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About mumaboutthefields

Hi my name is Hannah I am 26 years old and live with my Husband and daughter in rural England. I have always dreamed of owning our own farm one day, I am animal/horse crazy and just love the countryside. I hope to Blog this journey towards our dreams, so grab your wellies and come along for the ride!

Mud is good!

And then there were four!… With the welcome arrival of our second daughter River, life is beginning to settle into being a little family of four. She is currently cuddled on my lap as I type this one handed πŸ™‚

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It has taken me far too long to write this post as it has been sitting in my draft box. These photos were taken on a venture into the woods near our house for some family fun time outdoors. This was River’s first time in the woods near our home and will start to become a regular thing now as we try to gather as much dead wood as we can while the nights stay bright and before the winter comes back.

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I don’t know what it is about Mud that draws children to it like a moth to a flame but even Ayla who like most girls loves dressing up in big frills and prancing around with fairy wings and dancing like a ballerina still loves to get muddy!

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The mud here is almost pure clay, so Daddy and Ayla had a go at molding it into little bowls to bring back home with them.

Can’t tell you how blessed I feel to have this place on our doorstep, the birds seem louder in here and its fun spotting different tracks in the mud. There can be muntjac deer, pheasants and the odd doggy paw prints or hoof prints which are all fun to spot on our walk and tell a story to the life of the place and the animals passing through.

We even brought the mud home with us and with a little lesson from Daddy the two of them had a go at forming little clay bowls with muddy fingers, which was pretty successful. We left them overnight to dry and then had a go at baking them in the oven which has left hard enough that we can probably have a go at painting them.

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If they hold well enough we might even consider making a few more as plant pots for the garden by hardening them properly in a kiln. Talking of plant pots Ayla and I planted a few sunflower seeds a while ago which have shot up nicely and I am excited to see what flowers we might get this summer.

Hope you are all well, wherever you might be xxx

 

 

Spring is here at last!

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There is nothing quite like the spring sunshine after the winter and the promise of a new season ahead. Easter is well and truly on its way which is always a special time of year and reminds us of how blessed we really are.

When the dark clouds lift and you feel the warmth of the sun once again it seems that everything touched by its rays speak of new life and good things to come…. Summer!

 

This is a particularly special Spring for us as a family as we are awaiting the arrival of the latest addition to our nest. I am 39 weeks pregnant and although I appreciate what my body has been doing to grow this little person inside my belly I am pretty exhausted now and very ready for birth to come and pregnancy to finish.

My hospital bag is packed, which I was reluctant to put too much in as last time I remember not using much of it, however I have still managed to fill a bag, probably again with too much stuff!

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Shilo has been soaking up some rays through the kitchen window and I can honestly say these sunny mornings lift my spirits. We haven’t been to visit the lambs this year as it is not recommended for pregnant mothers, however we are hoping to welcome some chickens into our coop later this year, so watch this space!!

We dont often need an excuse for a good walk but now the baby is ready to arrive we thought some walking might coax my body into labour and with a sunny but cool afternoon yesterday we took a trek up to the top of the valley and Josh my other half tried out his new/second hand lense for his camera.

I love watching Ayla in the outdoors, there is so much joy and freedom, we are truly blessed to live where we do.

I hope the sun has shown its face where ever you are and with the promise of Summer on its way there is such expectation in the air, I am really excited to see what lies ahead and for some fun outside.

Looking forward to getting the garden sorted, there is lots to be done, we are hoping to build a shed, do up Ayla’s wendy house, put the poly tunnel up and plant some fresh fruit and veg.

So watch this space! … I will also be looking out for some elderflowers again this year from our tree and perhaps have a go at making some elderflower champagne for the grown ups πŸ™‚ as well as the cordial!

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Hopefully next blog there will be four of us to photograph!

In the meantime if you get a chance to escape into the sunshine and walk somewhere you feel free, try putting your worries aside and escape for a moment! We could all learn a thing or too from children they really have a great out look on the world.

 

Mark 10:14

Jesus said to them, β€œLet the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.”

Back in time, February fun! (Worcestershire County Museum)

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Me and Ayla went on a little explore today as it is half term and our usual groups are not running this week. I decided to head toward Hartlebury and perhaps visit the common when I stumbled across this County Museum advertising half term activities, and Im really glad we did!

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We were looking forward to something fun especially as the baby’s due date is getting nearer, I am taking this opportunity to have some quality Mummy daughter time before we have our hands full with our new little arrival!

The lady greeted us at the desk and as Ayla is under 5 her addmission was free, Adult price is only Β£5 and I paid Β£2 for Ayla to do all three of the craft activities which were being run throughout the Museum.

I was in heaven as they had a fantastic display of Gypsy Bow Top wagons and exhibits of horses in harness!

I really hope to one day own my own bow top, they are just so beautiful they really are captivating and they look so cosy inside!

We even found a Blacksmiths forge which Ayla was confused why her Daddy wasn’t actually forging there. I did try to explain it was like Daddy’s forge but not actually his … her little voice calling out ‘Where is Daddy?’ as she peered in!

