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good luck with the clearing out, and the starting to get ready to move, I hope you get a buyer for your house soon. x


I just finished Eat, Pray, Love a few days ago. It seems to be the book to read these days, it was good :)


I have been reading a great book called " In Sicily" by Norman Lewis. It is a travel book spanning many decades and he writes beautifully with a keen and compasionate sense. I envy Tom being able to clear out stuff, I'm more like you going through things slowly.

Denise Ridgway

so very very exciting for you all, can't wait to read 200 more posts about your new adventures.I miss reading so much, little Oscar at 4 months now ( can you believe 4 months ) keeps me far too tired to read before bed but I am suppose to be reading An instance of the finger post by Iain Pears ( meant to be very good ) for the reading group I belong to, good job they are a forgiving bunch as the chances of me getting it finished are very slim LOL
Denise x


It's all really happening isn't it Simmy? I feel like a chapter in my life is ending what with you moving! I could do with a move myself to force me to get rid of my clutter. I am finding it hard to find a good book too at the moment.


Oh Simmy, this sounds so exciting, I 'm a bit jealous. We've been looking to move for about a year, but unfortunately must wait for the house to sell.
Best wishes and happy packing!


Congratulations on 200 posts! I wish you good luck on your upcoming move.


Best of luck in your new town, wherever that may be. I'm sure glad it's you and not me making a move. After childbirth (maybe even before) that is about my least fave thing to do........move


Wow. You've got a lot going on. I hope your house sells quickly. I don't envy you having to get it all packed up--should we take bets on how many boxes of books you'll have?? :)

I really enjoyed "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver and "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortensen. Happy reading!


I'm reading and enjoying "The Chocolate Cake Sutra", a delicious taste of Bhuddism by Geri Larkin. And I'm having a little vicarious freakout about your impending move - it seems so soon!


good luck with everything. i swear all i read these days are cookbooks and parenting books, so no suggestions on that front. i hope you have an easy move and transition, and that you will keep posting after you move.


I have a list of books read on my blog, but no particular order. I really liked Eat, Pray, Love, what about you? Don't enter me in the giveaway as I live in the US and I'm sure the postage would be expensive. Thanks anyway though and good luck on the moving preparations.


They say moving house is one of the most stressful experiences you'll ever go through but I hope that for you and your family it's slick, quick and fun. Good luck!

Mama Urchin

Wow, how generous. Happy packing!


Ugh, I hate moving! Good luck with the packing up :)
I recently finished A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It was an excellent read.


Ooh Simmy - it's all moving so fast. And yes, I think time is really going to fly. A good book might be a welcome escape from the mayhem, so I'm going to sat 'The way I live now' by Meg Rossoff. I's a sort of cross over teen/adult book (a la Curious Incident of the dog...) so Amber might like it too.
Or if you are in full on chuck it out mode, how about Affluenza by Oliver James. I haven't read this one yet, but my friendly bookseller thinks it may be right up my street.


Congratulations on reaching 200 posts! I hope there are another 200--and many more beyond that!--in your future here.

Best of luck on your upcoming move!


Congrats on 200 posts - wow! that's a lot of words.

Are you really plan to move on Feb 21st? Good luck with that!


I'm so happy to you that you are reacting to this move with such excitement. When we did our last big move everyone around me was all gloom and doom: "oh there must be so much to do", "I can't believe you are doing this", "how will you cope" etc etc, but for me it's just something you get on and do. I enjoy the big clean out-we'd have double the amount of books if we hadn't done 5 moves in 11 years. And I just love that feeling of starting fresh. Yes it's scary and exhausting and all that, but it really is a fun adventure too. Anyway, that's my point of view. And I would LOVE LOVE LOVE the green plant dyed wool. Even with all your moral support and wisdom, I still have very little success with plant dyeing any colour other than yellow.

tony(a)  Lemos

hey Simmy,

Firstly Thanks for the gorgeous card to sent us this xmas.....I have something I want to mail to you....what is your mailing address or should I wait until you get the new one??
Also my next post is my 200th- Funny I am procrastinating in writing it.....Not sure what the give away will be yet.....
I love your green yarn! C'est magnifique!
Anyway good luck on your move and don't forget to email me your mailing address
PS Zoe says hi and fondly remembers the night of your visit


Congratulations on 200 and good luck with the move.

