(Not) Back to School

Amidst the usual nationwide September back-to-school hullabaloo, it was business as usual here at the Live Grow Nourish Create “Academy” 🙂

This week the boys have cycled, practiced shooting hoops in the (now deserted) basketball court, marvelled at the Number Devil, been to swimming classes, sketched ten tiny things, enjoyed reading and listening to poetry from this marvellous book and CD, hung out with other home-ed friends, been inspired by the amazing athletes competing in the Paralympics and had a hand in making the very welcome first batch of apple chutney of the season:


And because not-being-back-at-school didn’t wear them out too much, we were able to all enjoy taking in the beautiful sunset at a nearby beach:

boys at sunset beach

It may be the end of summer, but there’s still plenty to enjoy in life, as always.

And just for Ben Naga, here’s the apple chutney recipe I use (give or take a chilli :-)) Hopefully you can read my writing 😉

apple chutney

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5 thoughts on “(Not) Back to School

  1. Ben Naga says:

    Apple chutney recipe please? 🙂

    • vivjm says:

      Your wish is my command 🙂
      See updated post!

      • Ben Naga says:

        Thank you so much. In return here is a recipe of mine that has always been very popular with everyone. I really dislike the word “flapjack”, so it has always been known as …


        Ingredients: –

        14 oz Oats
        3 oz Sugar
        1 teaspoon Salt
        250 gm Margarine (I know I switched to decimal, but that’s how they pack it.)
        4 oz Molasses

        Optional: 2 handfuls of mixed fruit, or some caraway seeds.

        Method: –

        Melt margarine and molasses. Add this liquid to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spread over greased tin, pressing firmly to ensure it coheres. Bake at Reg 4 for 20 minutes. Best left overnight before cutting into pieces and serving.

        In an airtight tin this the oatcake will keep good to eat for far longer than it will keep from disappearing. 😀

      • vivjm says:

        This sounds delicious. I agree that “oatcake” sounds much better than flapjack too 😉

      • Ben Naga says:

        I thought it was yet another of these dreadful americanisms, but apparently. Still don’t like the word, though. 😀 I went out and bought to get the ingredients for the chutney today.and I plan to do some cooking this evening. Thanks again for the recipe.

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