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Friday, 30 March 2018

March Roundup

As March draws to a close I'm reflecting on how the first quarter of 2018 has been.

The Sun rising over the mountains, bringing with it new light and opportunities
For us we've spent it mostly picking up the pieces after the accident and doing everything in our power to ensure that Diane made a quick and full recovery. The great news is that she is out of the collar, walking around and able to do most things on her own and has really made a miraculous recovery, hopefully with physiotherapy 3 times a week she will be able to regain full use of her hands and mobility in her neck. The bad news is that whilst we were busy trying to hold everything together we have inevitably neglected a whole host of other areas in our lives. For example we've fallen behind with our planting this year, we have almost nothing growing yet so will now be playing catch up trying to get things established and in the ground for this growing season. We also fell behind with the holistic remedies we use on the chickens and suspect they may have a might infestation in the coop now. The blog has been woefully neglected and I haven't been able to get around and visit all the amazing people whose blogs I normally follow. Training the dogs took a back seat too so now they are not where I want them to be yet with their obedience etc. All these things we're now trying to catch up with, so now that we are returning to a semi-normal routine there is plenty for us to do!

I don't want to focus on the negatives, so many amazing things have also happened this year that we can give thanks for. We're all still alive which is the greatest blessing of all! We also finally got the green light from the town hall to commence building our dream home on our 5 acre almond orchard so that is incredibly exciting. As you've probably seen on the blog, since I've been spending  lot more time indoors than I usually would I've been able to focus on developing or improving skills to make more crafty things which I've really been enjoying. Despite not being able to spend so much time on them as we would have liked the businesses have been doing well and we've been making some beautiful items for people all around the world. As you may already know, my wife Carly creates some incredible handmade, made to measure swimwear and lingerie for her shop Lucky Sew and Sew, but I don't think I've mentioned her painting?

Carly painting a custom jacket commission
For about a year now Carly has been taking custom jacket commissions and painting them all by hand. Many of them are being used as Bridal jackets and helping people put their own stamp on one of the most magical days of their life, others have empowering quotes and designs on the back that really stand out from the crowd. This is a design Carly painted this week for a bridal jacket:

hand painted bridal jacket

If you like the things Carly paints she has a separate instagram account just for the painting projects: @PaintedbyLucky

One of the dogs took a very small bite out of my San Pedro cactus, I had hoped it would heal the wound but over the last few months it must have become infected as it was discoloured and spreading much larger than the original injury. I decided the best course of action would be to cut the cactus and try to re-root it to try and save it, interestingly the pattern revealed inside the cactus is almost identical to the shape of the house we are building :)

Inside a San Pedro Cactus
Last year we were roasting some store bought chestnuts and I held back a handful to stick in some small pots of soil and leave outside over winter. Chestnuts have a famously low germination rate and are even harder to graft, so much so that many nurseries have stopped selling them because they are not financially viable. I am delighted to say that out of 6 chestnuts I planted last year we now have 3 beautiful little saplings!

Chestnut Sapling
Despite all odds these little saplings have totally surprised me and although it will be many years before they ever bear fruit they are a symbol of hope that anything is possible, and I don't think I will ever regret planting too many trees!


Thanks again for stopping by for Five on Friday, for those that celebrate it I hope you have the most amazing Easter weekend :)

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  1. In years gone by , my dear old dad used to fight mite wars with the chickens . His somewhat drastic non organic method of cure involved building another chicken run on the opposite side of the garden , dipping the poor bleedin chickens in vats of Jeyes fluid then popping them in the new run and burning the old run down . Not sure how we ever survived our non organic childhood..lol

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    1. That sounds like identical logic to the old timers around here! In all honesty it would probably be easier, but we can always resort to no organic methods if the natural route doesn't work out :)

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  2. It seems that you are all very busy ! How nice that you can start building your home !

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    1. All systems go now, I can't wait to share progress on the blog! :)

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  3. I am glad to hear Diane is doing much better. Wishing her strength and patience for the remaining way to full recovery. Chestnuts are definitely one of my favourite things ever. In winter in Switzerland, there are chestnut stalls in most towns, selling roasted hot chestnuts in little paper bags. Ah the memories. I hope yours fruit at some point in the not too distant future. Carly is an amazing artist. I love her underwear and swimwear ranges. I make my own body armour and I know how much skill it takes. Have a good Easter weekend, whether you are celebrating or not. x

    P.S. One of these days I'll get my act together and write a five on Friday post.

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    1. To be honest I've thought about stopping Five on Friday, hardly anyone takes part in it these days so I'm a little disheartened to continue hosting it if no one is interested any more

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  4. Tricky, I am so sorry for all the "negatives" but thankfully you have been able to be really creative this first quarter of the year, and Carly also! Her jacket is amazing! She (as well as you) does beautiful work! Glad the business is going well. I love that you have a couple of chestnut seedlings too. I wondered if the blog would start growing again after your difficult winter was over. I would understand if you gave it up, but it would be so sad to see you go! Maybe things will pick up now. But, you also have to not spread yourself too thin, too...So do what your heart tells you is right. I will still visit your blog if you go! But, sadly. Love this post...hope things are awesome this spring fo0r all of you!

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    1. Thank you, I'm going to keep forging on with it for now and see if things improve a little now that I will be more active and the content will be better. I think it definitely deserves for me to keep going, so many people seem to enjoy it even if not many participate these days

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  5. It's good to see everything coming together for you and your family again. I'm sorry you feel like that Tricky, I would miss Five on Friday if you stopped. I like hearing about your plans, crafts and family time. You must do as you feel right for you but you'd be missed. Take care, cathy x

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    1. Thanks Cathy, I'm going to keep running with it for the moment, I think if I stopped posting Five on Friday I'd probably stop blogging all together so I'm going to keep it going for now and see if I can build it back up to where it was :)

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  6. Really enjoyed reading your post, glad everyone seems to be even more on the mend. I can't always join in on Five on Friday but I would really miss it as well. It's certainly one of my favorite link ups. I always feel like I get to see a little more of the world when I read your posts and the others. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Jean, I appreciate the support :) I'll be keeping it going for now, so much exciting things to share coming up it would be silly for me to quit at such an exciting time

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  7. You have had some challenges...I know the feeling of needing to catch up, it's a little hairy at times looking at the list! I wish you all much love and strength as you build you dream home, and boy am I envious!! :) It sounds like it's going to be so wonderful. If you hadn't mentioned it, I wouldn't have known that was a cactus!! Wishing Diane healing energy. We don't celebrate Easter, but I do always buy chocolate and make lots of food! :) Ostara is my holiday :)

    Your wife is a beautiful artist. How lovely. I'll check out her Instagram account, thanks for mentioning it. :)

    And the Five on Friday post sounds interesting! :) Hope you have a sunny, happy weekend!!

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    1. Thank you. We also celebrate Ostara, for our children Easter is just a day they get eggs off the grandparents etc, our significant celebrations are always true to our Pagan beliefs :)

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