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Hopefully the one emerging will make it, it's one wing (showing) has been getting better during the night, but very slowly


The sequel to Caterpillars! Yes they have hatched, they hatched out last night! One of them was still trying to get out as we went to bed, and 2 have yet to start hatching. (more…)
So you get the general idea; the strip of wood to the right of the photo is the total depth of the wardrobe

Space saving thin wardrobe

Living in a small house is very Eco-friendly. You take up less land, you use fewer resources, it even costs less to heat it. It is sadly also a s*d for storage, a problem we have been fighting with for a few years, so here is the first of what I hope to be a few posts about space saving ideas we [...]
22nd July


With Britain’s butterflies facing their worst year ever wouldn’t it be great to raise a few yourself in the safety of your home and then release them into the wild? One of our friends found a kit where you can do just that and bought it for Bella (my daughter) for her birthday. The kit (butterfly [...]
Digging out the compost

More compost and planter

Not the most exciting post but the best I can think up, as you can tell from the lack of posts over the last month I am very busy with work [current project]! This weekend we set aside some time to work on our garden. It has been in a sorry state for 2 or 3 years now (I can’t remember which), with [...]
A proud daughter!

Child-manufactured Firesteel

First of all I should say that this post was written on the 30th of November and then scheduled for publication today, so sorry if this post seems to have missed out on some major planetary event (such as a zombie invasion or early 2012 apocalypse). If those things have happened then I am very [...]
Happy anniversary my love MWUHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Anniversary Gift

With the choice of featured image combined with post title I’m sure this will generate some site traffic (if not a few complaints!), but this isn’t an account of the activities of a serial killer (and the extra site traffic disappears) but all about how I made a bushcraft knife for my wife as an [...]
Drying out our boots

November Camping

I haven’t written much about the Frontier Stove for months now, or my army bell tent, and that’s because there hasn’t been much to write about. That said I went away camping with friends in the Lake District the weekend before last and got to experience the wonder of a heated tent! [...]
Broken rubber band

I got it a bit wrong….

I was camping in the Lakes last weekend (post to follow soon) and if you thought it a good idea to follow my guide on adding guys to the Frontier Stove Flue, don’t. One of the rubber lumps I used to insulate the guy line from the wire that is connected to the flue broke. (more…)
The finished article

The Frontier Stove – Adding Guys to the Flue

  UPDATE: Don’t follow this guide (see later post). As mentioned in my earlier post one of the things that the Frontier Stove Flue is seriously lacking is a way to guy it down. I put the guys described here on our flue and used it (the stove/ flue) for a week in North Wales during good-ish summer [...]
Grilliput Fire Bowl, heating marshmallows

Fire Bowl

I have been pretty bad at putting up new posts recently, and as such I have loads to write about. One of the shorter articles is about my new Fire Bowl. I got one of these for my birthday, used it on my last trip (6 weeks ago?) and had to write about it. If you are not familiar with fire bowls then [...]
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