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Autumn Acorn Forest Folk

Our adorable acorn family, how cute is that baby!!

Our adorable acorn family, how cute is that baby!!

I love creating things inspired by nature , especially if it’s something that Coppertop will enjoy. This charming little Autumn family created from cones and acorns fit that criteria perfectly. We made these last Autumn but thought I would share as they brought us a lot of fun and lots of happy memories. The day we foraged our supplies was a typical Irish Autumn day, showers of rain on and off, punctuated with blue skies and golden light, just cold enough to have our gloves on but warm enough that we were hot after running about in the leaves for a while. We decided to go on a hunt for Continue reading →

Sea Glass Foraging & Autumn Adventures

Hi everyone! After a little blogging break I’m back to reflect on one of my favourite places here in Northern Ireland, that has gifted Coppertop and I with many special memories.

allotment in walled garden

allotment in walled garden

beautiful flowers in the walled garden

beautiful flowers in the walled garden

Antrim has a stunningly scenic coastline with many different attractions ,but the place closest to my heart would be Glenarm. From the Walled Garden in the castle grounds with its beautiful floral displays, water features, fruit trees and allotments, to the magical forest walk and pretty beach. We discovered Glenarm forest after walking up through the town and ended up spending a few unexpected hours surrounded by the most enchanting elements of nature in Autumn. Continue reading →

My Sanctuary

Do you have a place where you feel instantly calm yet uplifted the second you’re there? Where the worries of the world fade away and you can get lost in the moment? Well this is mine. Our family’s (non-working) farm that I visit weekly. The perfect place to unwind , where I come away feeling relaxed yet invigorated

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Most people have at least one place like that and for many it involves being out in the elements. To feel the wind on your face, the noise of the birds,waves on a shore ,the babble of a mountain stream,the scent of a rose garden.

With the modern day hustle and bustle where a social life can mean a group of people staring at their phones in the same place for a few hours , it does wonders to be able to slow down and reconnect with the amazing natural world around you. To spend time noticing the way a butterfly flits from plant to plant or the way barley in a field bends and sways in the breeze ( see above photo), instead of worrying about emails, or Facebook notifications,deadlines and to do lists.

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I say everybody should find a similar sanctuary, go there, switch off your phone for a day ( ok a few hours if that’s unthinkable) and take time to recharge. Also why I’m working on creating a life where that’s incorporated into the daily routine , make it the norm , not the exception. I’m not sure who said it but this quote springs to mind  ” Instead of planning a vacation, plan a life you don’t need to escape from” …