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A Walk to Sacquoy Head

A Walk to Sacquoy Head

We took a walk to Sacquoy Head, Rousay at the weekend, to celebrate our oldest daughter's birthday. Some spring warmth and sunshine returned to us, just in time and the stunning scenery made it a birthday to remember. We haven't rushed to explore every inch of Rousay,...

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A Week of Snow and Ferry Rides

A Week of Snow and Ferry Rides

What a weeks it's been! While easter brought celebrations of spring, we were plunged back into winter. It began with 60mph winds and was quickly followed by constant snow showers. It certainly hasn't done my garden any favours and yet I can't deny that it has been a...

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Winter in the Orkney Islands

Winter in the Orkney Islands

Having lived in the Orkney Islands for 16 months now, we have experienced all of the seasons and while spring has to come in top place, winter is definitely my second favourite. I remember that before moving here, I read some very depressing accounts of Orkney...

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Self-Sufficiency

Hatching Ducklings for the First Time

Hatching Ducklings for the First Time

It was with great excitement that we received a box of hatching duck eggs through the post, nearly six weeks ago. We have often talked about keeping ducks over the years, but prior to moving to the Orkney Islands, we lived in built up areas, where poultry and fowl...

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Sowing Seeds for Years to Come

Sowing Seeds for Years to Come

It was one of those four seasons days today. It's quite a common phenomenon in the Orkney Islands: rain, hail, snow, bright sunshine and blue skies, and high winds all in one day! So, we opted to have an indoorsy kind of day. Matt had managed to get hold of a bag of...

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Getting the Garden Started for Spring

Getting the Garden Started for Spring

As soon as the snow melted, spring arrived on our little island and it has been gladly welcomed. Suddenly the air is full of the sounds of bird calls once again, the willows in our garden are bursting into a mass of fluffy white buds and there are huge drifts of

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  Craft for   Kids

Woven Easter Placemats Tutorial

Woven Easter Placemats Tutorial

This woven easter placemat tutorial, is a great way to introduce kids to weaving and all that you need to do it, is some coloured paper, scissors, ruler, pencil and glue stick. If you haven't got any paper the same size as ours, don't be put off. The measurements are...

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How to make Felt Beads

How to make Felt Beads

I thought that I would share this little tutorial on how to make felt beads. They're really easy to make and are also a great way to use up little scraps of felt. Older children will be able to make these for themselves, or you could make up a bagful of these, for...

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Making Advent Peg Dolls

Making Advent Peg Dolls

Making wooden dolls, has been a favourite craft in our house since we started making them last year. Since then, my kids and I have created lots of little characters. Some are just for decoration and others get played with everyday, but all had the same humble...

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  Basketry & Natural Crafts