I think that perhaps one of the things that makes camping so enjoyable is cooking food over an open fire, I love preparing something tasty and filling for appetites sharpened by a day in the open air. But damp wood, strong winds or cheap charcoal can make the process nigh on impossible and many of us faced with these problems would reach for the firelighters, but over the time I’ve been campfire cooking I’ve come to dislike these smelly, smokey little blocks.
A little research on Google and Pinterest has provided a number of cleaner (and often cheaper) options and the idea of reusing and recycling always appeals. From using pinecones, cotton wool, dryer lint, cardboard and teabags there are loads of ways of giving your fire or Barbecue a kick start without the smell. Brimstones had been doing a little Woodturning in the workshop and I’d unearthed a thick cardboard tube from the depths of the shed so I decided that I’d have a go at making my own.
Here are the results I’m really pleased, they burn well and for a long time too! Continue reading
What a great weekend for Brimstones & Treacle at the Bus Stop Over, this year held at the Newark Showground. It was our first time trading at a VW festival, and we thought the event had a great vibe and we met some lovely people. So big thanks to the organisers and everyone who stopped by to shop. It was great to catch up with fellow traders and meet some new acquaintances…
BSO 15 was a great show.
Had a brilliant time, loved it! Continue reading
Introducing our new range of Fortuitous Novelties handmade folding furniture, – created for people on the move.
As all of us become more nomadic, our inventive furniture responds to this need to continuously adapt ourselves and our belongings to our changing surroundings.
Space saving and portability is the key to this lightweight and transportable furniture that provides a comfortable place to sit and rest, work and play, but then usefully folds flat for storage, – growing and shrinking on demand. Continue reading
Our Wooden Serving Planks make a welcome gift, as they look and feel good, are comfortable to use and won’t dull knives. Handcrafted in Leicestershire, UK by Designer Maker Darren Browett these visually appealing handmade boards are finished using milk paint colours that celebrate the glory of vintage and retro style. Though use and wear these planks will continue to look unique. You can bring an accent to your kitchen by leaving our good solid wooden planks on the countertop. Continue reading
In a charity shop we recently found a copy of one of the most elegant Puffin Picture Books, A Child’s Alphabet by Grace Gabler, published in 1946. We thought we would share some of the beautiful artwork with you. Continue reading
We recently visited Stoneywell, a delightful homely retreat and a paradise for the many generations of children who lived there – perfect for “Swallows and Amazons” adventures.
We are lucky to live only a couple of miles away from Stoneywell, one of the country’s rare surviving examples of an Arts and Crafts cottage complete with many original furniture and contents. Continue reading
At last the sun came out, so a spot of lazy camping was called for, – we set out with the simple aim of only eating and sleeping and drinking tea. We visited Forestside Farm that is set in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside providing wonderful views of the Dove Valley and Weaver Hills. We always like to find destinations that are small, clean, friendly and peaceful. Chris and Jan Prince have certainly ensured their campsite ticks all these boxes, the site itself is on a working organic dairy farm and we have had a great time walking around looking at the new calves, – you really do feel like you are in the heart of the countryside. Continue reading
Whatever happened to camping furniture with an appealing design? This is the question I was asking myself when I was looking at the plethora of industrial aluminium furniture that seems to be the current mainstay of many camping stores. For our bell tent adventures we need furniture that is comfortable, functional, and durable but just as importantly for us it must be elegant and in sympathy with the surroundings of the great outdoors. Continue reading
Neil Unsworth from Derbyshire has contacted us to tell us about his fantastic Hustler! We wrote a post on the Mini Hustler back in 2012, about how it is not just a car but a way of life. This is definitely the case for Neil who has almost completed a full restoration of his very rare six wheeler version. He tells us that his Hustler has been recently featured in Mini Magazine in February 2015 and it is one of only three that exist in the UK, with one selling at an auction at Bonhams in September 2014 for a whopping £11K…
Find our original blogpost on the Hustler here.
Thanks Neil for taking the time to tell us about your extraordinary car.
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The great weather over the weekend gave us the chance to get outside and do some more cooking on our rocket stove. It may have only been in our back garden, but any opportunity to cook our meals outdoors is our favourite preoccupation at the moment as we get more excited about the camping season getting started proper. We cooked Huevos Rancheros on the stove which is becoming one of our staples when we campfire cook. Good and hearty – and what we really enjoy is cracking in a couple of eggs to poach them in the pan with all the juices from the chorizo and veggies.
It has been great to get out of doors and it gave us a chance to see the signs that spring is really here…