From silk-screening with Warhol’s pop art to dotty Seurat and Signac’s pointillism techniques or the humour of Martin Creed, (who could forget Work No.79 1993, ‘some Blu-Tack kneaded, rolled into a ball and depressed against a wall’? Art has diversified over the decades yet meeting wood carving artist Andy Frost was a new experience altogether. Where art and nature come together - who would have thought art and a chainsaw would go well together…Read More
It never ceases to amaze me to discover the stories behind home-grown businesses. Over the last few months I’ve met and interviewed many successful local business owners who have started with absolutely nothing. Relish owners to sweet makers. Diverse products and unique skills but both with one thing in common they both have the essential ingredients of drive, determination and resilience. Dreams don’t just…happen you have to make them. Check out these features for inspiration of the home made variety…Read More
What a few weeks it has been…with educational commissions galore not to mention the shorter Christmas print deadlines meaning Christmas definitely came early in my office! I’ve chatted to talented costume designers; let’s hope some of their sewing mastery has brushed onto me for my children’s nativity play costumes…wise owl anyone? I’ve chilled out with some creamy Derbyshire cheeses and had a touch of magical nostalgia courtesy of a rocking horse maker… now just to sort out the tree…Read More
Having always avoided baking bread (waiting around is not something I do well), I put my proving anxieties to one side and embraced a handful of bread making courses. From time with the WI ladies, (a lively bunch - we were badly behaved and had a good giggle), to campfire bread - fresh air and warming bread what’s not to like, with a few recipes into the mix for good measure…one of my favourite pieces I’ve written this month…Read More
This month has been about indulging in my love of the forest and outdoors…it’s always really nice when I commissioned to write about things I am truly passionate about.
First up it was great to be a part of Centre Parcs 50th Issue of Village Life magazine. For all those Centre Parcs customers past and present it will be hitting your front door mats as we speak. Check out my feature 'Generation Game' on page 10.Read More
There is nothing life self sufficiency than a bit of good old foraging! Forget picking mushrooms and the odd nettle, thanks to another scrumptious food assignment... I can now spot water mint at ten spaces (square roots), know to avoid foxgloves and can cook up a treat with pine needles. James Wood from Totally Wild UK guided us through the have's and the [do not touch or you will die varieties] of the outdoors. Our hard work was rewarded with a deliciously cooked meal, complete with our foraged items, from the talented team Fischers at Baslow Hall. Neil Fischer was charming company and the host of international journalists who shared the dinner table headed up an interesting mix of conversations. This was the kind of working lunch I could get used to...check out my latest feature...Read More
How to keep cool in a heatwave .
There is nothing like a heatwave to get us smiling here in Blighty, even when we are miles from the sea. It was a relief to cool down a little and report on the scrumptious ice cream producers here in the Midlands...Read More
I love a good foodie commission. Locally sourced food, talented chefs and an excuse to meet with the girls. This was a really interesting one to work on. What struck me most was the sheer determination of these chefs and their true passion for good proper food. Combined with an ethical edge - they are at the cutting edge of culinary trends, proving that you don't need to be in London to have a unique dining experience.
My latest feature to 'pop up' in the shops...Read More