I just want to live in a cave 

Adam always talks about how he wishes he was born years ago when life was simple and days were filled with hunting or finding food, cooking food, collecting water, finding and making shelter etc. When entertainment consisted of spending time with people and maybe making the odd craft out of stuff lying around.

Our lives are stupid at the minute and we are both feeling the pressure. We get married in less than three weeks and we still havent completed our house move.

In Feb when I told my mum we were going to move she warned me not to because we had our wedding in four months. I honestly didn’t see an issue with this. The wedding was on track with just small bits and bobs to sort and the house move should only take 12 weeks – loads of time.

Well we lost our first buyer back in April (the day we were due to exchange and four days before we were due to move). Long story short we have a new buyer but still have not moved.

Our house has been packed in boxes since the beginning of April and it’s a huge pain in the proverbial. Poor old Adam hasn’t been able to do his beloved bushcraft because everything is packed away.

This of course does have some benefits for me;

1. I haven’t seen any animal related things in over a month 🙂

2. He’s been spending his time reading and researching which is a ‘normal’ past time and not in the slightest bit messy!

3. He’s finished the spoons – yey! This is massive and exciting and such a relief! When I feel angry and frustrated at the house sale this helps me to see the silver lining on that horrible stormy cloud! Even Tilly was relieved they were finished 🙂

He has however managed to locate a box of stringy bits which he has sat making into string?? It’s as fun as it sounds!

On top of house and wedding pressures work is mental. My role has increased and its relentless. Everyone else at work is stressed too and that just adds to the feeling of too much to do and not enough time to do it.

Finally, we haven’t properly sorted out the honeymoon. We have flights booked but no accommodation. I can’t locate my passport because it was packed over a month ago along with all our clothes. Aargh!

Last week I told him I wanted to emigrate to Oz and just get away from everything and start again. It’s silly because we have jobs we both enjoy most of the time and a new house which is at some point going to complete. We also have very supportive family and friends and our little dog Tilly. We don’t need to run away and start again but it’s at times like this I just want things to simplify. He gave me a reality break and we aren’t moving across the planet for now.

I sometimes wonder what it’s all for. Just going to work to earn money to pay for a house that’s empty all day while we work. Buying a new car to drive to work. Buying new clothes to wear to work. Why?

To try and combat this irritation we sat down and looked at our time off over the next six months to make some plans for trips and adventures and things to feel excited about.

Time with friends is a great mood lifter and on my friend Alisha’s hen do recently I even had chance to do something kinda bushcrafty – archery

The photo above isn’t of me because I was beyond useless! It’s a good job Adam can use a bow aswell as make them because we would starve if I was in charge!

However I was ‘reasonable’ in the escape vehicle

and navigated a night in the city without injury even whilst intoxicated so I think we’d be fine in a survival situation 🙂

All this fun went some way to alleviating my hopeless mood but I still want to sit in a cave with a fire and make things. You know just for a bit….

Spooning and why it’s good for your marriage 

Since the 10th June 2014 when Adam popped the question he has known that he has 72 spoons to carve.

You can probably imagine that I’ve mentioned it a few times over the last two years and he has continued to tell me that he’s on top of it!

Last week I casually asked him how he was getting on because there are only six weeks until the wedding. “six weeks??!!!” Was his response! Oh dear!

This left me a bit worried. I knew he had started as I had seen a few clues…

And we’ve had a few evenings where he has been carving until late

After my initial panic I found out that he has eight left to do so he’s doing ok. I just hope he can remember where the hoover and the garden brushes are kept 😉

Reflecting on 4 years with the bushcrafter 

Adam and I have been together for four years now and in that time we have definitely learnt a lot about each other. He’s seen me at my worst and knows some of my flaws;
– being stubborn and never apologising
– my impatience and impulsivity which means I want to do everything straight away
– my continued insistence to run my diesel so low my car could stop any minute

I have seen his flaws too;

– NEVER folding his wet towel

– leaving used tea bags in the sink

– forgetting to cancel his alarm when we have a day off

It’s great getting to know someone so well that you know what they are going to say before they do, you know what they are thinking just by a look, you think to call them and they ring you at that moment. I love it 🙂

Adam isn’t a gushing romantic, he’s not soppy and I’m happy with that. I would find it embarrassing. What he’s great at is the little things like;

– having my bath ready when I get home from work

– making sure we always have a bottle of red wine in the house

– laughing together and being silly!

