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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

Growing Our Own – Update on our Veggies

Growing Our Own – Update on our Veggies

 If you remember, I began our journey to self-sufficiency back in March at the beginning of the covid-19 lockdown (Growing Our Own Food - Making a Start). A lot of growing has happened since then, so I thought that it was time for an update. We are still struggling...

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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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  Craft for   Kids

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

Baskets from my Garden

Baskets from my Garden

I have been spending some time this week, working with plant-fibres that I have gathered from the garden. Eventually, all of my baskets will be made with materials that I have grown and gathered myself. This idea of sustainable craft, is so important to me. I feel...

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