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Friday, 16 February 2018

February

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Its the middle of February and I'm feeling fantastic!

FOR ASGARD!

The inlaws are healing up well and soon everything will return to normality and this will all just be a bad memory. To be able to walk away from a broken neck without any permanent damage just goes to show how lucky they both were.


In other news Logan has been asking questions. Nothing out of the ordinary for a 5 yr old but to be more specific he has been asking about money, how it works and how he can get more money. So we explained to him about how mine and Carly's businesses work and he decided that he wanted to start his own business, so of course we are encouraging him! He has chosen to start a sweet shop and picked out the name Wyrdwood Emporium, it will essentially be an online Willy Wonkas of sorts, here's a photo of some marbled chocolate bark he made this week whilst testing out recipes:

Marbled Chocolate Bark

This week I also celebrated 5 years of membership in the White Wolf Brotherhood Motorcycle Club!

White Wolf Brotherhood Motorcycle Club

I finally finished pyrographing and staining the trinket box I have been making, the inside is lined with royal blue velvet :)

Pyrographed trinket box inscribed with runes and aew helm. Reads "wyrd bið ful aræd"


However, one of the things I'm most excited about is that Thor's Threads has now started selling drinking horns and horn tankards!

Our Jarl Drinking Horn

The Berserker Tankard is already a firm favourite with its gorgeous rustic looks

Berserker Horn Tankard
But the more polished version is the King Tankard, with a hand carved pattern all the way around it

Viking King Tankard


And if you really want to drink in viking style the Jarl horn has some beautiful carving all the way around too

Jarl Drinking Horn


So as the sun rises on another day, I feel that 2018 can only get better for us, and although we had a bit of a shakey start I still believe that 2018 will be an amazing year for us all :)


Sunrise with the doggos

Thanks for stopping by for Five on Friday, Hope you all have a wonderful week :)

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Friday, 9 February 2018

A Dam good time

Happy Friday guys and gals!

I'm happy to report that the inlaws are healing well, MiL had xrays last week and the doctors are pleased with her progress. She will need to keep the cervical neck brace on for another 4 weeks but it looks like everyone will walk away from this terrible accident without any long lasting damage, thank the Gods!

Last weekend was Carly's birthday and after all the stress and hardship we've been through recently we thought we deserved a bit of a break so we returned to Amsterdam for the weekend :)



You may notice the photobomber behind us on the right, my father!

My Dad and his wife accompanied us this year because they wanted to experience Amsterdam and spend some time with us so we all went together. We stayed in Haarlem again because we just loved it so much the first time and were told my several Dutch people that it was the best place to stay in the area. This meant that not only did we know our way around but we already have a few favourite haunts. on the first morning we had absolutely no doubt that we needed to stop at By Lima for breakfast :)




The food in By Lima has got to be some of the best I've ever eaten, they have an extensive vegetarian menu and it is all made using really good, fresh, locally sourced produce. This is the breakfast platter that I had:



We also revisited the Tuschinski theatre, it is one of the most decadent cinemas that I have ever seen, the red velvet loveseat benches are the best way to enjoy a film in luxury with a glass of sparkles and a snack box!



We watched the movie "Downsizing" which was fairly good, I probably wouldn't watch it again but it was certainly worth seeing once. I also found this photo of a cookie monster doughnut on my phone that I had absolutely no recollection of eating!

Cookie Monster!

Of course Amsterdam is not most famous for its breakfasts, theaters and doughnuts. I am completely in love with the coffee shops over there, I love how people can be open about their use of cannabis. The fact that it is a perfectly legal substance and carries no taboo is truly liberating. We visited coffee shops every day almost whenever we passed them, and did not encounter the tiniest hint of trouble. Compared to the red light district where lonely middle aged men were throwing up all over themselves and staggering around causing trouble after too much alcohol. By comparison the smokers that had too much cannabis just sat in the corner of a coffee shop giggling to themselves and causing zero nuisance to the rest of the world.  I certainly know which substance I think causes greater harm to humanity, and I'm more than happy to stick with my cannabis.




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Friday, 26 January 2018

Five on Friday

Apologies for the lack of Five on Friday post last week. I've been seriously struggling to find time to blog since the accident, in truth we've been seriously struggling to find time to do anything. Poor Carly has been working until past 10pm every night trying to keep up with the business on her own. Today we are off to the hospital to find out how Diane's broken neck is healing up so wish us luck, I'm hoping that soe form of normality can resume in the very near future. Thank you all for all of the support you have given us and for continuing to pop by the blog, I can promise you it will be worth the wait when we get back into the swing of things. Hope you all are having a great start to 2018 and wishing you a fantastic weekend


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Friday, 12 January 2018

Five on Friday

Hi guys n gals, Welcome back for Five on Friday!

It'll be a very short one from us this week, as you can imagine we're still picking up the pieces of The Accident (literally, I'm collecting Tel's bike tomorrow!) so I haven't had anything fun to blog about this last week.

