Autumn is such a lovely season. There is fun to be had walking along kicking the fallen leaves, searching for conkers and brightly coloured berries. Autumn always used to start on September 21st and it can be a bit confusing these days as media weather people start talking about it starting on September 1st. Acording to the Met Office, It depends on whether you are referring to the astronomical or meteorological autumn.There are many poems about the season and the first line of a poem by John Keats is one that I find always comes to my mind.
‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.’One of the plants I love is Cow Parsley both when it is in flower and when the flowers are over the the lovely seed heads.I have recently started to crochet and at the moment I am crocheting a cow parsley pattern found on the Silver pebble website .It is a free pattern which is fantastic. I have also bought the new book, Making Winter written by Emma Mitchell, (Silver Pebble is her website), which has lots of ideas of things to make in the Winter months. I also love the different fungi that can be found particularly in ancient woodland.I have sewn my own fungi this year, something I have intended to do for a long time. I used a pattern downloaded from Ann Wood, this is not free but not too expensive and the instructions are really comprehensive. I took a photo of this duck while on an Autumn Ramble, not sure what sort of duck but they were enjoying some Autumn sunshine. I also loved these blackberry flowers but am not sure if they thought the season was Spring rather than Autumn.
Do you believe that climate change is happening? Are you worried about the amount of Co2 in the atmosphere and the air quality in towns and cities around the world? What about the damage that plastics are doing to our world. It can be very easy to feel that there is nothing we can do, the problems are too large and so it is easier to bury our heads in the sand.
There are things we can do and we can change but first we need to understand the problem. Last Saturday September 23rd, Amy and Ella came to Belper to talk about their campaign Kids Against Plastic. We also heard form Sue Macfarlane, a local Green party member who is passionate about this issue. Both talks were informative and inspiring and as a family we are more aware of single use plastic and things we can do to limit the plastic in our lives.
There are so many issues and which one to concentrate on? I was very lucky to see the film ‘Tomorrow’ which is a 2015 French documentary film directed by Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurent. Parts of the film are subtitled but much of it is in English. This film has the distinction of not giving in to catastrophism but optimistically travels to ten countries and gives us examples of local communities working together to find solutions to environmental and social challenges of the twenty-first century.
There is to be a free showing of the film in Belper on October 27th in St Peters Church, Chesterfield Road, Belper, DE56 1EZ. Doors open at 7.00 pm for refreshments with the film starting at 7.30pm. This is a really exciting opportunity and it is thanks to Transition Belper and St Peters Parish for making it available to everyone free of charge.So that people can have a better idea of what to expect I have copied and pasted the words below from the films website www.demain-lefilm.com
Showing solutions, telling a feel-good story… this may be the best way to solve the ecological, economical and social crises that our countries are going through. After a special briefing for the journal Nature announced the possible extinction of a part of mankind before the end of the 21st century, Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent, together with a team of four people, carried out an investigation in ten different countries to figure out what may lead to this disaster and above all how to avoid it.
During their journey, they met the pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. Joining those concrete and positive actions which are already working, they began to figure out what could be tomorrow’s world…
You will find below some of the characters and contributors met by the DEMAIN team during its journey in 10 countries. Among those not mentioned are :
the Detroit urban farming movement ; Incredible Edible in Todmorden (GB) ; Copenhagen citizens and representatives ; Eric Scotto, Akuo Energie CEO ; Guðni Jóhannesson, general manager of the Icelandic National Energy Authority; the Bristol Pound team ; Hervé Dubois, spokesman of the WIR bank in Basel ; Michael Schuman, economist, ;members of BALLE ( Business Alliance fot Local Living Economies); people of the Kitchenware Revolution in Iceland…
Please ask friends and family along to see the free showing of this truly inspiring film.
In the town of Belper people are starting to think about next years Art Festival. Unlike many Art Festivals, the one held each year in Belper is a community event, a festival of inclusivity, not exclusivity and everyone is welcome to take part.Belper Art Trail has already posted on their Facebook page asking for ideas for next years trail which is one element of the whole Art Festival.
‘The planning for next years art trail has begun.
Next year we really would love to get Belper looking amazing.
It will be our 5th year, so its a bit of a celebration.
We’re always looking to include everybody…
So, we want to encourage you to put your ideas forward.
If you would like to Yarnbomb the King Street trees, that would be amazing.
if you would like to do some street art and add to the lonely old Tardis.
