A visit to... Yeo Valley Organic Garden
A sketching day with natasha clutterbuck and The Simple Things Magazine...
Happy December everyone and a huge thank you to all of you who have stuck by me during such a long break away from the blogging world! We have made a big family move, which I will post about later, but for now I wanted to finally tell you about a fabulous day out.
A few weeks ago, I booked on to a sketching day with The Simple Things Magazine and Somerset artist Natash Clutterbuck at the fabulous Yeo Valley Organic Garden. I first came across Natasha's stunning drawings via Garden's Illustrated and the beautiful photgraphy of Andrew Montgomery. Knowing little more about Yeo Valley than the TV adverts and yoghurt pots on the supermarket shelves, I was intrigued to take a trip to their HQ to find out what they were all about and see Natasha's work in person.
If you are ever in Somerset, it's well worth checking on the Yeo Valley events page to see what's on. The family owned farm is an incredibly slick and impressive operation and you can only admire how they have turned a humble dairy farm of just 30 cows into the thriving organic commercial business that it is today. I found the whole background to the family and the brand inspiring in an industry that must be so incredibly tough to survive in. Their story is well worth a read.
Artist in residence, Natasha, uses natural, local raw ingredients for her drawings-charcoal from the Somerset levels, red iron ore and ochres from the Mendip Hills, mud and oak bark. I love her free style sketching and subject matter-locally grown vegetables from friends' gardens and allotments and, of course, the stunning Yeo Valley kitchen garden!
The Yeo Valley Canteen is open for lunch five days a week, with 5 chefs working in HQ to produce absolutely deicious food.
Natasha's wonderful drawings and home studio, photgraphed by Andrew Montgomery.