Mini Adventures – Peddars Way – Norfolk Coastal Trail. Planning.

Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright Keith Evans and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

I’ve been gearing up this year to ‘backpack’ one of the 15 National Trails in the UK, I’ve chosen the flattest one of course, the Peddars Way tied in with the Norfolk Coastal Trail. Together, it is 93 miles following a Roman road from Thetford to Hunstanton, then along the coastline to Cromer. I’m hoping to leave in the second week of September.

Long distance trails and paths have always called me, and it’s been a few years since I’ve had a real adventure by myself. Waking up to the birds and the breeze in the trees, watching the sunrise from my sleeping bag with and a hot cuppa in my hands, but what calls me the most is freedom. Away from the world, away from all but the wildness, nature and fresh air. Who really needs anything else?!

My gear for my mini adventure is almost ready, I’ll be packing extremely light, bordering ultralight. I’ll be wild camping to keep as close to the trail as possible and collecting water from streams and rivers. There will be luxury items of course, a small cup of Nutella will be packed and rationed for luxury puddings or to stir into my porridge, but the majority of my nourishment will come from dehydrated meals prepared before the trip, and good old fashioned GORP, good old fashioned raisins and peanuts, maybe a few grams of jerky will come too ;)

This is my pack list so far, not much will be added but a few things maybe taken away!

Norfolk September 2015



  • Category


    Weight




  • Shelter/sleeping/packing

    2.59 kg





  • Cooking/drinking

    0.57 kg





  • Extra Clothing

    0.95 kg





  • Clothing to Wear

    0.85 kg





  • Electronics

    0.35 kg





  • Wash kit

    0.17 kg





  • First Aid

    0.07 kg





  • Tools

    0.41 kg





  • Misc Bag/handbag

    0.42 kg





  • Canine

    0.04 kg





  • Food

    5.77 kg





  • Equipment

    0 kg



  • Total


    12.18



    kg

    • oz
    • lb
    • g
    • kg



  • Consumable


    6.05
    kg


  • Worn


    0.89
    kg


  • Pack Weight


    5.25
    kg

    • Shelter/sleeping/packing



      Weight
      qty




    • Nordisk telemark LW2







      966



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • EE 20F L/W Revelation Quilt







      629



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Exped summit 25l

      Back of chair







      280



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Green hermit silnylon bag

      under chair_ for food







      95



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Exped synmat 7







      426



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Exped schnozzel bag

      Dry bag for rucksack







      68



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Polycro groundsheet







      48



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • 2 spare pegs/2guys/rings







      39



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • exped dry bag compressible

      for sleeping bag







      40



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1





    • 2.59 kg

      9


    • Cooking/drinking



      Weight
      qty




    • Evernew ti 900ml pan & lid







      109



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Caldera ti tri cone & tyvek cover







      38



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Caldera esbit stove with underfoil and ziplock







      9



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • GSI plastic cup







      53



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Platypus 2l







      37



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Platypus 1l







      34



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Wind proof Lighter







      16



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Esbit tablets







      14.3



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      16



    • pot cozy & line loc & cord







      37



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Esbit storage







      6



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1





    • 0.57 kg

      25


    • Extra Clothing



      Weight
      qty



    • Red SIlnylon stuff sack







      19



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • OR Rain jacket







      160



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Rab xenon jacket







      306



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • 200 long sleeved (sleep) (purple)







      153



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Royal Mons 190gsm merino leggings (sleep)







      159



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Smalls







      26



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Merino Socks







      45



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Buff







      35



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Extremities thinny sticky gloves







      49



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1





    • 0.95 kg

      9


    • Clothing to Wear



      Weight
      qty




    • Merino long sleeved







      162



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • MH Dyneema pants







      205



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Merino Smalls







      26



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Merino socks







      18



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • NB trainers







      402



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • RB Sunglasses







      35



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1





    • 0.85 kg

      6


    • Electronics



      Weight
      qty



    • 20kmah Charger plus iphone lead







      349



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1





    • 0.35 kg

      1


    • Wash kit



      Weight
      qty




    • Cuben stuff sack







      2



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • PackTowl Medium







      22



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Hairbrush with mirror







      39



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Dr Bonners Soap

      in 18ml bottle







      22



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Hand Cream

      got to look after my hands!







      9



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Toothbrush with head cover







      9



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Toothpaste mini tube







      11



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Floss, just the reel







      2



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Toilet roll

      Paper towel into quarters in a ziplock







      50



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1





    • 0.17 kg

      9


    • First Aid



      Weight
      qty



    • Cuben Stuff Sack







      2



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • 3M Vetbond (superglue!)







