Monday, 25 September 2017

Firemaking

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
 xx


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

Thursday

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

Firemaking

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 comple...