There are many people across the world with knowledge and skill in a wide range of traditional crafts, but the fast paced life that so many lead often leaves little time to practice and trade in these skills as was once possible. We want to celebrate these crafts and skills to keep them alive and help people find out about new ways of spending their spare time to create beautiful and valuable items for their homes and gardens.
Crafts and Skills
We love chocolate (who doesn't?
Many people have memories of going foraging as a child, approaching a bramble patch loaded with glinting purple jewels and pulling them from their spiky stems to drop into a tupperware box or recycled ice cream tub.
The efforts to bake yummy cakes and encourage my work colleagues to join in, crack open some free range eggs and do some free range baking with compassion themselves were a success in the end.
I have to say I'm glad it wasn't has hot in my kitchen as it has been all week, otherwise I may have found it a little harder to bake with compassion this afternoon!
Animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming have organised the Bake With Compassion week to promote baking with free range eggs and help campaign against caged and battery production.
Make do and mend, one of the major policies employed during the war, is being hailed as a key way of making it easier to survive the recession.
For a few years now alpacas have been increasing in popularity, mainly because of their sought-after fleeces which are much softer than sheeps wool, and you have to admit, they are beautiful looking animals to have around too.
Last night a new series, Countrywise, launched on ITV showcasing what "makes Britain tick".