Three weeks on and we are still smiling from our wild food and photography retreat with the wonderful Marte Marie Forsberg; photographer, visual storyteller and home cook extraordinaire, together with the very clever Linda lomelino who was just as sweet as her delicious cakes. Whiling away the hours on our favourite past times, sharing what we know and love about the great outdoors and passing on tit bits of our wild ways with the gaggle of would be adventurers was a pure delight and we felt honoured to be working with such talent and warm hearted folk in and out of the kitchen.
Our home from home for the 3 days was the stunning studland bay house, a family home steeped in history, beautiful nooks & crannies and lashings of character set amongst 13 acres of glorious gardens and just a stones throw from the shore and our hutquarters below. It was simply the perfect setting for our first retreat.
There is so much to tell and too many gorgeous images to share from the super talented sarahlou Francis that we can't do it all in one go, so here's the first in a series of snippets from one of our most favourite of all times so far being Fore....just a wee warning - you might want to sign up for our next retreat by the end of this page!
Whilst the rain held back we shared our special spots and scoured the seashore for wild edibles, never rushed or hurried with time to pause and take in our beautiful surroundings and plenty of opportunity for Marie to pass on her pearls of photography wisdom. As always on our glorious isle there was an abundance of content to capture and with the soundtrack of clicking cameras and the twitter of wildlife we slowly explored our little patch of wild seeking & tasting foraged greens along the way.
Laden down with baskets of green goodies we headed back to the sanctuary of the grand old house to gorge on the awesome Heather Whiteheads spring green filled frittata and the most incredible goats cheese, peach and cherry salad to celebrate all our hard work, before a workshop in visual styling with Marie and the unveiling of Lindas stunning cake creation.
So that's just day 1 covered and still no mention of Maries wonderful welcome meal on the Friday eve, the scrumptious afternoon tea with homemade scones and lashings of English strawberries and clotted cream by the gorgeous Abbie Melle or Lindas other cake (yes there were more and yes they really were all that good!). We haven't yet even touched on the foraged feast we hosted in the most magical pavilion by the sea or the fishing trip aboard captain dougs trusty vessel....we did try & tell you this would take some time, now we've started we have a hunch it may take a little longer....
so if you like the journey so far then do come back for more (just give us a few days!) we very much hope to see you soon. C H E E R S !
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* With special thanks to the lovely Sarah Lou Francis...images 2-6 & 11 ... take a look at her wonderful work over here and keep your eyes peeled for more of her shots throughout the year as she captures our wild workshops and events.