Friday, November 29, 2013

friday links

My friend Mel sent thru this link, I find it fascinating and scary that a technological device has been invented to measure mould, gluten, toxicity and so on in food and environment. Check it out here.

This looks so lush: rose and calendula hand cream from Nicola.

If you're looking for a wholefoodie cafe to eat at on the Gold Coast, BSKT cafe comes highly recommended by my trusted wholefoodie friend Samantha Gowing.

This article points out some of the reasons why eating dairy food makes some people feel sick.

I am still yet to make my own sauerkraut despite hearing how easy it is to do, here are step-by-step instructions.

That bundle of gorgeousness pictured up there, is our Sol at about age 2, he turns four tomorrow and I'm giving this gluten free chocolate cake a go for his birthday cake. I'll write a party post next week with links for organising wholefoodie loving kids birthday parties.

Sorry the day got away from me today so I am just getting this list in before Friday ticks over to Saturday and the birthday fun begins. Have a great weekend and I'll see you back here next week.

xx Nikki

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

leftovers made good: chicken, olive and caper brown rice risotto

We live in a wasteful world and it is up to each of us everyday to "waste nothing" as my husband was told by an Aboriginal Elder he lived in community with. In traditional societies when an animal is hunted every part of that animal is used the meat is eaten, the fur or feathers used to make clothing or hats. In our house the boys and I are regularly reminded to "waste nothing".

The meals we prepare each week are determined by what we have in the fridge and cupboards not the other way around. That is we don't write a menu plan and then go out and shop from the menu plan we work around the food that needs to be eaten so that nothing ends up in the bin or compost that could otherwise have been eaten. Even if this means that you cook a dish with what you have on hand that you think your children won't eat or enjoy, it sends them a powerful message about being grateful for the food that is available and that we don't always need to be buying more, new, different.

This dish came about because I had leftover roast chicken and cooked brown rice. I was inspired by Georgia's brown rice risotto and had a think about what ingredients I had that I could create my own version.


Cooked brown rice (I used about 2 cups)
1 tbsp butter
1 onion, brown or spanish, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 cup chicken stock (if you don't have any stock you can use water and a splash of tamari)
Leftover roast chicken, (or if you don't have leftovers you could use chicken thigh or fillets and cook them in as you go)
Parsley, a good handful chopped
A few sprigs of thyme ( I used lemon thyme because that is what we have growing in our garden)
2 tbsp of capers, finely chopped or whole depending on your preference
A handful of black or green pitted olives, sliced
As much silverbeet or spinach as you like, washed and sliced
(if I had white wine I would have added a splash of that too)

To cook

Melt the butter and cook the onion until transparent, add the garlic taking care not to burn.

Add in the rice, stock, chicken and thyme and simmer for 2 minutes. Add in the capers and olives, continue simmering for another few minutes add in some water if it is looking dry.

If you are using spinach stir that in at the end and turn the heat off, if you are using silverbeet that is generally a bit tougher than spinach and may need a minute or two extra cooking to soften into the mix. Stir the parsley.

If you like your risotto to be rich and decadent go right ahead and stir in another knob of butter, ditto if you like parmesan. Personally, I'm not a fan of parmesan with chicken but that's just me, on the other hand adding parmesan to this dish was a good lure to get my boys to try it!

I hope you enjoy coming up with your own version of leftovers risotto.

Monday, November 25, 2013

monday musings: on blogging for bucks

Post by post, reader by reader, my little blog has taken baby steps and grown, not grown up just stretched its wings a little. Social media is a noisy place and in light of that and the number of blogs out there I'll kick this post off with a thank you for taking the time to tune in here. If the whole blogging, advertising, sponsorship thing makes your eyes glaze over I totally understand, skip reading this post and come back tomorrow where we'll be back to normal.

I'm writing this post because the occasional email from PR companies or interested sponsors has started to arrive in my inbox and I want to keep you up to speed with the direction I'm heading in. The day will come where you will see advertising (advertising in keeping with my wholefood values of course) or sponsors on the side bar and I am open to doing a sponsored post now and then if I truly believe in the value and quality of the product or service, they will always be labelled as such though.

So far I have politely declined the requests because they have not been offerings that fit in with what I write about here! Oh and the other problem I had with one request was that I was asked to basically lie by writing about their product but to not label it as sponsored. Cheeky huh?

