Crumble

Adam is keen on eating healthy at the moment and I do my best to go along for the ride although I am not as committed as him right now.

But we are lucky enough to have loads of fruit trees in our garden; apple, pear, red currant, raspberry, blackberry…

Of course, it’s time to make a crumble 🙂

Clearly the first job should be to pick the fruit but I think actually it’s important to ‘test’ berries first!

I still managed to collect lots of it and one of Adam’s many hand carved bowls and dishes came in handy

We have tons and tons of berries – too many to use so we will have a freezer full I’m sure even after we have given lots away.

In line with the healthy eating plan I used a few strawberries to sweeten the crumble (instead of sugar)

And ground almonds and porridge oats instead of flour for the crumble

I even topped it off with a couple of berries on top

Unfortunately there’s no picture of it cooked because we got stuck in immediately!

I’m just waiting for the raspberries to go crazy now and who knows what we will be eating 😀 any raspberry ideas would be well received!!

Bushcraft at Xmas 

So far our Christmas has consisted of me doing all the present shopping and wrapping and Adam making things for his upcoming trip to Sweden. Such as;

  • Fox fur hat
  • Snow shoes mark 2
  • A canvas tent
  • Tons of other stuff that gets him out of housework…


We’ve been spending loads of time in our log cabin with the woodburner glowing and cups of tea from the fire.


We love a good Xmas film and have been indulging in The Gruffalo’s Child tonight with Adam’s love of the woods and snow.


Bloody annoying though listening to him pointing out that the fox’s prints had the wrong gait! Just shows that you can’t escape bushcraft! X

I’m a fire starter 

I haven’t blogged in ages, it’s mad really but things have been busy with House DIY and we definitely aren’t done yet. Today, however I was chatting to a colleague and we got onto the subject of fires. We both have woodburners and he asked if we have used ours yet. Well Adam and I love a fire and so does Tilly so yes we’ve had a few!

My colleague said he was going to have one yesterday but realised they didn’t have any fire lighters so they didn’t. I was outraged! ‘You don’t need firelighters’ I squealed and started chatting about the use of candles or cotton wool and Vaseline. I then talked about little twigs and then slightly bigger bits of wood until you gradually build up to logs.

Suddenly I caught myself and realised what I was saying. Oh wow I’m giving someone tips on lighting a fire.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED?!!

Here’s my little step by step on how.

On the right is a bunch of thin pieces of wood which I split with an axe from the larger wood on the left.


I then added a small piece of scrunched up paper and a couple of thick branch bits from the garden which have been dead a while and are now dry.


I set the fire first with the paper and then propped up the thinnest pieces of wood around it

I then set the paper alight with a match and gradually stacked the other bits of wood around the flames being careful not to crush them

 I kept doing this and added thicker pieces before putting the branches bits on top once it had gained some energy.

Finally I added some small logs and shut the doors to the woodburner to control the air flow


I’m sure there are better ways and I’m happy to hear them of course but essentially I lit a fire and it worked first time and we are now warm and snug so I’m happy 🙂



I am definitely The Bushcrafter’s Wife and it’s great 🙂 nothing beats coming home to an empty house on a cold November evening and being able to light my own fire for Tilly and I xxx

Bushcrafter’s gifts

Flint’s mum came for dinner last night. She’s a very thoughtful guest and always brings a little something; a bottle of wine, some flowers, something she baked etc.

Last night was no exception and she arrived with a lovely bouquet of fresh flowers which I displayed in the lounge window – rooms feel so much better with a fresh display 🙂


We went for a walk around the village after a nice dinner that Adam cooked in his hay box. We then went to the pub for dessert because I couldn’t be bothered to sort anything – lazy I know!

Leaving the pub about 9pm we saw this lovely view of the sunset and it was a great end to a day off together.


We walked home and Flint’s mum remembered a little ‘gift’ in the car. Ooo that’s exciting!

Out she gets a dead garden snake that she found on her doorstep that morning. I’m… Well not that interested to be honest so I go upstairs to get in my pjs and leave them discussing this snake.


I can hear them talking about what it is and why it was on her doorstep and then they are doing that typically British thing of ‘well you have it if you would like it’ ‘oh no, not if you want it’ until eventually Adam accepts the gift happily 🙂 funny how they didn’t consider asking me if I would like it… Strange that!!

Adam’s mum lives quite nearby so we see her regularly. I am glad someone understands him but I am wondering what the next ‘gift’ will be!! X

Adam’s Handy Woodworking

Adam loves working with wood but most often its carving bowls or making work benches. This time though his skills were mega handy and a lovely surprise when I got home from work last night 🙂

He made us a stand for our wellies outside the door 🙂


He made me a jewellery holder 🙂


And the best thing he did was this doggy table for Tilly with her name burned into it and her favourite treat, carrot! Xx


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The bushcrafter’s garden 

Gardening…

It’s not something I’m great at but I am interested in getting better and learning.

