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Orkney Islands

Jellyfish on the Beach

Jellyfish on the Beach

We popped to the beach for a lunchtime walk yesterday, because Wren likes to go as often as she can and a daily dose of beach exploration does us all good. We were very surprised to find that the beach was covered in jellyfish of a few different varieties. We used to...

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A Life by the Sea

A Life by the Sea

One of the things that I love most about living in the Orkney Islands, (and there are quite a few!) is being so close to the sea. It is always there like a friend, inviting you to come and visit. I have loved the sea since I was a teenager and I had a long period of...

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Self-Sufficiency

Super Easy Basic Biscuit Recipe

Super Easy Basic Biscuit Recipe

I spent years looking for a simple basic biscuit recipe that would fill hungry tummies when there wasn't much left in the cupboard. This year, through looking at lots of recipes and a bit of trial and error, I have finally got it mastered. So I am going to share it...

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Snow in May – The Orkney Cold Snap

Snow in May – The Orkney Cold Snap

Although we have heard about the lambing snow in Orkney, it still came as a bit of a shock - mostly because we were expecting it in April, not in the middle of May when we had all been out in t-shirts the week before! It snowed three days out of seven, but thankfully...

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Dandelion Jelly

Dandelion Jelly

We love foraging and back in Cornwall we knew all of the best places to go for blackberries, hawthorn, sloes, wild apples, pears and wild garlic. Now that we're living in Orkney, we're having to start over, because we don't really know what is available or where to...

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  Craft for   Kids

How to Make a Corn Husk Doll

How to Make a Corn Husk Doll

After having a go at making a corn husk doll myself, I showed Lark (my 10 yr old) what to do, so that she could make one herself. She really enjoyed doing it and it's a shame that we don't have more husks, because I think that she would really like to have made a...

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Two Easy, Summer Nature Crafts For Kids

Two Easy, Summer Nature Crafts For Kids

We finished off a botany study with two lovely nature crafts. They were so easy that even my two year old could join in, so I thought that I would share them with you. It's also worth mentioning that they are a lot of fun for adults too! The first is printing onto...

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Pewter Casting – A Birthday Bonfire

Pewter Casting – A Birthday Bonfire

We tried pewter casting on a bonfire this week.  The first of our children turned 18 and became an adult and we thought that a birthday as important as that needed marking with something a little bit special. Arwen has been wanting to do some work with metal for the...

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  Basketry & Natural Crafts

Making Baskets With Grass

Making Baskets With Grass

A couple of weeks ago I was gathering some common rush in our garden, when I noticed some grass that was really fine and yet very tough. I had a feeling that it would make some great coil baskets, so I collected a small amount to try it out and left it to dry. I have...

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