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Friday, 23 June 2017

Thank You!

First of all I'd like to say thank you to all of the people that have kept coming back for Five on Friday every week despite me being a terrible host recently. I love everyone that gets involved every week and I'm going to find the time somehow to get around and visit and comment on everyones blogs if it kills me!

I'm also sorry if anyone was offended by the confederate flag in my last post, to be honest I didn't even notice it was there until people pointed it out in the comments as it has no real significance in modern British culture so I didn't even think about it. Although it is meaningless to me I can understand why it would upset certain people so I'll be sure to be a bit more mindful of it in the future.

I'm totally out of my routine at the moment but that should settle down by next week, we've got some exciting things to share with you about the land but I'll keep it under wraps, for now its pretty late on Thursday night as I type this so I'll share the last 5 photos from my camera and tell you what they're all about:

1 - Almonds
Almond Tree
 The Almond trees on our land are absolutely LADEN with almonds right now so I guess we will be inundated with almonds when it comes to harvest time. Not a bad position to be in I guess! I estimate we have around 250-300 almond trees so it will certainly take some effort to collect all of the nuts, I'm not sure how many we will yield but it is sure to be far more than we could need so I may throw a work party and people can come and help out and take away a generous bag of almonds for their trouble.

2 - EDC Pouch

Maxpedition EDC Pouch
 As many of you know I am a survivalist or as some people call themselves these days Prepper. I took this shot of my EDC (Every Day Carry) setup and thought you guys and gals my be interested in what is actually crammed in there. If anyone has any questions about it I'd be more than happy to talk about it. I use a Maxpedition pouch to keep it all in and from left to right it contains:
Lansky Blade Medic, Vintage Style Compass. Pen Torch, TacPen, Cable Ties, Ferro rod, Striker, Lighter, Scarab Multitool, CRKT Eat'n'Tool, Field Notebook, CRKT Edgie, Plasters, Mosquito & Insect Repellent, Glowstick, Afterbite and of course the bandana that it is resting on.

You'd be amazed at the amount of things a kit like this comes in handy for, I think everyone should carry one.

3 - Me'N'You Vs The World

Me N You Vs The World Tshirt
 This Tshirt was one of my Father's Day gifts from the kids, I absolutely love the biker vibe of the print (and their whole brand to be honest) so of course I had to get Carly to take a snap of me on my bike wearing it. The maker is a friend of ours and I can't recommend them highly enough if you want something epic, you can find them here: ME 'N' YOU VS THE WORLD


4 - Shirtless Selfie

Shirtless Selfie 
I took this photo first thing in the morning as I went to let the chickens out, which is why I still look asleep!
Until now you have never seen me without a top on. Most people that have known me all my life have never seen me without a shirt on.  All my life I've had issues with my body. When I was a teenager I was real chubby. When I was 13 I was at my heaviest and weighed 16 stone and absolutely hated the way my body looked. Since then I have been an unhealthily thin 10.5 stone, one way or the other I've always thought I was too fat or too thin.Now my weight is somewhere inbetween, the sixpack is firmly buried within the DadBod and I've stopped worrying about it. Truth is we all need to learn to love ourselves and others just the way they are, we don't need to be what the magazines tell us to be! 

5 - Viking Badges
Vegvisir, Valknut & Mjolnir

This last pic is sort of in the wrong place, I saved it to my phone so I could reshare it on the Thor's Threads Instagram but I've included it because I love the meanings behind the symbols

The black and white badge is Vegvisir, the norse compass, it is said that a person bearing this symbol will always find their way, and in this day and age I think there are more than a few people that have lost their way and could do with a magic compass to help get them back on track.

The red and black badge portrays the Valknut, the knot of the slain warrior, it is regarded as a symbol of Odin and the afterlife and is said to represent the 9 worlds and be an aid for reincarnation, cyclical relationships and in talismans to ward against evil. To me it represents the connectivity of everything, infinity and immortality.

The last one is a simple but bold image of Mjolnir, the mighty hammer wielded by Thor, God of Thunder. It is a symbol of strength, courage and protection and is widely used in modern Paganism due to Thor being the "God of the People" as he is the protector of Humankind.