If you have any other installation ideas (permanent or temporary)- we would absolutely love to hear from you.
Let’s make Belper a brilliant place to visit next May.
To do this we really need your help..
Please get in touch.
Comment HERE or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org’
The title of this post is ‘Adopt a Tree’ because we are looking for groups or individuals to adopt one of the trees in King Street. I have measured the trees and hope that the trunks will be surrounded with something woolly, knitted, crocheted or felted. It would be fantastic if as a town we could show visitors to the Art Festival all the different things that take place in the town of Belper.
I am hoping that some of the many local groups will get in touch to decorate a tree to promote what they are doing in the town. Here are some trees I decorated as part of the Six Streets Festival in 2012.
If you would like to adopt a tree you can comment on this blog, send a message on Anne Clark Handmade Facebook page or email email@example.com
Here are some other photos from trees made by others.
Belper Goes Green 2017 happened during the first week of June. This year the dates were June 2 – 4th. The Friday evening as always was filled with beer and music. During the day on Saturday and Sunday there was an amazing amount on offer, plenty of food, drink, children’s activities, adult information stalls, handmade retail sales, talks including Talking Books, a variety of performances, numerous workshops and places to be quiet and meditate. Saturday evening was once again full of musical entertainment. Belper Goes Green is a local Eco Festival which is part of Belper Transition Group. Next year 2018 will be the sixth event and will take place once again on the first week of June, June 1st – 3rd. The part of the festival that I was involved with were the free workshops for both children and adults available in the Fun Palace Tent. Fun Palaces take place all over the world during the first weekend of October. Last year I was involved with the first one held in Belper. It was a great success and so it was decided to have Fun Palace workshops at Belper Goes Green. Fun Palaces are aimed at everyone with both artistic and scientific activities, ‘Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist.’ Continue reading Belper Goes Green Fun Palace
We went for an art walk in the city of Sheffield a few days ago. It’s not a city I know very well but I was really impressed. I don’t like visiting shopping centres because they are all very much the same, with the same shops and these days I only go shopping when I need something.
We travelled by train and the first place that impressed me was the Railway Station. The station itself has been refurbished about a couple of years ago and outside all the water features are very impressive. The area at the front of the station is Sheaf Square, once a car park but now a fantastic welcoming open space. Continue reading Art Walk in Sheffield
Padley Gorge is a fantastic almost magical place to visit. It is easy to access from Grindleford Railway Station. You can still get to this Station by train but it is much easier if travelling from Sheffield or Manchester. The train in the photo is going into Totley Tunnel which has a date above the entrance of 1883. It was the longest Railway tunnel in the U.K. up until 1985.Unfortunately it’s not so easy by train from Belper as you need to go to Derby, change to a Sheffield train and then change again for Grindleford. Consequently we travelled by car and luckily found there was plenty of parking on the road down to Grindleford Station. The old station building has been converted into a cafe which came third in the Guardian newspapers list of ten best Station cafes. The food is all homecooked and tea comes in half pints or pints. Continue reading Padley Gorge Derbyshire
The plan is to get as many people as possible to knit, crochet or felt, small angels. I have added a few patterns to this blog but you can use your own pattern as long as the angel is small. Once the angels are created and we hope for about 600-800 they will be placed around the town of Belper early on the morning of Monday December 18th.
One of the local Care Homes has already started knitting and here is a photo of some of their angels.These angels have faces and hair but this is entirely up to the maker. The ones I have made so far are very simple with no facial details.
Here is the pattern for this angel. It is a pdf pattern that you can print out.
If you prefer here is the pattern in the body of this blog.
HEAD AND BODY
Cast on 36 stitches using double knitting yarn and size 3mm needles. Knit 3 rows.
(K2 tog, knit 7) repeat 3 times, 32 sts.
Knit 1 row.
Purl 1 row.
(k2 tog, knit 6), repeat 3 times, 28 sts.
Knit 2 rows.
Purl 1 row.
(Knit 2 tog, knit 5), repeat 3 times, 24 sts. Purl 1 row.
Knit 2 rows.
(K2 tog k4), repeat 3 times, 20 sts.
Purl 1 row.
Knit 2 rows.
(K2 tog, knit 3), repeat 3 times, 16 sts.
Purl 1row. (K2 tog), repeat across row, 8 sts. Purl 1 row.
