Saturday, 7 July 2012

The Countryside

Well its been such a long while since I posted that it sort of makes sense just to update the blog with some pictures that I have been taking whilst on my travels through the countryside. So hear we go and in no particular order.
Poppy's in a Wheat field

The humble Thistle but lovely in a Wheat field
The top three pictures were taken today on my morning walk with Pants. The two tone light and grey sky was really a  lovely sight. Simple pictures but very pleasant on the eye. I love the wild poppy's and offset beautifully by the colored wheat.

Woodland Brown Butterfly
Again not the most beautiful of butterfly's the Woodland Brown in most peoples opinion but delicate and well painted,but I like them.

Foxgloves gone mad. 
Wild Rose
Simple wild flowers like the Rose beautiful on the eye and sometimes with a wonderful fragrance, we sometimes just walk by the hedgerows. Its all there to look at.

Wild Rose
Wild Blackberry in flower
Elder flower
I was going to make some Elder flower Champagne this year as the flower heads looked so large. I even sourced a simple recipe, however, like a lot of things it passed me by! Oh well there is always next year.

The simple wild Honeysuckle is in abundance along with a lot of other wild plants more than likely due to the massive amount of rain this year.

Azure Blue damselfly
Beautiful Damselfly 
Home for a couple of days nice to be in the countryside. Carved a couple of items, one being a spoon.
Being a whittler I made a spoon. Named "The Porridge spoon" Carved from Hazel.

It was a straight piece of Hazel I carved the bend.

Well that just brings me up to date with my pictures. However, just started another small walking stick project.

A one piece large Hazel shaft. This has been seasoning for just over 2 years.
Cheeks cut away
Work in progress
Once I have completed the work I will of course post all the pictures of the stick...if the project turns out well. I keep being distracted by other areas of whittling / carving /wood work. I am intrigued to try and carve into bone/antler. I have made a few antler walking sticks all of which I have given away. However, I thought I might have ago at making perhaps a Maori hook neck pendant currently doing some research on this project.

As always thank you for reading. I wish you good health.


  1. A good looking spoon - the carved bend is a nice touch. I think I'd use the handle end for sprinking brown sugar on the porridge.

    The countryside has never been so lush - or soggy!

  2. Never thought about using the other end for sugar thanks. Soggy is so right, when carving the spoon the wood was so wet. Thank you for you kind comments.