Happy sunshine everyone!

Spring has finally sprung here at the Pole Barn, the frosts have all gone and the sun is not just shining its blasting down around us, life couldn’t be sweeter. As the gardens are sprouting abundantly our willow stocks are packing out too, Barfad willow based in Ardfern on the west coast have been providing us with all our beautiful coloured barked willow we have been indulging in recently and we have just had a huge delivery from Sommerset so we should be all set for the coming months.


What with the newly reopened and refurbished Hellygogs at Logie Steading and the Golspie Gallery now stocking Naturally Useful wares we are set to be busy over the coming weeks replacing all the beautiful stock that has gone out to them of late. We are also very pleased that our own Etsy shop sales are picking up and our lovely baskets have been finding new homes and are off to be useful elsewhere.


Our course list for summer 2016 has now been published and we are hoping to see some early bookings coming in. Amongst the usual types of classes we are also running a family weaving day in July where you can drop in at the Pole Barn with the kids and make a birdfeeder or birdhouse (for the more adventurous), prices for this will be £20 for adults and £10 for children, you can check out the poster here on the website in the ‘courses’ section or on facebook. It would be lovely to see you there for your seasonal intake of crafting fun.


We have lots planned over the coming months, it’s always a pleasure when the sun returns and our calendar picks up again, so far we have opened the season on Saturday 30th April with the Findhorn Woodland Activities Day run by The Hinterland Trust which was a delight of music, food and drink, children’s activities and lots of woodland crafts to see and try as well as plenty information on what the trust do and plan to do in the future. Much fun was had by all at a very well organized day and a worthy cause to support – http://www.findhornhinterland.org/

Next up was the Drumduan School May Fair on Saturday 7th May, another fabulous day packed full of stalls and treats for the eyes, ears, belly and soul, thank you to all the brave participants to joined our birdfeeder workshops throughout the day, we had lots of fun.

You can expect to see us at the Figgat Fair in Granton in June, Forres Highland games in July, Permaculture experience weekend, Binsness in August, Carve Carbridge in September and you can also pop in and see us during the NEOS open studio week in September….more details to follow on facebook as they approach…


Happy sunshine everyone.