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Category Archives: self sufficiency

Calamity in the Hive 

Keeping bees is a challenge. The bees themselves need to be respected and supported. The bee keeper needs to be conscientious and aware of their needs. The weather plays a … Continue reading

March 26, 2017 · 11 Comments

Fires -a -burning

I resolved recently to become good at lighting fires. Not a pyromaniac-al aim but a green one.  Time has passed and the fire is now a regular feature.  Bring on … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 6 Comments

Fire lighting 

Since I did my Forest Schools course in October I’ve been developing confidence with making fire.  Rather than doing this as a public  nuisance, I’ve been practicing with our wood … Continue reading

November 20, 2016 · 10 Comments

Chicken Run

The hens in our backyard have a chicken run that has a nesting box, floor space and perches. They’ve had it for about four years.  When we first got it … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 4 Comments

Elderflowers again this time Champagne

They say you can never have too much of a good thing and it seems that currently the elderflower proliferation in our neighborhood is crying out for foraging.  After making … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · 8 Comments

Cider Battered Elderflowers

When you undertake choices in life you often do so with a specific goal. For example when you start running you might want to do a marathon. Or when you … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · 14 Comments

Hound dog coat

Visiting our friends in the holidays with their four hairless chihuahua, we learned that a jumper for these little fellas can cost £30. Now that’s a huge investment.  And they … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · 5 Comments

2015 in review

  Here’s an impressive thing. Though it says my longest streak was 176 that was a continuation from the previous year that added up to 365 so I’m quite pleased.  … Continue reading

January 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

That time of year again

It’s hard to buy normal things for the household at this time. There are queues and queues of people and lines and lines of traffic. Time and parking spaces are … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · 10 Comments

Remember this?

      Now it looks like this!    It’s really starting to work!  My lemongrass growing attempt is happening. 

December 13, 2015 · 5 Comments

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