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Friday, 17 November 2017

Fast Family


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This weekend one of my younger brothers is coming to visit! I haven't seen him for almost 10 years now, which means he's never met his niece and nephew. So on the theme of catching up with family I realised that it's been a while since I did a general catch up post so here's some of my favourite photos from this week:

Sibling Love

As usual we've been venturing outdoors a lot. It's starting to get cooler here now which means we can finally wear jackets when we go out, although it's not quite cold enough for coats yet. The kids seem to be growing up so fast! You can see in Logan's hand that he has been carrying his Kidizoom camera when we go for our hikes. He's started to really show an interest in photography and to be fair to him for a 5 year old he's really good at it. For example this next photo of me was actually taken by Logan!

Bart Simpson or Dennis the Menace?
I'm so proud of this photo. This is a glimpse at the world through his eyes, the places I take him and the skills I teach him. I could not be prouder of the person he is becoming, a well rounded warrior that is as kind and gentle as he is fierce and strong. The world needs more boys like him. My ambition in life is to be half the man that my son will become, he will never be my competition because he is my legacy. Logan also took this next photo:

Daddy and Rori cuddle time


Aurora was starting to get tired, so we stopped for a quick cuddle and rest and Logan snapped the photo. Rori does so well when she comes out with us and is an amazing hiker for a 2 year old, she loves being out in the wild, discovering wildlife and playing in nature. After a while we stopped to brew up a nice hot drink

Hornimans Choco Mint Tea

The choice of brew this time was a choco mint tea, it's usually either Choco mint or Lemon cake tea that we have on our outings, I usually take both and let the kids pick what they want while we wait for the stove to boil. They taste great on their own and mean that we don't have to carry milk or sugar etc.

Aurora and Logan
When I see my children enjoying the vast outdoor spaces on our doorstep I know we made the right choice leaving the UK. Children don't need to be chained to a desk under artificial lights for hours on end, they need to be climbing trees and grazing knees in the wild. We're not creating worker drones here, we're raising real people, future adults that already make me immensely proud. My children are my life's greatest achievement and always will be.

Thanks for joining us once again for Five on Friday, We hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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Friday, 10 November 2017

Make Your Own Furniture

This week we've been playing with pallets again and I can't wait to share our latest project with you:

DIY Pallet Sofa
The furniture in the cave house was possibly the most uncomfortable thing I've ever known, I seriously think it would have been more comfortable to just sit on the tiles! So we decided that we had nothing to lose by trying our hand at making some furniture up. At the moment all spare money is going towards the design and build of our dream house, so we needed a low cost furniture solution.
Since we are able to source pallets locally and cheaply it made sense for us to see what we could come up with utilising reclaimed pallets.

Basic Pallet Sofa Design
After a little trial and error we came up with a size and angle of sofa that worked well for us and put together the first unit in the photo above. Our living room is pretty long and to get a sofa to fit the length of it would have without a doubt cost us a couple of thousand or more, whereas our pallet sofa came in at a fraction of that cost.

Furniture Grade Upholstery Foam
Luckily for us, a few weeks ago we bought a second hand industrial sewing machine and met a lovely couple that run an upholstery company. They kindly agreed to source furniture grade upholstery foam for us to use for this project so we got the right stuff for the job. Most of the budget for the sofa was spent on the foam, but since that is what gives most of the comfort we felt that it was a necessary expense. We used six inch foam for the seats and four inch foam for the backs of the sofa.

Shabby Chic Pallet Furniture
The next stage was to paint the units. We went for a basic cheap white emulsion and painted it by hand with a brush to give it the shabby chic look that we were going for then sprayed it with a coat of lacquer to finish.

Painted DIY Pallet Sofa
Once the units were all fixed together in place it was time for the cushions. Carly found some designer heavy upholstery fabric in an online clearance section at Textile Express and we are blessed that the girls are wizards on the sewing machines so were able to make the cushion covers completely from scratch.

Pallet Furniture With Cushions

Pallet Chair With Cushion Back
The result is the most comfortable sofa I've ever sat on! At 3.5m long we would have struggled to get anything "off the shelf" that would fit and it would have cost an absolute fortune to have anything custom made. For just under 300 euros and a lot of elbow grease we now have a sofa that is a pleasure to sit on, here it is in all of it's glory:

DIY Pallet Sofa Project
And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, there's more! The cushions we designed to be reversible so we have the option of switching between a Petrol Blue or Heather Pink Sofa just by flipping the cushions over! How cool is that?

Reversible Pallet Sofa

Reversible Pallet Sofa Cushions
We've already had someone ask if we can make them a couple of pallet furniture armchairs so while we are waiting to build the house we might start making a bit of pallet furniture on the side to keep us busy :)

Hope you've enjoyed this weeks Five on Friday, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend

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Friday, 3 November 2017

All Hallows Eve

My apologies for the technical hiccup last week, for some reason the post didn't automatically publish so Five on Friday was a little slow out of the gate last Friday!


On Saturday we had Logan's Halloween themed birthday party so everyone came along to the local in fancy dress. I say Halloween themed but both the children opted to dress in non spooky costumes.

Logan decided he wanted to be the most handsome little stormtrooper I've ever seen

Is it a fearsome stormtrooper?

...It's Logan!

Aurora didn't stay still for more than 5 minutes all day so we only managed to get 1 photo of her in her Belle costume, stuffing her face as per usual!

Beauty or the Beast?
As for me, what else was I to dress as other than a wolf?

What's the time Mr Wolf?

On Halloween itself Logan had a bit of a fever and really wasnt feeling himself so we ended up carving our pumpkin the next day when he felt better. Once it was finished we added a few drops of cinnamon essential oil and lit the candles, the whole house smelled of Cinnamon and Pumpkin!

Our Jack'O'Lantern this year
When we're done with the Jack'O'Lantern I expect we'll break it up and put it out for the chickens but I've read a lot online encouraging people to put theirs out in local parks and woods for the squirrels etc which I think is a lovely idea, it'll keep them out of trouble for a couple of days at least!

One thing we have done this year is to save the seeds from our pumpkin so hopefully we can get some of them to grow on our land to add a bit of diversity and biomass to the soil next year.

saving pumpkin seeds
Do you save seeds from your pumpkins? We'd love to hear any ideas about putting the pumpkins/seeds to good use after Halloween has been and gone!


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