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Moving On – Big Dreams and a New Island

Moving On – Big Dreams and a New Island

I haven't been writing here much, over the past few months. The stress of selling our old home and finding ourselves temporarily homeless, relying once again on self-catering holiday accommodation to put a roof over our heads, has made it difficult to settle to...

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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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Self-Sufficiency

Connection

Connection

The last month has just flown by and here we are finally living full-time in our new home. Last week (the first week), was really hard and I don't mind admitting that there were times when I questioned my decision making skills and whether I was up to the challenge...

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One Month on at Our New Home

One Month on at Our New Home

It's been a whole month since we took ownership of our new home and what a month it has been! We've been so busy, that January has just flown by, but we have still reached the end of the month wishing that we had done more. The winter weather has slowed us down, as we...

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Dried Flowers and Vegetables Galore!

Dried Flowers and Vegetables Galore!

Well, it's been a while since I last sat down to write here and during that time, our garden has filled with flowers and vegetables galore! My blog has taken a back seat these past few weeks, as we have been busy planning for the future. We know that we need more...

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  Craft for   Kids

Wren’s Ammonite Ribbon Twirler Tutorial

Wren’s Ammonite Ribbon Twirler Tutorial

aWren is always interested in what I'm making. The other day, she was looking at some samples of coil work that I had made for a tutorial and started swishing one of them about, like a ribbon twirler. We both decided that it would be fun to make one with proper...

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Weaving Christmas Stars Tutorial

Weaving Christmas Stars Tutorial

I have finally found time to write a tutorial for the woven stars, that I made at the end of October. Although I originally made these with handmade cordage, I have worked the tutorial with yarn, to make it easier for children. If you can't get hold of any willow or...

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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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  Basketry & Natural Crafts