Monday, 13 August 2018

Golden


We have just had the most magical week at Wild Meadow  to celebrate my Mum and Dads golden wedding anniversary. This has been a special place for me and my friends so it seemed like the perfect place to bring all the family together for this special occasion.


It's funny to think that fifty years ago when they made their wedding vows this family didn't even exist and now there are twelve of us altogether. The family tree has grown lots of branches.


The hot summer we have had meant most of the grasses had been mown and I was a bit sad about that at first but I soon realised this meant there was more room to play and we did a lot of that. Everywhere you looked, up and down the meadow there was something going on.


We cartwheeled (well one of us did),


 went for walks, 



 (some of us got a lift) 


played on the rope swings, 



picked flowers for our flower presses,


 made sun prints,


baked pizzas,


 made dens,


drew pictures,


did our yoga with this view (well some of us did),


  and we did a lot of lying on the grass.


 We hired the house and the shepherds hut this time. This was Ffion and Domeniques pad.

Domenique was busy in his sketchbook


and he captured the feel of the place beautifully.


My Mums wish was to lie under a canopy of stars and she even made a wild meadow quilt for the occasion (sunny and colourful on one side for the day and dark and starry on the back for the night)! The sky was kind to us on many evenings and we saw the best shooting stars I have ever seen.


On the night of the anniversary we had a feast. The freshly caught trout from The Salty Dog greengrocers in Presteigne were my highlight.


As well as the company of course! 

  
It was so good to all sit outside and eat together.


 After we had eaten all the scrumptious food we sat around the fire



 to toast some marshmallows


 and sing some songs.


I wrote one for my Mum and Dad and I had an absolutely perfect moment sitting on a log under a canopy of stars just about able to make out their faces in the firelight and singing them their song. On our last night we recorded it outside the shepherds hut as the sun was setting and I thought I'd share it here. Listen out for the sheep at the end.



All great trees they start as saplings
From a seed deep down below
If the seed gets all it needs
Then a tree will start to grow

A little sunshine
A little rain
And it will be growing
And it will be growing.

When your love was just a sapling
Well how were you to know
If all your hopes and all your dreams
Would get the chance to grow

You stood together
You made your vow
To growing together
To growing together.

Then your tree it grew some branches
And a trunk that's strong and wide
And roots that go deep down below
And leaves that touch the sky

And it makes shelter
And it makes shade
It's good in all weather
You're good in all weather.

Every branch it tells a story
Every leaf a memory
And all your hopes and all your dreams
They made this family

And we've had sunshine
And we've had rain

Now this tree is golden
This tree is golden
Your love is golden
Your love is golden.



Wild Meadow is the most wonderful place and feels even more like home to me now. Have a look at their website or follow Andrea's beautiful photographs on her Instagram account here. Thanks Dad & Dean for your lovely photo's, thanks to Domenique for your drawings and thanks Andrea and Jonathan for creating this special place...and Andrea for sewing the golden bunting by hand when your sewing machine packed in! You're a gem x

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Tiny Treasures in the Yorkshire Post magazine

I totally missed this feature when it was in print in the Yorkshire Post magazine in July but I just managed to get hold of this PDF showing my Tiny Treasures book and wallpaper. I'm always grateful to the Yorkshire Post. Sharon Dale who writes for them has been a huge supporter over the years and has featured my work many times. It has helped to spread my work across the county.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

This Wonderful Life, Captured!


I share my studio my with my dear friend photographer Sarah Mason and it's been lovely watching her excitement as her new photo wallet project has unfolded and finally just launched!


They are inspired by a nostalgia for the lost activity of going to collect your photo's from Supasnaps (well that's where we got ours) and them coming in their wallet with the little pocket for the negatives. The wallets have been hand printed and hand stitched by the Egg Factory in Hebden Bridge and they are just lovely!


Now, when you book a shoot with her your photo's will be presented in these beautiful hand made and hand printed wallets.


Sarah is interested in seeing old photo wallets and as my Dad keeps EVERYTHING he still had some from the sixties with photographs in from when he worked in a toothbrush factory as a lad!


So, if you're coming to open studios this weekend you can see Sarah's lovely wallets for yourself and she would love to see your old photo wallets too so bring them along.



Friday, 22 June 2018

Open Studios


I love getting the opportunity to see into other artists studios. It's always inspiring to see their works in progress, their bookshelves, the view from their windows and their little collections of things that inspire them. You might call me nosy, but I prefer to call myself curious! 


If you are the curious type too then you will probably enjoy Hebden Bridge Open Studios. It takes place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of July and there are 83 artists in the brochure this year. Some of them are in big shared studio groups and others are independents, exhibiting in their houses.


It's the first time I will have opened the studio since making window film so I'm excited to show you my windows.


And I am looking forward to showing you my Tiny Treasures book too.

I share my sunny studio with my friends Sarah and Suzi who are amazing photographers and  Julia Ogden who makes paintings and prints and we will all be opening our rooms and welcoming visitors.

I'll be having a seconds sale of my lamps in the studio (not online this time, just in person) but if you are just too far away to visit then as a little treat there will be 20% off wallpaper, lamps and fabrics on my website with the code 'openstudiosale' so you don't have to feel like you're missing out!

You can find out more details and directions here.

I hope you can come.

Hannah x


Thursday, 21 June 2018

Yoga in the Spanish Mountains


Last week I traveled to the Spanish mountains for a yoga retreat.


We all met up for a night in the mountain village of Competa for a night on route.


 It was lovely to meet my new yoga family.


The town may be all white from a distance but there was so much colour in its tiny winding streets





   


It was good for my senses to be somewhere so different from home.


Then we climbed and climbed up winding mountain roads to our retreat at Finca Los Pinos.



My home for the week was this wooden cabin in the trees.


I was in heaven sitting at my desk on the veranda reading, drawing, writing and dreaming with birdsong all around me and red squirrels darting about.


There was a bit of a squirrel chase one day. The squirrel got away much to the annoyance of the cat!


The retreat was run by my dear fiend Jackie Jones from Shrewsbury. Jackie and I were friends-at-first-sight when we shared mats next to each other on a Rod Stryker intensive a few years ago. I have talked to her lots about yoga but I have never experienced her teaching before.


  I LOVED it. A beautiful flowing breath led practice on a platform under pines and eucalyptus with ten lovely warm souls. We practiced morning and evening and breathed in so much of that clean mountain air.


We had some good walks. 


To the mountains



 I admired these two bikers for getting to the top (we got a lift)!




and to the big blue sea




I found a kindred spirit in ceramic artist Ruth Gibson who perhaps takes even more close up photo's of nature than me!


We held everyone up while we looked up close at new flowers and seed pods.








There was lots of time to relax between yoging and eating.


It's amazing how much time opens up when you don't have to think about what to cook three times a day!


What luxury to have beautiful healthy meals all laid out for us. The food (mostly veggie except for this last party night) was exquisite. The host David and the lovely staff looked after us so kindly with much attention to detail.



 Mealtimes were long and laid back and good time to chat and get to know each other.


It was altogether a magical experience and my mind and heart is still full of the lovely impressions from the week. I have come back with a sense of deep refreshment and I am very inspired to crack on with my yoga teacher training and get teaching. Having a week of deep yoga and lots of playtime does wonders for the body, mind and soul. It gives you a taste of a state of being that is harder to find when you're at home with the demands of business and everyday life. But, once you taste it, it inspires you to give yoga even more space in your everyday life. 

I recommend Jackie as a teacher. She has made some online classes on her website to help people learn some simple sequences they can do at home. 

Thank goodness for yoga x

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