The Free From Farmhouse has had a bit of a makeover with our lovely new header, What do you think? Ellie Illustrates has really captured all the elements of our life so I thought I would use it as an opportunity to share a little more about us and what each of the illustrations represent.
We live in the middle of a farm, down a dirt track, surrounded by open fields. It’s not actually our farm and we don’t live in the farmhouse but ‘former farm worker’s cottage’ sounded a little too wordy for my blog name!
We have a cat called Stinkeye! We adopted him when he was living as a stray in the field and at the time he had Conjunctivitus. My husband nicknamed him Stinkeye and when we decided to keep him the name just stuck. It’s always a talking point at the vets!
Mia, our crazy golden Labrador plays a big part in our lives and motivates us to get outside and enjoy the countryside every day. We got her when I was 4 months pregnant with J which was a ridiculous idea but I love the children growing up with her as part of the family.
J jumping in puddles
Jumping in puddles is probably J’s favourite thing to do. He seems to be able to find a pool of water wherever he goes and there are plenty of potholes in the track for him to explore. He loves to run, climb things and act out a lot of Fireman Sam rescues!
I have always loved cooking and baking but since we have been dealing with allergies it has become an even bigger part of our lives. We experiment with a lot of freefrom recipes so that J and baby A can enjoy all the treats that their friends do. Everything we make is dairy, egg, nut, sesame and garlic free.
Since J’s anaphylactic reaction we carry an epipen with us at all times. Now baby A is having bad reactions too we also make sure she has one as well. Allergies are scary but the best thing we can do is be prepared and make sure everyone who cares for our children is well trained and allergy aware.
J also suffers from bad asthma so we have been needing to use inhalers a lot recently. It is part of our daily medical kit and we also carry them with us. J has started on new medication which seems to be helping but inhalers are still our last line of defence before a trip to A&E.
Baby A is not going to be a baby for much longer. It’s her birthday in 5 weeks’ time and she is already walking everywhere holding someone’s hand and starting to take steps on her own. She is lively, fearless and thinks her big brohter is hilarious!
Mr C doesn’t make a big appearance on the blog but he is always there in the background. The last few years have been very challenging with infertility, difficult births, a miscarriage and all the children’s health issues and I’m not sure how I would have got through it all without him.
Before we had the children I travelled to 50 countries across 6 continents and I love exploring. We have taken them to America, France and Spain and I hope to take them more places as well as exploring closer to home.
I hope that gives you a bit more of an insight into life at the Freefrom Farmhouse. What would an illustration of your life include?
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