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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

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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Growing Our Own Food – Making a Start

Growing Our Own Food – Making a Start

Part of our plan for our new life in Orkney, is to gradually become as self-sufficient as we can. This year we were supposed to be building our own polytunnel, so that we could could begin to grow our own fruits and vegetables. It would have to be strong enough to...

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Finding Joy in Everyday Tasks

Finding Joy in Everyday Tasks

Since moving to Orkney, I have been making a conscious effort to find joy in everyday tasks. In fact much of our reason for relocating, was to find a simpler lifestyle that gave us the opportunity to take a breath and appreciate the little things. It's so easy to rush...

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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

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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