Almost Off Grid

  • Making PPE on a 3D Printer

    During this COVID-19 lockdown, you may have read articles about volunteers making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on their 3D printers. We are one of those households. 
  • The most expensive Paella Pan in Europe. [Happy Easter.]

    Once upon a time, we ran a childrenswear business. It was called Little Sunflowers. We ran it for 14 years, from 2004 until 2018. Many of our cust...
  • Focaccia Art - Wild Garlic Focaccia Bread

    If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I've been having a go at the latest 'thing' in breadmaking: Focaccia Art. And it is currently wild garl...
  • Beekeeping - losing your first bee colony

    We started beekeeping in the Spring of 2018. Losing your first bee colony isn't the ideal way to start your third season in beekeeping but, sadly,...
  • Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

    I make a lot of my own salad dressings, they're so easy to make yourself. But it took me a while to find a Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing Recip...
  • Providing a water source for Bees

    This weekend we visited our bee hives. There were lots of honey bees drinking from the tray of water we put out for them. So why would we be provid...
  • Why Honey Bees Swarm, and who to call when they do

    We had an unseasonably hot spell over Easter, and there have been reports of bees swarming already. Once you understand a bit about why honey bees ...
  • Bread Maker Bread Rolls with Malt & Bran

    I posted recently about using Malt Extract in bread recipes instead of sugar. I have continued experimenting, and the results so far have been real...
  • What we've learned about Sustainable Beekeeping

    We started keeping Bees in 2018. Having attended a lot of training and read more than you can possibly imagine, we decided that Sustainable Beekeep...
  • Homemade Deodorant with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter

    Once I'd tried Homemade Deodorant that I'd made myself, I knew I'd never go back to buying it again. Make it tonight, use it tomorrow!
  • Beginner's Guide to Making Mead

    Looking for a guide to Making Mead? If you have a few simple ingredients and sterilise all your equipment properly, then you're ready to go. Though the quality of the honey you use for making mead is the important. 
  • Crochet a Moss Stitch Flannel

    Can you make a chain, a double crochet stitch and a slip stitch? Then you can crochet a lovely, simple Cotton Moss Stitch Flannel in no time flat.