Wow, welcome to June! Goodness me- how are we already in the calendrical midpoint of 2016?! I have been assessing and reaffirming my New Years resolutions (and losing some too!) and forming new goals, dreams and plans for the second half of the year. June heralds the start of the British Summer; it holds the Summer Solstice and it is a month of sweet abundance in the ground. Welcome Summer! I have been really really busy behind the scenes putting together my new e-course, Stitch + Forage . It launched on the 1st June and is a huge celebration of summer- so in many ways, my heart has been in June for months now, it feels like I'm meeting an old friend.
- Celebrate the Summer Solstice. It is the solstice on Monday 20th June, an ancient celebration of the longest day of the year; a festival of fire, and a grand celebration of the land warmed by the sun and the bounty to come. Celebrate!
- Make something for Fathers Day! Fathers Day is round the corner- make something this year or buy an experience together- see some of our crafty Fathers Day Ideas in this post from the archives.
- Commit to 30 Days Wild. I'm all signed up with the WildLife Trust to do 30 Days Wild -where I commit to do one wild thing everyday in June. Join me?!
- Book or go to a festival. Go to, or book a festival! Look whats on near you and support the local ones. Or watch the Glasto footage in your lounge with a Gin-In-A-Tin and pretend you're there!
- Visit an English country garden and enjoy one of the best floral months of the year! Enjoy the lilacs, petunias, peonies, hollyhocks... so much is flowering!
- Eat Rhubarb and strawberries. Find a Pick Your Own near you and seek out locally grown. Find our recipe for Strawberry and Rhubarb crumble cake here (crumble + cake= mmmm).
- Check your camping gear isn't mouldy/rusy/leaking by putting it all up in the garden and having a garden camp out.
- Store winter woollens and heavy coats. Gently wash (moths feed off bacteria) and dry (normally flat- in the sun is lovely!) all your woolly jumpers, hats, socks and coats ready for next year. Pop a few pieces of paper dropped with lavender in between the layers to keep the moths away. Donate or chuck away any winter clothes you wouldn't be excited about seeing next winter.
- Sow veg...Beans, beetroot, carrot, radish, rocket cabbage and more can all be sown directly in the ground this month
- forage for Elderflower to make cordial and champagne with, it flowered early this year so get on it quick before it fades!
I really hope you all have the most wonderful June! I'll be focussing on Foraging, as per our "Forage" module in Stitch + Forage, and buying some of the foraging kit that Rachel recommends in her feature too. Excited!
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P.S I'l actually be way up in the air on a plane flying to Marakesh by the time you'e reading this. Kinda surreal. See you on the other side!