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A time of change

Back from holiday we re-write the to-do lists and makes sense of all the whiteboard tasks that remained undone before we downed tools. Some are polished off in moments whilst others become the material of procrastination. A time of change

TheBigForestCottage6

A time of change

Back from holiday we re-write the to-do lists and makes sense of all the whiteboard tasks that remained undone before we downed tools. Some are polished off in moments whilst others become the material of procrastination. A time of change

TheBigForestToTheLighthouse2

To the Lighthouse: Wales in June

This week we decamped to Wales, as we always do when we want to recharge our batteries. The plan was to discover new places, take long forest walks and eat good food. South Stack Lighthouse has been on our ‘must

TheBigForestToTheLighthouse2

To the Lighthouse: Wales in June

This week we decamped to Wales, as we always do when we want to recharge our batteries. The plan was to discover new places, take long forest walks and eat good food. South Stack Lighthouse has been on our ‘must

SherlockHolmes2

Sherlock Holmes: Feeling unwell

Over twenty years ago I worked with a man called Dave. He was a jazz drummer doing other things to earn a crust. Dave was exceptionally good company and we spent our time dreaming of different lives and future happiness

SherlockHolmes2

Sherlock Holmes: Feeling unwell

Over twenty years ago I worked with a man called Dave. He was a jazz drummer doing other things to earn a crust. Dave was exceptionally good company and we spent our time dreaming of different lives and future happiness

TheBigForestSchArtisanFood6

Learning how: Scrummy, yummy artisan bread

As regular readers of our twitter will know, bread baking in TheBigForest has become more and more serious! At the beginning it was about making a loaf as quickly as possible. But over the past eight months priorities have shifted,

TheBigForestSchArtisanFood6

Learning how: Scrummy, yummy artisan bread

As regular readers of our twitter will know, bread baking in TheBigForest has become more and more serious! At the beginning it was about making a loaf as quickly as possible. But over the past eight months priorities have shifted,

Good Needlework TheBigForest1

Fascinating stitchery: 1932

In rural charity shops in England there is almost always a snowy pile of vintage linens. For £1 or sometimes £2 you can snap up these pieces of beautiful workmanship. Deeply out of fashion the table cloths, dressing table sets,

Good Needlework TheBigForest1

Fascinating stitchery: 1932

In rural charity shops in England there is almost always a snowy pile of vintage linens. For £1 or sometimes £2 you can snap up these pieces of beautiful workmanship. Deeply out of fashion the table cloths, dressing table sets,

Ipcress File Bookcover Art001

Collecting: Book covers

The drive to collect. Big things, small things, old things, things – often objects – that give pleasure and sometimes have monetary value too.We have small collections of objects that fire our imagination – vintage toys, found photographs, mid-century textiles,

Ipcress File Bookcover Art001

Collecting: Book covers

The drive to collect. Big things, small things, old things, things – often objects – that give pleasure and sometimes have monetary value too.We have small collections of objects that fire our imagination – vintage toys, found photographs, mid-century textiles,

WoodBurningStoveBlog

Ten top tips to enjoy winter

Here are our top ten tips to not only survive but thrive in the chilly days of winter. We would love to hear your suggestions for winter happiness too. 1: Cook and bake delicious food – soups, stews, fruit crumble,

WoodBurningStoveBlog

Ten top tips to enjoy winter

Here are our top ten tips to not only survive but thrive in the chilly days of winter. We would love to hear your suggestions for winter happiness too. 1: Cook and bake delicious food – soups, stews, fruit crumble,