Easter Arts and Crafts!

Spaces are still available on another of our kids’ workshops over Easter – this time with artist Clare Russell.

Children 7 to 14 are wanted to join us on Friday April 6th to sketch, paint and weave responses to the spring primroses.  Wear wellies and warm clothes and bring a packed lunch and we shall produce some lovely artworks to take home!

Wild workshops!

So we had lots more workshops in 2017. At Easter, Sea Green school worked with us to capture the glories of the spring primroses in prints and paintings and inspired by Andy Goldsworthy, we had a go at building a person sized nest as well as some little ones to take home full of easter eggs.

 

Then inspired by the bluebells that followed the primroses, we had both a childrens and an adults felt making workshop with Clare Russell.  All the results were beautiful and it was loads of fun.

The kids:

The grown ups:

In the summer, as it warmed up, Kim and Sea Green school worked with us and the kids to build stick people and rafts and float them on the pond. A few of the kids took the opportunity to cool off in the pond too.

 

And Now to 2018!

Well at Easter we have two childrens music workshops led by musician and teacher Joe Steer on 3rd and 10th April – see below – and another Primrose inspired Art workshop with artist Clare Russell on  Friday 6th April.

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Can’t wait – get in touch if you fancy joining us.

 

Summer Daze

Happy Campers!

Another fab summer in Yomer Wood with some lovely campers enjoying peace and tranquility amongst the trees whilst the North Devon coast laboured under the weight of a summer onslaught of visitors.  Lee remains a relatively calm spot in the summer months by virtue of its single track lane from the bay towards Mortehoe which deters many from driving in one end and out the other.  The benefit of free parking at the seafront, a pub and a beachside cafe and safe swimming, make it a great option when the Bank Holiday sun comes out and every 4 wheeled vehicle within a 100 mile radius seems bent on getting to the beach!  Our two large groups of Bank Holiday campers certainly enjoyed themselves, camped within walking distance of all these treats and each with 5 acres to themselves!

Fun with the kids!

We had two fab kids workshops in August with Kim from SeaGreen school.  We made stick people to sit on stick rafts and went to float them on the pond.  There were some brilliant designs and very few sinkings.  Some of the boys generously took it upon themselves to help retrieve the boats by getting in the pond!  See some more lovely pics on our Arts and Crafts page and watch out for Autumn workshops to be announced soon!

 

Creative Christmas Fun

So, hot on the success of the willow fish we made in our Awesome Autumn Crafts kids workshop, we decided to have a go at Christmas wreath making. wp_20161211_10_51_17_pro

 

The children all made a willow wreath and then we wandered about the woods armed with secateurs, collecting cones, ivy, pine branches, holly and the like to decorate them with.

 

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Once finished the kids went on to create their own range of natural decorations all starting with a slice of wood and involving paint and glitter!  Hot chocolate, clever, creative kids and once again, beautiful weather, made for a great day.  Looking forward to more of the same in 2017 – keep an eye on the Arts and Crafts page for details!

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Awesome Autumn

What an amazing autumn!   I think I often miss most of its glories as I’m either hiding inside from the rain and cold or peering out of the windscreen of a steamy car watching the wipers slosh the wet away.  This year, blessed with so many dry, warm days,   wp_20161113_14_02_00_pro   I’ve actually seen the leaves falling gently to earth and have enjoyed walking over multicoloured carpets of crisp leaves in the woods.wp_20161113_14_04_46_pro

It has been stunning and inspired us to have another youngsters art workshop where we used the beautiful colours of autumn to creatchestnutse some lovely wp_20161026_12_12_56_pro pictures and the harvests of pine cones, acorns and conkers to make all sorts of peculiar things!

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It was really good fun and loathe to be beaten off by the threat of less clement weather to come, we are going to squeeze one more kids workshop in before Christmas where we will make willow wreaths and tree decorations amongst other things.

 

This morning, the kids and I had a little practise run using more of those beautiful leaves and some of the Spindle tree fruit from the woods, which is so pretty.   We were all rather pleased with the results and are looking forward to making them with the kids around the campfire!

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Music to my ears!

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WP_20160304_10_34_44_ProReally excited to announce our first Spring time workshop on Wednesday 6th April 2016 for children aged from 7 to 12.  Talented Bristol musician and teacher Alastair Brown has a fun packed day in the woods planned. Children can expect to collaborate on a composition recording the natural sounds of the woodland, make musical instruments from what they find around them, and compose music and lyrics for a group song amongst plenty of other activities.  At the end of the day, parents will be invited to a mini performance!

