Saturday, 6 June 2015

SISTERS FROM ANOTHER MISTER!


Hidden at the end of long winding Devon lanes, lined with hedgerows full of ragged robin, ferns and cow parsley, you'll find Loveland Camp the venue for the first ever Sisterhood gathering. Sisterhood was the vision of Lou Archell of Little Green Shed, "During the past five years I have met many wonderful creative women, all of which I consider friends," said Lou. "Life never seems to give us enough time to fully connect so I thought wouldn't it be great if we could spend quality time together to collaborate, hatch creative plans and to talk, really talk about our lives and futures." 

Lou continues, "I wanted Sisterhood to have a sense of freedom. As a nature lover and an outdoorsy kind of gal, it had to take place in a field, under the stars. What better way to connect? And this is what we did. Sisterhood exceeded any expectation that I may of had, the flowers in the hedgerows, the golden sunshine, the laughter, the friendship. It was, is, wonderful."

I was delighted to be invited by Lou, along with 25 other bloggers, instagrammers and photographers, all-round creative people that I have over the years admired but never met in 'real' life. The group curated by Lou were all different and from all over the country, but instantly bonded over shared dreams, values and a strange passion to wear flower crowns and swim under waterfalls! 


The campsite near Hartland in North Devon was perfect for the gathering with huge pods for us to share, gossiping under the stars and hopefully not snoring too much (sorry Sara and Kat if I did!)



There was a relaxed and informal agenda of walks and workshops that I really enjoyed; flowers with Church Park Flowers, a leather workshop with Golden Bear Belts and a rather fab Shibori dying workshop with Heather Young and Bethan John (below). 



Image above of me by the super talented Xanthe Berkeley, a hugely talented photographer and filmmaker. 




One of the highlights for me was the Toast Travels picnic (Toast kindly sponsored the event) with beautiful blankets laid out on a cliff top, overlooking the sea and Lundy Island in the distance. Everyone bought amazing food, check out the spinach and ricotta sun tart above made by Amy! The icing on the cake was when two musicians, practicing on a bench nearby, agreed to come over and play some Irish folk songs to serenade the sisterhood! 



The founder of Sisterhood, Lou Archell (pictured above right) with photographer Xanthe Berkeley.


The evening meal styled by Hannah with festoon lights and gorgeous linen was the most amazing Moroccan feast by Two Birds Kitchen, based in Devon and the perfect way to end the day.


It was the most wonderful adventure and I returned home nourished having met so many fab women. I've spent this week reading all their blogs, but now instead of reading it in my accent I read it in theirs instead!

Thank you Lou and thank you to all the 'sisters' it was a joy to meet you all, I can't wait til next year x

P.s. We've been sharing pictures on Instagram using #sisterhoodatloveland and @sisterhood_camp if you want to find out more.

P.p.s. If you would like to sign up to find out more about Sisterhood 2016 then you can! Simply sign up here.

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