2017 First blog Post

Blog posts 2017

 

My first blog post of this year, now its officially up and running! We are deep into winter, and although the forecast says snow for much of the country, we have, as usual, rain. I’m going to show you round my place, where we live and my studio, introduce you to my workshop helper, George the cat and generally set the scene of my home, work and inspiration.

George table

I’ve lived here for fourteen years with my mad Druid, woodturning, tree planting and allotment addict husband, Philthetree. He is the one who has sworn his way through the last few weeks creating my beautiful new website and updating my blog, and now its up to me to fill it with inspiring stuff…no pressure then… ?

 

Orchard WtneySo, to begin. Our home is on a large organic farm in Wiltshire, close to Stonehenge and Salisbury Plain. We live in a wooden hand built house made by my husband, right next to a beautiful ancient orchard full of apple, plum and pear trees and his greenhouses and allotment. We also have a small stone circle here that we use, and where I photograph all my silver work.

 

In winter, the house leaks and we have puddles everywhere. When it freezes we have no water or gas, and my workshop is too cold to work in, but in summer its absolutely beautiful. We are surrounded by fields and trees, the old orchard full of cranky old trees where my cat family can run to their hearts delight, and where we can sit in peace in the sunshine. We have six cats, my little old dog Watney, two geese and a gang of mad chickens.

 

My first ever ‘studio’ was a small 2ft x 4ft table in the kitchen where I started my silver jewellery work thirteen years ago. I quickly outgrew it and moved first to a shed, and then later to the summer house I now use for painting, drawing and silver work. It’s George’s favourite place to spend the day, not on the special cushion I put out for him but usually lying precariously in the most inconvenient place he can find, or ‘signing’ my precious prints with his muddy paws! George has quite a following on my facebook page, and so he has his own small blog page here to update you with his meanderings and thoughts for the day…House

George workshop

I find the Wiltshire landscape very inspiring. Its been a sacred landscape for millennia, and Salisbury Plain is an extraordinary treasure trove of archaeology, folklore and sacred sites. Just dig down a little into the soil and you come up with so much history and stories to inspire.. ..

 

Since then my work has developed over the years, my interest in folklore and the mythology of the British Isles has grown. My work now is strongly influenced by these old stories, and I hope to share some of this with you as well as my work as we go though the year.

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  1. Rick Young says:

    H, I love the idea of the thoughts of George ,do cats dream I wonder if so would it consist of fish and mice ? 🙂 xx

  2. LU Wray says:

    Wonderful lifestyle Hannah. Mine is similar and one day we shall meet and ‘shoot the breeze’ together! Thank you xxx

  3. Jo says:

    Beautiful sense of peace reading this. X

  4. Bryony Taha says:

    What fabulous place to live ,cats are so funny we try to give them a comfy seat and they do the complete opposite.

  5. Oh how lovely, I can now keep up with you on your blog as well as FB. George is so cute and your orchard life looks like an ideal one…even in winter. We’re not too far from you in Oxfordshire.

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