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Listen to Nature!

Posted by Andrew Groves on

Scots pine

Yesterday was the first truly warm day of spring so far; a day that makes you stand up a little straighter than you have all winter, like a little leaflet unfurling on a branch for the first time. The season is still in its infancy but wild flowers are blooming, buds are bursting and sap is dripping from wounds on silver birches. In the evening I took a short walk around the woods, chasing the fading orange light and taking mental notes on the activity of the fallow deer, when I heard a crackling, popping sound coming from the canopy. I looked up and around, expecting to see a grey squirrel munching on the pine cones but none could be found. No birds either. What could it be?

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Nature sketches, notes and wanderings

Posted by Andrew Groves on

Drawn to Nature Miscellaneous Adventures

Last week we were fortunate to receive a visit from small press publisher, teacher and artist Esther McManus. Esther will be teaching creative observational exercises on our fast approaching ‘Drawn to Nature’ workshop, so we thought it would both fun and wise to take a preliminary wander around the woods to search for inspiration, take field notes and discover signs as to which plants and creatures are likely to be awake on April 1st.

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Potato and Sweetcorn Pancakes in the Woods

Posted by Andrew Groves on

Outdoor cooking pancakes

This year we headed into the woods for Pancake Day and ditched the classic sugar and lemon recipe in favour of a hearty sweetcorn, potato and cheese savoury lunchtime snack. We found this recipe online but omitted a few ingredients to make it easier to cook outdoors and added grated cheese because, well, cheese.

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Drawn to Nature - Journal Making with Esther McManus (Part 3)

Posted by Emma Hughes on

The third in our series of posts on the making of our 'Drawn to Nature' Journals is here! Esther has written about the final task - hand marbling the end papers of these beautiful books and her thoughts on the process and its relevance to what we'll be teaching at the workshop.

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Local wanderings and noticing the unnatural in nature

Posted by Andrew Groves on

MiscellaneousAdventures Photography

Finally, after a week of heavy rain and strong winds the cloud and gloom began to lift around midday on Saturday. Torrential downpours the night before had created streams where there weren’t supposed to be streams and it seemed like a good time to go for a small explore, try out some new equipment.

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