      7



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Pressure sore dressing x 2







      7



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Plasters







      4



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Ethanol Sanitiser spray







      18



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Immodium







      1



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Paracetamol







      1



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Dog painkiller







      27



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • piriton







      1



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1





    • 0.07 kg

      9


    • Tools



      Weight
      qty



    • Silnylon Stuff Sack







      4



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Leatherman Mini







      49



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Hex keys 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, plus torx 4mm with mini ratchet







      60



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Oil







      21



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • CO2 pump







      20



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • CO2 12g cartridge







      41



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      6




    • Tyre lever x2







      25



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0




    • Park tool super patches x6







      5



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Carabina – chair







      60



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0



    • torch batteries x2 cr2032







      8



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1





    • 0.41 kg

      13


    • Misc Bag/handbag



      Weight
      qty




    • Cuben drybag







      7



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Iphone 5 in case







      152



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Pack towl medium – dog/chair







      22



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Snow peak ti spoon







      18



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Lipsil







      12



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Spare Wind proof Lighter







      16



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • torch







      31



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • 2nd torch







      8



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • mini carabina

      2.27kg strength







      5



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Cath







      36



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • med stuff







      21



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • cards/cash







      72



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Radar key







      22



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1





    • 0.42 kg

      13


    • Canine



      Weight
      qty




    • Bowl







      41



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1



    • Mylar bed







      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1





    • 0.04 kg

      2


    • Food



      Weight
      qty



    • 24hr food pack

      Too many things to right down!!







      850



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      5



    • Dog Food – Daily

      she will gets lots of treats!







      300



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      5



    • StuffSack ( carrier bag)







      3



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      5




    • Porridge


      209kcal/56g







      56



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0




    • Oatcakes x8


      481kcal/100







      12.5



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0




    • Peanut Butter


      596kcal/100g







      40



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0




    • Cous Cous packet


      142kcal/100g







      100



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0




    • Tuna packet


      133kcal/85g







      85



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0



    • Dehydrated dinners

      459kcal/100g







      190



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0



    • Pepperami/chorizo sausage

      518kcal/100g







      25



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0




    • Sesame Snaps


      542kcal/100g







      30



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0



    • Fruit Nut Mix







      100



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0



    • Coffee instant :(







      50



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0



    • Hot chocolate

      lots!!!







      100



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0



    • Coconut powder

      687kcal/100g







      50



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0



    • Olive oil







      60



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      0



    • snickers







      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1











    • 0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1





    • 5.77 kg

      17


    • Equipment



      Weight
      qty




    • RGK Tiga

      5.7kg +3.3kg spinergy wheels







      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • RGK Front Wheel

      2.8kg







      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1




    • Vicair Cushion

      667g







      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg


      1





    • 0 kg

      3

Norfolk September 2015



  • Category


    Weight




  • Shelter/sleeping/packing

    2.59 kg





  • Cooking/drinking

    0.57 kg





  • Extra Clothing

    0.95 kg





  • Clothing to Wear

    0.85 kg





  • Electronics

    0.35 kg





  • Wash kit

    0.17 kg





  • First Aid

    0.07 kg





  • Tools

    0.41 kg





  • Misc Bag/handbag

    0.42 kg





  • Canine

    0.04 kg





  • Food

    5.77 kg





  • Equipment

    0 kg



  • Total


    12.18



    kg

    • oz
    • lb
    • g
    • kg




  • Consumable


    6.05
    kg


  • Worn


    0.89
    kg


  • Pack Weight


    5.25
    kg

    • Shelter/sleeping/packing




      Weight
      qty




    • Nordisk telemark LW2









      966



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • EE 20F L/W Revelation Quilt









      629



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Exped summit 25l



      Back of chair







      280



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Green hermit silnylon bag



      under chair_ for food







      95



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Exped synmat 7









      426



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Exped schnozzel bag



      Dry bag for rucksack







      68



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Polycro groundsheet









      48



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • 2 spare pegs/2guys/rings









      39



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • exped dry bag compressible



      for sleeping bag







      40



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 2.59 kg


      9


    • Cooking/drinking




      Weight
      qty




    • Evernew ti 900ml pan & lid









      109



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Caldera ti tri cone & tyvek cover









      38



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Caldera esbit stove with underfoil and ziplock









      9



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • GSI plastic cup









      53



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Platypus 2l









      37



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Platypus 1l









      34



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Wind proof Lighter









      16



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Esbit tablets









      14.3



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      16



    • pot cozy & line loc & cord









      37



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Esbit storage









      6



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.57 kg


      25


    • Extra Clothing




      Weight
      qty



    • Red SIlnylon stuff sack









      19



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • OR Rain jacket









      160



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Rab xenon jacket









      306



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • 200 long sleeved (sleep) (purple)









      153



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Royal Mons 190gsm merino leggings (sleep)









      159



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Smalls









      26



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Merino Socks









      45



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Buff









      35



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Extremities thinny sticky gloves









      49



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.95 kg


      9


    • Clothing to Wear




      Weight
      qty




    • Merino long sleeved









      162



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • MH Dyneema pants









      205



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Merino Smalls









      26



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Merino socks









      18



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • NB trainers









      402



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • RB Sunglasses









      35



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.85 kg


      6


    • Electronics




      Weight
      qty



    • 20kmah Charger plus iphone lead









      349



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.35 kg


      1


    • Wash kit




      Weight
      qty




    • Cuben stuff sack









      2



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • PackTowl Medium









      22



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Hairbrush with mirror









      39



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Dr Bonners Soap



      in 18ml bottle







      22



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Hand Cream



      got to look after my hands!







      9



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Toothbrush with head cover









      9



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Toothpaste mini tube









      11



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Floss, just the reel









      2



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Toilet roll



      Paper towel into quarters in a ziplock







      50



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.17 kg


      9


    • First Aid




      Weight
      qty



    • Cuben Stuff Sack









      2



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • 3M Vetbond (superglue!)









