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Friday, 23 February 2018

The end is nigh!

Today is the day!



Today is the day that we take Diane (MiL) back to the hospital so see if her neck has healed enough to take the cervical collar off! so theres finally light at the end of the tunnel and things are slowly returning to normality here in the FAST household.

CBD Oil and balm

We've done absolutely everything we can to ensure that Di had a full recovery, including numerous alternative therapies such as cannabis for pain relief, laser therapy to boost the healing process and CBD oil and balm too. So now we're crossing our fingers, toes, arms, legs and eyes for good news tomorrow, wish her luck!

Almonds in Blossom
The weather has started to warm up a little now so we are treated to the beautiful sight of the almond blossom again all around this region, which means it has also become perfect weather for riding again!

My motorcycle
As some of you may remember last year I started restoring and customising my motorcycle so here's a shot of what she looks like now. There's still a fair bit of work to be done but she just keeps getting better and better :)

Leather Mjolnir Patches
One of the skills I really want to develop this year is leather working, so I've been playing around with little bits and bobs here and there, hopefully I'll find more time to practice once everything settles down here again.

Thank you all so much for all of your support and for continuing to visit for Five on Friday, I know I've been a pretty poor host of late since I haven't had the time for blogging but just bear with me, things will be business as usual very soon :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping by!

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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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