Jane Jackson, one half of the husband and wife team 'Brightseed Textiles' who live and work in Northumberland, will have a range of her work displayed in the artists' cabinet at Lady Waterford Hall from 18th September until 30th October.
Jane is a textile artist who has developed her own distinctive style of creating needle felted "paintings" from Harris Tweed, a unique heritage fabric that is still handwoven by crofters in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. Her cards and pictures have to be seen to be appreciated - call at the Hall to view and purchase!
When we think of harvest time this usually conjures up images of combine harvesters, trailers of wheat or barley, bales of golden straw and stubble fields. But there are other harvest crops too... for example, pictured here is a potato harvest in full swing, on the centre of Ford & Etal Estates.
The potatoes - 'Juliette' salad potatoes - are grown by Greenseed on contract for Tesco Supermarkets, and will be stored until early next year so reducing the volume of potatoes imported into the UK. The fields yielded 38 tonnes per hectare, gross weight.
Taking into account the average size of a salad potato, that means about 500,000 individual potatoes per hectare (or just over 200,000 per acre). One person, eating a portion of 4 salad potatoes every day, would take 137 years to eat just one acre of production
Join the Head Miller at Heatherslaw Cornmill, get behind the scenes and be Guest Miller for the day. During this fully interactive, hands-on experience you'll find out everything you need to know about the art of milling in a traditional watermill. From opening the sluice and setting the giant machinery into motion to operating the hoist to helping with maintenance you'll learn all about the history and practice of milling, including how to make the finest of flours. At the end of the day you'll take home some of the flour you've made, along with some amazing memories to cherish.
For once, the sun was shining, even at the early hour of 5.00am. It was ten years since the Dawn Chorus had been at Etal and the report from 2006 tells us that this had been the first occasion when we had heard the song of the Nuthatch. How things have changed.
To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the HandleBards have announced their ‘4 for 400’ season – four Shakespeare plays, each performed by four actors who will cycle to over 70 venues across the country, with all of their set, props and costumes in tow.This is the HandleBards’ fourth UK season, having begun their adventure in 2013 with a 967 mile cycle from Glasgow to London. Back then, it was theatre on a shoestring - and not meant figuratively - the boys used shoelaces and a sponge to attach their trailers to their bikes.
Heatherslaw Mill has added to its flour power by launching a new product specially made for cakes and scones.
Traditionally Heatherslaw Mill has only produced flours for the bread baker but the new flour known as Heatherslaw Light is a traditionally made stoneground flour, lightly sieved to reduce the bran content then given added raising agents for perfect cakes.
Janet Dickson graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic (now the University of Northumbria) in 1984 with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. Having worked in graphic design then as a senior lecturer at the University she gradually returned to her first love of printmaking.
After 15 years as Curator at Lady Waterford Hall, Dorien Irving has moved on to pastures new. The new curator, Geoff Bavidge, who lives in Ford Village, took the reins when the Hall opened for the 2016 season on 20th March.
Dorien was presented with gifts and flowers from Lady Joicey and members of staff from the Hall and from Ford & Etal Estates. Thanking everyone for their kindness she added “I have loved every minute of my time at the Hall and in many respects will be sad to leave. It has been a fantastic experience and I have met some wonderful people along the way. I wish Geoff every success in his new post – and of course as I am still living in the village I will be able to pop in and see him and his team from time to time”.