      7



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Pressure sore dressing x 2









      7



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Plasters









      4



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Ethanol Sanitiser spray









      18



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Immodium









      1



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Paracetamol









      1



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Dog painkiller









      27



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • piriton









      1



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.07 kg


      9


    • Tools




      Weight
      qty



    • Silnylon Stuff Sack









      4



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Leatherman Mini









      49



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Hex keys 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, plus torx 4mm with mini ratchet









      60



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Oil









      21



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • CO2 pump









      20



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • CO2 12g cartridge









      41



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      6




    • Tyre lever x2









      25



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0




    • Park tool super patches x6









      5



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Carabina – chair









      60



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • torch batteries x2 cr2032









      8



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.41 kg


      13


    • Misc Bag/handbag




      Weight
      qty




    • Cuben drybag









      7



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Iphone 5 in case









      152



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Pack towl medium – dog/chair









      22



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Snow peak ti spoon









      18



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Lipsil









      12



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Spare Wind proof Lighter









      16



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • torch









      31



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • 2nd torch









      8



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • mini carabina



      2.27kg strength







      5



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Cath









      36



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • med stuff









      21



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • cards/cash









      72



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Radar key









      22



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.42 kg


      13


    • Canine




      Weight
      qty




    • Bowl









      41



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Mylar bed









      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.04 kg


      2


    • Food




      Weight
      qty



    • 24hr food pack



      Too many things to right down!!







      850



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      5



    • Dog Food – Daily



      she will gets lots of treats!







      300



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      5



    • StuffSack ( carrier bag)









      3



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      5




    • Porridge




      209kcal/56g







      56



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0




    • Oatcakes x8




      481kcal/100







      12.5



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0




    • Peanut Butter




      596kcal/100g







      40



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0




    • Cous Cous packet




      142kcal/100g







      100



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0




    • Tuna packet




      133kcal/85g







      85



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Dehydrated dinners



      459kcal/100g







      190



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Pepperami/chorizo sausage



      518kcal/100g







      25



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0




    • Sesame Snaps




      542kcal/100g







      30



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Fruit Nut Mix









      100



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Coffee instant :(









      50



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Hot chocolate



      lots!!!







      100



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Coconut powder



      687kcal/100g







      50



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Olive oil









      60



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • snickers









      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1











    • 0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 5.77 kg


      17


    • Equipment




      Weight
      qty




    • RGK Tiga



      5.7kg +3.3kg spinergy wheels







      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • RGK Front Wheel



      2.8kg







      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Vicair Cushion



      667g







      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0 kg


      3

Norfolk September 2015



  • Category


    Weight




  • Shelter/sleeping/packing

    2.59 kg





  • Cooking/drinking

    0.57 kg





  • Extra Clothing

    0.95 kg





  • Clothing to Wear

    0.85 kg





  • Electronics

    0.35 kg





  • Wash kit

    0.17 kg





  • First Aid

    0.07 kg





  • Tools

    0.41 kg





  • Misc Bag/handbag

    0.42 kg





  • Canine

    0.04 kg





  • Food

    5.77 kg





  • Equipment

    0 kg



  • Total


    12.18



    kg

    • oz
    • lb
    • g
    • kg




  • Consumable


    6.05
    kg


  • Worn


    0.89
    kg


  • Pack Weight


    5.25
    kg

    • Shelter/sleeping/packing




      Weight
      qty




    • Nordisk telemark LW2









      966



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • EE 20F L/W Revelation Quilt









      629



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Exped summit 25l



      Back of chair







      280



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Green hermit silnylon bag



      under chair_ for food







      95



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Exped synmat 7









      426



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Exped schnozzel bag



      Dry bag for rucksack







      68



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Polycro groundsheet









      48



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • 2 spare pegs/2guys/rings









      39



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • exped dry bag compressible



      for sleeping bag







      40



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 2.59 kg


      9


    • Cooking/drinking




      Weight
      qty




    • Evernew ti 900ml pan & lid









      109



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Caldera ti tri cone & tyvek cover









      38



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Caldera esbit stove with underfoil and ziplock









      9



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • GSI plastic cup









      53



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Platypus 2l









      37



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Platypus 1l









      34



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Wind proof Lighter









      16



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Esbit tablets









      14.3



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      16



    • pot cozy & line loc & cord









      37



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Esbit storage









      6



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.57 kg


      25


    • Extra Clothing




      Weight
      qty



    • Red SIlnylon stuff sack









      19



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • OR Rain jacket









      160



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Rab xenon jacket









      306



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • 200 long sleeved (sleep) (purple)









      153



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Royal Mons 190gsm merino leggings (sleep)









      159



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Smalls









      26



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Merino Socks









      45



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Buff









      35



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Extremities thinny sticky gloves









      49



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.95 kg


      9


    • Clothing to Wear




      Weight
      qty




    • Merino long sleeved









      162



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • MH Dyneema pants









      205



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Merino Smalls









      26



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Merino socks









      18



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • NB trainers









      402



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • RB Sunglasses









      35



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.85 kg


      6


    • Electronics




      Weight
      qty



    • 20kmah Charger plus iphone lead









      349



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.35 kg


      1


    • Wash kit




      Weight
      qty




    • Cuben stuff sack









      2



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • PackTowl Medium









      22



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Hairbrush with mirror









      39



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Dr Bonners Soap



      in 18ml bottle







      22



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Hand Cream



      got to look after my hands!







