It’s Friday- hurrah! I have had a very quiet, homely week after being away in Devon for most of last week. I’ve spent a bit of time pottering in the kitchen, making a couple of loaves of bread and wintry soups to fill our bellies. The lovely accompanying scent seeps throughout the whole house and is the best greeting when you walk through the front door! After excessive procrastination, I finally got round to doing two sessions of Pregnancy Pilates from Youtube and my leg muscles now feel like someone has sliced them with a serrated knife. I always forget to warm up and am left practically unable to move the next day. Despite my usual desire to give up, Danny is pushing me to persevere and he is probably right.
In more successful news, I have managed to stick to juicing every day! I have decided that I like all of them except the ones with celery in them – they have quite a yucky aftertaste. I haven’t yet noticed a huge difference but I do feel a bit more energetic and my skin is starting to look clearer as well so I think it is worthwhile.
Most wonderfully of all, time at home has meant more time to read, which always makes me happy. Here is what has found its way onto my nightstand this month…
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey ~ I was really drawn to the front cover of this book, which is set in Alaska in the 1920s and inspired by an old Russian fairytale. Jack and Mabel have moved away from everything to start afresh in a remote homestead following the death of their baby many years ago. Before long they start to see a little girl mysteriously appear on their land and they are filled with wonder and foreboding about who she is and why she has come to be there. I enjoyed the story but it was the descriptions of the harsh, beautiful snow covered landscape that I remember the most. There is definitely a wild, magical quality to this novel – it would be best read beside the fire, wrapped up in a blanket. 3.5/5
Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes ~ This book was so up my street. Since we made the decision that I would stay at home full time, I have read anything I can get my hands on about people who have made similar decisions. In this book Shannon Hayes interviews 20 people, male and female, who have decided to live completely differently, avoiding a consumerist lifestyle and reclaiming home-based skills such as growing their own food, making clothes and being thrifty. Hayes is an excellent writer and she looks carefully at issues of feminism, the dwindling resources of our planet and the current economic crisis. She argues passionately and very convincingly about why we need to have a greater focus on our homes and our communities, whilst building self-reliance and stronger family units. A brilliant and fascinating read. 5/5
The Green Parent magazine ~ Whilst I was in Devon I read lots of back copies of my cousin’s favourite magazine – The Green Parent. Like the Radical Homemakers book, there is a strong focus on living in a sustainable way, avoiding consumerism and developing skills that many now consider redundant or outdated. The magazine really appealed to me as it is written from a parenting perspective – it gave me lots to think about in relation to how we want to raise our baby. It’s also packed with lovely craft ideas, natural health and food articles and ethical fashion. I am going to ask Danny for a subscription for Christmas! 5/5
PS. If you are interested in juicing too there is a kindle book aptly called The Juicing Book, full of recipes currently being sold for £1 on Amazon! The price could change at any time so snap it up if you can.
Have you read any of the books above? What did you think? Please tell me any other books you would recommend!