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36 comments

  1. What a lot of almonds! You'll have to get your recipe books out but in the meantime here's a link with some ideas http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/fantastic-things-you-can-do-with-almonds-besides-almond-butter/ . Don't worry if you haven't got time to comment. Great five, have a good week.

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    1. That's such a great link! Thanks CK, I'm going to have a read up and write down some ideas :)

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  2. Wow, what a lot of almonds! Wish, I had some...
    Beautiful shirt and great spiritual symbols, they are not really mine, but I'm familiar with them. I well know that, to be not lucky with the own body. But becoming older (I'm 57 years) it lost it's meaning, luckily...
    Have posted yesterday some photo of myself
    http://mascha-colorofhope.blogspot.de/2017/06/summer-joys.html

    At last I want to say thank you for your constant weekly job with the linkup. I appreciate that.
    Enjoy your weekend

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    1. Thank you for the kind words Mascha, I've just checked your post and I think the photos of you looked lovely :)

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  3. It seems you have a lot of work on your land ! I was also surprised that people made a remark about a flag ! and one which only Americans now. I will put the flag of the Walloons next time. It's a rooster, lol ! I also have to complain about you telling your weight in stones ??? I had to google to find out what a stone is besides the one you throw in your neighbours windows ! You are not a grandpa to calculate still in stones. My English friend in her seventies always talked about stones and her grandchildren in kgs and then grandma had to learn kgs, meters and km ! She complained !

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    1. If your were American, you would never have made that flag remark! Why don't you Google it and then make an educated remark!

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    2. If you were a white Southern American, you'd be proud of the flag, and of the heritage it represents. But I can understand why you need to steer clear of controversies that don't involve you and don't have anything to do with your blog. There are too many out there who are willing to condemn something they know nothing about on the basis of race alone. It's a pathetic way to think, but it's painfully common in the United States today. It's the "you owe me" mentality at it's worst.

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    3. +1,000 to my dear and true southern american friend Harry Flashman.

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    4. The confederate flag does divide Americans....but isn't that sort of the point? I don't suppose there is a flag in the world that hasn't had horrendous acts committed in it's name, if we outlawed every flag that had blood on it's hands we wouldn't have any left!

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  4. I had to laugh about the stones comment above - I grew up with metrics but have gotten so used to stones that my own weight is always expressed in this measure. For one, the numbers are smaller!
    Have you thought about harvesting and selling all those almonds? There must be a considerable amount of almonds on those 200+ trees! Maybe there is a local market? I appreciate you'll be busy building your house so maybe this is something for next year. Exiting times!

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    1. Stones is just the standard unit of measure for the UK, once again it's one of those things I didn't even think about when I wrote it. we live in a beautifully diverse world :)

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  5. A great idea to organise a party of almond gatherers and then share out what you've got. That's something we do in our Italian village when we need to harvest and have a lot of produce such as grapes, olives, tomatoes. An interesting post. The only connection I have with Thor is the name of our nephew's Alsation dog in Italy. It lives up the lane and is a much loved member of the family. He's a family pet and also guards the house, but he's friendly if he knows the visitors. He's not tied up like some guard dogs I see. Take care and I hope you and your family have a good week.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, hope you had a wonderful week :)

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  6. Wow, you are going to be overrun with almonds! Well I hope you will have lots to harvest anyway with that number of trees. Hope the picking goes well. Good to catch up with you again. Sorry I have been missing for so long. Thank you for hosting!

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    1. I absolutely love it when you swing by,thanks for joining in this week, hope all is well for you Amy x

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  7. Dear Tricky Wolf,
    very nice post, I enjoyed reading it, also very interesting, didn't know about these Viking Badges. I think there are useful.
    Many greetings

    Wolfgang

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    1. Thanks for Visiting Wolfgang, I am a big believer that these type of symbols have power so think they can be very useful

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  8. Wish I could come to the almond harvest party!! I'm sure it will be a great time! Those almond trees will be a great source of income for you in the future.