      9



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Toothbrush with head cover









      9



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Toothpaste mini tube









      11



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Floss, just the reel









      2



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Toilet roll



      Paper towel into quarters in a ziplock







      50



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.17 kg


      9


    • First Aid




      Weight
      qty



    • Cuben Stuff Sack









      2



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • 3M Vetbond (superglue!)









      7



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Pressure sore dressing x 2









      7



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Plasters









      4



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Ethanol Sanitiser spray









      18



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Immodium









      1



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Paracetamol









      1



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Dog painkiller









      27



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • piriton









      1



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.07 kg


      9


    • Tools




      Weight
      qty



    • Silnylon Stuff Sack









      4



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Leatherman Mini









      49



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Hex keys 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, plus torx 4mm with mini ratchet









      60



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Oil









      21



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • CO2 pump









      20



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • CO2 12g cartridge









      41



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      6




    • Tyre lever x2









      25



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0




    • Park tool super patches x6









      5



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Carabina – chair









      60



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • torch batteries x2 cr2032









      8



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.41 kg


      13


    • Misc Bag/handbag




      Weight
      qty




    • Cuben drybag









      7



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Iphone 5 in case









      152



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Pack towl medium – dog/chair









      22



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Snow peak ti spoon









      18



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Lipsil









      12



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Spare Wind proof Lighter









      16



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • torch









      31



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • 2nd torch









      8



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • mini carabina



      2.27kg strength







      5



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Cath









      36



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • med stuff









      21



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • cards/cash









      72



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Radar key









      22



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.42 kg


      13


    • Canine




      Weight
      qty




    • Bowl









      41



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1



    • Mylar bed









      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0.04 kg


      2


    • Food




      Weight
      qty



    • 24hr food pack



      Too many things to right down!!







      850



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      5



    • Dog Food – Daily



      she will gets lots of treats!







      300



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      5



    • StuffSack ( carrier bag)









      3



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      5




    • Porridge




      209kcal/56g







      56



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0




    • Oatcakes x8




      481kcal/100







      12.5



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0




    • Peanut Butter




      596kcal/100g







      40



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0




    • Cous Cous packet




      142kcal/100g







      100



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0




    • Tuna packet




      133kcal/85g







      85



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Dehydrated dinners



      459kcal/100g







      190



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Pepperami/chorizo sausage



      518kcal/100g







      25



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0




    • Sesame Snaps




      542kcal/100g







      30



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Fruit Nut Mix









      100



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Coffee instant :(









      50



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Hot chocolate



      lots!!!







      100



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Coconut powder



      687kcal/100g







      50



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • Olive oil









      60



      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      0



    • snickers









      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1











    • 0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 5.77 kg


      17


    • Equipment




      Weight
      qty




    • RGK Tiga



      5.7kg +3.3kg spinergy wheels







      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • RGK Front Wheel



      2.8kg







      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1




    • Vicair Cushion



      667g







      0


      g

      • oz
      • lb
      • g
      • kg



      1





    • 0 kg


      3

Sleeping/Shelter

  • Nordisk Telemark LW2 tent with repair kit and 2 extra guys/pegs (980g)
  • Polycro ground sheet (48g)
  • Rab Summit 300 down sleeping bag( 760g)
  • Rab pertex sleeping bag liner (120g)
  • Exped Synmat 7 short sleeping mat (397g) Total 2305g 

 

Cooking/Eating/Water

  • Caldera Tri Winder Stove  (88g)
  • Evernew 900ml pot and lid (110g)
  • Plastic mug (46g)
  • Spork (9g)
  • Lighter (20g)
  • Platypus 1lt Bottle x2 (68g)
  • Sawer mini water filter (65g)
  • Ziplock Bag for Esbit fuel tabs/alcohol (4g) Total 410g

Clothing packed

  • Icebreaker 200 Merino long sleeved top (200g)
  • Mons Royal Merino Leggings (215g)
  • Nike Running Breeze tank (42g)
  • Outdoor Research Womens Helium II Rain Jacket (154g)
  • Rab Womens Orbit Fleece Hoodie (206g)
  • Merino Socks for sleeping (hand knitted!) (96g)
  • Merino Socks for day (28g)
  • Merino Underwear (68g)
  • Buff ( 31g) Total 1011g

Clothing Worn

  • Icebreaker Crew short sleeved top (165g)
  • Mountain Hardware Dynama Pants (214g)
  • Merino Underwear (34g)
  • Nike sports Bra (98g)
  • Trainers (320g)
  • Merino Socks for day (28g) Total 859g

Electronics

  • Kindle Paperwhite (160g)
  • iPhone (200g)
  • 5800mah battery plus charger leadoff phone (126g)
  • Lezyne Femto LED light (35g)
  • Back up torch – eBay £1 led light (13g) Total 534g

Toiletries

  • Toilet Paper! (100g)
  • Hand sanitiser (30g)
  • Toothbrush (15g)
  • Toothpaste (15g)
  • Floss, a couple of metres off the roll, on a piece of card (3g)
  • Paclite Towel (26g)
  • Dr Bonners Soap (30g)
  • Conditioner ( 40g)
  • Lipsil (15g)
  • Plastic trowel ;) (67g)
  • Wide tooth comb (lighter than a hairbrush!) (47g)
  • ‘other’ (57g) Total 445g – this needs reducing!