Our new garden is bigger than the last and with a veg patch and greenhouse I could really grow some stuff 🙂

Before that though I wanted to get some flowers in and something for the birds


Adam on the other hand has other priorities. Let’s play a game of spot the bushcraft…


Here’s our messy, not yet organised greenhouse and in it we have a large deer skin drying in a frame,


Some rabbit skins I think


Some bits of bark – that’s the limit to my knowledge!

And some kind of herb or plant hanging out to dry

These little discoveries led me to look around the garden for other signs of a man addicted to bushcraft.


Such as this huge pile of Flint rocks and homemade seat

And these coils of bark


I also found this little bushcraft addict sitting processing string. I’m not sure what it is and I dare not ask!!
Finally, in a tree by the brook our card box from the wedding turned into a bird house 🙂


He certainly keeps things interesting and I haven’t even looked in the new workshop yet!

Hungover foraging 

Bushcraft seeps into every part of our life, it’s official!

Adam just can’t get enough of it and sometimes I think it’s really really great. For example, Adam made a really cool gift for the bride a groom at their beautiful wedding. He carved a spatula and spoon from sweet chestnut wood and pyrographied (if that’s a word?) their names and wedding date. A really thoughtful gift I thought 🙂


Whilst at the wedding Adam was recruited for wood splitting for the fires and he made sure the party had plenty of fuel. A bus man’s holiday!


It was a great day and night with lots of laughs and we are feeling pretty tired coming home. However he wasn’t too tired to make a quick bushcraft stop at the side of the road to pick up some long plants which I am reliably informed are rosebay willow herb. Apparently this makes cordage which of course is very exciting…


We are travelling in my car and I can’t say I’m all that impressed by the mess he’s made!



1st job for him this afternoon needs to be cleaning my car! X

Men are from Mars 

Our honeymoon was always going to be about compromise as you may recall from ‘the bushcrafter’s honeymoon’.

I love water and heights, always have. My ideas for the two weeks included both of these;

Venice – the city on the water

A hot air balloon flight

Plitvice national park and Krka national park

Natural thermal spa

A water park

Swimming in the sea on Krk island

Adam is a lover of mountains, forests and bushcraft so his plans included;

Via Ferrata in the Dolomites

Visiting Otzi

Hikes up mountains in both Croatia and Italy

Walks in meadows and forests looking at plants and trees!!

Each evening on our honeymoon we would look through any photos we had captured that day and it became really apparent from the pictures who was enjoying which activities!

Adam with his arms folded and looking distracted on a water ride compared to me absolutely loving it!


Me sunbathing and loving the sunny weather and water at the thermal spa. Flint in the distance napping in the shade!


Me enjoying some gelato in the sun, Adam desperate to climb something!


Adam splitting wood and me drinking wine watching our food cook!


Adam legging it down hill like a mountain goat and me very ungracefully slipping and tripping over each rock and being described by my loving husband as a constipated penguin due to the way I walk!

Like I’ve said before, it’s all about compromise 🙂 x

Meeting Otzi 

Now you know about our little link to Otzi you will understand why I was more than happy to accommodate the romantic rendezvous to Bolzano Museum of Archaeology.

Adam was so blooming excited, I swear he dressed smarter for Otzi than for me on our evening meals out! He has been aware of Otzi since about 2003 whilst studying in the Lake District and always wanted to visit.

Friday 24th June 2016 was the day Flint would finally meet Otzi!


He almost ran up those stairs!

I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did but it was really cool. I found myself understanding a lot about what I was seeing because there were so many crafts that I have seen (and smelled) Adam doing at home! Birch bark containers, natural cordage, bows and arrows, hides, animal furs, bone and flint arrows – loads.

You aren’t allowed to take photos inside apart from delegated areas like this one of Otzi as they believe he would have looked back then.

I had a go at cordage making in the kid’s area but I was rubbish! Look at my pretty wedding nails though 🙂


I find it amazing that this man died (well he was murdered actually) up in the mountains about 5,600 years ago and had no idea that people the world over would be studying him all these years later. It’s very cool and I can see why Adam was so keen to visit the museum. There is so much knowledge to be gained from this man right down to what he ate, how he made his clothes, what his health was like etc. I had no idea you could learn so much this many years later – incredible!

So all in all, it may not have been romantic in most people’s eyes but for us as a couple it was sentimental and for Adam it was a collection of his loves and interests. He took so many notes and little drawings. The 24th of June was the day of fulfilling long standing ambitions….