Books: The Time Traveller's Wife by Audery Niffeneger :: Empire Falls by Richard Russo :: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield :: The Northern Lights trilogy by Philip Pullman.


Wow, Simmy- Your move sounds exciting... and you seem to be taking everything in stride but I have a feeling that is your personality... Anyway, congrats to you on your 200th post and your move... I just read Eat, Pray, Love and really liked it, but I've had it for 6 months and I think it was just the right time to read it...


I've got Eat, Pray, Love on request at my library and I can't wait to read it. Good luck with the moving work this month.


It has been lovely following your blog over the last 6 months. You are very courageous to move out of your home just after you have done all that work! I can't beleive someone so crafty can also be so get up and go about something so huge as a house move! It would kill us! Anyway, hope you find another nest for your family and your creativity. have taught myself to knit over the last year and doing my first ever child's jersey, so I am really taken by your dyeing ideas, yummy colours everywhere. Hope the chucking/packing goes well.


A grand adventure for your family. I enjoy your blog and check in often for Simmy news. :o) Thank you for blogging/sharing.


I have been enjoying your blog posts since I first googled "waldorf dolls" and found you AND the fairies... what a treat for those quiet moments of blog reading. I'm getting ready to make my first doll, and I plan on spending a good deal of time with your post on that...
Cheers and congrats on so many posts!


Hi Simmy, I enjoy reading your blog, in fact is the only one that I follow since I "found" it by chance while looking for ideas for the autumn nature table. I love the crafts that you make and the life that your have, living in a lovely house in the country, children attending a Steiner school... I especially appreciate that your three children enjoy joining you in craft making, baking, etc .It's amazing how easliy you are taking all this business of moving and letting go of the house and everything else. Congratulations for this new opportunity and I am sure it is going to be a very exciting new phase in your lives!. I do not have a blog and I am not used to chatting etc in the net, that's why I have been "lurking" up to now, when I decided that your 200 post well deserves a comment. I would like to recommend the book that I am reading "Loving what is" by Byron Katie, it shows you a very efficient way to chuck out stressful thoughts, I thought that it might be appropiate at this time when you are removing clutter from your life. Thank your for sharing this part of your life with us and all the best with selling of the house, moving and settling in the new place.


Congratulations on your 200th post! I've enjoyed reading them all!!

Mary Ann/ca

Now the real fun begins! Last move I didn't have time (ok, I didn't want to) clean out so now I am faced with unloading boxes and sorting out stuff several years later...but then again if I haven't needed it...but usually I still WANT it...a whole different thing! You'll do better!


Good luck on the clearing house! I must say that I love you blog and read it all the time. I hope you and your family have a easy transition to your new community.
Best, Rebecca

Jill A.

Best wishes with your move. Your gorgeous home should sell very quickly. I hope you settle into your new home quickly and love it as much.


Goodness! I checked your blog this morning before I went off to work and it was still on 199. I checked tonight and you had made your 200th post and already had 29 comments. That says a lot. You have lots of readers! Congratulations Simmy. I too, will be wanting your new address once you get it.
I am a bit envious of you and your family starting a new path in your lives. I told my husband tonight that I don't think I would mind him getting a job in London if we could live in the outskirts somewhere. His company has a big office in London. He just laughed and said,"I don't think that will be happening". Well, I am not as young as I use to be, so I would probably have a cow trying to move right now. I'll stay busy helping my children move somewhere in the future.
Have a good read by the fire Simmy. I'm sure you will find another good book.


