The pumpkin season begins

Usually we start the season with a giant pumpkin which needs a pallet under it to move it but this year we start with a tiny little pumpkin that barely fills a hand.

A small pumpkin ideal for autumnal arrangements
A small pumpkin ideal for autumnal arrangements

These small squashes are just the job for harvest festival arrangements and rustic autumnal displays.

A tiny pumpkin ideal for floristry
A tiny pumpkin ideal for floristry

These pumpkins are available now from www.BigPumpkins.co.uk

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Make a twig star decoration

MAKE A TWIG STAR

Make a rustic willow twig star decoration

Twig stars are easy to make and, with appropriate supervision, are a craft project suitable for a wide range of ages. The stars can be used as a decoration or as a rustic wreath base.

Twig stars can be scaled up to make magnificent shop window displays or scaled down to make a small decoration for hanging on a Christmas tree.

The star pictured here is for use as feature wall hanging so we have used twenty 60cm (2ft) willow sticks of around 8mm – 10mm diameter, florists stubbing wire, rustic string and some basic tools.

Willow sticks to make star decoration

The twigs are then grouped into five bunches of four sticks and wired together using florists stubbing wire. You can vary the amount of sticks in each bundle to suit the diameter of the twigs and the overall size of the star you are creating.

Wire bundles of 4 willow sticks together

Trim off the stubbing wire tails and, to avoid any sharp edges protruding, fold back the twisted wire tail into a gap between the stick.

Trim off the stubbing wire tails

Next, just lay out the star paying attention to the ‘weave’ i.e. which length goes under and which goes over the other. I don’t know why this step is so difficult but it always seems to take more thinking about than it should so don’t worry if you need a couple of attempts.

Lay out the twigs to form the star shape

Wire together the ends of the two bundles of sticks at each of the star points.

Join together twig bundles at each of the star points

If the star is to be used as a base for further decoration or a wreath then you have finished but if you want it to be a stand alone decoration then you can cover up the stubbing wire using some rustic twine or bind over it with some fine willow whips.

Finish by wrapping the stubbing wire with rustic twine

www.Christmas-Wreath.co.uk and www.WreathSupplies.co.uk are part of our ‘Rustical’ endevours.

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Surplus Veg

Even though we are nearing the end of July, the sun has not done much shining, whilst it is relatively early in the growing season yet we have more than enough home grown vegetables to warrant a real treat of mediterranean style rustic roast vegetables (with a sneaky little sweetcorn starter while we are waiting).

Roughly chopped onion, courgette, tomato and garlic with rosemary, sea salt, ground black pepper and a good slug of extra virgin olive oil and a splash of good quality balsamic.

40mins at 200 degrees. Mmmm. Could only be bettered if done in a wood fired oven!

Home grown sweetcorn
Freshly picked sweetcorn
Mediterranean Roast Vegetables
Mediterranean Roast Vegetables
Freshly cocked sweetcorn
Freshly cooked home grown sweetcorn
Rustic roasted vegetables
Mediterranean style roasted vegetables

 

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Jacky’s 50th Birthday Picnic

A lovely evening celebrating Jacky’s 50th Birthday at at Coed Cae  in Snowdonia, Wales . Stunning views of sunset down the Mawddach Estuary with a camp fire and a few scoops.

 

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