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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

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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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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  Craft for   Kids

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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Making Maths Fun- Crafting with Geometry

Making Maths Fun- Crafting with Geometry

Since Christmas, my older kids have been working on a long block of algebra and my 10 year old has been doing work with decimals. My son loves maths, so this is no problem for him, but my girls find it a bit dry to say the least. So I thought it was time to give them...

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  Basketry & Natural Crafts