Saturday, 16 September 2017

Spoon carving

This is something I've wanted to try for many years, but for several reasons I've not managed it so far.   Reading up on bushcraft, survivalism etc has rekindled my interest.
I've invested in some rather lovely new-to-me tools, along with some spoon blanks to get me started.  I'll be trying to make my own blanks in the future, but I need to practice my hatchet/axe skills first.

I've also been reading up on 'wood butters', oils etc, and watching Youtubes, reading websites and books.

Knife will meet wood when the time is right..............

Thursday, 14 September 2017


Still got beautiful flowers blooming, yellow beans doing well, variable weather and crochet blanket coming along nicely.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Throw the machines in the sea.....................

Handknit - every time.  Why does everything have to be quick, instant gratification, little human input, always seen in money terms?  Why the commercialisation of everything?  I've been watching this story for a while now, and am against Ms Ventrillon's ideas.  Real Fair Isle knitting will survive at its own RELEVANT SCALE without her mechanised input, bastardisation of the craft  and pushing for her own name up in lights as some sort of saviour of old tradition.  It shouldn't and doesn't work like that.
Don't buy into it.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

7p supper

Great scoop in my local Co-op yesterday, packets of quick cook rice for 7p :)  Bbe date is this month, but I know from experience they'll be fine for a couple of years; destined for the storeroom, I bought 20, I can add veg, meat, sauce etc to ring the changes.

Other bargains were a half price camping kettle and half price seeds in Wilkinsons.

Good shopping trip :)

Tuesday, 5 September 2017


I used to enter a lot of competitions and have been fairly lucky over the years - nothing huge, but half a dozen or so smaller prizes over a year, say - usually just for the price of a stamp and a bit of my time. 
I'm gradually getting back into it at last.
I was delighted to win a nice crisp £5 note yesterday that arrived in the post - a prize for a local quiz on wildflowers.  As well as the potential of a prize, it keeps my brain active, and I like to know stuff and find things out.
Off to hunt for some more competitions :)

Image result for five pound note bank of scotland

Monday, 4 September 2017

Coffee spell

Coffee Spell
Infuse your day with the magic of coffee. Grind your beans or simply open the pack and enjoy the stimulating aroma. Visualize all of the good things you want to attract to your life.
You will need:...
Ground coffee
3 pinches ground cinnamon
3 pinches ground ginger
A pinch of ground nutmeg
Coffee maker (and any associated supplies, like a filter)

(1) Empower the supplies for the energies you wish to attract to your day.
(2) Pour the grounds into the coffee maker.
(3) Add cinnamon to the ground coffee, saying, "Cinnamon for vision, abundance and love."
(4) Add the ginger and say, "Ginger for strength when push comes to shove."
(5) Add the nutmeg, saying, "Nutmeg for health, good fortune and wealth."
(6) Kiss your fingers and hold them over the coffee and spices, visualizing your power and love flowing into the coffee. Say, "A kiss for beauty, great joy and good health.
(7) Visualize yourself glowing with health, happiness and love, and living a life of abundance as you circle your hand in a clockwise movement (counterclockwise if in the Southern Hemisphere) over the coffee and spices three times. Now proceed with brewing the coffee as usual.
(8) Sip your coffee and visualize yourself having a happy and wonderful day!

(image from internet)


Saturday, 2 September 2017

Wild baking

I came across the first wee film as a link on Facebook; have pre-ordered the book.  I then went on to  watch Ray Mears's take on it. I think I would take a ready made mix - either home made or bought - to start with, the just the flour and yeast.

I can imagine how good this tastes...........

Tom Herbert :

Ray Mears:

Image result for bread baking outdoors

(image from prepforshtf)

Spoon carving

This is something I've wanted to try for many years, but for several reasons I've not managed it so far.   Reading up on bushcraft, ...