As a keen conservationist, amateur dry stone waller/cob builder, and general lover of the outdoors, I can't wait to get stuck in to as many projects as possible, and (although we have had many overly-excited conversations on the phone or via Messenger,) now I am physically here, the ideas for the diversification of the farm are flooding out of us faster than we can scribble them down... It's great.
I went to school with Lee, + even though our lives took us off on completely different tangents, we've been chucked back together at precisely the right time to combine our skills, and get stuff done!!!
I reckon we'll balance each other out pretty well, as I like doing the things Lee isn't that bothered about, + vice versa, e.g. although she is a really talented artist, she doesn't like teaching people. I love it, and spent 6 months in the Italian Dolomites organising walking days for guests to scenic mountain-side places, and teaching them to paint in watercolours.
That's something I'll be bringing to the rolling hills of Staffordshire this summer, so dust those pallets off + have a go at something you might not have tried since you were a kid. I dare you.
Views that you paint yourself are so much more evocative than photos, so I reckon a watercolour of your favourite spot is the best memento.
I'm hoping to get a bit cray-cray with the cob construction as well, now that I've been let lose on a clay-rich landscape. A pizza oven is the first thing on my 'to do' list. Watch this space.
Yesterday (1st day of my new life) was spent harvesting willow, planning the site of the new mahoooooooosive greenhouse, introducing myself to the Hereford cows, + walking the boundaries to get my bearings. I like it here.
We went for a local walk later on in the day so that I could suss out some good painting spots, and have a gander at the famous Ina's Rock. Apart from being a crackin' piece of natural history to sketch/paint, I've wanted to see that crag for a while, as it boasts 21 climbs, and is under an hour's walk from The Farm On The Hill campsite. Well worth a visit.
For further climbing info, I've included this write-up from the ukclimbing.com website:
Peace out, girl-scout. Wah.