Congratulations on reaching 200! I've so enjoyed following your journey and realizing that although we may be separated by an ocean, we are more similar that we are different! Best wishes on your new adventure this year! Hugs, Patti
p.s. I just picked up the Friday Night Knitting Club and can't wait to start it!


I recently moved. The ordeal with 2 kids and taking forever to sell my house and find a new one was rough. The upside -- the best darn yarn store a girl ask for is only blocks away! I hope you love your new location:)


I recently enjoyed the book Birth House by Ami McKay.

How sweet of your to share and congrats on 200!


Good luck with the move - I look forward to following your progress as you move down here to the sunny (?) south.


Congratulations on 200! I was stoked (happy) when I hit double figures. And then I seem to have given up anyway. I'm sure you'll have a buyer by mid-term, what's not to love?


I have just finished The Time Traveller's Wife by Audery Niffeneger and would highly recommend it. And as for the giveaway - pick me, pick me, pick me pretty please! That green has curly scarf all over it!!!


love the wool

get those bin bags out and clear


Hi Simmy,

Good luck with moving house! I'm sure you'll settle in fine. Anyway, hope you like the new place!

Best wishes, S

PS. Don't add me in the raffle please if postage to australia is to much! :-) (and i'm a little to young to be drinking elderflower cordial!)

Jam Sandwich

I wish I could persuade my husband to move us back to England and into your house! You are so positive about the move, inspiring. Love the green yarn by the way, great colour.
I was going to recommend the time travellers wife but Gail beat me to it. It is the best book i've read in the last couple of years! Also the red tent is a must read for all women , the poisonwood bible is fab and plainsong is a beautiful read if you like a simple story. I too am reading eat, pray, love at the moment along with apples for jam which is a cookbook but i love reading those! Strange i know!


Well done for 200 posts!

You do seem very calm and focussed about the move and I'm sure it work out very well for you.
Such a good idea to rent first. We did that when we moved up here nearly 10 years ago and it helped us realise that the town (albeit small) was a better option for us at that time that the tiny village we rented in.
I look forward to reading your future posts and sharing in the adventure that is moving home.


I just read a biography on Harriet Beecher Stowe and it was lovely getting to know her. Good luck with everything!


I just read a biography on Harriet Beecher Stowe and it was lovely getting to know her. Good luck with everything!


My goodness, what a crazy few weeks are ahead of you, it is lovely to sense your excitement and enthusiasm about this next stage.


If you haven't read it already, read the "Book Thief". I think this one was my favorite reads of all last year. I am also really in to Ian McEwan right now and am busy plowing my way through my local librarys collection. They are all good - but maybe try "Saturday" if you have not read any of his before.
Wish i could help out with the sorting and packing - its a huge job. My tip is buy three times as much packing tape than you think you will need. On our last move, we must have literally used miles of it! Good luck...


Having just finished a move, I wish you much patience and smoothness in the process! There does come a day when you say, yes, this is my new home! What a relief after the initial out of sorts feeling. Love your blog - thanks for sharing!


Best wishes on your move. I think your current house is just stunning, and it pains me to think of you leaving it. But I always like to think that means you'll find something even more wonderful at your new location. You're doing the right thing, not waiting to move until school is out, too. The kids will have time to make new friends!

Michele H.


Happy 200th post. Those fibers look so yummy.


hey I've just finished reading the gilbert book. I've been looking for yoga lessons since.

Good luck with the house!

Catherine Keelagher

Hi, only my second post, I do love your blog and am inspired by the way you celebrate and respect nature and its many gifts. Best of luck with the move.


two hundred is quite a milestone. congratulations :)


Not sure if you saw my recommendation in the last post, for The Time Travellers Wife- Audrey Niffenegar, the next book I'm about to start is Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky...it has come highly recommended too! Not sure if you recieved the e-mail I sent.

