Friday, 29 September 2017

On the buses

Today I used the bus for the first time since I moved here - excellent.  All the way from 40 ft outside my door to the station in town - 40 minutes,  £2.20.  They do a multiple journey ticket at a reduced price too.  Lovely journey through the countryside in the sunshine, only downside was the music - a Madness CD.  When I mentioned it to the driver he said he takes requests for music lol.
All in all, a good experience; will go in the other direction next time :)

I was the only passenger - all the way.  Why?

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Wild baking/food, fire and good times

One of the most inspiring outdoor cookery books I've read; chapters on fire, bread, forest, beach, mountain, river. Introduction on the essentials health and safety, hygiene, measurements, wild baking kit, general kit, ingredients.

Recipes include pizza, beer bread, poacher's breakfast, cowboy coffee, mackerel with burnt lemon, ember baked mussels, basecamp burgers.

Each recipe gives details of number of servings, time taken, kit required as well as ingredients.

Lots of tips, ideas, information throughout the book, great photos to inspire.

'If you're nervous about your sausages being cooked............... it's not a bad idea to boil your sausages in water first, then simply finish them off over the fire for a lovely crisp skin'

Small p/b, 158pp, £8.99 published by The Do Book Company


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Spoon carving

First tentative steps in spoon carving today, a small sycamore spoon.  Found it quite hard on the hands, but enjoyable.  Hope to get back to it tomorrow..............

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Glove boards

These beautiful glove boards, handmade in Shetland, arrived this morning.

Monday, 25 September 2017


My fire steel has arrived, something I've been meaning to invest in for a while.  This one was hand-forged in Lithuania, and came complete with flint and charcloth; am very pleased with it.
I'm looking forward to reading and researching before I have a go with it.  Firemaking is something I'd like to be proficient at.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Fairisle kep

The traditional Fairisle kep, knitted in natural, undyed Shetland wools.  These two are for an order, but if you would like one knitted, your choice of colours, they're £65, just contact me and let me know.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Mabon blessing

At this time of equal light and dark,
And of ingathering,
May you find balance and abundance in your life...
And wish some of your good fortune upon others.

 Blessings to you

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Hurricane Irma appeal

I organised a small fundraiser for the Red Cross appeal -  afternoon cream teas in the Bothy; we raised £61, which I was delighted with  :)

More tragic incidents have occurred across the world since that Sunday - feel sad I can't do more to help.

In praise of honesty

- the flowering kind, that is.  A pretty, traditional early flowering plant, it comes with purple or white flowers, botanical name lunaria.  It provides early foraging for bees and other insects. One particularly attractive cultivar I have grown in the past has variegated white and green leaves - coupled with its pure white flowers, it really lights up the garden.  If happy, they self seed readily, and are troublefree to grow.

In the autumn, the pretty seed heads develop, with their transparengt 'pennies' through which the large seeds can be seen.
I gathered mine today, they will be dried and sorted, then packaged up for selling.

One thing I learned today is that the leaves are edible; I'll definitely be giving that a go in the spring.  All in all, a plant of many attributes.

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)

Been a while.................

Been having a bit of a love/hate relationship with blogging lately, so no posts in ages ........... I'm still here, been outside mostl...