I've never had a problem with bloggers having advertising on their blog or doing sponsored posts, as long as they are clearly labelled as such. Having worked as a food writer contributing to newspapers and magazines, I'm no stranger to being sent things to review or consider for features and I figure this experience holds me in good stead to stick to what I believe in and only recommend things to you that I personally use and like and think that you would too. Amanda, Em and Jodi do this well. When I say they do it well, it doesn't mean I always read about their sponsors rather it's that they keep the business side of their blog in line with their content themes and personal values.

Affiliate marketing is another avenue I'm exploring. For those who don't know about affiliate links it is where a blogger places a link to a service or product on their blog and if one of their readers makes a purchase via that link the blogger gets a commission. Generally speaking, bloggers only sign up to be affiliates with products and services that they personally have used and believe would be of interest to and benefit their audience. Sonia does this well.

If you are curious about earning money from your blog Darren Rowse has written a number of posts about this on problogger, this one gives you a good overview.

And if you are still reading and are fascinated by the rise and rise of some blogs like I am here's a great interview with Lucy Feagins from The Design Files (do watch the video too) and I also like what Lucy has to say in this video about getting paid to do what you love - that you don't need to apologise for it!

So, yes watch this evolving space. A mama's gotta make a crust too and aren't we lucky that blogging has been invented to help us with that?!

Are you interested in monetising your blog? If you have already, perhaps you'd like to share some tips for us beginners?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

stills on sunday

1. I hope you like salad because we're going to be eating a lot of that around here, the garden is a patchwork of big fat lettuces

2. a beautiful morning mess

3. my new camera and I still getting acquainted

4. boiled oranges waiting to be turned into...

5. flourless orange and poppyseed cake, in place of 1 cup of caster sugar I used 3/4 cup of coconut palm sugar and it was still a bit sweet, I think 1/2 a cup will do next time. Plus I iced it with the finest sheen of icing sugar mixed with lemon juice

6. this painting caught my eye in a local art show, intense but somehow still beautiful

7. greens from the garden + chillies + garlic + fresh abalone cooked in the wok = our kind of happy meal

8. River receiving first prize for his year level in the local historical writing competition, yes a proud parent moment. The stories were about Indigenous culture and traditional life was like for Aboriginal people.

9. Sol chasing River to get his hands on the prize

10. omg the prize! Can you believe it?! The chocs, plus $10. The other mums were chuckling "Of all the kids to win a box of chocolates". The chocolates were shared. Far and wide!

(joining in with Ms Beetleshack Em)

Friday, November 22, 2013

friday links

Watching Dateline on Tuesday night I was moved and inspired by Detroit Soup

Pete's opened an online bookshop - hurrah!

Crafters looking to start a biz do you know create & thrive?

Excellent tips from Nicole on making the most of working from home.

Stay away from Local Milk if you are prone to blog envy

If you are writing a book - ebook or hardcopy - I recommend downloading Joanna Penn's free blueprint on how to do a good job of writing and selling your book. I found it via Allison Tait.

And if you are looking to launch or reinvigorate your freelance writing career I think Allison's ebook, Get Paid to Write: The secrets of freelance writing success looks like a great place to start, ditto Christina Katz's book Writer Mama: how to raise a writing career alongside your kids

Thanks to Sonia's interview I found the gluten free grain free co.

I won a prize! The first giveaway I've ever won. Thank you Jodi and Read + Bell, some bohemian clothes shopping is just what the doctor ordered for me this week.

If you need to balance out your hormones (who doesn't?!) then read this excellent, detailed post from Wellness Mama.

I am really looking forward to the weekend. River has won an award at school for a story writing contest (not that I am really into competitive writing but I am very proud of River for the work he put into the story) and we are going to a presentation ceremony on Saturday and then on Sunday a very dear old friend from high school who I haven't seen in about two years is coming to visit with her little girl. Can't wait!

Well that's it for another week here. Thanks for all your kind and supportive comments on the post this week about my brother and for sharing your experiences of loss too, your comments are always so appreciated.

Enjoy your weekend! xx

Thursday, November 21, 2013

back to basics: meatballs

Yesterday it was loss and grief, today a quick bowl of meatballs. That's real life though isn't it? Unpredictable and through all the big stuff it is the simple stuff that steadies us. Like meatballs.

