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plate of apples, damsons, figs and blackberries

September Days

September is always a prominent marker in the year. It makes me think of sharp pencils and new shoes; reading suggestions and equipment lists; scratched hands picking shiny blackberries and apples eaten straight from the tree.

Summer Loving

It feels as though summer may have peaked and is about to start slowly drifting away. Time to make the most of the warm, sunny days, to take stock and enjoy some snippets of happiness.

bowl of raspberries

Making the most of the raspberry crop

August weather is always a bit changeable and as soon as the combine rolls into the field, you can be sure that rainclouds will follow. As ever, this year there…

A Summer’s Day

The challenge today on Slamseys Journal is to spend fifteen minutes sketching the everyday and while I’m not going to share my sketches, I’m more than happy to share the…

Decorative paste paper

Making Paste Papers

  This year, over at Slamseys Journal, the Summer Creative Challenge is in full swing. The main aim of the annual challenge is to have fun, perhaps involving the children…

Concertina sketchbooks filled with marks, collage, prints

Finding a Creative Buzz

One of the difficulties with creative activities is coming up with great ideas and completing the project. Recently, I’ve found a new creative buzz for generating ideas.

Elderflowers and rose petals in water

Gorgeous Elderflower Fizz

Elderflower Fizz is a particularly English summer drink: floral, delicate and immensely quaffable. Elderflowers are so widespread and this recipe is so easy, that it seems a shame not to make your own.

Public Bridleway sign

What To Pack In Your Rucksack For A Day Walk

10 essential things to pack in your rucksack for a recreational day walk in UK countryside
1 Contact Details
2 Mobile Phone
3 Map
4 Food & Water
5 First Aid Kit
6 Waterproof Clothing
7 Torch & Whistle
8 Spare Laces
9 Scarf
10 Light Shoes

Looking across fields from Jurassic Way long distance walk

A Good Walk | Jurassic Way

With May fast approaching (one of the best times of year for walking) we consulted the maps, packed our rucksacks and jumped on a train.

Looking across Great Forest field

O to be in England

O to be in England Now that April’s there,   Robert Browning I’ve been sorting through a pile of books and came across two poetry books, each with a poem…