Back to Basics

Growing up in a rural setting by the coast, I was dubious about moving to the city. Although I adored the pastoral landscape, I was curious about the change and knew I had a chance of finding work there. Admittedly Bath isn’t London, but sooner or later it became easy to adapt to the urbanised habits of a city-dweller, though I have never lost my desire for the outdoors.

Back to Basics

Creative in the Countryside: The Whispering Wild

Today's Creative in the Countryside is Lucy from The Whispering Wild, a needle sculptor creating creatures with a tale to tell and a song in their heart.

Creative in the Countryside: The Whispering Wild

The Stories of Trees: Elder

This spring, something was different. I’ve been noticing the elder tree more this year. The sight of it makes me smile and on many occasions I’ve had to stop mid-step when hit by its summery scent and look around for its source. A little bit like hearing your name being called out, turning around and recognising a friend in the crowd...

The Stories of Trees: Elder

The Stories of Trees

Trees have long been entwined with storytelling. Not only do they provide the perfect backrest when reading a good book, their history and mythology has also inspired works of fiction for thousands of years...

The Stories of Trees

Beached

Today I'm introducing the work of Oska Von Ruhland, a creative writing graduate from Cardiff who's written about merfolk. Enjoy...

Beached
SummerSarah Hardman

In Praise of the Summer Meadow

You can mark the progress of the seasons, and indeed the farming year, simply by the appearance of the fields. Here in the Pennines we don’t have much by way of arable farming so the welcome sight of autumn stubble isn’t something to be anticipated on nature’s calendar. But my garden gate opens straight into a meadow...

SummerSarah Hardman
In Praise of the Summer Meadow

Creative in the Countryside: Say! Little Hen

Today I'm featuring the lovely Sarah from Say! Little Hen. Living in Queensland, Australia, she's passionate about organic and sustainable products and living, and is a woman who wears many hats when it comes to her creative business...

Creative in the Countryside: Say! Little Hen

A Seasonal Year: Summer

Welcome to summer! In today's post you'll find rituals to start right away, recipes to whet your appetite, plus seasonal reading recommendations...

A Seasonal Year: Summer
SummerSarah Porteus

Retaining Our Roots & Merry Midsummer Festivals

How quickly spring seems to have shifted into summer this year, seemingly with no hesitation at all. The cherry blossom and wisteria have vanished and now, on this island, we have been left in that lingering transition period of faded spring flowers but not-quite-yet-summer-blooms...

SummerSarah Porteus
Retaining Our Roots & Merry Midsummer Festivals

Beautiful Bluebells

Wild flowers are nature’s way of encouraging us to get outside and explore. One renowned sight of Spring, is the blankets of purple bluebells which sweep across UK woodlands, revealing an impressive sight and smell...

Beautiful Bluebells

Springtime Foraging in the Woods

We’re very lucky in these parts as there’s access to plenty of beautiful woodland and open moorland. That means that as well as the ubiquitous blackberries, we can go picking whinberries...

Springtime Foraging in the Woods

Snow White Petals

Reliably unpredictable was the forecast as the freezing winter turned into a decorative pattern of humble flowers and vast green expanses, eventually blanketed by an unexpected five inches of snow, delivered fashionably late - well past the middle of April...

Snow White Petals
SpringSian Ward

Capturing the Seasons on Film: Spring

The first in our series of seasonal videos shot in the countryside. Spring here is all about frolicking lambs, dancing tulips and sowing seeds; take a look...

SpringSian Ward
Capturing the Seasons on Film: Spring

Embracing the Elements

We’re currently at the time of year when the weather throws almost everything it has at us, often in the space of a single day. It’s not unknown in these parts to have sudden snows followed by fast thaws in April...

Embracing the Elements

Notes from the City, to the Sea

Today in the journal we're introducing a new talent: Cornish poet and singer/songwriter Josiah Mortimer currently lives and works in London, but he yearns to be back by the sea...

Notes from the City, to the Sea

Creative in the Countryside: Deborah Vass

Today we're excited to feature another small, creative business that takes its inspiration from the natural world. Deborah Vass is a painter and printmaker, and her work is centred on her garden and the surrounding countryside in the Waveney Valley. Over to her...

Creative in the Countryside: Deborah Vass

How Our Magazine Wish-Lists Have Changed

Last month, I put out a post on Instagram asking what people looked for when buying a magazine, and what (if anything) might put them off. It proved interesting - and heartwarming - reading. Not only have we seemingly rejected the celebrity gossip culture, we've also...

How Our Magazine Wish-Lists Have Changed

The Intentional Home

A broom left out of the cupboard, a door half-opened, a book with the page folded over (surely signifying something of importance to the reader), a linen curtain, pulled aside. This house is lived in. Yet, something is different...

The Intentional Home

Microadventures: Where The Trees Grow…

When I imagine adventurous escapades, I think of climbing up intimidating rock faces, trekking across uncertain terrain and paddling downstream as though your life depended on it.  However, as I embark deeper onto my Walk 1000 2017 challenge, I’m finding that everyday is an adventure, it just depends on your perspective. Last month, I walked through forests and woodlands...

Microadventures: Where The Trees Grow…

Intimacy in the Expanse

Up high on the vast, open swathes of moorland, the landscape is limited only by the framing of our human vision. A concerted effort to strain your eyes wider, beyond their natural aperture, reveals yet more aching openness, the horizon wide and expansive; open, wild, raw...

Intimacy in the Expanse
CreativeKayte Ferris

Creative in the Countryside: Botanical Threads

Welcome to our first installment of Creative in the Countryside. Over the coming months and seasons I will be bringing you the stories of some fascinating creative people and learning all about their relationship with the countryside...

CreativeKayte Ferris
Creative in the Countryside: Botanical Threads