Orkney Islands

Our First Springtime in Orkney

Our First Springtime in Orkney

We are having a wonderful first springtime in Orkney, despite being in the middle of the covid-19 lockdown. I am so grateful to be here, I really can't think of a nicer place to find ourselves in isolation. We have never seen Orkney in the spring or summer, having...

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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

Orkney Caterpillars – Friend or Foe?

Orkney Caterpillars – Friend or Foe?

May has marked the arrival of butterflies and caterpillars in Rousay, something that we were very excited about. We have raised Painted Lady caterpillars in the past and all of my children thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow and make their big change into a...

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A Magical Fairy Wand That’s Easy to Make

A Magical Fairy Wand That’s Easy to Make

Wren is suddenly full of ideas for imaginary play. I decided that it was time to make her a fairy wand, as being a fairy is one of her favourite games at the moment and she has just been using mossy twigs and long grasses. Both of these make great wands, but they...

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  Basketry & Natural Crafts

A Week of Basketry

A Week of Basketry

Last week was a difficult one for us. We lost someone very dear to us and Matt had to take two ferries and drive over 800 miles all the way back down to Cornwall, to attend the funeral and support his family. So we found ourselves separated by sea and the length of...

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