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Orkney Islands

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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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

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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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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  Basketry & Natural Crafts