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Autumn Bounty

Foraging for natural berries and fruits are by far the most rewarding venture to do during the start of my favourite season, Autumn. Theres nothing more beautiful than seeing the gradual tones of leaves deepen with red, reminiscent of running through crunching red and orange heaps in the park as a child. This week, we decided to pick some Autumn bounty, and get the last remaining pick of blackberries from our nearby field. With purple stained fingertips, this sure will make a beautiful treat this week. 

As October approaches, and as one of my favourite holidays, Halloween, will be coming round the corner soon, some exciting fall festivities are in the works this month. I am especially looking forward to the autumn changes near our home this year, as it being our first fall within our new house. This weeks inspirations come in the form of hand crafted wreaths that generate a pure humbleness that is inspired by the beauty of Autumn. (infused berries are a sure way to brighten up a space). Also this week, Agnes Obel’s second album Aventine has been truly appreciated around the home. Absolutely stunning.

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Autumn Bounty

Autumn Bounty


Autumn Bounty


Autumn Bounty

Autumn Bounty

Autumn Bounty 

Fforest Fawr

With an appreciative day off from work this week, and an aching to start documenting some of the early sprouts of Autumn beauty, we decided to travel up to Fforest Fawr (Big Forest) near Castell Coch in South Wales. A journey through small winding paths and a small village on the inset of large rock formations, a swarm of overgrown trees arching a small road winding up higher created such a quaint and beautiful setting. The forest was amazingly widespread, following the off tracks and into the mass woods. 

Situated throughout the forest, hand crafted stick and log dens that others had created in colonies stood upright surrounding camp fires. I especially loved the idea of these mini stick villages, reminding me of some of the scenes in the film Where the Wild Things Are. Deeper in the forest, you couldn’t help notice the amount of mushrooms growing absolutely everywhere. Such peculiar shapes and sizes. The forest trail circulated on itself in which ended up at a beautiful spot where the open landscape misted over creating a beautiful end to the day.

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Stick Dens in Fforest Fawr.

Mushroom Foraging in Fforest Fawr, South Wales

Autumn Bounty

Mushroom Foraging in Fforest Fawr, South Wales