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May 27, 2019Comments are off for this post.

The story so far

Looking out at view

Hello, I’m Hannah! I run Enamelware Events, which you can read more about here. Now a little about me… I'm creative, ambitious and a lover of getting out on adventures. Lately it seems I’ve been craving much of what was natural for me as a teenager - things like regular runs in the woods, daily drawing for my art projects and journalling. Since then, I gained a degree in English with Creative Writing, lived and volunteered in Argentina for one year, self-published a book in Oxford, had jobs working in the community and in youth work. Putting all those things together, and a recent interest in foraging (I mean, food for free, what’s not to love?!) and being a total recipe fanatic, it makes sense really that I’ve started this venture in offering creative outdoor events. If you’re familiar with the Enneagram*, I’m a three with a two wing. That’s the shortcut to finding out a lot about me!

wooden canoe boat and toes dipped in water

Currently, I have two jobs and Enamelware Events spills into my evenings and bits of spare time. I’m exploring funding routes for the events so that I can keep them at an attractive price while still safely covering the costs. Better yet, I'd like to be able to start covering my time later down the line, too! While I figure this out, there may be a bit of a gap in the events. Jen Carrington, a creative coach, recently wrote about different seasons in business. It was really interesting to reflect on it. I think, honestly, I’m in the first one, the ‘flicker of a flame season’, but occasionally I like to push ahead and go into the ‘mountain climbing season’ for a little while.

enamel mug and books

Once my two events in June are done, I will step back and really embrace the starting season that I’m in and get things really well set-up and being clear on what I’m trying to achieve with the creative outdoor events. Maybe my in-between season (read: impatient) could be seen as dipping my toes into the sea before running back to the safety of the shore. I do have a new business name for the events side of things which I will unleash eventually, to keep it separate from the enamelware hire to bring some clarity. Keep your eyes peeled for news on funding and where I take things. You can sign up to my newsletter for updates.

*I really recommend this podcast as an introduction to the Enneagram, a tool to finding out our core motivations and how to recognise when we're in stress and in health.

Photos are by Gem Hicks Photography.

November 2, 2018Comments are off for this post.

Riverside autumn foraging

At the end of September, I took a canoe boat out at Wall Eden Farm  and we ended up foraging on the way back after spotting Canadian geese and other wildlife along the way. It was a pretty idyllic late summer Saturday!

As it was unplanned, we collected the wild berries in an empty crisp packet from our snack supplies. I got my phone out to ID the fruits (blackberries were fine obviously) and upon arriving home I was still unsure if I had gathered sloes or damsons. I finally had a reason to consult my Hedgerow book by John Wright. The fruit wasn't awful to eat raw and I couldn't find any thorns on the bush, so I am pretty sure it was a type of wild plum, which the book helped me confirm.

When we got home we made jam with the mixed berries, using a mix of agave nectar and honey in place of half the sugar in the recipe. It was pretty delicious! Next time, though, I would make sure I had a cloth or filter to remove the pips. Helpfully, the plum pips rise to the surface in the cooking process, but we didn't manage to remove all of them that way as it was taking too long (and it was midnight by that point!)

I felt really invigorated – the being outdoors, the learning, the making of something afterwards. I've been wanting to learn more about 'food for free' and what I can forage in the different months, and this was the perfect opportunity - even better that it was unplanned!

I would like to experience and learn more about what is available to forage each month. The Woodland Trust has a great foraging calendar on their website which is a good start. It really doesn't have to stop at autumn – there's something to forage every month!

As Enamelware Events, I am planning on creating some monthly events in and near Bristol that are affordable and family friendly, offering opportunities for people to come and learn and experiment with foraging. This would include learning how to prepare and cook with these ingredients and how to do it within the guidelines in the local area.

I will be contacting local suppliers and experts to be involved, so feel free to get in touch if this interests you – hello@enamelwareevents.co.uk