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Inside the museum we were invited to take part in a trail to find the ‘frogs’ which were numbered and hiding around the exhibits which really helped to add an element of excitement. Ayla enjoyed finding them and pointing them out to me!

This was one of the clues we found in the Victorian class room. Ayla particularly liked this room and it reminded me of myself as I was always fascinated finding out what life had been like for children years ago.

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She took her time in Victorian school quite seriously and insisted that I be the teacher πŸ™‚

This museum is perfect for little ones as the exhibits are so interactive, they have really thought about children attending and made the history of it all come alive for them. Ayla could listen to different peoples accounts of farming from local people recalling the past. She told me at one stage she thought it might be ‘Mary Poppins speaking to her’ which of course she thought was brilliant! There was dressing up to be done, buttons to press, mini electric trains to watch, old fashioned toys to have a go with, coin rubbing and more!

I loved watching her run around the carriage circle and pretend to be stuck in the stocks πŸ™‚

The cafe was great too, simple hearty food at value for money and good service, I really recommend this place as a visit for all the family to enjoy!

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The craft activites were really well thought out and each one had a set person to explain and help you make each one. Ayla was also given a certificate for completing her trail and entered into a prize draw at the end to win some more goodies.

Would definitely recommend!

…..Now all I need to do is figure out how I can get my hands on one of these gorgeous

bow tops! πŸ™‚

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Happy February Fun Everyone!

You can visit the County Museum Information site at :

https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/info/3/county_museum

Felt Christmas decorations

These are so simple and really effective for decking the halls this Christmas!

Step 1: Choosing your template simply draw around it onto your chosen felt and carefully cut out two the same.

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Step 2: Decorate your shapes with sequins, glitter, more felt, ribbon etc whatever you like and whatever feels festive! Choose your design, then glue or sew into position.

Step 3: Place both sides together with the decorated sides on the outside and using wool or embroidery thread stitch the two together.

I have used a blanket stitch which is really easy even if you have never done it before. Simply push the needle through both pieces and make sure the length of thread is passed over the needle before pulling tight.

If that makes no sense then a detailed description of how to do a blanket stitch can be found at: http://www.wikihow.com/Sew-Blanket-Stitch

Step 4: Make sure you leave a loop at the top so you can hang your decoration and then choose where you want it to go on your tree!

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My little girl had lots of fun decorating the felt shapes with glue and glitter which I later sewed together when they were dry.

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You can even have a go using some cookie cutters to draw around to get some more interesting shapes.

Hope you have all been having fun putting your trees up and making your homes feel festive. These homemade decorations are always special to have especially the ones we have made together and I am so pleased with how they have turned out and how easy they were to achieve.

Happy decorating! πŸ™‚

 

Christmas Baking!

As it is officially Advent and December is now here, who can resist the chance to make some festive biscuits and get in the mood for all things Christmassy!

We have been house sitting/dog sitting my parents place and my Mum keeps a well stocked larder cupboard which makes baking easy and spontaneous as I am quite sure she has everything you could possibly need for a recipie.

Our first attempt was…burned!

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I also decided to try the ‘black treacle’ instead of golden syrup and I think even if I hadnt burned them they were not quite the flavour I was expecting. This recipie contained no egg, butter, flour, dark brown sugar, black treacle, bicarbante of soda, ginger and cinnamon.

So for our second attempt the following day, I decided not to use the black treacle and try the soft ‘lighter’ brown sugar. Apparently the lighter shade of brown simply reflects the amount of mollases they have added darker = more, lighter = less.

For the second attempt I used:

350g plain flour (although I had to use self raising)

100g butter

75g golden syrup

200g soft brown sugar

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp mixed spice

tiny pinch of salt

1 egg beaten

There are a number of recipies for christmas biscuits online, I simply took from the ones available and customised the recipies to the ingredients we had and the flavours we like.

I love to get Ayla involved in every part, she enjoyed measuring and weighing the ingredients.

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Mixing the sugar and the butter was tough at first so we popped it in the microwave for a few seconds just to soften it up a bit.

Ayla is often more interested in eating the mixture than adding to it!

She absolutely loves the feel of the flour on her hands and quite happlily play with it for ages, which often results in flour everywhere!! πŸ™‚

Once we had mixed all the ingredients together the dough was left to chill for a few minutes before we began rolling it out.

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Ayla took this shot of me rolling the dough, as it is hard to take a picture and use a rolling pin at the same time!

We then used a Christmas tree cutter for our biscuit shapes, which we got free with a cbeebies magazine last year!

We placed them onto well greased baking trays, although we placed them too close together so could have done with using an extra baking tray. (The finger prints were Ayla’s ‘little touch’)

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We managed to get well over 30 biscuits out of this recipie and whilst I popped them in the oven (at 170 degrees) I kept watch over them this time so as not to burn them.

I like my biscuits slightly chewy too so didnt want them to be in too long.

While they were baking, I had just enough time to clear up the mess!

