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Friday, 20 October 2017

First Camping Trip



Friday Blessings Happy Campers! Welcome back once again for Five on Friday

As you know the other week I did an overnight camp in the mountains with my motorcycle club brothers. After seeing the photos Logan wouldn't stop asking me if he could come camping with me. He's only 4 years old so I wasn't sure if he was totally ready to spend a night outdoors but I will never hold my children back from their aspirations so we set a date and made it happen.

We went down to our land the day before we were due to camp and took some tools to level off a pitch for the tent, I wanted to make sure Logan was involved in all of this to get him used to the site and the idea of camping.
Logan working hard
After a while we had cleared a perfect spot for our tent and a little pathway to the firepit so that he wouldn't be tripping up all night. Then we went home to pack up ready for our adventure!

Logan beside the firepit 
The next day we came back about an hour before the sun was due to set, got the tent up and made ourselves at home. Always make sure your tent is upwind of your fire folks :)

Tent Life
Of course no camping trip would be complete without the age old tradition of toasting marshmallows on the fire, Logan took to it like a pro and we had the best time sitting around the fire chatting and making memories.

toasting marshmallows on the camp fire
I think there is definitely something very primal about sitting around the camp fire, enjoying food and drink and sharing stories with your tribe, I feel a deep connection with our ancestors whenever I get the chance to partake in this sort of activity outdoors.

Our humble little campfire
Then as is started to get dark we watched the fire go down to embers and retreated to the tent. Now was the time to allow modern technology to make the experience even better. Since it was Logan's first ever time camping out I wanted to make sure he didn't feel uncomfortable or scared, so I took the laptop along in our pack and when night fell we cuddled up in the tent, watching Minions and eating tasty snacks.

Camping, Crisps and Minions, the perfect combination!
When the movie finished we snuggled down and went to sleep. At around 1am I was woken by dogs barking in the nearby village and then the sound of animals charging towards the tent as what sounded like 3 wild boar thundered up to the tent, squealed a bit and ran away. Logan remained asleep and blissfully unaware that he came very close to seeing his Dadda have a knife fight with the three little pigs! All I wanted to do was wave a torch and shout to scare them off but didn't want to scare Logan on his first night camping so I stayed silent and let them move on in their own time, albeit gripping the handle of a 14" Bowie knife just in case!

Camping tradition
In the morning Logan was really excited to have bean sandwiches for breakfast so we brewed up some choco-mint tea and cooked the beans in an oldschool set of mess tins that I have had since I was a teenager, still my favourite cook set after all these years!

As a kid I never got to go camping with my Dad (my parents separated when I was Logan's age) so it filled me with joy to be able to share my love of the outdoors with my son and give him the memories that I never had, I'm sure he will treasure these moments for a lifetime. What memories of camping do you have?

Thanks for stopping by for this weeks Five on Friday, We wish you a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Pallet Photo Board


Props and backdrops / backgrounds for photography don't have to cost a fortune and there are some really creative things you can do on a budget if you're willing to womble!

DIY Pallet Photoboard - Photo Background Prop


Last week we showed you the pallet bath that we made, and the Pallet Gate before that, this week I thought it might be fun to show you the photoboard we made up. We now use this board as the backdrop for all of our product photos for Thor's Threads and Lucky Sew & Sew and it really comes in handy to have a beautiful dedicated surface for taking photos on.

As with most of our recent creations the photoboard started out life on the pallet pile

The goldmine that is the pallet pile
We selected a pallet that had fairly close boards to begin with, and to achieve the look we were going for we filled in the gaps with strips of timber cut down from another pallet.

Gaps all filled in 

You can just see in the photo above that we cut small grooves into the wood on the original pallet to give it more of a floorboard look after it was stained

Applying the stain
After sanding the whole thing down we treated the pallet photoboard to a couple of coats of stain to get it looking less like a pallet and more like a photography backdrop.

Finished Pallet Photoboard
And there you have it, the finished photoboard! 

DIY Pallet Photography Backdrop
Here are some of the photo's we've taken on the board recently, they certainly look a lot smarter than just taking them on the dining room table!

Addams Family Patch - Glow in the Dark
Winter Mjolnir Thor's Hammer Patch
Addams Family Patch and Pin Badge


Viking Badges and Golden Mjolnir Patch

Hopefully this will be helpful to some of you, we'd love to hear what sort of props and backdrops you use for your photography!

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Friday, 6 October 2017

The Biker's Life

Friday Again!

Last Week I mentioned I was stripping down the bike to give it a new lease of life so I thoguth this week I'd update you on the progress of the transformation.

The Blank Canvas - matt black

Although the bike was red when I bought it I had already resprayed it matt black a few years ago but after several British winters it was starting to look very tired and needed a little TLC.

I wasn't ENTIRELY sure that I wanted to do the bike blue so started off by testing out the colour on the mudguard.

Front Fender Painted
After putting the insignia of my motorcycle club on it and then lacquering over it it was ready to go back on the bike.I was really happy with it so decided to go ahead and strip the rest of the bike down to be sorted out.

A very tired looking steed!
Looking back at the photo of her stripped down it's hard to believe that it is the same bike when I finished! The whole bike was cleaned up, sanded down and treated to a fresh lick of paint, including the exhausts and header pipes.

Full Blue Paintjob
Now all I need to do is get the seat re-upholstered as there are a few small rips in the leather, sand down the engine and re-enamel it and do a few small bits here and there to make it one of a kind. Once the new leather seat is on Carly has volunteered to paint White Wolf Brotherhood down the sides of it and anyone that has seen her handiwork will be as excited as I am to see how it turns out!