First Aid

  • Vetbond (superglue!) (18g)
  • Plasters (3g)
  • 2 Paracetamol (2g)
  • Immodium – you never know! (2g) Total 25g

Misc/Tools

  • Co2 pump 42g
  • Co2 canisters x 6 288g
  • Chair tool kit – allen keys, puncture repair, bearings etc 249g
  • Journal & pencil (42g)
  • Leatherman Mini (51g)
  • Mylar food cozy (16g)
  • Backpacks – 360g Total 1048g

Consumables

  • Water – average 2lt to carry a day.
  • Fuel – tba
  • Food – roughly 450g a day if I can get the calories into that!

Total Base Weight – 5778g/12.73lbs

Total including worn items – 6637g/14.6lbs

I was of course hoping to bring this down to around 11lbs for the base weight, but there is a little while to go to reduce it! The items will be spread between two waterproof backpacks on my chair. One underneath the seat with my tent, sleeping bag amt and clothing, and the rest in the bag on the back. This arrangement worked well for a two day trip on the Downs Link. One of the backpacks, being an 86g silnylon flimsy sort grew holes on its base on that mini trip so it is being replaced with an Exped Summit 25 at 240g instead. As the back of the chair has a piece of metal sticking out a few cm’s, I lose some of the volume in the bag, as I do with the one that sits underneath, but at 25 litres each, I can afford to lose some.
I want to do the trip in 5 days, so 18.6 miles a day. But ideally I’d like a break half way of half a day to explore and rest, so my daily average will need to be 20.6 miles to allow for that. It’s a flat route, hardly any elevation to speak of, so I think I will be able to manage it. Here is what the route looks like..

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And it’s elevation chart… eek!

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And they say Norfolk is flat! Of course the last part of the chart is the walk along the cliff face going towards Cromer, it may take me a while ;)

Equipment for this mini adventure is still slightly undecided. I have a new chair, the TIGA by RGK wheelchairs… I’m hoping will be ok as it’s just in at the moment for re-welding! I got the chair in September last year, and so far it has done 187 training miles on Miles on Strava/MyRun, ( obviously not counting everyday, normal life pushing around miles!), but unfortunately I cracked the frame and the manufacturers are in the process of fixing it for me, and repolishing and lacquering it! Hopefully I’ll get it back very soon.
rgktiga5You can see from this picture, there is a lot of room underneath for a backpack, and still loads of clearance when I’m going up and over logs and rough terrain. We’ll see how the repair job goes first, I might have to take an older frame instead if I still hear the creaks it left with a few weeks ago!

I’m currently trying to ‘run’ (push fast!) 20 miles on Strava a week in between work and life with a 10k at least once every two weeks. Last 10k speed, for anyone that is interested how fast a wheelchair can actually be pushed, was 46.12 minutes. I need to push up my miles in the next couple of weeks so it won’t be a shock.

I keep getting asked if I’m doing this for charity, and the answer is no. I’m just doing it for me. I feel no different from anyones else that just goes backpacking for a few days, like I used to before my chair. It’s just something I want to do, and do a lot more of!

 

Update: 19th September 2015

Right! I’m all ready.. the list has changed a little, I’ve put the list up on Lighterpack here…. So my weight is now 5.25kg, 200g of that is Co2 that I may not need.. but I’m not taking the risk! Food outweighs the gear now.. I’ve upped my daily food to 850g packs of hugely calorific food. Basically, if it doesn’t contain more than 450kcal per 100g.. it doesn’t come with me.. apart from instant coffee.. that is it. Maisy, I’ve decided can have a bed. A Mylar one, but its fine for her as she will be sharing my new quilt from Enlightened Equipment. It’s huge. I bought an extra long, extra wide one. And.. as a 20F winter bag, it’s still lighter than my 13yr old Rab summit 300 down summer bag.. which I thought was lightweight!

I was going to switch the tent out for my Hex3 tipi tent given the amount of rain, but I put it up a couple of days ago and found a hole. Then a pigeon decided to poo on it.. and as I wiped it off my hand went through the tent. UV has finally go the better of that tent! So the Nordisk Telemark lw2 it is. Other changes as it’s getting a bit colder in the evenings, and it may be pretty wet all week, are switching out the Rab orbit micro fleece for my new Rab xenon synthetic jacket.

2c1200828080I’m still not convinced that the 60g/m2 Primaloft Gold is going to keep me sufficiently warm with only a merino base layer underneath! But if it suits others, I can only but try! I sort of thinking I might quickly sneak the micro fleece into the bag..

