Journal

Wild Pottery: Clay- digging your own

Wild Pottery: Clay- digging your own

One of the things that makes my Wild Pottery courses ‘wild’ is that we dig our own clay from the land What is Clay? Ask this of anyone and they’ll most likely reply ‘mud’. But there’s a bit more to it than that. It’s made up of one or more clay minerals with traces of...

Nests in Nets

Nests in Nets

I've returned to Wakehurst on  a bright autumn day to see if the rumours are true. One of my areas of research for this project was looking at  nests. And that's why I'm back today. I've heard birds have nested in the work I made. My godson showed me a blurry photo on...

A Song for all Foraging

A Song for all Foraging

It’s a busy time for foraging plant materials right now. The plants have made all the vegetative growth they’re going to make this year. And now they’re setting seed. Over the past months I’ve logged key spots in my mental map of the neighbourhood, spots where certain...

Stonehenge: Neolithic Basketry

Stonehenge: Neolithic Basketry

During the Neolithic time at Stonehenge, there would have been willows growing on the banks of the river Avon, which ran right by the houses situated  at nearby Durrington Walls. These are the Neolithic dwellings that  have been reconstructed at Stonehenge visitors...

Stonehenge: Neolithic houses for Neolithic basketry

Stonehenge: Neolithic houses for Neolithic basketry

I'm delighted to have been invited by English Heritage to run some staff training at Stonehenge in Neolithic-style basketry. They recently constructed a number of Neolithic style dwellings on site (pictured left)... and it's there that I'll be running the training...

Forage of the Month

Forage of the Month- September

Forage of the Month- September

Elderberries ripe elderberries Elderberry Elixir: this is one of my all-time favourite elderberry recipes, and it comes from Lucinda Warner at Whispering Earth. It's a long-lasting and delicious preparation that Lucinda describes as 'warming your wintery cockles'... I...

Forage of the Month- July/August

Forage of the Month- July/August

Nettle Seeds Nettle seeds ready to harvest Nettles are a truly amazing plant. I recently found out about the 'super food' that is nettle seeds, and have been making the most of the nettle patch at the end of the garden ever since. Full of fantastic nutritional and...

Forage of the Month- May/June

Forage of the Month- May/June

Elderflower Fritters Pick your elderflowers on a calm, sunny day when the buds are freshly open, before the petals brown around the edges. This is when they're most flavoursome. Lightly shake them to release any small insects, then snip off the larger stalks. You'll...