Have you seen any of this year’s fledglings yet? All along the Rochdale Canal which passes through Todmorden, there are lots of broods of ducks and Canada geese. In our garden this week we’ve had a baby robin as a frequent visitor.
Justin’s a long-time twitcher, but I’m a lot less knowledgeable ornithologically! We have a stack of British bird handbooks on our bedroom bookshelf; the latest addition being a couple of Matt Sewell’s beautifully illustrated guides.
We actually own copies of all the above – with the exception of Bewick’s – perhaps it will be in my stocking this Christmas!
- The Observer’s Book of British Birds: from £4, Amazon
- Our Garden Birds, Matt Sewell: £7.28, Wordery
- A Sketchbook of Birds, C. F. Tunnicliffe: £2.81, eBay
- Bewicks British Birds: £2.99, The Works
- RSPB Handbook of British Birds: £8.37, Hive
The weather has turned positively autumnal this week – and August Bank Holiday weekend isn’t even upon us yet! We’ve been seeing squirrels scurrying about busily collecting supplies for later in the year.
We regularly feed the avian visitors to our garden, especially hanging seeds and lard balls in the trees during the lean winter months. This year, we plan on doing a little bit extra. Erecting insect, bat and hedgehog hibernation homes will make our garden a veritable wildlife boarding house – the kind of lodgers we’d love to welcome! There are so many types of homes and shelters to choose from out there. And so many different creatures that you can encourage to over-winter and stay on year-round.
- Butterfly biome: £24.99, RSPB
- Wooden hedgehog house – £99.95, Notonthehighstreet
- The Birds and the Bees: £34.95, Etsy
- Double chamber bat box: £28.95, Ethical Superstore
- Ladybird house – £9.99, Crocus
Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens
Autumn colour makes it the most beautiful season of them all. You just can’t help wanting to bring some of it indoors – making displays of golden leaves, seed heads, gourds, berries, acorns and conkers.
Our current series of blog posts is looking at the inspiration of nature on artists- previous themes being fish, birds and flowers.
This week we’re putting leaves & leaf-inspired designs into the spotlight. Sometimes it’s the whole object that takes the form of a leaf as with the glass dish above, but more often it’s the decoration.
Lotus pattern enamelware designed by Grete Prytz Kittelsen for Cathrineholm of Norway – produced in many colours including green, yellow, blue, red, orange and black.
Leaves lend themselves very well to simple, pared down designs.
1950s leaf detailing
The repeating pattern of leaves on a stem is very strong visually.
Iden Pottery vase :: Boch Rambouillet plate
Villeroy & Boch jug
One of favourite designers, Stig Lindberg, used a very similar repeating leaf pattern to great effect in his Bersa collection for Gustavsberg.
Bersa enamelware kettle
Grete Prytz Kittelsen and Stig Lindberg along with many other influential Scandinavian designers are covered in a great book – Scandinavian Design, Charlotte & Peter Fiell.
Designs were sometimes more free-flowing as in this 1950s Wade Pottery cup & saucer.
All the pieces above date from the 1950s, 60s and 70s – here are a couple of older examples. We love these rustic iron candle holders and have got quite a collection!
Victorian candle holders
PS – We’re not sure precisely which day yet- but the H is for Home website is going live next week. We’ll be doing our next blog on the day we go live- so stay tuned!