 

I was leaving yesterday but I had a packing issue. I’d packed up last week, everything fitted. I packed up this week, nothing fitted. Worse, it did fit in my old Virga bag, but not in the 25l Exped Summit bag!  A few re shuffles of a few things and all was well again. I switched my new down bag into the stuff sack for my old bag, and the tent into a compressible expel dry sack I’d bought for the new quilt. Anyway, I now have a bag on the outside, so it’s not quite as tidy as it was, but in a couple of days time the food with start disappearing from the bottom bag, and the few bits that don’t fit in the bag behind my chair can go into the other bag.. make sense? lol This is how it looked.

 

All packed now, maps printed as a backup, and I do really like having a map to view. I’ve highlighted a few camping spots people have mentioned to me, as I’ll be wild camping near the path for the majority of it. If there is a campsite close when I want one, like when I go past the mornings dog walkers on the trail and instead of smile and say hello, they hold their noses! Pubs, campsites, hotels, national trust information centres, all have a very good use. A clean toilet, that hasn’t been dug with a tent peg.

19.09.2015 @ 2307 – Last minute dash round the house picking up things that aren’t on the list. I have put a pair of headphones, the kindle (I am in the middle of a backpacking book, though of slightly different calibre; The Journey In-between by Keith Foskett),  my orbit micro fleece (that was previously on the list), on the dining room table next to my rucksack.. I know I shall feel guilty for adding to my weight having got it down so far! Will look with fresh eyes in the morning.  

 
Must not forget…. purple platypus filled with water next to sink. Fill little plastic tub with Nutella. Phone.

February Competitions at Little Gumnut

We’re having a busy month here, three competitions this month, and we still haven’t sown our chilli seeds! I’ve promised myself this weekend to bring the propagator into the little gum nut workroom and sow them, It’s perfect for them in here, not too warm so they’d go leggy, not so cold that they won’t want to germinate, and we have the perfect lighting for photographs, pure daylight bulbs! Anyway, this was about competitions ;)

 

Giveaway Number 2! Ends February 28th!

Up first is our Monthly Slimbo Competition, it’s back ;) Win a  Slimbo, every month, except this month there’s two pads to be won in this competition!

 


Giveaway Number 2! February 14th – 21st
Wouldn’t it be lovely if even more presents got given after Valentines day!
Between the 14th-21st of February, the lovely Tamsin at Eco Fluffy Mama is hosting a  Lovely Little Gumnut giveaway! Two lucky winners will receive a limited edition Slimbo in the “Love Bird” print! Details on her website coming very soon! I’ll update here when it goes live ;) Click on the give-away below to go to her site!
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Giveaway Number 3! February 10th – 22nd

Our Mothers Day giveaway is starting early. We will be giving one of our lovely followers an amazing customised scarf from MyStory Gifts​. The  MyStory scarves are custom made from your photos. You provide a minimum of 100 photos, securely on their site, you choose a filter colour for your scarf, and they print your scarf and send it on to you with 21 days! It will make such a beautiful bespoke gift, or you could even gift it to yourself!

Please please go and look at their page, they are good friends of ours, and they have the most adorable 9 month old identical twin girls! Want to see them? Here is the founder and owner of MyStory Gifts with her two gorgeous twin girls!
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We’ve put this competition up on an app on Facebook, as the whole point of me doing a giveaway for them was to gain traffic on their side. Everyone knows how much small businesses have to push for traffic now Facebook are sharing less in the news feeds, unless you pay them of course! So I’ve made this giveaway  a pass it forward, business to business. Lets share some love! Lets get this competition underway! We haven’t got long!

Mothers day with MyStory Gifts

Tiny Changes…

Tiny changes you ask? Yes! Just minute changes, but changes that are noticeable, and changes that affect our customers, and our business.

We’re talking about customer preferences. We may love everything we make here, and the majority of the customers do to going by our last few Sunday shop updates, the stock flies off the shelves. Sometimes in less than 24 hours, sometimes in a couple of days. But….

We have to keep up with what the customer preferences are. These change all the time, slowly but surely. When we started, cotton knit print outers were the way into the customers heart, cute ooga booga prints, giraffes, owls.. they all come in waves.. but just like waves they all sink backwards. Hand dyed fabrics, of the bamboo variety came next, as many colours and variants of the rainbow as you can give the customer the better, beautiful embroidery added as a personal touch, appliqués .. but mainly in 2D we have done for as long as we’ve been around. We mainly kept that to our linens though!

Oh we did do a few embroidered nappies..

As lovely as they all are, and I especially love hand dyeing all the fabrics, customers have a new preference, it’s called Pretties.

Pretties are non other than the prettiest nappy you’ve ever seen. Ruffles, embroidery, appliqué, and hopefully all on one nappy. The prettiest nappy of course is going to be the the most time consuming one, with different fabrics layered and shaped to produce the most stunning nappy a mother ever did see. It should be so good she will squeal with delight as you post a picture of the new ‘pretties’ in the shop. They need to be unique, preferably no two alike to have the best status of all OOAK, one of a kind.

Now, today being Tuesday, our creative fun day, no really it’s a serious event every week I set aside for product development, I kill a whole day testing out ideas, putting layers and layers of fabric into the sewing machines, test new embroideries, all sorts of things happen on Tuesdays. The ‘pretties’ have been on my long list of product development ideas for nearly a year, and this past year has shot past so fast! So today was the day I set my mind to the ‘pretties.

