Sheepwrecked to Resc(ewe)d

How a grazing scheme run by Sussex Wildlife Trust is helping to restore chalk grassland habitats, with Mark, Gary and Chase the dog   I’m not sure what I was doing in 2013 when George Monbiot published his essay ‘Sheepwrecked: How Britain has been shagged by the white plague.’ Whatever I was up to I missed… Continue Reading Sheepwrecked to Resc(ewe)d

WOOLNESS & ME: Escapism

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by Beverley Dott, whose post – like yesterday’s – touches on the therapeutic qualities of playing with different coloured wools and the ways in which wool work can help when navigating long-term health problems. Woolness for me is all about texture, colour, warmth and comfort: knitting with wool is… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Escapism

A new shepherdess in Burpham

There are many things related to wool that that bring me a sense of wellbeing. Some that are directly relevant to the following set of interviews are: contemplating the interconnectedness of things; how history runs into the present and how paying heed to the future is important in all our actions in the present.  … Continue Reading A new shepherdess in Burpham

WOOLNESS & ME: Welly wool

Today’s Woolness & Me post was written by Kate Schofield, of Lancashire Farm Wool, who is here to talk about ‘woolness’ in the context of a new project she has been trialling with some willing guinea pigs. Warm feet? We can’t think of anything lovelier! Here is an image of my ‘Welly Wool and Boot… Continue Reading WOOLNESS & ME: Welly wool

WOOLNESS WORDS: William J. Claxton ‘In a Woollen Town’

Today’s Woolness Words post is excerpted from a chapter of the same name in William J. Claxton’s children’s reference book, Wool and the Weaver, Rambles among our Industries. We felt that – like yesterday’s Woolness Words from Rachael Matthews – it would offer a different perspective or framing for our forthcoming week of posts themed… Continue Reading WOOLNESS WORDS: William J. Claxton ‘In a Woollen Town’

WOOLNESS WORDS: Rachael Matthews ‘Finding Our Place Through Yarn’

Today’s Woolness Words post is excerpted from a chapter of the same name in Rachael Matthews’ highly recommended book The Mindfulness in Knitting: Meditations on Craft and Calm. We thought it would be a perfect segue into the focus for the forthcoming week: Woolness & the Locale. Noticing Interdependence I find Herdwick a comfort to… Continue Reading WOOLNESS WORDS: Rachael Matthews ‘Finding Our Place Through Yarn’