Five in the Nest

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An Old Treasure and Weaving a Shoe

An Old Treasure and Weaving a Shoe

The discovery of an old treasure in one of our outbuildings, prompted me to realise an ambition, a couple of weeks ago. I found an old, wooden shoe last in the threshing barn, amongst a lot of other wooden bit's and pieces. It was obviously made for a child's foot,...

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A Simple Life

Hello Autumn!

Hello Autumn!

The changing of seasons is always a special time. Each season brings with it memories from childhood, traditions, celebrations, things that you look forward to and sometimes things that you don't. Whatever the seasons mean to you, they are such an important part of...

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Family Crafts

How To Make a T-Shirt Jersey Basket

How To Make a T-Shirt Jersey Basket

Today, I thought that I would show you how to make a coil basket from old t-shirts, as part of my Making Hard Times Good Times project. The cost of living crisis is going to have a huge impact on families like mine, who struggle to get by at the best of times. I think...

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Orkney Islands

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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