Helen Shields

Oh I love a giveaway. I would love some of your blanket material if possible :) I cannot believe you are moving, I only thought last week that I should get in contact with you now christmas is over and things have slowed down. Typical finally find a blogger in my area and they go! Best of luck to you though and for the record I think you are doing the best thing moving at half term and getting the children straight into the new chapter in their lives. I am a veteran with 18 moves in 35 years under my belt, my father and now husband are both RAF men! we move roughly ever two to three years and with three children it can be quite traumatic with all the hellos and goodbyes. Best of luck to you all in your new adventure, as long as you have family you will have a wonderful time

Much love Helen shields


Congradulations on your 200th post Simmy!! They say moving is one of the most stressful things. Just take it one step at a time and it will all fall into place. Wish I was close enough to help you, but nevermind, we shall be a lot closer to each other afterwards. I have looked up the area on the map and I don't think we shall be all that far from each other at all! I have been so busy at work I've not had alot of time to answer you lovely e-mail! Please forgive me! I know you know exactly what busy is and will even more so over these next few weeks! XXOO


congrats on post number 200! I've enjoyed "Animal Vegetable Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver- it's about her family trying to eat locally for a year. It's inspiring to read this time of year as I am thinking about gardening in the spring.

Good luck with your clearing out- I think it feels really good to pare down our stuff!


oh yarn. i so love the green yarn. you are so generous with all your give aways! i love to read your blog. i check it regulary to see if there are any simmy news!


Congratulations on 200 posts! We've been decluttering here, too- thought not in preparation for a move. I think the start of the new year made me want to get things in order (at least temporarily!).


I just finished Jan Karons latest book Home to HollySprings and really enjoyed it. It is the first of a new series, the Father Tims series. Over Christmas break I also read Debbie MacCombers new Back on Blossom Street, also pretty good. The best books I have read in a while were Chiam Potok's My Name is Asher Lev & The Gift of Asher Lev---both excellent.


Congratulations on your 200th post and good luck with the move! I'm afraid I can't really help with book ideas because all I'm reading at the moment seem to be crafty books and I guess you'll not fancy them if you can't face a sewing needle! Thanks for all your email help with my doll making adventure, hes coming together well, although I am avoiding doing the hair so far as I've read the instructions and can't understand them!!


Congratulations on your 200th post and your upcoming move. Moving is bittersweet ~ sadness for leaving friends and familiarity and memories but also happiness (eventually) for new friends, new experiences, new memories to create. I'm sure you and your family will get over the bumps in the road and will come to enjoy your new adventures.


I so wish we could buy your house.... guess you cannot ship it over the ocean! Good luck with the preparations - hope that you are lucky with both a buyer and finding a new place!


Congratulations on 200 posts. I am sure the next 200 will be just as enthralling too. I hope that the move goes well for you, and brings lots of wonderful friends and adventures for your family.


Happy 200, Simmy...looking forward to 200 more! ;o) Your recent reading sounds good. Looking forward to move news when you have some. I hope you'll find a great new place! Happy Days((HUGS))


good luck moving....and with your fresh start...
to beginnings


Good luck with the move. I love to clear stuff out. It makes me feel so good to have less things. We all keep too much around, and sometimes we don't notice until it's time for change.
I'd love to benefit from your move -that yarn and plant dyed fibre are both beautiful!!!


crikey what a lot of posts, well done! Currently reading Ireland, a novel by Frank Delaney.


As for what to read next, have you read The Book Thief? I've heard it's fabulous.

Congrats on your 200th post. I look forward to your next 200! :-)


Congrats on 200! I love reading your blog :-)

Esther Enzler

Hello! I have just stumbled across your website in search for plant-dyed fleece. The pictures of the sold fleece in your etsy-shop took my breath away. And: yes, of course, I'd love to buy your fleece shown above. Possible?
Kind regards,


Just wanted to say you have an awesome blog. Luv your craft stash especially the wool and dyed blankets.

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