It's fairly safe to say that since opening my yarn shop, my thoughts have been mostly occupied by wool. And it's the time of year for it really, too. March was a strange month, weather-wise, but with April rolled in a beautiful cool change and I think it's here to stay. Cool weather has an amazing impact - I find it more inspiring, I feel more creative and everything just feels a whole lot more achievable when it's a good temperature outside.
The chickens are obviously feeling happier too, as all of the Silkies are beginning to go clucky and the battery rescues have started laying. There were literally squeals of delight when I found two fresh eggs in their pen this morning. I'm so happy they've started. (Those aren't their eggs pictured, but Silkie eggs).
Baby chicks are expected too, although they weren't planned. A few busy weeks combined with a hen that decided to go clucky meant that I didn't notice and I also forgot to collect the eggs for a few days too. She's sitting on two eggs, and I have no idea if or when they'll hatch as I don't even know when she started. This is the second time Mini May has done this, she seems to be an expert at having unplanned families.
I thought I'd share here some things I've found inspiring lately. I find an eclectic mix of things bring me happiness, contentment and inspire me creatively. I hope you enjoy these!
1. Grown & Gathered by Matt & Lentil - this delight book is inspiring and overflowing with many recipes, and all accompanied by gorgeous photographs. I picked it up from the library after receiving several recommendations and wasn't disappointed
2. Flora Forager Journal by Bridget Collins - this journal is breathtaking. Just a quick peek at Bridget's Instagram feed and you'll have a good idea of the beauty that is contained in this journal.
3. Autumn issue of Earth Garden - I was more excited than usual to receive my copy of EG at the beginning of the month as it features my recipe for spelt sourdough pumpkin bread. Alongside that are loads of inspiring stories from around the country; this is the one magazine I always read cover-to-cover. You can purchase a copy online or have a look at your local newsagents.
4. Sweet Pea Lane - if you crochet and sew then you simply must have a look at this beautiful pattern. It's seriously cute!
5. Tips On Having a Market Stall - as you probably know, I recently attended a local market (my first in quite a few years). I shared a stall with Megan from Dolly Henry, and afterwards she wrote a wonderful blog post full of encouragement and tips for anyone thinking of having a market stall.
On that note, I'll be at the Mareeba Markets again this Saturday, so if you're in the area I would love to see you there!
I hope you've had a good week so far! Perhaps you'd like to share one of the things that's been inspiring you lately in the comments below?
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