Earlier in the week I wanted to prepare a quick dinner. I went to our local fruit and veg shop that sells a limited range of organic meat, mince was all there was so mince for dinner it was. What to do with the mince? Spag bol seemed a bit obvious, so I decided on meatballs because we don't have them very often and the boys enjoy them when we do.

This meal is simple and quick I promise. I took a shortcut and used a jar of Spiral Foods basil and garlic pasta sauce, it is a good one because it is 100% real food.


500g organic beef mince
1 jar Spiral Foods basil and garlic pasta sauce
1 tin organic crushed tomatoes
1 small carrot, finely grated
1 small zucchini, finely grated
1/2 small onion, finely grated
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
a pinch of ground cinnamon
a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
finely grated rind of a small lemon (optional)

To make

Wash your hands well and use them to mix all of the above ingredients together well in a bowl.

Roll mixture into balls just a bit smaller than a golf ball.

Put pasta sauce and tomatoes in a large pot, bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer then add the meatballs and cook on a low heat uncovered for 25-30 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.

I served the meatballs and sauce as is in a bowl, with a side of mixed lettuce and a piece of buttered millet sourdough for mopping up sauce. You could of course serve with spaghetti or a side of steamed veggies.

Simple and delicious. I hope your family likes this too!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

seventeen: an anniversary

I think it is only fair to warn you, this is potentially a need-some-tissues kind of a post. I'll thank you in advance for reading this part of my family story that I felt like telling.

I was washing the dishes last Friday afternoon, staring at the suds when the date popped into my head - the 15th, the 15th of November. "Dale's anniversary" I thought.

Some years I remember, some years I don't. My next thought leapt to his best friend who lives a suburb away from me, whose children go to the same school as my River and who ironically named his first born River too; I wondered if he was remembering Dale on this day.

Dale was my only sibling, my brother who died too young and suddenly seventeen years ago. I write this not with sadness but with pure love and fondness as I feel the bond we shared and in a different form continue to share. For that is how much I have grown in my grief, how far I have come emotionally, spiritually, philosophically since that initial heart wrenching moment when the words landed in my ears that he had died.

It is a fairly unbelievable tale, but they do say life is stranger than fiction. As long time readers here know, my mum died of a sudden heart attack also seventeen years ago when my brother was 19 and I was 21. We were shocked and thrown off course by our mother's death and sadly grief consumed my brother.

It is actually impossible to explain the feelings that accompany grief. Shock, sadness, missing, longing, anger, fear, relief, confusion, nausea...they are just words. No two people grieve in the same way, even when they share a common loss as Dale and I did with our mother, the way each person grieves is as unique as their fingerprint.

Dale plummeted into 'drinking with mates' 'cause that's what blokes do, right? Where I think we're going wrong with perpetuating the Aussie drinking culture that damages and kills so many Australians each year is a whole other post and whole lot heavier than I wanted to get today but sadly for my brother and our family it was his binge drinking that killed him.

On a Friday night he was drowning his considerable sorrows at a local pub, his best friend was there and did the right thing "You've had enough, I'm driving you home", they left the pub together at 7pm. My brother asked to be dropped off not far from his house so he could buy some take away food, Dale got out at the shop and said he'd walk the rest of the way home. His friend drove off thinking he'd done the right thing.

Instead of walking home, Dale walked back to the pub and continued drinking with some other friends. they left the pub around 11pm and parted ways. Before I explain what happened, let's remember that his best friend felt Dale had drunk enough at 7pm add four more hours of drinking and you get an idea of how intoxicated my brother was by the time he attempted to walk home.

Outside the pub was a six lane highway that my brother attempted to cross in his extremely drunken state. At 11.10pm on November 15th 1996 Dale was hit by a car and died at the scene of the accident, five months to the day since our mother had died.

I thought I would never recover. I thought sometimes if I didn't force myself to stop crying that the emotion would just swallow me up and I would never be able to claw my way back...back to what?

When someone close to you dies and you are in the depths of grief you keep waiting for life to 'go back to normal', in fact it is a bit similar to when you have a baby and you land on planet newborn the depths of emotion you didn't know you had in you, crack you open and you wait and wonder 'When will life go back to normal?' Well, as anyone who has grieved or had a newborn knows this is the new normal there's no going back.

