substituting milk when I can. More veg, trying for gluten free – seems to be working…
Overall, my health seems to be on an upward turn. I went to a healing meeting at church a couple of months ago, and have since had substantial relief from the chest pains I’d been having over the last year or so – yay! That is a huge benefit, which I am grateful for – I have whole days where I just revel in feeling well, and have started doing exercises again. There’s still a lot of work to do, but it seems doable now. Sometimes, the state of my health feels like this…

… only not as cute.

Trying to get out and about more. We went to our favourite cafe, where they do a great range of gluten-free (and often dairy-free) food.


The chai latte was made on almond milk, which I found a tiny bit “thin” in flavour for the spices.

The views from our table –



It’s generally peaceful there, but more so this time, as we were the only customers for a while.

So – onward into the rest of the term. Hopefully full steam ahead!

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Breathe, And Be Still…

The holidays have started – for Sweet Bean, anyway. He finished up with a Sports day at his Community Homeschool day on Thursday. I think it’s the first sports day he’s ever been to – he won ribbons – excitement! 🙂 After a shaky start to the term he ended up accomplishing more than he thought he could, as well as getting a good report.

As for me, I finally got to do a couple more of my clinic practice days (I was unable to get there last time). Not only did I pass both days (while enjoying them as well), I managed the travelling, even though I had to walk from the station to the college and carry all I needed for the day. That’s the first time in a long time I’ve managed long days away from home and the strength needed to get there and back! I’ve taken it easy for the last two days…
There’s more work to be done, so I don’t get two weeks holiday. I’m feeling more confident, though.

Here’s a couple of songs I’ve been enjoying lately. Have a listen (and click through to YouTube to hear some more…)

Published in: on June 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Coming Up Roses


Aren’t they beautiful?
I got them at church a couple of weeks ago, and they were just the sort of cheeriness I needed! I don’t usually like pink and orange together, but these just looked right.
Here’s a close up.



Here’s another couple of photos taken later in the week, when the roses had opened out more.



I’ve been meaning to write for a while, but haven’t had anything much to say… I’ve just finished an assignment, though, so I’m feeling good! Most of this last week I’ve had more energy and less pain than has been the case for a while – I’ve done a bit of walking and other exercise, and I even did both a load of washing and folded it with no major problems! I’m off to a healing meeting at church tomorrow night, so feeling hopeful about that…
Still, my life has a lot of roses, even if the thorns can crop up unexpectedly.

One of the nice parts of the week was going out for a coffee.


Citrus cakes – dairy free and gluten free. Yum!

Here’s to the flowers, sunny days, and opportunities to grow and bloom. 🙂


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Reflecting On The Precious Things

Breakfast in bed this morning! 🙂 Brioche buns and a cup of tea.
My sweet boys worked out a way to get me some stuff I’d like with not much money or time on their side (because they’re clever and gorgeous )… but the best thing was seeing how pleased they were, and to share the morning with them. The cost of a gift in money means nothing – it’s the thought that goes in to it.

Today in church we heard about Susanna Wesley, who was the mother of John and Charles Wesley. She had nineteen children altogether; only eight of them survived her. In a life of challenges and hardship she raised them well, caring for them body and spirit, as individuals. Here’s a list of house rules she had (there are more…)


You may agree with all, or just some, of them. I love the attention to the dignity of each child, recognising intent as well as deed. I don’t know if I could come up with twelve or more house rules (I’m sure we have rules that are understood – I’m just not organised enough to write them down).
I love being Mum. Looking at people like Susanna can sometimes feel intimidating, as well as inspiring. Whatever hardships come my way, I will still always have something to fall back on, whether personal or financial. I also have the help of the best Father, Who is always there and always able…
I have done well, in some ways, as Mum. I have also done badly, over the years. It’s a learning curve, and I still have a long way to go. 🙂 I have had a lovely Mother’s Day, though. I hope you’ve had the best day possible – whatever your situation.
-whether your children are close, or gone from your life (physically or emotionally)
– whether you feel you’re doing well at the moment, or you feel you’ve made mistakes (and you wish you could roll back time and change things)
– whether you have things in order and life running smoothly, or you just feel over it and you’re struggling to keep going
– whether you’re full of joy, or bowed down by grief…

Your heart is still “Mummy” 🙂 I pray for love, and blessing, and a community of other Mums around you.

Just to finish – here’s a polaroid, taken at church this morning, of me and my sweet Littlest Bean (Biggest Bean was elsewhere). He was quite reluctant to have his photograph taken (and to be on here), but he gave me permission in the end…


Isn’t he gorgeous? ❤ Not my best look (I blinked just as the camera clicked) but I’m glad I have it.

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Back To The Keys

We’re back online, after over a week off – trouble with cables (or something…)
I’ve had a much better week than the last week, although still with its downs. Got to go out more than usual – cafe, cinema, even twice to the library! 🙂
Saw this on our way for coffee – looks great, and hopefully the first of many?


It’s the Ipswich Festival at the moment, so we went to the Global Fiesta… ended up pouring rain on our way out, but glad we got there. We didn’t hear much of the music (saw the tail end of the morris dancers’ set as we came in – that was fun) but I got my hand hennaed.


Here’s the “before”. It got a bit wet, and blurred in places.
Here’s the “after”


I’m hoping it will darken overnight.
If it’s not raining tomorrow, we’ll go to the Jazz, Wine and Blues in the afternoon/evening…

It’s nice to be back! 🙂

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Leaving Space For The Whimsy

Clinical practice days are coming up this week… I don’t feel I know anything, even though I’ve been going through my notes and textbooks, putting information together. The temptation is to cram every little thing in as much space as possible, but I think I still need to come up for air!
This last week has not been a good one for pain, which makes study (and especially remembering) difficult. Today has been a bit better – prayed for at church, and I’ve definitely felt better this afternoon. Unfortunately that doesn’t equate to “pain-free”, but I haven’t had to take a tablet yet. This is a win, in my life at the moment. 🙂
There’s a site I’ve been using for free images, so I just typed in things like “whimsy”, “imagine” and “dream”, and picked some that stood out to me.

Here they are!













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Lest We Forget


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Taking A Deep Breath

It’s the beginning of the second week of term 2, and it’s been a good day!
The first week back is always stressful (at least the first days…), but we tend to settle down when we start to understand what we’re doing for the term. It’s taken a bit longer this time.
Today started off badly, and could have gotten worse. I spent last week trying to finish a subject from my course, so spent less time with Littlest Bean and his work than he needed – a recipe for stress! Today, I decided that I could concentrate on his work, so we spent this morning snuggling, talking through the questions for the day (and some for the week), taking the stress out of the day. Usually he settles in to his work within the week and then works well with minimal supervision. This term’s been a bit different…
It was so lovely spending the time together today! Both my boys have been growing so fast, and we don’t spend so much one-on-one time. Today was like a breath of fresh air – a sweet time with my Sweet Bean ❤

I’ve still had time to get some work done, but took some time to continue the “taking a breath” part of the day. Had a lovely soak in the bath this afternoon, with a scented candle and a good book. Here’s my book, warm socks and a snuggly dressing gown to keep warm 🙂


Life is good, when we slow down enough to see it…

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