Thursday, 17 April 2014

Natural Tealights from two great Yorkshire Walks

Natural Wooden Tealight holders
The latest batch have been made from Hawthorn which was originally part of a hedgerow grown wild, in Dallowgill, Nidderdale, Yorkshire.

The picture shows the original Hawthorn branch next to one of the Mosaics from the famous ‘Crackpots Mosaic Trail.’ This is a great walk if you are in the area and have the time.

The walk around Dallowgill is made really interesting with 22 mosaics depicting local scenes and flora and fauna which might be encountered along the route. It was created as part of a community project to celebrate the designation of Nidderdale as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. All the mosaics were made in 1997 by ‘The Crackpots’ of Kirkby Malzeard.

I walked it on 1st April 2013, with snow very thick on the ground and drifting in the high places! Very enjoyable but challenging to find all the mosaics in the snow! As I looked back at the photos before I wrote this piece, I was shocked as we’ve had no snow at all this year.

I love Hawthorn and was really excited to find such a large piece. This piece was slightly rotten, but this had caused beautiful spalting (patterns caused by fungus) to occur, making the wood even more beautiful.

When I have time, I hope to write several pieces about my favourite trees and wood, when I will say more about the beauty of Hawthorn! Watch this space…

Amongst this latest batch, are some tealights made of Ivy. This is unusual, as it’s hard to find pieces large enough.

The ones here come from the river gorge: part of a lovely walk in Knaresborough.

It takes in three of Tommy Cragg’s beautiful chainsaw sculptures, St Roberts Cave, the Chapel of our Lady of the Crag and some beautiful scenery. A very inspirational and easy-going walk, with plenty to see.

I hope you like the latest batch of Natural Tealights and that you find time to go on these stunning walks!

Thanks for reading!


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