My mother's and brother's lives and deaths have shaped who I am today. I have many blessings from having known and loved them, and from losing them too. I did recover. I did more than recover, I grew. And I haven't stopped.

Blessings to each of you who are grieving or remembering their loved ones xxx

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

supply + demand

The self-learning continues. Lately I've been feeling the demands of my three beloved males, pushing and pulling, spinning me around as I dance to the beat of their drum. At times the relentlessness of trying to be creative and fulfil my ambitions while tending to domestic and family life with grace, leaves me feeling, well, weighted down and a little off kilter.

And so. What to do? How to come back to centre?

I admit last week was a particularly 'demanding' week, with River having ear infections in both ears, Sol slicing his foot open on a broken piece of glass, Pete having a man flu, my neck and shoulder muscles seizing up, River burning his leg on a steel bucket filled with hot ash, then just as River is getting well Sol cries with ear pain and develops a cough. Oh, and did I mention getting my period and my mother-in-law and her dog arriving to stay?

I remember a similar feeling in my twenties, with friends, where I felt swamped by my need to
over-supply. Instead of easing back, laying boundaries I just pulled out of the friendship. All or nothing just like that, cut off supply. That's not an option this time, nor was it a good choice the previous times.

So, I must adjust my ways so that my three guys adjust theirs. Being married, being a mother, being creative stretches me in the most wonderful ways. The self-learning: it's ok not to be available 'on tap', it doesn't mean I love them any less and they won't love me any less; it's ok to send them to find their own socks, make their own snack and for Dad to step in and me to step out. In fact it is right and important that all of that happens and it is up to me to redirect demands and conserve my supply.

Have you ever taken a holiday without your family? The hour here and there I take to catch my breath, the five hours once a week with River at school and Sol at kinder isn't quite cutting it. I think a mama holiday is on my horizon.

If you have taken some time away where did you go? what did you do? did the missing your family outweigh the 'filling you cup'? or was it just perfect? I'd love to hear.  

Monday, November 18, 2013

monday musings: Dr Sarah Buckley in Melbourne Thursday November 21

When I was pregnant with River I was fortunate that my sister-in-law Davini Malcolm gifted me Dr Sarah Buckley's book Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering. I was also blessed by the fact that Davini is a birthing extraordinaire who birthed her four children at home including twins, and I had her focused and loving support at River's birth - but that's a whole other post. Oh and just to say, any woman who has given birth naturally or by caesarean, at home, in hospital, on the side of the road is a birthing extraordinaire!

Ecstatic Birth

What? Birth can be ecstacy inducing? Yes! But that headline has become a very well guarded secret. And no I'm not talking about taking drugs, I'm talking about the natural high that goes with natural birth the one that Sarah writes so well about in her book in a chapter titled - Ecstatic Birth - natural childbirth and its ecstacy-inducing hormonal cocktail.

I think every pregnant woman should read at least this chapter. I say this because it offers an alternative perspective to the dominant belief that giving birth is horrendously painful and potentially traumatic. Sarah's words in this chapter in particular were a major light bulb moment for me, I had heard so much about 'pain relief', gas and epidurals, it was a complete revelation to read that when in labor my body would produce hormones that would take me to a natural altered state that would enable me to birth my baby. I make it sound so simple and of course I know that giving birth can be straight-forward but it can also have many twists and turns for each woman and their baby. However, I wholeheartedly believe that women are not encouraged enough to believe in their bodies, believe in their baby and supported to experience birth as empowering and energising and affirming.

Sarah's writing explained birth to me in a way that not even the midwives at the birthing centre I was attending came close to. Sure for some her words will be so far removed from the fear based medicalised birth culture that so many of us know, that it will take some getting your mind around this different point of view but it so worth stretching your mind. Even if you are thinking 'I'm not the home birth type' or 'it all sounds a bit hippyish' put those thoughts aside because there is so much to be gained from reading Sarah's book and considering birth from a fresh positive perspective I know you will find wisdom in these pages to carry with you in pregnancy and birth.

