Wednesday, 29 July 2015

the big pick


Our annual trip to the Stiperstones for the big bilberry pick. 


A rare photograph of me - taken by my 4 year old son!

While I take 2 hours to carefully hand pick enough to fill a tub, the boys and their dad use berry combs which fill up the tubs in no time. Though I do need to spend hours picking out the branches, leaves and other random 'alien' material.

It's a lovely few hours away from it all, which we all enjoy. 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

stretching the eyes




Walking with friends from Priest Weston to Mitchell's Fold stone circle {where we drank champagne to celebrate a special birthday!} and Corndon Hill.

Stretching the eyes as well as the legs.

A vintage tractor rally should just happen to pass by... only in the country!

Monday, 13 July 2015



Making has been the theme for the past few weeks ~ from picking flowers in the garden to make garden posies {even selling some on the doorstep!}

The foraging season starts for me with elderflowers or 'elderbloom' as I read recently in an old book. I have been out in the Field gathering basket fulls to make refreshing elderflower cordial.


New to me is dressmaking. I have altered and botched items of clothing but never really followed a proper pattern. A couple of years ago I bought a Merchant & Mills pattern with the idea of teaching myself dressmaking which has lain untouched until now. I had a special occasion to attend which provided the perfect deadline and impetus to pursue this dressmaking idea. I ordered some gorgeous Irish Linen from Merchant & Mills to make their Trapeze Dress which I was shortening to a tunic. I also got some cheaper fabric to do a trail run. 


Doing a trail run was a good idea as I really did have a lot to learn. I also discovered that the alter table here serves as a very good cutting table - perfect height and plenty of room to walk around.

I finished my new top/tunic just in time and I'm really pleased with it. It is full of novice errors and handmade charm, but I love it!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

the copper beech in july

Dark and dense with flashes of colour where the sunlight catches the leaves. Vibrant reds through to green.

Standing under the copper beech in the cool dappled shade.



Joining in with Loose and Leafy's 'Tree Following'

Previous Tree Following posts here