WIP #7: bread, bonfires, beer, bloggers

Last week I went to Firle with my daughter to take part in the forest school. I’ve been wanting to go for months but I thought S was a little too young to get the most out of it, and then the session stopped over winter. Last week was our first visit and it was fantastic: everything I hoped for. We made birds’ nests from vines and leaves found in the woods, learnt about bird calls, we built and lit a fire the traditional way, sang songs and told stories. The session finished with a feast of nettle pancakes cooked over the open fire. Spring is really here, and it’s the perfect time to make the most of nettle tips energising properties, so I am told…


Clockwise from top left

1. The blue sky over Portslade Village, where I have been working for furniture design and manufacture firm Fowler & Co, helping to promote their beautiful products in advance of tomorrow evening’s Design Masters launch at The Futon Company, Tottenham Court Road
2. I found this single page torn out from an encyclopedia tucked into my mum’s old recipe book from 1977. I’m not certain how it got there, but weirdly one of the entries is ‘Gannet’
3. My favourite cherry blossom in full bloom all over the place
4. Fizzy pop courtesy of Nokia UK and Great British Chefs on Sunday, when I took part in a cookery class with Michelin-starred chef Josh Eggleton of The Pony and Trap
5. Here’s Josh serving up his posh eggy bread – lovely to meet bloggers Coralie, Cindy, Fiona, Giulia, Jasiminne and Fabienne
6. Excited to be back on the CAMRA Sussex Beer Festival tip with Sion, Georgia and Ian
7. Sion, Georgia and Ian modelling the Hove Town Hall #urinefilter
8. Baking my mum’s wholemeal bread with my little girl, recipe here
9. Sunshine and smoke at the forest school

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About Chloe King

I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.

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2 comments on “WIP #7: bread, bonfires, beer, bloggers

  1. March 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I would so love to go to a proper forest school session. We’ve got our woodchips groups which is ACE, but it’s run by us hapless parents. Generally, that’s kind of why i like it. But I’d be really interested to see a session run on a similar ethos but by ‘experts’. Do you think you get more out of it?

    • March 13, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      I’m not sure how you define a ‘proper’ forest school! The women who run this group are great, and they clearly care about what they are doing and are knowledgable, but I’m sure kids get enough out of just being outdoors, exploring, with parents showing them things and suggesting activities. I’m not sure the group leaders profess to be ‘experts’ either, they have just committed to running and keeping a diverse programme of seasonal activities going, which is sometimes hard to organise, or galvanise, independently among groups of friends juggling small children and jobs. I guess it’s me who most benefits from the cash spent because I don’t have to bother arranging it myself! (This particular group is a drop in, with sessions costing £7 per family.)

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