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Imposter Syndrome

I lean once again on the washbasin taps, staring at my reflection in the mirror whilst trying to calm my breathing. I splash my face with cold water and stare again. My breathing is shallow, my thoughts chaotic. The face staring back at me, reflects the darkest corner of my mind. The imposter inside me. […]

Amber of The Scots Pine (Ogham letter “Ailm”)

Amber resin from the Scots Pine Tree

The Scots Pine within the Ogham Alphabet The Ogham alphabet, rooted in Celtic tradition, comprises twenty characters, each named after a tree or plant native to the British Isles. “Ailm,” is the 16th letter of the Ogham alphabet and is associated with the Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), and it holds significant meaning within Druidic lore. […]

First Weekend Yoga Retreat

Cows returning to pasture after milking at Bore Place farm yoga retreat

I had no idea what to expect from a weekend yoga retreat. I had refrained from booking for many years now; always nervous about whether I would fit in, whether I would enjoy it, whether I would get enough out of it to justify the spend, but I needn’t have worried at all. For me, […]

Boating on the Grand Union Canal

Last month, I was lucky enough to be one of the crew taking a slow journey along one of England’s historic canals, The Grand Union. Something I look forward to more and more each time I go.  Departing from the quaint village of North Kilworth with friends, we set our course southward towards Milton Keynes, […]

Celebrating the Spring Equinox

Equinox, balance of Sun and moon in the sky over green download

As the wheel of the year turns once again, we find ourselves approaching a special time of balance and renewal: the Spring Equinox. Known to many as Ostara, this magical moment marks the transition from the dark, introspective days of winter to the bright, vibrant energy of spring. Although looking out of my window right […]

How do we make acorn pendants?

Joanne Hedger how we make pendants by hand - jewellery making

Pendant Mold Production First we make the molds – which we do from actual acorns collected from our woodland in Sussex. Each mold is typically good for making 10-15 pendants, after which time it develops small defects and so a new one must be made. Once we have a set of molds ready, we can […]

My Story

Joanne Hedger holding a mug

My personal story begins growing up on a dairy farm in Sussex – scrumping apples or picking hops for Dad to brew beer with. Learning which blackberry bushes were best to pick from and that they tasted better if picked in the morning with the Autumn dew still on them. Putting dock leaves on stinging […]

How can epoxy resin be classed as eco-friendly?

Joanne Hedger making Jewellery

Harmonite pendants are naturally sourced materials set in resin and strung inside real acorn caps on waxed-cotton cord, but how eco-friendly really is man-made epoxy resin?  I get asked this question all the time and I used to find it hard to answer, especially given the fact that epoxy resin is essentially a type of […]

My Favourite English Oak (Quercus Robur)

Joanne Hedger sitting under an Oak Tree

As I wander through the shade of our mixed woodland in late summer, a profound sense of calm washes over me. The air is filled with the earthy aroma of moss and fallen leaves, and the gentle rustling of foliage in the breeze feels like a whisper from the ancient spirits of the land. My […]

Sourcing Natural Materials

Sourcing natural materials from nature and the woods

It’s cold and cloudy, and the damp floor is already starting to invade my waterproof trousers as I lie on the woodland floor armed with a pair of scissors and a Tupperware lunchbox. I’ve been here an hour already, yet the container is only a third full of what look like miniature Christmas trees. But […]

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