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Toddler backpack

Just look at this lovely fabric 🙂 It makes beautiful bags.

I got the pattern from here.

I am loving her blog at the moment.



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Free radicals are atoms or molecules with unpaired electrons. Once formed, these highly reactive radicals may cause damage to cells, organelles, and DNA. Antioxidants are molecules that can safely interact with free radicals and terminate their reactive behavior before vital cellular components are harmed. The body cannot manufacture many antioxidants (including micronutrients like vitamin C), so they must be supplied by the diet.

ANTIOXIDANTS TUTORIAL, PART 1: What are antioxidants?

Free radicals (pro-oxidants) are atoms or molecules with unpaired electrons. These highly reactive substances can be formed in a number of ways, and once formed they may use their reactivity to damage important cellular components – such as the cell membrane – or macromolecules like DNA. This damage can lead to mutation, impaired function, and even cell death. To minimize potential damage from free radicals, the body utilizes a defense system of antioxidants.

Antioxidants are molecules that can safely interact with free radicals and terminate their reactivity before vital cellular components are damaged. Although there are several enzyme systems within the body that scavenge free radicals, the principle micronutrient (vitamin/mineral) antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and selenium. The body cannot manufacture these micronutrients, so they must be acquired by diet. In addition, there are many plant-derived nutrients (phytonutrients) that can act as powerful antioxidants in the human body.

It is impossible to completely avoid damage from free radicals. Free radicals arise from sources both inside (endogenous) and outside (exogenous) our bodies. Oxidants that develop from processes within our bodies form as a result of normal breathing, metabolism, and inflammation. Exogenous free radicals form from environmental factors such as pollution, sunlight, strenuous exercise, smoking, and alcohol. Unfortunately, no antioxidant system is perfect, so cells and DNA damaged by oxidation accumulate as we age.

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Down on the farm

The Little one had his nursery trip to Barnum’s Farm near Watford Gap in Northamptonshire.  As a mother with no small children at home, I was invited to come along and wear myself out too.

We had a wonderful day, I had forgotten how exhasting 3 small children together were.  I was given an additional 2 boys to look after and spent the day trying to heard them, it was like hearding spiders.

Burnums is a compact working farm and is ideal for taking littlies to.  You can see them where ever they run to.

We fed the lambs.  I have never seen anything like it!  All the kiddies and helpers sat on bales of straw around the barn, whilst 3 pens of cade (orphaned) lambs got increasingly frantic.  The farmers passed out bottles of milk to the kids and then opened 1 pen.  About 20 large lambs came charging out and ran for the bottles, they were pushing and shoving and climbing all over each other in their haste to get their milk.  When they were done they charged back into their pen for solid food.  This was repeated onther twice giving all the kids a chance to hold a bottle of milk.  A couple of the kids were scared, but the rest of them were just amazed and delighted to have such an experience.

The best bits of course were the chickens!

On the way home the little one just pegged out!

Just look at that concentration!


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Playhouse update

Finally got the playhouse all painted op, just got to wait until the base is dry (from all this rain) so that I can paint that.  I am painting it Jasmine white and then silver Birch so that when it wears the white will come through.


I asked the Little one if he would like me to put up some lovely yellow ticking curtains,

Him: Urr no! 

Hubby:  That’s my boy, he doesn’t need any girly curtains

Him: I want some pink ones.

Ha Ha!

We are going to build a bike store for the boys bikes to the right of the play house………..eventually!

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Over on the Shabby Chic forum, we have been having a swap.  May’s theme was Beaches.  My swap partner for May was the very talented Michelle from http://cottage-home.blogspot.com/ 

Here is what was waiting for me when I got home this afternoon:

Hop along to her site and go to her Etsy link to order 😉


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Been Tagged!

By Lace

The rules: I have to answer 6 questions about myself. At the end of the post, I then tag 6 people and post their names, then go to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they have been tagged and asking them to read my blog for the rules. Then, I must let the person who tagged me know when I’ve posted my answers.

This was hard to do and I redid it a couple of times, the hardest part was finding 6 others to tag who had not already been tagged!  Will break the rules a bit and tag over time.  Whilst this post was in its draft form I did a really kiddy thing, I was running and got my feet caught up in the garden hose and landed smack down on the patio!  OUCH!  I was amazed not to have broken anything.  I can only say that 5 years of taking extra calcium must have paid off.  I landed on my hand and my knee badly bruising both.  It jarred my shoulder which is weak from a previous injury.  I took arnica 200 immediately, used arnica cream like hand cream and took Proflavenol like sweeties!  Now 5 days later I am back in the garden pruning and painting the sheds and playhouse.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago?
We had moved into our dream house the previous summer, so we were up to our necks in painting and remodeling.  ~The plumber must have started to put the new boiler in, wow!  must be about to pack up then!  Our washing machine was about to spectacularly split a whole in the drum which prompted some early potty training.  We had only 4 little ones, nearly 2, 4, 6 and 8.  That little 8 year old is about to go on a mission to deepest darkest Africa! Yikes! (well, it’s white SA, but it could be the middle of the dessert as far as her momma is concerned!)
2. 5 things on my to do list today?
– Paint the playhouse

-Do a post on my blog, YAY done!

-Take L to a camp in North Leicestershire and check out the place at Shenton fifties girl spoke about

-Clear woodpile in garden

-Do some more work on the hen house.

3. Snacks I enjoy?
Olives, straight from the jar in the fridge door (no calories that way)

Lintdor truffles

Onion Bajhis

4. Things I would do if I were a millionaire?

Go on a mission. Buy a smallholding with a campsite.

5. Places I lived?

Northampton, Spalding, Peterborough, Kettering, Ann Arbor MI.

Now I have to tag 6 other people. I hope you haven’t been tagged before…












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