Last night I helped out at a winter night shelter. It was our first time volunteering there and it was a good experience.
Let me tell you a little bit about the shelter. There are seven different places in Brighton and Hove that have joined together to host one night a week each. Our night is a Wednesday. It provides a hot meal and a bed for the night for fifteen rough sleepers.
I went in early to make a ginormous apple cake for pudding, for as you know, baking is one of my favourite things to do. I multiplied the recipe by six and mum bought masses of custard to go with it.
The shelter starts at 7pm, but we went in at 6pm to help set up. When the guys started arriving we served drinks and just chatted to people. I was talking to a man called Carys, he, like me, loves books and he recommended that I read the Chronicles of Narnia, the Hobbit and Lord of the rings. He also wrote a little snippet of a story for me and I’m going to continue it and show him when we next volunteer.
I was paid a lot of compliments about the pudding and Carys asked if next time I could make a sticky toffee pudding. It’ll be a challenge, but I’m willing to give it a go.
I was thinking about what it means to be homeless. Dad set me the challenge of writing a blog about that.
I am so excited about Christmas!! It’s so soon!!!
Everything is putting me in a Christmassy mood.
The other day we went to a carol service. We sang all the usual christmas carols. My favourite has to be, o come all ye faithful. What are yours? The church was decorated beautifully with wreaths, trees, tinsel and glitter. We ate mince pies and drank mulled wine and spiced apple juice.
Me, Evan and Irys were in a nativity play. I was a carol singer in a bobble hat and a scarf, with a lantern of course, Evan was a wise king with a burger king crown and finally Irys was a shepherd with a tea towel on her head. Me and Irys did a reading from the Christmas story and Evan lit the advent candle. It was so cosy and warm and beautiful in the candle light, it felt so special and so like Christmas.
I’m struggling to be a light in the darkness at the moment.
I think it’s because I don’t know myself what what the light is and it’s difficult for me to share it if I don’t even know what it is.
If I persevere and continue on my journey of finding out, I will hopefully find the answer.
I know for certain that honesty is important so I will try and be honest in life.
If I’m passionate about being a light, if I try and if I keep on looking for the answer, I really hope I find it.
It’s so cool, we almost sold out of our little Christmas decorations. We made 14 and we sold 12, but we gave one as a gift to a friend and we’re still holding one for nanny who we haven’t seen yet. We haven’t decided what to do with the money yet, among the options were ice skating, cinema or fish and chips. It’s a hard one. Over all we made £35·00, but £25·00 profit.
Just wanted to let you know what’s going on in my life at the moment. Big changes in a very small amount of time. It all happened so fast and it was pretty manic. The story in brief is about six weeks ago we met someone who told us about a church in Brighton that runs all sorts of social projects for people in difficult situations. We decided to move to Brighton in a camper van, for our goal as a family is to make a better world and help people. So here I am!!!!
For most of the first day we stayed in the quiet little car park, but when we did venture out, I was amazed. I’d kind of expected a dark, concrete, gray place, but N-O. Every where was so colourful, everything was great, sweet shops, big bright lights, people in flamboyant clothes, noise, chatting, music. Nothing like at home. Though I do feel it’s a little contradictory, because then you turn a corner and there’s a little dark place where a homeless person sleeps. There’s some sad people in this happy place and that makes me sad. I don’t really know how to help change it, but we’re here now and we are going to try and find a way.
Last Saturday we visited the Florence Road Market. We have some friends who run a stall selling their homemade sock animals. Feeling very inspired we headed back home to think what we could make and sell. Dad came up with the idea of making christmas decorations out of recycled coffee sacks. So that is what we did.
There are stars, baubles, snowmen and reindeer. The baubles and stars are embroidered with the word JOY in red wool, they are sewn with the wool, then they are given a piece of handmade cordage as a handle, then a little bit of ribbon that says HANDEMADE WITH LOVE and finally they are stuffed with fair trade, palm oil free divine chocolate coins. The reindeer are the same except they do not have joy written on them and they have got wooden buttons, hand-made by Evan, for eyes and noses. They also have real twig antlers. The snowmen have two buttons down their middles, but apart from that they the same.
Finally I was going to ask, does anyone have any idea what to sell these for or what would you pay for one?
I have never sold anything before so I have no idea really. Please comment before Saturday. If any one lives near Florence Road, Brighton do drop in and buy a christmas decoration!!!