Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Underfoot the soft pine needles made a gentle carpet as we discovered fairy groves and pixie glades and magical floating trees.
We encountered strange echoey sounds and then made our own as the trees shimmered, shone and sparkled to our whispers and whistles.
I loved that outsidey excitement you only get a few times a year on bonfire night and the magical splendor of the colourful lit landscape. Such landscapes have always cast a spell over me, from the little fairy light attraction that used to light up a grassy bank in Southend (does anyone else remember tht, I I loved it!) to the gaudy ravines of Shanklin Chine. However, this was a very different experience and really beautiful, and really well planned with fire pits half way round for warm cups of cocoa and marshmallow toasting and a candlelit cafe at the end. The Electric Forest is at Bedgebury until 7th November before moving to Thetford.
Monday, 25 October 2010
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Friday, 22 October 2010
Monday, 18 October 2010
We spent a lovely day out in the woods and with the help of a local fungi expert, picked an exotic collection of edible mushrooms, including these beautiful orange peel fungi.
We didn't pick this one.
And this one had an unpleasantly lingering spicy after taste...
They had wonderful names, like this one, called Elf Saddle...
And we found all of these...
Which we cooked up into a delicious forest picnic.
We added some garlic and thyme, but the best flavour was knowing we had picked them all ourselves (after our fungi expert double checked we hadn't snuck anything deadly into our baskets). A perfect autumn picnic.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
We will be filling Sprout with all things handmade, from Cara's hand painted ceramics, original artwork and prints to Fabric Nation's bags, brooches, purses, cushions and other vintage textile treasures.
We have an exciting programme of ceramic and textile workshops for all ages throughout November. No previous experience is needed and all materials and tuition is provided. Full details are listed on the Tooting Artists website. Please contact us for more information or to reserve a place.
Look forward to seeing you. xx