Kfb in each st, 16 sts.
Starting with a purl row stocking stitch 7 rows. K2 tog across row, 8 sts.
P2 tog across row, 4 sts.
Thread yarn through these 4 stitches and from the wrong side sew up theback seam. Put a little stuffing into the head of the angel and then sew a row of running stitches around the neck and pull tight.
Cast on 21 sts on needle size 3 mm. K 1 row from RS. Then work short rows as follows: * K 7, turn and K back, K 1 row over all sts *,
repeat from *-* 6 times in total.
Then * K 2 tog, K 6, turn and K back, K 1 row over all sts *, repeat from *-*until there are 15 sts on needle.
*K 2 tog, K the rest of row *, repeat from *-* until 9 sts remain, cast off.
Sew wings to the back of the body with a line of stitches down the middle of
There is another simple pattern that I like to use which I will add to this blog. For all the patterns I use double knitting yarn and size 3mm needles to make sure the knitting is nice and tight. Also colour is a personal choice. The angels look good all knitted in white but I have also done some in purple, shocking pink, yellow and even striped.
Christmas Angel Pattern This pattern does say to use size 3.25 or size 4mm needles but as I mentioned before I always use size 3 mm to keep the knitting tight.
When the angels have been made we have a collection point in St Peter’s Church Belper or you can contact me through this blog.
After the success of our first Fun Palace in Belper it was decided to run another at Belper Goes Green. This is a fantastic Eco Festival run by Transition Belper for the local community. All the information about the festival can be found here Belper Goes Green ,this includes what’s on and parking.
The part that I have been responsible for is the Fun Palace Tent. I hope the weather will be good but if not we have lots of fun and informative workshops in the marquee so you will still be dry.The workshops, (as they should be for a Fun Palace) are a mixture of Science, Art, Craft and Nature inspired. There will also be the opportunity to learn CPR with Amber First Responders
There will be the chance to make a willow bird feeder, a willow wand or do some lolly stick weaving.
Katherine Wheatley will be making Carbon Monsters and she will be running a competition to win a copy of her very popular book.
There will be lots of Science and Engineering on offer with the opportunity to make a whirlpool in a bottle, discover what bugs lurk in the local Coppice Brook, make your own mini wind/water wheel, put together an aluminium engine and make a catapult plane or spinning helicopter.
There is also plenty of Art and Craft, you will be able to make a collage of Belper, learn some origami, make a hedgehog, turn milk bottle caps into fridge magnets, make monsters with clay or make your own fairy with pipe cleaners and wool.
The workshops take place each day between 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00. Each session has different activities except the learning of CPR which will be a constant. here is a PDF of the full workshop time table. Fun Palace Workshops
Here is a map of the site.
Its that time of year again when the people of Belper are working hard to produce this years Belper Art Festival. A tremendous amount of planning goes into this event which each year gets bigger and better. Yesterday there was a small crowd who met at Number 28 on the Market Place to produce the festival trailer for 2017.
The part of the festival that I am most involved with is the Woollen Woods. This will be its third year and it is really exciting that both individuals and groups are already planning and working hard on their pieces. The wood is very central to the town of Belper, known as Belper Parks Wood. There is a free carpark beside the Market Place and a way to walk into the woods from there.
So far one of the care homes is getting involved as is a children’s nursery. There are young people who are learning to knit and others who have elaborate plans for complete trees. One of the highlights of last years event was the story trees, who could forget Alice in Wonderland or Noah’s Ark?
I know for a fact that this year there will be more of these trees, however this is truly an event that everyone can be part of. Last year we had lots of pom pom animals and spiders webs made from sticks and wool.
It really doesn’t matter if you are not an expert knitter or crocheter, once everything is place in the woods it all looks fantastic and adds to the magic. Squares and rectangles of knitting can be turned into creatures fit for the woods. This caterpillar was made from a rectangular piece of knitting sewn into a tube and stuffed.
This year the pieces will be installed in the woods on Friday May 12th and will stay there until Sunday May 21st. We have an exciting addition to the Woollen Woods on Saturday May 13th when Lauren an artist and storyteller from Nottingham will be telling stories with the aide of her beautifully made puppets. This will be in Number 28 from 2.30pm. These are tales from Into the Wild Wood and will be suitable for families with primary school age children.
There is still plenty of time to be part of the Belper Art Festival and Woollen Woods. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org