Inspired By Nature with Fare Isle on Geoffrey & GracePhoto courtesy of Kaity @fareisle

I’m really excited to introduce you to a new series that I am starting on the blog today. Nature has always been a big inspiration to me, so I wanted to look at this in more depth, and talk to some folk that hold nature at the centre of their way of life. I’m thrilled to have some great people lined up that are so inspired by nature, that it shapes their work life, and the way they choose to live with their families.

I’m particularly interested in whether nature helps us slow down and supports a slow living lifestyle. I wanted to get some other peoples thoughts on whether working with nature helps them live in a more mindful and wholehearted way.

First up we have a lady who lives in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, the island of Nantucket. She is surrounded by nature at its best, and the landscape around her informs what she does. She grows and wild-harvest’s many of the ingredients for her produce, and focuses on farm to table pantry items, wellness products, and also offers a Chef Service. I am delighted to introduce you to Kaity from Fare Isle.

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A Home for the Bees with Taylors Tea on Geoffrey & Grace

We are a vegetarian household, but are not vegan, however we still like to say “thank you to the bees” when we eat any honey. But these busy, buzzing insects do more than just make honey, and are responsible for pollinating a large percentage of the world’s crops and wild flowers.

It was a real pleasure to be asked by Taylors Teas of Harrogate to help spread the word about how much bees actually do, and what we can do to support them.

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Butterfly friendly plants – Part 2 – Releasing the butterflies

Releasing butterflies on Geoffrey & Grace

It’s been over a month since I told you all about our caterpillars and butterfly friendly plants (see part one here) to help spread awareness of the Wildlife charity ‘Butterfly Conservation’. Not long after that post was published, we had a particularly exciting weekend where the chrysalises started turing into butterflies…

Early one morning, before I did anything else I padded along the landing to have a peek at the chrysalises. I was so excited to be greeted by a butterfly sitting very, very still, it’s wings still not fully open. I hurried to get Bailey as I knew how excited she would be. We both sat there in silence for a few moments, bleary eyed, just looking at this newly transformed creature. The night before, there had been a 3cm long chrysalis, and now there was this beautiful butterfly with its wonderful wings. It’s quite incredible that they can unfurl in that way.

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Slow fashion with Brooklyn label Muny

slow fashion with Brooklyn label Muny on Geoffrey & Grace

For lots of you reading this ‘slow Fashion’ may be a new concept. Most of the fashion industry is face paced; from the design stage to mass production, garments have a fast turn around so they can be sold at a low cost. This, and trends that come and go with each season encourage buyers to over consume.  ‘Slow fashion,’ is a term that was conceived in 2008 by sustainable design consultant Kate Fletcher, she wanted to not just look at how environmentally friendly a single item of clothing is, but she also wanted to address the speed of the whole fashion cycle.

If you follow me over on Instagram you will have already noticed me sharing some big love for the independent label Muny who do ‘slow fashion’ incredibly well. They make beautiful handcrafted clothes for children and women, and also have a range of accessories. Designed in Brooklyn, NY, all the clothes are made from natural fabrics, and are made using wood block printing, handloom weaving, and hand dyeing.

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Butterfly friendly plants – part one

Butterfly friendly plants - part one, on Geoffrey & Grace

The Wildlife charity ‘Butterfly Conservation’ have teamed up with B&Q, to help spread the word about butterfly friendly plants. When they asked if I’d like to be involved, and help support the project and promote butterfly conservation, I was so excited. Especially since it meant having our own caterpillars (from Gribbly Bugs) that would transform into butterflies. I knew Bailey would be fascinated, and that she would learn so much about nature through the process.

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