I have moved

Robin Hood fights Little John on the bridge

Robin Hood fights Little John on the bridge

I have move to Nottinghamshire. This all happened rather quicker than I expected and we are now living in Ollerton, just north of Nottingham. This is not our final destination and we are in a rented house, which is very comfy and will do us fine for the next few months.

One of the big draws that brought us to this part of the world is Sherwood Forest. I have always loved the tales of Robin Hood and was delighted to find that there are still areas of the old forest left. Just a few miles down the road from where we are living is one of the oldest parts of the Forest which is now owned and run by the RSPB. This area includes the famous Major Oak, which may be as much as 1000 years old!

 
The Major Oak - mid winter

The Major Oak - mid winter

 



I go to the Forest nearly every day, sometimes twice a day. The ostensible reason is to walk the dogs, who just love it there. This is getting me fitter but also it is a very calming place. Watching the spring arrive has been wonderful and now most of the trees are in full leaf. The RSPB has large areas fenced in to allow for conservation grazing and have just brought back beautiful Longhorn cattle to do this job. They are magnificent beasts and are remarkably difficult to see between the trees.

 
Sophie and Hywel

Sophie and Hywel

 
English Longhorn cow in Sherwood Forest - May 2019

English Longhorn cow in Sherwood Forest - May 2019

 

I am exploring the forest and drawing inspiration from it. When I have settled into my determinant home I will look again at running workshops. In the meantime I have done some small weaving pieces inspired by the forest.

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