I can't recommend Sarah's book highly enough and if you are in Melbourne this week Sarah is speaking on Thursday night as per the details above. If you are pregnant or know someone who is or perhaps you work in the area of birth, spread the word about Sarah's book and her talk as the information, experience and wisdom Sarah shares positively transforms birth experiences.

Blessings to all the pregnant mamas reading xx

Are you a fan of Sarah's work? Are you going to hear her speak in Melbourne?

An evening with Sarah Buckley, Thursday 21st November 6.30pm-9.30pm, 
$45 general/$35 students,
Australian Catholic University, Christ Lecture Theatre, 115 Victoria Parade Fitzroy. 
For bookings phone: Sunderai 0401 626 883

(I am not affiliated with Sarah or her book, I am writing this because I have her book and believe so much in her work)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

stills: a weekly collection

1. Salad from our garden for breakfast, lunch and dinner there are so many leaves to be eaten.

2. Drying cutlery. Takes me back to my restaurant days.

3. Real food has dirt on it.

4. Our favorite pie. You can find the recipe at the bottom of this post.

5. "Mum can we make a TV so I can read the news?" asked River while he was home from school sick this week. He's never seen a news program but somehow he sounded just like a newsreader! (The spoon in the cup is his microphone).

6. Cut up onion in the bowl beside the bed worked wonders for clearing Sol's snuffly breathing, such a simple effective remedy.

7. Hmmm who would those finger swirls belong to in this bowl that held the melted chocolate? River and Sol helped me make Georgia's completely delicious chocolate, almond and coconut bars. Now to hide them from Pete.

Friday, November 15, 2013

friday so soon

Usually I keep a log during the week of my favorite finds on the web that I think you'll like too, but this week I've spent most of my time nurturing River back to good health as he had infection in not one but both of his ears! It's been a week of broken sleep, two visits to the doctor and one to the chiropractor.

I have to say I've enjoyed having him home. Endless days with your children really are a fleeting season. Once they start school, weekends come and go oh so quickly.

The first couple of days this week River spent quietly enduring the kind of pain that only ear ache can bring. When that was over, he wanted to be creative. 'Can you teach me to sew mum?' We made a cushion. 'Can we print the book I've written? I want to phone nana and Pepe and see if they'd like to buy a copy?' Self- published at seven I love it. 'I know! We can make puppets out of these pom poms and pipe cleaners and Sol and I can put on a puppet show!' We painted the kitchen cupboards turquoise and tangerine. 'Well they don't blend in anymore' was Pete's remark. A thank you letter was written and posted and some maths work weaved in as River helped his dad with measuring up spaces with our northern new south wales dream house in mind. More about that soon.

So here's a short list and a big happy weekend wish to each of you. Thanks for visiting me here.

Love the sound of Nourishing Quarter in Sydney's Surry Hills 

A great blog find - Our Nourishing Roots - anyone who promotes 'connection to the Earth through traditional foods' and uses the words 'anti-diet' has my undivided attention

I've been hooked over at Blue Bird Baby ever since reading this post via Jodi

Thinking of homeschooling? Read Vanessa's heartfelt post about her family's big decision to do just that.

What are you up to this weekend? 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

wholefood mama: michelle schoeps organic

Today's wholefood mama interview comes to you all the way from Sydney town. This story is full of real food photography that you will want to eat and a down to earth wholefood philosophy spelled out in a way that makes it all sound doable. If you don't know her already you will soon become a fan of this mama of 3 and her blog Michelle Shoeps Organic.

Michelle says:

"I'm a slightly crazed mother of three - aged 14, 10 and 4. We are busy busy all the time and most of the time my life is a blur but I still find time to make sure my kids are nourished and loved within an inch of their lives." 

1. Who or what started you down your wholefood/organic path? 
When I fell pregnant Max gently pointed me in the direction of eating only organic food, he wanted our unborn child to have the best. Then each one of my children were breastfed, breast was always best in our house and each one of my children hung onto them with dear life for as long as possible.

2. Can you tell us about your approach to feeding your family? 
Lead by example is my new thing. My life is dedicated to feeding them the best food possible, so that their bodies get stronger and healthier as they get older. What we try and install in them now (without pressure) will hopefully be ingrained in them when they are adults and have their own children.

