Exeter’s Jenny Cahill lives by an impressive mantra of Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, Rot and is getting continuously closer to a zero waste lifestyle. She’s become affectionately known as a ‘real life womble’ – I interviewed her for Exeter Life magazine recently and found her to be truly inspiring. If you’re looking for ways to reduce the waste you create, Jenny shares lots of advice with me in the feature below.
I love Somerset even though I now live in Devon (which I also love!) so I was delighted to be asked to write the Autumn cover feature for Somerset Life Magazine (read the whole magazine online here for free). In this piece I share my secrets for a perfect Autumn in the county – from walks in the sunshine and fossil hunting to a trip around the solar system…
In the October issue of Somerset Life magazine, which you can read here for free, I talk to Kim Williams about here life in rural Somerset with a herd of 21 alpacas…
Every so often I meet someone who floors me. Emily Monk, of Forage and Find Me is one of those people. I met her on a gloriously sunny day on Exmouth beach to find out about her funky eco jewellery, made from foraged materials. I soon discovered we weren’t going to spend the whole afternoon discussing making techniques and environmental impact, rather her mental health and how her new businesses literally saved her, following a suicide attempt. Her story is very poignant, especially for any women who may have suffered from Post Natal Depression. It wasn’t a happy story to tell but it has a strong ending with a bright future and it’s very real. My feature was published in the August Issue of Exeter Living magazine – you can read it below.
I recently headed to Torquay’s newly opened yoga studio, Yoga Torquay, and met owner Alice Chapman, champion of yoga for women’s health. My piece explores Alice’s journey as a yoga teacher and why pregnancy and mother and baby yoga has become her speciality.
“The class we observe is a real joy – bouncing babies and happy mothers bonding but Alice admits sometimes the classes can be a little chaotic. “I used to feel daunted by that but I have the tricks in my toolbox now to stay calm and in control. Teaching yoga requires responsiveness and attention to your students, when you’re teaching mum’s and babies yoga, that’s the big league, you have to be super responsive to the mood and changing emotions of the mothers and the babies and react accordingly. It’s an awesome challenge and I love it,” she explains.”
You can read the full article, published in the Summer Issue of Devon Life magazine here.
Fancy a day out (or several) in Somerset this summer? Then take a look at my 20 Days Out feature, published in the July issue of Somerset Life magazine.
I had my first feature published in Exeter Life last month, where I met an inspirational mother from Exeter who is championing luxe interiors that don’t cost the earth – have a read below. As a side note, I was thrilled to see my photograph of Faye breastfeeding her son while working was used as a whole page – fantastic that Exeter Living are doing their bit to help normalise breastfeeding.
I’ve been monumentally lax in keeping my website up to date and I’m blaming the utter gorgeousness of my baby boy, Dylan. I’ve been a little better in keeping up with my work life though, thank goodness. Today, I’d like to share a feature I’ve got published in the April Issue of Devon Life Magazine – an interview with artist Lin Blackman, who takes fragments of family life and turns them into gallery-worthy works of art.
Who doesn’t love stumbling upon mushrooms on a woodland walk? In this six-page craft feature, for the September issue of LandLove magazine, I use the fabulous fungi as inspiration for colour crafts.
I have had great hair in the run up to my maternity leave (Baby Sharpe is due very soon) – partly thanks to all the good pregnancy hormones and partly thanks to all the technology reviews I’ve been doing for T3.com! If you’re in the market for a new hairdryer, curler, straightening brush or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, a shaver – please do read my reviews – links below.