‘It is not flesh and blood,

but the heart which makes us family.’


We are the blended Booth/Hawken family…Boo-ken.

So glad you are here to witness our overly ambitious attempt to build a sustainable, off-grid home whilst juggling four kids, three joint custody arrangements, two jobs and one dog. Think The Brady Bunch meets Grand Designs – with a green twist. Yep, this could get ugly.

We are advocates for second chances and big, messy love. Here you will find an honest, raw account of family life (even when it looks like a bad episode of Bold & The Beautiful) and rock solid belief that every family should dream big.

To get started click here or get to know us better here.

Blend it your way,  Leese & Boots x

Latest Blog Posts


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