3. What do you find challenging when it comes to following a wholefood path with a family? 
Not much. Our teenager is our only challenge and I think because I was so 'hardcore' when she was little that its pay back now. She finds it very hard with all of her friends eating crap food, she wants to be the same and fit in but unfortunately her body doesn't respond like other kids and she gets sick and very moody.

4. What would you say to someone who says they don't have enough time or money to eat organically and prepare meals from scratch? 
I would want to teach them and show them how. It's completely possible for anyone, if you buy seasonally and cheaper cuts of meat eating wholefoods can actually be cheaper than processed conventional foods. And along with the affects on your health of processed/conventional foods in the long term its much cheaper. 

5. What sort of foods do you remember eating as a child? 
My parents are European so full flavoured food, mainly German, French and Hungarian food. A lot of meat, soups and salads.

6. Who are your wholefood heroes and why? 
A lot of the people I respect on that level are just normal everyday people who are dedicated to their health, Aaron who owns the gym I go to Origin of Energy and Anthia my naturopath at Ovvio. On a foodie level it would Alice Waters because of her dedication to seasonal simple food and what she does for the greater community - edible garden etc…

7. Your three favorite ingredients and why? 
Artichokes, dark chocolate, organic raspberries. Just because.

8. Sugar or salt, which do you crave? And when you do what satisfies you? 
Both depending on times of the day and month. Salty would have to be cheese really stinky cheese and sweet would be dark chocolate, my ice magic would be my go to at the moment and if I want a bit together it would be pate on carrot sticks with a sprinkle of himalayan salt.

9. Favourite cookbooks and food blogs you'd like to share...
Anything by Tessa Kiros, Nigel Slater, Antonio Carluccio (he's a legend and his shows are my idea of the perfect meditation) Yotam Ottolenghi is a major spunk and his show is on the same level as Carluccio. I'm not a big blog reader I prefer a good cookbook and saying that I've had to stop buying them because I have almost 400 in my collection.

10. What inspired you to start your blog? 
Who - Heather Nette King. She's the reason it exists.

11.The photography on your blog is always beautiful. Any tips for taking great food shots? 
Good light, beautiful produce, a great camera and a good eye.

12. What are you loving about your life right now? 
Everything. I have the most incredible partner and children, so life is I'm happy to say perfect. We are in the process of editing 5 new Michelle Schoeps Organic mini episodes, I have an online shop selling my food/flower prints and in the new year I will start cooking classes from my home and monthly kids pre-made food boxes (with a girlfriend) using organic meat and veg from her farm.

You can also find Michelle on instagram and facebook

Before we go, here's one of Michelle's recipes. Remember ice magic? Can't even imagine what was in that stuff. For those who've never heard of it, ice magic was a chocolate topping you could buy in the supermarket (maybe it's still available) and when you squeezed it on top of ice cream it would set hard like chocolate. This is Michelle's very simple and oh so much healthier version...

Melt 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to 2 tablespoons of dark 70% (we like it even darker) chocolate this is enough for two people, so double for four and so on.

I sprinkle a little himalayan salt in to the melted choc/coconut for extra yumminess. Then all you do is spoon it over your frozen fruit and in a second its crisp like a shell. I never thought ice magic could be so healthy!

Thanks so much Michelle for sharing your wholefood story here and for making my blog looks so good with your exquisite photos. I think we're all hungry now and would happily sit at your table for breakfast, lunch, dinner or ice magic! xx

Hungry for more wholefood mama interviews?...

Monday, November 11, 2013

stills: a weekly collection

1. "This is for you mummy" Love Sol. My heart melts every time.
2. Apparently I thought whipping up a patchwork quilt was a good idea. Filing this under 'ambitious'.
3. We've been treated to puppet shows this week. I never tire of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
4. Shirts fit to wear to a christening.
5. My handsome guys (well two of them).
6. It doesn't get prettier than fresh roses atop this christening cake and china teacups.
7. Oh Sol. Drawn to the hundreds and thousands, only to discover on first bite "it's too rich mummy."

Cute story - We went to a friend's baby's christening on Sunday. The priest walked around saying hello to everyone before the service. He said hello to my friend's four year old and when the priest walked away our little friend looked up at his mum and said, "Mum! I can't believe God just spoke to me!"

I'm a bit behind with this post as I've been looking after River who has his first ear infection - ouch! so I'll be playing catch up a bit this week. I hope you've had a happy monday x

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