Introducing - Folklings

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Monday, 15 September 2014


Hello! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Sadly I've caught the cold from hell and am feeling very sorry for myself. And it's my birthday tomorrow but it doesn't look like I'll be up for much celebrating! Hopefully I'll be better for the weekend.

I am delighted to introduce a wonderful new project that I'm involved in called Folklings. It's a beautiful site that embraces the simpler side of life. The brainchild of the blogging genius that is Annie Spratt, I was thrilled to be asked to be a curator. As Annie describes it 'Folklings is a collection of beautiful and inspiring content curated by folk with a passion for simple and creative living'. Annie launched the site this morning and I already think it looks stunning. 

My own contribution will come later on this month once I'm feeling a bit brighter. But for now please do go visit the new site here. Enjoy. x


Top image is by Annie Spratt.
Second image is by Emma Cavill.

Lovely Spaces

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Friday, 12 September 2014







Images via Remodelista

When I was holidaying in North Norfolk in the summer I noticed a lot of barn conversions and wooden outdoor buildings painted black. Nestled in amongst the country cottages and gardens, they looked effortlessly chic and their vivid darkness worked so well against those bright, wide open blue skies. I can't believe I didn't take any pictures of them as it's one of my strongest memories of the Norfolk towns and villages. Next time I will be taking a lot of pictures of them.

Returning to Yorkshire I found myself drawn to the idea of introducing some black into the exteior of my home, but as it's made of bricks and mortar and no lovely wood cladding, I have been thinking about using it in my garden - my shed and my handmade wooden troughs. I think this could work well and as Leeds sadly doesn't have those big blue skies like Norfolk, the shed probably is enough to not be too overpowering anyway. Team it with some brilliant pinks and purples from perennials in the summer and I think this could look amazing.

Whilst doing some research on Pinterest for black exteriors I stumbled across this beautiful family home. Not only am I completely in love with the outside but I think the rustic simplicity of the interior decor is stunning. The vintage touches in the dining room to me are just perfect - particularly the industrial pendant lighting and old school chairs. And that black painted cabinet - swoon!  There are many nice interior details throughout - I like the vintage scissors displayed on the wall and the use of so much natural wood in the flooring, the walls and the furniture. It's all so beautiful.


I've created a Pinterest board for black exteriors. It's my new favourite board over there. Go check it out for some further inspiration.

Follow Jen @littlebirdieblog's board Black Exterior on Pinterest.

Adventures in beekeeping

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Thursday, 11 September 2014


Hello there!

I thought I'd share some photographs I took on Tuesday night when I had my first chance to learn about beekeeping. It's an incredible experience although at times rather frightening. When the hive is first opened and the bees come at you in a huge cloud, buzzing around your head, I did have to fight the urge to flee. But I swallowed back my fear and took many shots of the different bees - the Queen, the Drones and the Workers. It's fascinating seeing how each process works in the hive, the Queen cells in particular are astonishing - you can see the old cells in the third image from the bottom. I thought they were eerily beautiful.

Wearing my protective gear, hundreds of bees landed on my camera, my gloved hands and on my veil covered face and I could see them in great detail, their little eyes shining bright in the evening light. And one solitary bee stuck to my veil was quite intimidating, it's legs desperately clinging on to the fabric and attempting to attack. Thankfully it did not penetrate through the material with it's sting. But it was a truly wonderful hour on a warm, Autumn evening. Beekeeping is an amazing way to learn about our natural world and once you get over the initial fear factor, it's an incredibly relaxing pastime too. I'll definitely be trying it again and I'm even contemplating a little hive for the back garden. Neighbours be warned! 

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