Using Plants From the Garden for Basketry

Using Plants From the Garden for Basketry

Over the past couple of months, I have been experimenting with some of the plants that I have gathered and dried from my garden. Much as I love working with raffia, exploring and developing ways to use the plants that I grow or that grow naturally around me, has...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Having a Handmade Christmas

Having a Handmade Christmas

I have been very absent from this blog through December and the reason has been, that every spare minute has been spent making Christmas gifts. We have a simple Christmas. It has been a gradual process through the years – when I was a child Christmas meant...