Tel is healing up well and should hopefully have his stitches removed tomorrow. Diane is also doing well considering she has a broken neck, shes home with us now and Carly is doing an amazing job of keeping everything together so hopefully in 4-5 weeks I'll be able to report on the full recovery they have both made. In the mean time its all hands on deck here for at least a while longer.

I hope January is being kind to everyone and can't wait to return to normality and get round to visit you all. Have a great weekend x


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Friday, 5 January 2018

Good Riddance 2017!

I have been saying that 2018 was going to be the best year ever, that it was going to be our year, and I still believe that.

However one thing I hadn't counted on was that we still had to get out of 2017 alive which almost didn't happen. On the morning of New Years Eve we were all heading toward the land to walk the dogs on our land for the first time. Me Carly and the kids were in the car with the dogs and Terry and Diane (F.I.L & M.I.L) were following a couple of minutes behind us on the bike. We got the phone call that no one ever wants to hear, that there had been an accident so we called an ambulance circled around and found them in a ditch at the side of the road.

As you can imagine it was the New Years Eve from hell, they both sustained multiple injuries, multiple broken bones, the worst of which being that Diane has a broken neck. You may find it hard to believe but after just 4 days in hospital they have released her to be cared for at home with what I can only describe as the most uncomfortable hard neck brace I have ever seen in my life.

At the moment we are counting our blessings that they are both still alive, it could have been so much worse! Of course our routine will be disrupted somewhat so that we can care for them for the next six weeks, but that is the least of our worries. I'll make sure I get a Five on Friday post up each week but please bear with me , the content might not be that exciting for the next month or two as I'm not going to get much opportunity to go out and have any adventures


Thanks for stopping by for Five on Friday, I hope the New Year brings you all of your hearts desires


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Friday, 29 December 2017

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye

Can you believe that we are saying goodbye to 2017 already?

This will be the last post before 2018 so I'd like to take the opportunity to say one Last Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all, Thank you all so much for continuing to visit the blog and take part in Five on Friday with us.

 Looking back it has been a bit of a whirlwind of a year for us, we've not only moved home but moved to a different country with a totally different language and culture. It's really thrown my schedule up in the air and I've struggled to adjust to our new lifestyle out here, it's lead to a lot of stress and headaches but I feel like everything has levelled out again now and we can throw ourselves into 2018 full steam ahead and make our dreams come true.


So where has 2017 left us? What have we got to work with?

Christmas was amazing, it was our first meat free Xmas and the food was absolutely amazing! Completely gorged on good home made food and our own Homebrewed Hard Cider I now feel ready to face 2018 full steam ahead! I received some amazing hand made gifts that I can't wait to show off in a post soon :)

The kids seem to double in size if I take my eyes off them for the moment, I'm sure our two rescue puppies seem to be competing with the kids to see who can grow the fastest!


We're almost at the end of the planning stages of our house now so next year should be very exciting on that front being able to start building properly and legally and make our Wyrdwood Acres dreams a reality.

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Lucky Sew and Sew

Carly's business Lucky Sew and Sew has gone from strength to strength this year and next year will be even bigger and better as Carly has a whole rebranding planned so thats something to be excited about. He'res a sneak peak of my superstar wife on the new business cards:

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Lucky Sew and Sew



We've also booked another trip to Amsterdam in February for Carly's birthday which is something to look forward to, We had the best time when we went this year and can't wait to go back and explore more :)



My business Thor's Threads has plodded along well this year without a great deal of effort from me but I'm really passionate about a few ideas i've had to take it to the next level so i'm feeling really positive about that too.

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New Grips and Artwork on Tank, Seat Re-covered

Some of you may remember that I'm in the process of Restoring and Customising My Motorcycle , It looks like a completely different bike now I've done so much work on it in the last 6 months that I barely recognise it, so I'll be sharing a post on that in the next week or so. The motorcycle club I founded and belong to is growing well too and celebrates its 5 year anniversary in the UK in February.

I may well be one of the most disorganised beasts on the planet, I suppose I'm so good at "winging it" that I've never placed much faith in plans but i think that has been a bit of a weakness so far so I'm hoping that with a bit of planning I can make the most out of my time and energy to really "get shit done" for 2018, I'm hoping to be back to more regular blogging and visiting now too.

Thank you so much again to all those who have come along on this journey with us through the blog, you have no idea how grateful I am for the kind words you all leave here. I hope you've enjoyed this week's Five on Friday, We hope you have a wonderful weekend


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Friday, 22 December 2017

All wrapped up


Xmas decorations in our village

My apologies on the late start today, I've been so wrapped up in preparing for Yuletide celebrations that I clean forgot to write a Five on Friday post this week :(

We'll be back next week with a proper Five on Friday, we'll finally be able to share with you all the homemade gifts we have made for each other once the cat is out of the bag so to speak.

 We'd like to Wish everyone a Wonderful Winter Solstice, A Cool Yule and a Very Merry Christmas, Thank you so much for stopping by for Five on Friday



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