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…
EssaysCallum Saunders

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...

EssaysCallum Saunders
Intimacy in the Expanse

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...

Creative in the Countryside: Botanical Threads

Bringing the Outdoors In

I always associate spring with the nature table. At primary school we always had a little display in the corner of the classroom with pussy willow stems in jam jars and a plastic tray filled with frogspawn. As the tadpoles sprouted legs, our teacher would prop the tray up at one end to enable them to crawl out of the water...

Bringing the Outdoors In
EssaysEleanor Cheetham

Reconnecting Nature & Civilisation

On the surface, it would appear we are a changed society. Supposedly more aware than ever of our impact on the environment, our media habits also suggest that we’re interested enough to spend our spare time immersing ourselves in the natural world...

EssaysEleanor Cheetham
Reconnecting Nature & Civilisation
EssaysCallum Saunders

Unlocking the Commuter’s Cage

The pure physicality of cold, biting air upon the skin; the crisp lines and textures of bare branches and skeletal leaves folded in upon themselves; the build up of condensation upon the moustache hairs of one’s beard; the quiet, haunting beauty of a natural world, dormant, and yet silently alive underground and behind the scenes... 

EssaysCallum Saunders
Unlocking the Commuter’s Cage

Why We're Offering You a Free E-Book on Seasonal Living

It's a concept we talk about a lot here at Creative Countryside, and living seasonally is integral to what we post and when. As you're already here reading, chances are you've got some idea what it's all about, and you might already strive to live in this way, allowing your choices to be guided by the rhythm of nature...

Why We're Offering You a Free E-Book on Seasonal Living
WinterCheryl Magyar

Freezing Winter

Once upon a time, in a far-away land, there was a little village surrounded by orchards and fields dotted with ochre haystacks, full of women and men meaningfully wandering through the fenceless landscape, carrying handwoven baskets on their backs in the sun, in the rain and in the snow...

WinterCheryl Magyar
Freezing Winter
EssaysEleanor Cheetham

Steps Towards a More Sustainable Life of Less

When my grandparents were young, none of the appliances (let alone hi-tech gadgets) in our homes were in common use — not the refrigerator, electric stove, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, toaster, television, computer, air-conditioner, microwave...

EssaysEleanor Cheetham
Steps Towards a More Sustainable Life of Less

Seasonal Celebrations: Imbolc

Usually celebrated on February 2nd (or the eve of February 1st), Imbolc (pronounced 'im'olk') is one of the four Celtic fire festivals that make up the wheel of the year, and celebrates the passing of winter and the return of spring. It comes at a time when many of us are longing for the end of cold, dark days, and serves as a reminder that brighter mornings and new growth are on the horizon...

Seasonal Celebrations: Imbolc
Eleanor Cheetham

Expanding the Creative Countryside Team

Today we have some exciting news, and some new faces to introduce! After a short search for our new online editors, I'm thrilled to announce that we've selected four talented creatives, who will be appearing regularly in the journal and helping to build our community. If you're not already familiar with their work, let me introduce these lovely ladies...

Eleanor Cheetham
Expanding the Creative Countryside Team

Nature & Culture: Finding a Common Ground

Nature and culture are often viewed as two distinct concepts. Nature is wild, it is 'out there' rather than 'in here', and sometimes it feels as though you have to make the choice to immerse yourself in the natural world. Yet it is a part of our culture, and of our everyday lives...

Nature & Culture: Finding a Common Ground