Painting the bike and restoring her to her former glory has been a welcome distraction and a great bit of mental therapy. Of course now that she is beautiful again I couldn't just let her sit on her own in the garage, luckily I had a party to attend with the club to get out and show her off to the world:

Out on the road where she belongs
It's never a bad thing to let your hair down and party, which is exactly what I did out with my club brothers and our friends in the other clubs that came from far and wide for the Scavengers MC End of Summer Party. The man on the left of this photo, "The Butcher" is actually my father! It's the first time he had been out to a biker party with me, he's been interested for ages so really enjoyed himself.

The Butcher, Knuckles and Me
We drank far too much to be able to drive home, but as the forward thinking citizens of the world that we are I had already arranged for us to camp over and once the party had finished and everyone else had gone to sleep we had a few more beers beside the campfire having a laugh and making memories

Wolves around the camp fire
Waking up the next morning, slightly worse for wear, I was treated to an amazing sunrise in the mountains as I set up the stoves for a hot drink and some breakfast.

Camping in the mountains
So as you can see I'm doing so much better than I was a while ago and I can't wait to show you all the progress as I customise the bike a bit more in the future.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, Thanks for stopping by for Five on Friday!


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Friday, 29 September 2017

What's Going On This Week?

Happy Friday! 
I hope the week has been kind to you all :)

To say that we have been very busy bees again this week would be somewhat of an understatement!

Last Week I showed you the Pallet Gate that we made.....now let me introduce our new pallet bath:


Reclaimed Pallet Bath

It isn't completely finished yet, we're going to paint it and then sand it down a bit again to give it the shabby chic distressed look, but as you can see it's already looking pretty good.

Next up, since Halloween is just around the corner here is a photo of our Addams Family patch and pin combo (coincidentally this photo is taken on a board we made from old pallets, maybe I'll do a post about this soon)

Addams Family Pin and Patch Combo

I'm sure I've mentioned that the pin badge glows in the dark, but did you know the patch glows too? how cool is that?!

Not the easiest thing to take photos in the dark but you get the picture :)
This week we took the kids out to Petrel Castle, we like to make sure they aren't cooped up in the house. Unfortunately when we got there it was closed so we couldn't explore inside but we still had loads of fun pretending we were defending the castle from all the dragons and trolls that turned up just after we got there.

Petrel Castle
My bike has been looking very sorry for itself recently. I've had it for almost 6 years and up until now it has been a rat bike, that is to say whenever anything started to get rusty or broken I just sprayed it matt black and forgot about it! 

My old reliable Vulcan

This was partly due to necessity since in the UK I rode to work daily all year round through the British winters, so it would have been impossible to keep it "shiny", but partly I suppose due to laziness. Since moving out here and not having to ride through the wet salty UK winters I have the opportunity to restore her to her former glory, so this week I've been stripping her down and giving her some TLC.

Front Fender

When I first bought her she was red and shiny, then I turned her matt black and fierce, this time she is going to be a royal blue tribute to the club that I belong to, White Wolf Brotherhood Motorcycle Club





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Friday, 22 September 2017

Five on Friday - A Busy Week!

Happy Friday Folks!

Many thanks to those that are still taking part in Five on Friday, summer is always a busy time of year and I know a lot of people struggle to keep up with blogging due to commitments outdoors at this time of year so well done those of you that are still managing to find the time to get involved :)

Wild Blackberries
When we go on our hikes we try to keep our eyes peeled for edibles as we go, knowing where things are and keeping tabs on them for when they are ready is a great thing to teach to the children and they love learning about plants, particularly Aurora who has the appetite of a herd of cattle so is very fast to learn anything food related!  Recently we picked probably the last of the blackberries from along the trail as the birds will no doubt take the rest before we get a chance to hike up there again. The blackberries in the mountains are very small due to the harsh conditions and scarcity of water but the flavour is immense and far better than the bloated flavourless rubbish overpriced in the shops.

Fresh Almonds
The almonds are all ripe and ready on the trees so we have been spending countless hours cracking almonds. The kids love to eat them raw from the shells but we've also been trying to use them up in our baking as well, and of course making Almond Butter is a real bonus of having access to abundant fresh almonds. It's incredibly easy to do and without any ingredients other than roast almonds you end up with a delicious creamy Almond Butter, way better than Peanut Butter and without any nasty additives at all.

Pallet Wood Gate
As you may know we recently adopted two rescue puppies and they have just learnt how to climb stairs. The main problem with this is that they haven't learnt how to come back down! To stop them from constantly getting themselves stranded in the upstairs bedroom we needed a gate at the bottom of the stairs, but we left our old baby gates behind in the UK, so rather than fork out for a new one we decided to come up with a homemade DIY pallet gate. It works like a charm and only cost us a couple of euros for the latch and hinges! It will certainly come in handy when we start building at Wyrdwood Acres to be able to make picket fences and gates out of pallets. Our next pallet project is to try our hand at building some pallet furniture :)

Hand Tooled, Hand Painted Leather Belt
Another one of the things we've made recently is this custom leather belt. It was the anniversary of our friends in the Rebels MC Hispania so we made this belt as a gift and took it down to their clubhouse for them. I think it has come out beautifully and have decided to start selling this type of thing in my shop Thor's Threads soon. We already do small leather patches but I think these belts will go down a storm with other bike clubs and people in general!

Berries and Herbal Tea
So after a very busy week all that was left to do was sit with my feet up eating delicious natural snacks and drinking Hierba Luisa Tea, I feel as chilled out as my Little Tea Strainer Man looks!

I hope you all have a blessed weekend, thanks for stopping by for Five on Friday!








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