Stories from the Barn

A hive of activity in the Hampshire downlands

Stories from the Barn is all about the heart and soul of our British Natural History, Art, Landscape, Literature and Country ways.

Sharing with you, discovering and reconnecting together with our British natural history, landscape heritage, art and literature that we have been privileged to explore and learn about over this past year and on through the continuing challenges of 2020.  From our rural hive, tucked into the folds of Hampshire Down land, we have used this time to walk out into our beautiful countryside to slow down and take time to observe, discover and learn more about the natural world and landscape around us. It has been a very positive and healing experience and one we hope you too will enjoy.

British Woodlands

British Woodland

A walk through a British woodland is one of the most relaxing things to do. Our British woodland is a key part of the landscape that we all love and…

Shakespeare’s Flowers

When William Shakespeare wrote of love and despair he often turned to the language of flowers to help him. Shakespeare’s flowers lay scattered throughout some of his most notable works…

Daffodils

A Host of Golden Daffodils

 A Host of Golden Daffodils. If there is one poem that that we share as a nation then William Wordsworth ‘Daffodils’ must be high on the list. It is such…

Lambing Season is on its way

Lambing season is on its way for many parts of the UK. It’s a busy time for farmers as lambing season gets underway. It is one of the joys of…

February Mud Month

February, the shortest month of the year and the muddiest. There is a weariness to February. Inside of us a wish that just won’t go away, that Winter was over…

Ash tree buds

Tree bud Identification

Take a woodland walk and use tree bud identification to add spice to Winter woodland walks. Become an expert in tree bud identification. Signs of the changing season appear on…

Through The Woods by H.E Bates

Through The Woods by H.E Bates Through the Woods by H.E Bates. When he was a child the writer Herbert Bates wanted to be a painter. He describes the paintings…

Snowdrops

The Snowdrop on Candlemas Day

The Snowdrop the symbol of hope. “The Snowdrop, in purest white array, First rears her head on Candlemas day.” The arrival of the Snowdrop is a sign that, although we…

Wolf Moon

The Wolf Moon

What is the Wolf Moon? The first full moon of 2021 will be visible tonight and it is known as the ‘Wolf Moon’. The moon, the first of the twelve…

An Economic History of the English Garden

An Economic History of the English Garden by Roderick Floud. I picked up ‘An Economic History of The English Garden’ as a result of discovering a whole branch of my…