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Thursday
Sep112014

And The Wreath-Making Goes On

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Foraging…gathering…weaving…binding.  The bounty of a single hour entwined in a circle.  Captured forever in an image.  A snapshot of Pennine bounty on one sweet day in history.

So loving this process!

 

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Friday
Aug222014

Welcoming Autumn

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Well I had to do something with all that ravishing heather.  

Besides, August - once the height of summer - has slipped soonly into autumn.  Which is fine by me.  ‘Cause autumn is my season.  The comforting, comfortable, colour crazy time of year.  The smoky, misty, toffeed dank time of year.  Abundant and beloved.

So to celebrate - this wreath.  Heather from the purple moors. Rowan berries from the hedgerow.  Rosemary from the garden.

Sunday
Aug172014

The Spectacular Heather

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Everyone’s saying it.  

Never - never ever ever in living memory - has the heather been so spectacular.  So totally magnificent.  So utterly….PURPLE!!!

It was for this very moment that someone, back in the mists of time, invented the word RESPLENDENT.

Wednesday
Jan082014

New Year's Feast

Bird Feeder

 

Inspired by this video, I’ve been making a new year’s gift for the Dixon Hill birds (and other creatures).

STEP ONE: Attach an ordinary kitchen splatter screen to a grapevine wreath and tuck in lots of millet.  (I really wanted to add lots of berried foliage too, but there’s a dearth of such stuff up here on the windswept moors right now.)

 

Seed heart

 

STEP TWO: Make a hanging heart from sunflower seeds and suet…..and wrap the last of the Christmas cranberries around the hanging strings.

 

Feast mix

 

STEP THREE: Scatter a feast of seeds, mealworm pellets, goji berries and chopped apple onto the tray.  Serve for the delectation of waiting robins, blackbirds, pheasants, wood pigeons, tits, crows and squirrels.

Tuesday
Dec312013

Christmas Leftovers

Face Wash

 

A big bunch of fresh thyme in the Abel and Cole Christmas veg box failed to find its way into the festive meal.  So today, it got turned into a seasonal bottle of frothy face wash instead.  A little bit of Christmas cheer for dark January days.