We left them cooling on the side whilst we went for a muddy, blustery afternoon walk with Watson the dog!

Again I raided my Mums cupboards to find something to decorate the biscuits and there was quite a selection. I have to say though that decorating is…. interesting with a three year old!

Needless to say we only decorated a few and a certain little person managed spoon icing, sugar strands and edible glitter into her little mouth whenever she thought I wasn’t looking!

The baking started the magical feeling of Christmas, filling the house with warm spice and all things nice!

Now to put the tree up πŸ™‚

Happy Advent Everyone xxx

Autumn Days!

Well it has been an incredibly long time since I last posted… so long in fact that we are even expecting a new addition to the family in March and I am currently 21 weeks pregnant!

Ayla has celebrated her 3rd birthday and life at home has been steadily becoming more and more like winter is upon us.

This Autumn we have been having plenty of Autumnal fun!… with walks in the woods and some leafy crafts to keep us busy on these blustery days.20151014_160142

We had lots of fun picking leaves from the garden one afternoon and making a lovely spikey hedgehog picture with all the sticks and crushed brown leaves.

We even had an unexpected ladybird guest in amongst our autumn finds!

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We made Mr hedgehog an eye and Ayla stuck on a buttercup just to make him feel special!

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We have had some lovely walks this season, one particularly special walk was through ‘The Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve’ it was a beautiful clear day, we picked apples…

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Tried to spot some otters… (not this time!), found some ancient oak trees and met some

beautiful Highland cows with their calf’s.

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We ate the apples…although a little sour! πŸ™‚

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This really is a super place to walk, such beauty and wildlife you really are in for a treat if you come walking in these woods! If you want to check out more info on the reserve this link will help: http://www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/reserves/knapp-and-papermill

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Now what better way to cuddle up on these evenings as the darker nights draw in, than with a log fire and a mug of something hot!

And that is exactly what I intend to do πŸ™‚ I absolutely love an open fire and I get quite excited at the prospect of it being lit up again!

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When we can we have been collecting some of the fallen, dead timber in the woods near our house, ready for cosy times next to the fire.

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In addition to open fires I also have a thing for candles… this is probably inherited from my Mum who actually has more candles in her home than anyone I know!

So today I took the opportunity to make some Autumn candle jars with some leaves found on our walks in the woods, some hemp string to stick around the top and a lot of PVA glue πŸ™‚ to stick it all down!

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Ayla used some of her special stickers and feathers to create her own design

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These were really fun to make and I am thrilled with the overall effect πŸ™‚

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On a sadder note, we recently went down to Richmond to visit friends and say goodbye to a very dear one, Saracen.

Being in his 30’s and having lived a very long happy life the difficult decision was made considering his deteriorating health to have him put to rest in the hope that his passing would be dignified, peaceful and would know love right up to the end.

He was an incredibly special horse and has played a huge part in my life as a teenager/young adult right through to me becoming a wife and Mum and he will always have a treasured place forever in my heart.

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Whilst being down in Richmond we were able to get up close to my husbands gate which he designed and crafted.

They are hung within the grounds of Richmond park. The Forged Metal which resembles branches and leaves of oak, are the gateway to the vista which can be viewed from ‘King Henry’s mound’. If you are lucky enough to be there on a clear day you can gaze right through the vista to London, St Paul’s cathedral.

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‘The Way Gates’ Richmond Park London – Joshua De Lisle – http://www.joshuadelisle.com

There is so much for me to catch up on as my blogging has somewhat disappeared.

I hope I can get in the rhythm of posting more regularly again!

Anyway I will leave you with a couple of extra shots of the season before I go…

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Here is to Autumn and all of its glory, I hope you are able to enjoy some of this beautiful season for yourself, God bless x

Recipe box trial!

Hello Fresh!

My mother in law dropped round a trial recipe pack for us on Friday. I have looked at these online before but never ordered one so it was great to get the chance to check it out.

Recipe boxes are delivered fresh to your door with exactly the right amount of ingredients to cook up the recipe card inside. This means less waste, more cost effective and can liven up your kitchen meal times with healthy tasty meals for either vegetarian or meat eaters.

The recipe we were given to try was a –

Superfood Β Mexican Jumble with Feta and Jalapeno

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… and it tasted delicious! πŸ™‚

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The ingredients were all beautifully fresh and to a high standard many of which were organic. This recipe included – Hazelnuts, Quinoa, Vegetable stock pot, Couscous, Coriander, JalapeΓ±o chilli, Red pepper, Pumpkin seeds, Feta cheese, Organic sweetcorn, Cumin and Lime πŸ™‚

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Approximate timing 30 min

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The recipe card was easy to follow and quick enough to rustle up last minute.

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And here was the finished product…

20150523_174710So much flavour, deliciously satisfying and more than enough for two people… We even had a little left over for lunch the next day!

If you want anymore information about Hello fresh you can check out their website at – http://www.hellofresh.co.uk

Hope you have all had a good bank holiday weekend! We have been renovating the Wendy house so will keep you posted on the progress πŸ™‚

Good night all x