No musical experience is necessary, but children are welcome to bring instruments if they would like to.  Click on the link below and check our Arts and Crafts page for further details- And reserve places WP_20160304_10_23_43_Proquickly!

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Snow hope of Summer?

SDSCN4595o, as the snowdrops display cheerfully, despite the near constant downpours, we are looking forward to the spring and onwards to another great summer like 2015.  If you’re reading this outside  North Devon, don’t worry, we weren’t in a tropical climate bubble that you missed out on last summer, the weather was just as rubbish here, but despite that, it was a great summer in Yomer Woods because we welcomed a surprising number of wild camping guests and they were all so lovely!

I wasn’t sure what the appetite for no frills camping would be, but it seems that it is healthy and growing.   Clearly, lots of people want nothing more than some space of their own to build a fire and relax far from the everyday and the crowds.  Everyone so far has been delighted with their time in the woods and we’re looking forward to seeing bryony campingmany of them again as well as meeting lots of new visitors this year.  In fact, we’ve already had our first two visitors this year who spent 3 damp January nights in hammocks suspended between the trees and left smiling!  For now though, whilst campers are welcome, it’s  probably still a bit parky for all but the most hardy.

 

It’s been a busy winteDSCN4602r for one man and his chainsaw as the softwoods have been thinned and wood piles stacked.  Now, as it hopefully gets a bit drier, there is some work to be done on the rides and a few further clearings to be created before the end of spring.

Our first 2016 workshops are in the planning for late spring.  On 6th and 7th April there will be two woodland music events for children, hosted by brilliant musician, teacher and friend, Alistair Brown.  Then, hot on the heels of the pic27snowdrops, the bluebells are already poking their heads up and we will be repeating last years popular Bluebell Arts workshop doing something bluebell inspired in late April – exact dates to be determined by the bluebells!  Please keep an eye out for further details.

So, as I sit typing this in bed on what had started as an ok day – following the torrential downpours of yesterday -but which is now, hammering hailstones on my roof, I hope the snowdrops’ optimism isn’t misplaced and DSCN4578that winter really is on the back-foot and we can all look forward to drier and sunnier times ahead.

 

 

Spring watched

pic8What a beautiful May, one of the best I can remember,  so many warm, dry days made it especially lovely to be out and about  watching the changes that happen so very quickly at this time of year.  After the primroses, the next of the floral displays was a riot of bluebells carpeting the woodland floor.  We took advantage of the display to run a children’s art workshop, where we wandered, sketched, and then sought to capture their beauty in felted wool pictures.  The children were fantastic company, supremely talented and totally absorbed, and our talented artist leader Clare Russell, was wonderful as ever.    One eight year old boy was reluctant to begin sketching – ‘How will I know if I’ve done it right?’ he asked me.   I managed to convince him that there were no rights or wrongs with art and he got on down to it.

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As the bluebells began to fade, the Blackthorns and then the  Cherry trees came into flower, most of the other trees came into leaf and, as the Blackthorn has moved from flower to leaf, the Hawthorn flowers have come out.  I’ve found some new trees, which I’ve failed to identify  by their blossom – my tree guide is of little help – so I will be watching carefully for some kind of fruit to help me identify it.  I will have to watch very carefully, this place is teaming with others watching out for signs of fruit, determined to get in there first.

 

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Rowan?

 

After the reported deaths in my last blog, there have been plenty of successful new arrivals on the animal front too this spring.  Angus and Grace heard what they thought was Seb -who’d disappeared into the undergrowth – making weird animal noises on a recent walk (something to which he is prone).  It turned out to be Bambi himself, a leggy roe fawn stumbling through the brashings, mewling for its mother.  He stopped crying when he spotted G & A, who left him alone shortly afterwards to allow him to be retrieved by his mother.  On another day, Angus caught in the open what he thought was a maimed hen pheasant.  As he approached, she fluffed up, hissed and a little chick peered out from under her feathers.  Her feathers looked like they were covering a good few more.  Angus was especially pleased to see her after discovering an abandoned nest a few weeks ago.  The pond is full to bursting with tadpoles and the children fished out a nymph the other day – a pretty scary looking individual – though we’re unsure if he’s planning on becoming a dragonfly this spring as they apparently spend up to four years in the water. DSCN3769

So we move into June, with a drop in the temperature and Gales forecast this week.  With the new leaves and everything unfurled there is at least plenty of cover for those young animals.  Our small camp clearings are getting cushiony with new grass, and if you fancy camping, sheltering beheath the woodland canopy may be the best place for you too!  We are planning to camp this weekend – the weather is set to have improved by then – and we are looking forward to some more wild encounters.

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