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    1. I hope so, it is always good to have multiple revenue streams :)

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  9. Shame I'm not closer I'd be in that almond working bee (as we would call it!) for sure. Smiling at Gattina's & Christina's comments as I have just stayed in an old English B & B with a set of scales in stone, I should never have stepped on... it was not the number I remember from my youth!!
    Thank you for hosting.
    Wren x

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    1. they say age is just a number, i think the saying should be changed to weight is just a number! thanks for joining us for Five on Friday WW :)

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  10. Thank you for continuing to host! Those almonds look amazing!! I find the meaning behind the badges fascinating. But I really love that shirt - so cool!!

    Have a wonderful weekend. ;)

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    1. Thanks Carrie, We hope you had a wonderful week :)

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  11. Tricky, this is one of the reasons I like reading blogs and commenting! We learn from one another! You learned a tiny bit about American history and I think you really do understand! I think Amy really did pick the right person to pass Five on Friday to!

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    1. Aw thank you Ksunshine52, That's really nice of you to say

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  12. I think he learned a bit about racism, that's certain. But not in the way you mean.

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    1. Its plain plain to see Harry & Kymber are not "woke" yet!

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    2. Who mentioned racism? I asked a simple question and Tricky was honest in his answer. From reading his blog, I think he's a fine young man, husband and father! I never accused him of being a racist since that's not a word to be tossed around lightly. Ironic that I write this on the 4th of July. ( Tricky, I'm still reading your blog, but may not post again. Had no intention of hijacking your blog! )

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  13. The part of your 5 that I thought I'd like the least was actually my favorite. At first I wondered about the shirtless selfie and expected a different attitude. After reading the words I was almost in tears. Bravo for you for being at one with the world and encouraging all to accept themselves as they are. I'm happy your children have such a great role model.

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    1. Thank you so much for such a positive comment, it really brightened up my day :) hope you had a wonderful week

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  14. Dear Tricky - i will have to go back to your previous post...but i just wanted to say that your almonds look delicious - you totally ROCK the Dad bod (same as my jambaloney but he's never been a dad and is 20yrs older than you! bahahahah!). go and look at pics of yourself and try to see them the way Carly sees the man in those pics. and if you do that we'll all have to put up with you filling all your posts with pics of yourself bragging about how gorgeous you are!

    as for the confederate flag - i am canadian so have absolutely no association to it. but for many, like my friend Harry Flashman above, it means heritage, culture and history. and is a symbol of pride for many southern americans. it has somehow become a symbol of racism but that is not the point of the flag to southern americans. and as a canadian i really should shut up.

    you rock the dad bod, buddy! sending much love to you and your entire crew! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Thank you Kymber, you always have such a beautiful perspective on things I love reading your comments. All our love to you and the one and only Jambaloney :)

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  15. Wow! I can't wait to see pics of all of those almond trees. Wish I could come to the party. It reminds me of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun when she bought a house in Italy and got olive trees.
    Good job getting to a point in life where you are content with how you look. That's my goal this year. I'm turning 59 Friday, which means I'm beginning my 60th year!
    Thanks for taking the time to host five in Friday. Everyone is busy. Don't be so hard on yourself.

    Cindy Bee

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    1. When we stop focusing on how "perfect" we're "supposed to" look and realise how beautiful and different each and every single one of us already is then the world would be a far happier place :) hope you have a great birthday :)

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  16. I didn't come by to comment last week, and was sorry I missed your post. I was taking a small break. Anyway, that is a LOT of almond trees! Wow! And how healthy and wonderful they look! Do you plan to sell the almonds? Love your EDC kit. We watch a lot of survival videos on YouTube...well, mostly hubby does, now that he's disabled and can't get out there like he used to, this is the best he can do. I will watch sometimes as well. He has an enormous amount of knowledge and it's sad that he can no longer share what he knows with others. We try to teach our daughter and grandson, but it's usually only verbal lessons and it's better to see things done. Hubby did get out with our grandson and a nephew a couple of years ago and tried to teach them to make a bow drill fire, with the young ones doing all the bow drilling! :-) It wasn't very successful. I hate bow drills...I'm a charcloth, flint and steel girl myself, and love fero rods and lighters! :-) A lot of my husband's knowledge though is about military-related matters so there is little chance of him using it anymore, and that's sad. Enjoy your young years, Tricky!!!! Old age sneaks up on you! And don't obsess about your body image...just try to stay healthy. That's all that really matters.

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