What do our pretties need to be? They need to be better than our already ‘best nappy’. So to be that, they need to still be as absorbent, so will still be All Hours, our packed to the max nappy for heavy wetters, day and night. They need to be coverless, as what’s the point of a pretty nappy thats hidden behind a cover, so they need to be an Ai2, an all in two nappy, with a hidden waterproof layer.

They need to be unique. I’ve noticed that everyone seems to have the same formulae for ruffles. They either go across the nappy at the back in lines..

straight or curved, but after relentless searching, no one seems to actually make anything out of them!

The best kept secret on how to make ruffles is not, lower tension, sew a line and pull the underneath thread it is merely having the right tools for the job. Along cometh the….

Bernina Ruffle Presser Foot Attachment no.86..

Thankfully I got it free when I bought my last Bernina 820.. as the foot costs a mere £70 from Bernina! I’ve only used it for curtains and making ruffled tea towels, oh yes, I did put lines of ruffles across some tea towels once…and it helped make a gathers on an empire line dress.

So that was our cue, I fiddled, and below is what became of our day of creative brain storming.

One of the ‘pretties’ for this weeks shop update, is this one below. It is made from a ‘bi-cut’, thats two pieces of fabric sewn together so the fabric colours are different front and back, in this case we have a pink minky front and a pale blue back, embossed minky non the less! A ruffle flower has been put on back and there is padded minky topped centre.

I’d really like to call these Blooming Pretties… but I shall restrain…

So our Tuesday session was pretty and bright, just as it should be! I have drawn 30 plus different designs out as they came into my head yesterday, both girl and boy pretties will soon be at Little Gumnut.

Time to play!

Well, it’s taken this long to be able to grasp all the scrap bins by the hand and actually make something from them, by scraps I don’t really mean scraps, I mean the 1/4 and 1/2 meter pieces that are not enough to make a collection of nappies from, but enough to make little sets of goods. So today, I woke up at 4.30.. after hearing a friend does this to keep up with her business. I woke, I drank coffee, but it wasn’t till the second cup of C8H10N4O2 did my brain actually decide to realise I needed it, alert!

By 5.30 I was racing along. I had packed all the orders from the weekend, planned my entire day, and on I got with it!

Plus lots of CSP tops, just awaiting the new rolls of fleece to arrive plus the 40 yards of zorb from Wazoodle, and we can get on with a rather large but lovely wholesale CSP order from one of our retailers Feminine Wear.

Not a bad day, I might do this every other day, as right now I’m awake and still working at midnight. Tomorrow my brain might just refuse to budge quite so early! But thats ok, almost everything that was made today has sold, and is the mail sack by our front door awaiting the courier pick up in the morning.

After a little row with Royal mail about sizes, aka the 80mm box can’t fit through an 80mm hole, CNC engineered boxes or not, that is not going to happen, and with Royal Mail pricing now hitting the roof, I decided to go ahead and find a cheaper alternative. Week one with MyHermes has gone fabulously. I know there are lots of awful reviews on the internet, but that is human nature for you. never sing praise, but always complain.

I’ve had plenty of parcels go astray with Royal Mail, so to be fair they are not perfect by a long shot! This will be our third pick up tomorrow, and so far 35 parcels have been sent with no negative feedback from our customers.

I have battled this week with getting the shipping to not allow customers to use the Large Letter rate which we intended,  (when we bought A LOT of apparently Royal Mail compatible boxes), to use to allow customers a cheaper parcel rate. But it will be very difficult to ask a customer to Pay the difference in cost after they have paid for an order, an order which wont fit into those little boxes! Another thing, is I will begrudge going down to the post office which will take up an hour of my day to take one or two very small large letter rate parcels down there, whilst awaiting the courier pick up at home, I can not be in two places at the same time,  so because of that I have decided to have a flat rate shipping charge in the shop, and stop using the Royal Mail Post Office Counter Services altogether. Wholesale orders may still be best through the Post Office, but I’m doubting it when TNT etc can give me a better deal and pick up and match the insurance level.

My biggest quarm is that I won’t be going out quite as much. I do enjoy walking the dog to the post Office and playing on the beach with her on the way back, but I do not enjoy that 4pm moment when I’m racing around making sure I have a charged phone etc just in case an address won’t go through at the counter. The trips out in the pouring rain aren’t quite so nice either! Packing Rucksacks, sticking all the tracking labels on before I go to save the Post Mistresses time, I could work up a pros and cons list, I think I know which way it will swing now though!

So our shipping prices as of the 30th April 2013 are £3 up to 1kg, £4 up to 2kg £5 up to 5kg. Next day shipping is something we will look into as Paypal give a good rate on Parcel Force 24 and 48 hour services, but they are still £13 and £11 respectively, I will have to see how much Special Delivery now is for a normal parcel, that or find another courier firm just to deal with that sort of collection.

April 28th shop update

Well another week to update you all with! It is another rainbow update, I know I’ve been playing with rainbows a lot recently, but, I think this is so lovely. I thought this week we could all SHARE the whole rainbow! So this weeks listings are beautiful dip dyed nappies, red into yellow, yellow into green, green into blue, and blue into purple! Hope you all like them!
No hybrids this week, but there will be plenty of AI2’s and hybrids next week when our beautiful new fabric delivery should arrive! I did give a small clue on Facebook in Friday, with a ‘happy Friday’ graphics made up with all the new colours of a certain fabulous fabric new have arriving next week!

