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,

German HansTheBigForest Blog

Favourite things and their story: Curious Facts 1905

Curious Facts is a small, faded book. I think it must have come from the house of one of my aunts and uncles when we packed them up before sale. It smells strongly of perfume. I’m unsure when the bottle

German HansTheBigForest Blog

Favourite things and their story: Curious Facts 1905

Curious Facts is a small, faded book. I think it must have come from the house of one of my aunts and uncles when we packed them up before sale. It smells strongly of perfume. I’m unsure when the bottle

Negative Thoughts TheBigForestBlog

Busting winter gloom

We have lost count of the number of folks who have told us they are sad and out of sorts with Christmas over and winter winds whispering around their ears. We keep a pile of newspaper clippings which help us

Negative Thoughts TheBigForestBlog

Busting winter gloom

We have lost count of the number of folks who have told us they are sad and out of sorts with Christmas over and winter winds whispering around their ears. We keep a pile of newspaper clippings which help us

HornimanMuseumLondon TheBigForest2

A couple of days out

Having awarded ourselves some days off the question was where to go? Firstly we went for a hike in the beautiful Surrey Hills to Leith Hill tower, a folly built in the 18th Century which adds the missing 64ft to

HornimanMuseumLondon TheBigForest2

A couple of days out

Having awarded ourselves some days off the question was where to go? Firstly we went for a hike in the beautiful Surrey Hills to Leith Hill tower, a folly built in the 18th Century which adds the missing 64ft to

Stork Art of Icing TheBigForest Blog

Christmas: British Food

The homemade Christmas cake baton – or wooden spoon – was passed to us back in November from older relatives. Modern recipes had too many exotic ingredients so we made a hybrid recipe with an ingredients list from The Penguin

Stork Art of Icing TheBigForest Blog

Christmas: British Food

The homemade Christmas cake baton – or wooden spoon – was passed to us back in November from older relatives. Modern recipes had too many exotic ingredients so we made a hybrid recipe with an ingredients list from The Penguin