Seasonal Rituals | foraging for wild garlic…

Well it’s April, and that must mean it’s wild garlic season.  Time to get out there and gather the ingredients for your supper.  We always head to our favourite place, a small wooded valley just outside of Bristol. The wooded valley has a bubbling stream running through it, with one side a pine forest plantation and the other native trees with a carpet of wild garlic, bluebells and wood anenomies. Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of

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Seasonal Rituals | Spring Equinox…

Today heralds the Spring Equinox, surely the start of actual Spring and a point where day will slip slowly by the hour toward Summer.  Days are lengthening and light is returning once more. It’s all happening this week, the Equinox, and the Clocks going back…. lighter evenings at last!  What will be do with that extra hour?  Well here are some suggestions to ease you into Spring… Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK

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Seasonal Rituals | New year, full of promise…

Before I get in to this post, I want to say this isn’t a post about how this year I’m going transform myself into a fit svelte being, have masses of money, quit biting my nails and travel to all those bucket list places. No. Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual

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Seasonal Rituals | Choosing the Christmas tree…

Finally!  We have found time to go and choose our Christmas tree. One of my favourite rituals of the year, selecting our tree from the fields and then chopping it down. I know I posted about an artificial tree a few weeks ago, but I really missed the smell of a real one, so I passed that tree onto my in laws as a gift, and we went back to our usual Christmas tradition.  Gladly… Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer,

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Seasonal Rituals | Foraging for greenery…

I know I bang on about Seasonal Rituals a lot here on Littlegreenshed.  My rituals are important to me. But when I say rituals I don’t necessary mean a voodoo witchcraft ritual, instead more about the little routines that are done year after, forming markers in the yearly calendar.  Something to look forward to, to enjoy at a relaxed paced. One of these rituals is gathering greenery for the house.  I love to have ivy and fir decorating the mantle

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Seasonal Rituals | Christmas Eve supper with friends…

This Christmas Eve, we are celebrating with a few of our dear friends. A chance to chat over a special meal, drink a cocktail or two and swap gifts.  Christmas Eve needs to be a special affair, but a light one, nothing too heavy to digest as we have a huge feast coming up the following day. A couple of our friends are vegetarian, so this means forgoing our usual fish pie for supper, so in search of something suitable

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Recipe // festive boozy mince meat…

After posting this image on Instagram this morning, I was asked by several of you for the recipe.  It’s really really simple, and makes about five jars, which is ample if your family has a slight mince pie addiction like mine.  If you pot the mixture up in pretty jam jars, they make great edible gifts too. I have searched for a recipe which doesn’t contain suet, so this is perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Also it is gluten free

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Seasonal Rituals | Oh Christmas tree, with Balsam Hill…

Oh Christmas tree Oh Christmas tree How beautiful are your branches… It goes something like that, I think.  Anyway, yes I know it’s early but I couldn’t wait to share with you my Christmas tree for this year.  This season we have gone for a monochrome look with white and glass baubles, white stars and white feathers.  With a little touch of gold with gold dipped white feathers and gold chocolate mice. Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and

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