SaLT trail training

We are working hard on preparation for collecting local stories and life experiences from people on the marsh. We are going to be intertwining recordings of people from the past with those from people living locally.

In order to do this well

we are organising training from The Oral History Society based at The British Library

funded by






Thursday 27TH SEPTEMBER 2018 10-4PM

The course will give you a full understanding of ;

• how oral history can help us keep information about the past

• why we need to preserve people’s lives and experiences

• how oral history gives us exciting ways to learn about the past through other people’s stories

• how to use recording equipment

• how to make sure that the correct protocol is followed

• how to create important archives that can be used by others

Interested?only 6 places remain ….so hurry …email to book your place


Foraging, colours and autumnal light

this is the wonderful golden rod, although research has enlightened me to the fact that the tall and common plant is in fact a Canadian species. The indigenous version is much smaller and therefore less visible.

As the name suggests, this plant provides a sumptuous golden dye ….

very pleased to say I have back up plants in the garden…

First time for trying damsons in the dye pot, lovely subtle colours emerging….

The search for materials to make baskets with continues….I hadn’t realised that willow was so seasonal or is it just that demand has totally outstripped supplies? It is time to look at the hedgerow again, so collected a few bramble runners….obviously the down side to this material are the phenomenal thorns , so gardening gloves , secateurs and a strong foraging bag are essential. I’ve also discovered another use for my willow templates. I’ve added a few smaller holes to accommodate both medium and small runners, these go through the holes twice and the process takes off thorns and buds without damaging the ‘weavers’

I’m pleased with the result, and now waiting to see how the material dries.

This is all bramble and could be made , in theory, out in the field…..the base wouldn’t hold blackberries and needs to be lined with leaves for it to be useful.

I really like the colours of the weavers , I’m now seeing brambles in a whole new light.

Another inspiration this week has been a trip to Great Dixter, amazing colours ….

Merry berry picking & learning how to dye

There is an abundance of blackberries, damsons and elderberries so feeling under pressure to a) get them in the freezer or b) boil them up ready for wool soaking

Blackberries smell so delicious it has been hard to keep them going into the basket, their colour is amazing and vibrant

Asking myself, why would I expect the colour pink / red from this jewel of a hedgerow fruit?

The second boiling pot contained bronze fennel which had an unpromising hue to it however…..

this is the result, we’ve had a change in colour with these dyes after the drying process so need to find out how to fully fix the colours…

Also now on the search for a second hand Ashford spinning wheel, been recommended to contact the local spinners society……or eBay