Art, Make, nature, Storytelling

Latitude Rocks

I was lucky enough to be invited to Latitude Festival to take part in the art. I came up with the idea of Stone Circles because rock painting is fun, simple and currently seems to be growing in popularity. There’s more information about the Stone Circles on the Forest of Thoughts website, but there were […]

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nature, Storytelling

Folklore Thursday: Forget-me-not Folklore

I’ve always loved forget-me-nots. I can’t remember when I first heard their bittersweet name but their tiny blue flowers – and occasional pink or purple variation – always stand out in a cluster of ‘weeds’. The folklore behind forget-me-nots is unsurprisingly poignant. Once worn to represent fidelity when separated from a partner,  one myth says […]

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nature, Storytelling

Folklore Thursday: Dandelion Love

The more I learn about dandelions (and similar yellow flowers), the more impressed I am by them. I once saw them as a weed. Then I learned the young leaves are tasty in salad, and pollinators love them. But it was when I started taking photos that they transformed into something magical. Through the long […]

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Eat, Grow, nature, Storytelling

Folklore Thursday: January Folklore

As the new year starts, it’s time to go wassailing. Traditionally carried out on 12th Night (5th January or 17th January, depending on the calendar used), the word wassailing originates from the toast ‘Waes hael’, meaning good health. It involves toasting apple trees with a libation of cider, and pieces of bread. Some people make […]

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Eat, Make, Storytelling

Folklore Thursday: November Folklore

As the year darkens, the skies are filled with fireworks. However, bonfire night aside, there are plenty more myths and traditions linked to November. November 11th used to be a day of feasting for Martinmas, or St Martin’s Day. It marked the time when the wheat had all been planted and animals had been slaughtered. […]

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Eat, Grow, Make, Storytelling

Seasonal Celebrations

Autumn is a time of harvest. If you’re based in Loughborough, celebrate nature’s abundance at the Glorious Gluts Autumn Fair on Saturday 14th October. Taking place from 10am – 2pm at Fearon Hall, Glorious Gluts is a celebration of all things autumn. Find out more about cooking, storing and swapping your garden gluts, with food demonstrations […]

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Art, Eat, Grow, Storytelling

Folklore Thursday: Celebrate Autumn

Tomorrow is the first day of autumn, for those who measure it astronomically. Those who prefer a meteorological approach took 1st September as the first day of autumn. And many people who read nature to track the seasons have been muttering about autumn coming early. (If you like the idea of tracking the seasons using […]

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