Stitch and Forage E-course

stitch and forage on Geoffrey & Grace

I have had the pleasure of contributing to ‘Stitch and Forage’ – a Seasonal Summer Living E-course created by Hannah Bullivant (aka Seeds and Stitches) and Herbalist Natasha Richardson.

Stitch and Forage is a guide to natural Summer living on a budget. A self paced e-course, made up of four core modules; ‘Forage’, ‘Make’, ‘Gather’, and ‘Tend’. You will receive a beautifully designed PDF with all the tutorials, planning tools, resource links, and printables you need for the course.

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the gift of being present

the gift of being present on Geoffrey & Grace

The seasons are always a constant reminder of the passing of time. I think I notice the changes most in late spring and early summer though. First the Magnolias come and go, then the Blossoms bloom and fall, and currently we are in the heady midst of Lilac season here in England.

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monthly Voice: April

monthly voice: April on the Geoffrey and Grace blog

Things look a little different around here. I don’t just mean the way that the blog looks (although that is different too). The new design is not 100% finished yet, and the blog will probably sit in this ‘nearly done state’ for a little while.

Originally I started the Monthly Voice to let you know where I have been finding inspiration each month, and to share things that have captured my heart. However I spent most of April trying to slow down and reconnect to my heart and find any form of inspiration at all. Occasionally inspiration would strike, but it would quickly dissipate into a fog of tiredness.

Oddly, even though really good things have been happening recently, it was one of the most challenging months I have had for a while. I’m experiencing this disconcerting mix of feeling stuck, yet also feeling like I am right on the verge of something. I have only just figured out that fear is playing a big part in holding me back, but I will write more about this soon.

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slow living bloom and harvest April: moments captured

photo by Michelle @danceypantsdisco for slow living bloom and harvest on Geoffrey & Grace

photo courtesy of Michelle @danceypantsdisco

We’ve had a very cold spring here in England, and I can’t believe it is May already. The magnolias and blossoming trees have been reacting to our unseasonal weather, and some seem to have lost their flowers almost as soon as the buds have opened, whereas others only just seem to be in bloom. We actually had snow last week, and I have still been wearing thick socks, gloves and my winter coat. As a result we didn’t get out as much as previous years, so it has been a real pleasure to look at all your Spring (and Autumn) moments. As always, thanks so much for sharing your photos under #slowliving_bloomandharvest. There are over 1,500 photos in the gallery, so do pop over to instagram and take a look at the wonderful moments captured.

Here are a selection of my favourites from April…

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the world according to Bailey (4 years old)

the world according to Bailey on Geoffrey & Grace

Bailey, who just turned four, has of course been talking for ages, but recently she has been saying some particularly wonderful things. I have been trying to commit them to my memory, and have actually started jotting them down.

Four is the age that sees her wanting to climb and hide under our kitchen table. She loves to jumble herself around my legs whilst I am finishing off breakfast. Her vocabulary is very good, but she still says things ’incorrectly’, which often makes them all the more perfect. When she was a little younger she would mispronounce the word ‘elephant’, and say ‘elphalent’ (elle-fa-lent). It made me so happy to hear her almost get the word right, that I wasn’t in any hurry to correct her. I knew she’d get it eventually, and I knew a bit of me would be sad that she was no longer saying ‘elphalent’.

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