So here is this weeks preview….

A little gumnut draw!

I am so super excited to have reached over 2000 likes on our facebook page!

Thank you all so much for liking our wonderful business, it means so much to me, we have worked so mightily hard to get to where we are now! So as promised and without further ado, we are holding a draw!

Why are we holding it here? Well in order to comply with Facebook rules, we need to keep competitions off our page, but we can use an app, so below.. one raflecopter app to stamp your name upon, as many times as you can!

One beautiful colourful filled to the brim with absorbency nappy could be yours!

TO  ENTER:

We are only asking you to do few mandatory things,

1) You must have liked our facebook page,
2) You need to sign up to our  monthly mini ewes-letter so we can share with you monthly offers and new products!
3) Well, this is the nicest one, tell us what your dream nappy would be from little gumnut, obviously as much as we’d love to make a pure gold nappy, miracles of that variety don’t happen here ;) So please remember to keep it something that can be dyed, cut and sewn!

If you you would like to take a peek at some of the nappies and other products we’ve made, you can see them in our flickr gallery here.

Thats it! Well you could share the draw with your friends on facebook and anyone else you felt would love to win a nappy from us. You could tweet, and share the little gumnut love that way perhaps, that bit is entirely up to you!

The winner will be notified by email within 24 hours of the end of the draw.

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April 21st shop update

We’ve teamed together some of our matching dots and stripes for fronts and backs of nappies! The Carnival print is dedicated to the whole nappy though, there is no way I cut cut that in half, it’s much too beautiful!

All these gorgeous prints are designed my Patty Young for Micheal Miller, on lovely thick 100% cotton interlock.

Available options will be as follows:

No X-large this week.

  • Large HYBRID  – one of each design  – turned and topstitched
  • Large  ALL HOURS – 1 of Carnival, 1 of  Sprouty Dotstripe
  • Medium HYBRID  – 1 of each design
  • Medium ALL HOURS  – 1 of Carnival, 1 of  Sprouty Dotsripe
  • Small Hybrid – one of each design  – turned and topstitched
  • Small ALL HOURS  – 1 of Carnival, 1 of  Dalmation DotStripe

Total 15 nappies.

Other items this week:

NEW Slimbo Cloth San Pro –

15″ New stuff-able pads, to allow for more absorbency to be added. Pads will be £15 each with an extra insert, and still £14 for our normal un-stuff-able pads.

Breastpads

We will be restocking our breast pads this week with lots of beautiful designs. These come in pairs and are tear drop shaped and are backed in white micro fleece.

The new little gumnut hybrid nappy.

In the store from this weekend will be our newest nappy, the little gumnut hybrid.  They give the option of a nappies are nothing new, they have been around for quite a while. They give the option of a coverless nappy with out the need for using plastic coated fabrics. No crinkling, always soft, and drier than using a non hybrid.

There is a layer of fleece between the outer layer and the core which deters moisture passing through to the outer layer, keeping it all in the core. The nappy wont last as long as using a plastic of wooly cover, but you should get a good 3 hours with our heavy wetter nappies, coverless, so you can see the gorgeous nappy, instead of covering it up!

Our 20% off voucher will still be available for use this Sunday update, so do make use of it, as it ends at midnight!

April 14th Shop Update – Preview

We’ve gone a little ‘hippy’ this week, with bold tie dyed nappies! There are 25 nappies up for grabs in this weeks update! Remember to use your discount code from the last newsletter! You can use it as many times as you like till the end of Real Nappy Week.

At 7pm GMT+1 ..all the nappies will automatically be available for purchase in each size category.

Blank socks, sock blanks..

We’ve been having some play time, no, it’s work honest! We’ve got the knitting machine out to create gradient sock blanks for our shop, and for me! I’ve knitted so many socks recently, I thought it was high time I knitted some gradient ones! It has been so much fun watching knitted rows just form as if by a miracle, just by one push of the hand, oh if only socks were this quick!

Our gradients will soon be for sale on the yarn and fibre section in our shop!

Easter at little gumnut

We have some treats coming up for you! We’ve bought in these very retro cardboard Easter Eggs! Now I call them REAL Easter Eggs, don’t you?

Easter promotion coming up! These lovely little limited edition Easter Eggs have been filled with gorgeous cotton Limited Edition Slimbos! Only 15 packs on offer, when they’re gone .. they’re gone!

Good morning 2013!

I love the New Year start. It is a mad dash for everyone prior to Christmas, it slowly calms down and a new era starts. Fresh thoughts, new plans, resolutions perhaps. Last year my new years resolution was to buy a new text book, every single month, and I did really well, every month learning something new. I started an RHS horticulture course in the summer and my text book list, well doubled! I’ve managed to pass my first assignment, and have another year to finish the module! A new thing to learn every month with that one, but I need another subject to fill my mind with.

But there are other things that need my attention, our website for one needs simplifying! So this quarters *spare time* will be spent rearranging, as you wouldn’t believe how long these things take!