Bushcraft instead of Christmas 

Flint and I have always enjoyed Christmas and really he’s the one that made me love it. He always warms lots of mulled wine, and makes the Christmas cake for me to decorate (here is last year’s) 


We take an annual walk to collect foliage for our homemade wreath. Last year we did this as you can see below; 


We also choose the tree together and spend an evening decorating.  We tend to do the Christmas shopping together. 

This year was a little different….

Flint spent ALL of his time on bushcraft. He warmed mulled wine and lit fires and that’s about it. The rest of his time was spent mostly scraping skins (including on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day). I’m so glad we had our kitchen done so that he could soak eggs in a bucket comfortably… 

I ended up making the wreath and had to buy the loop rather than having a home made willow one.


I think I did alright though? 


I also made and iced the cake 


We spent a lot of time in our cabin with Flint working on various projects and I got on with wrapping ALL the presents that I shopped for ALONE! 

I went and chose the tree and decorated it, then he put his home made snow shoes next to it 

Fortunately for Flint we had some trips booked to see family so he had to leave the skins for a day. We took our dog for a walk/basket ride (in a basket made from bark) because she had a bad leg. 

And he saved the day by secretly making me these sheepskin slippers with a fox fur ruff and reindeer antler buttons… 


Phew… He ‘scraped’ it by the skin of his teeth (no pun intended!) 

Next year it’s Flint’s turn to shop for, prepare, and cook Christmas dinner alone. Who knows what we will end up with. Venison I’d guess from all the skins about the place! 😜

Bushcraft at Xmas 

So far our Christmas has consisted of me doing all the present shopping and wrapping and Flint 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 Flint’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

We’re in!! 

It’s one week today until the big day and we have finally moved house 🙂 honestly it feels like the weight of the world has lifted! It still didn’t happen smoothly and at won’t point it looked like we weren’t going to complete yesterday after all, but we did. Phew! 

Flint is working this weekend so after lifting all the heavy stuff he disappeared off after lunch and I’ve been getting on with it! My mum came over for the afternoon and night and spent ages helping clean and unpack boxes. We now have a reasonable kitchen, lounge and bedroom 🙂 

A real blessing with this move is the summer house which allows us to store everything and then just gradually find places for it in the house. 


Another huge benefit is the fact that it can hold all of Flint’s bushcraft and outdoors stuff and it doesn’t need to come into the house – yey! 

All those skulls, bits of bark, animals skins, bits of wood, bows and arrows, climbing ropes, tools, chopping blocks, cordages, oh and flintstones, can live in there 🙂 

The summerhouse was a big pull for both of us when we viewed the property. For very different reasons….

I recall walking toward the house and seeing a light on in the summer house and it look cosy and sweet. We were shown inside and there was a large sofa, bookcase, table and chairs etc – a great place to relax and have friends over I thought. I imagined it in the winter and looking out at the snow snuggled up or in the summer with a bbq just outside.

1 guess what Flint was thinking???!! 

‘Wow, what a great workshop this will make’. 

Hmmm no! We’ve had many a ‘discussion’ about this and have finally decided on half each! His side will be full of bushcraft and tools while my side will have a comfy sofa, a desk for my crafts, buttons and beads in jars on shelves and wool and fabrics in baskets – lovely 🙂 

It’s going to be a real mash up or our personalities and hobbies and actually I really love the idea the more I think about it. For now it’s a mess but we are both excited about what the future will hold 🙂