He took us out for a meal on Friday and it was nice, we had a candle on our table and it was just the two of us. We ordered mussels to share which we both love.

They were really nice until he started telling me about the way they filter stuff in the sea and how you should avoid certain months to forage them because of pollutants or something! Hmm a little off putting!
He also got us a DVD to watch which was a typical Adam choice!

It was ok but very graphic and a lot of strange nudity! We didn’t think much of it. I don’t think it was what he expected!

Adam got something right though and that was these lovely flowers 🙂

If the way to his heart is through his stomach then I’m in trouble…

We recently started using an online company that sends through meal ingredients in exact quantities for each recipe. This means we don’t waste food and we can all feel good about that 🙂

The down side is that I’m a rubbish cook. Adam generally does all the cooking because he has a natural ability for it (plus I prefer to eat than cook). However tonight it was my turn. I swear I chose the most complicated recipe!

It was supposed to look like this ;

But unfortunately turned out like this;

I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I swear I followed the recipe exactly!

The food isn’t the only thing that got burnt. I also now have a burn on my finger which is very sore. Initially I ran it under the cold tap and then sat with it in mug of cold water whilst trying to eat my dinner with the other hand!

Then I remembered this special cream that Adam made a while back out of plantain plant. It is amazing stuff and stopped my burn hurting almost immediately.

Thanks again bushcraft 🙂

Where does the centipede hide his shoes? 

We love taking Tilly for long walks and now Spring is here we will be going out more and more. On Monday it was bank holiday and we went for a wander…

First stop was the little patch of woodland near our house where we found this grumpy looking tree!

Haha looks like me when I catch Adam using our saucepans for bushcraft things!

Anyway whilst wandering Adam told me about the little shoes hidden in white dead nettles. Yes shoes!

It’s a story about fairies hiding the centipede’s shoes and how he decided to hide them in white dead nettle so they wouldn’t get them.

White dead nettle doesn’t sting but the fairies didn’t know that! I found this blog www.tentsandfestivals.co.uk telling the story which is very cute!  I checked it out for myself in the nettles and it’s true!!!

Surviving the Stag and Hen 

It’s been a busy few days as Adam and I parted ways for the weekend and enjoyed our stag and hen dos. Adam headed off to Lisbon, Portugal and I went to London.

As always us girlies took loads of photos and the boys didn’t so there is little I can share about his trip.

As for mine, it was great! My friend Amy organised it and did an amazing job.

We started with a surprise climb up the O2 in the glorious sunshine and took in the views at the top

After building up an appetite we scoffed sandwiches, quiche and little cakes whilst on a bus tour of London, all washed down with tea because we are that wild!

Nothing much survived as you can imagine 🙂

We headed back to our rooms and some had a little nap to reboot before the evening out. The girls all dressed in black whilst I wore cream and a pretty tiara with veil attached – just in case it wasn’t obvious that I was the bride!

We made cocktails and they made the mistake of leaving us unattended with the bottles of spirits!

Again, not a lot survived!

We had a meal and started making our way around London via the underground. I think this may have been the best part; a busker on his saxophone had us all throwing some shapes and passers by were joining in. I thought we were in a film at one point!

We danced in various bars and clubs until the pain from heels became too much and headed back to our rooms for sleep.

I really enjoyed the day and night and the girls were kind, I drank what I wanted to and had a giggle.

Adam on the other hand text me Sunday morning to say he had never felt worse! The poor sausage had to fly home with a massive hangover and he laid on the sofa all evening feeling sorry for himself while I went for a run. Now who’s the survivor 😉