Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Pannage in the New Forest

Two weeks ago we enjoyed a wonderful day out with our DD, SIL and Daisy in the New Forest. They live nearby and we love to see the different seasons and colours there. It is a truly unique landscape and is only maintained that way by the effect of the grazing of the New Forest Ponies and cattle.
They keep the heath land open. There is also the wonderful forest full of many different trees but especially oaks.
The colours were beautiful

The leaves seemed almost alight as they glowed showing off every shade of gold, red, brown and yellow.

Obviously the oak trees drop their acorns in autumn and in quantities these are poisonous to the ponies.
There is an ancient remedy to clear up the acorns which is called Pannage and it involves a wonderful natural hoover.....none other than............
yes seriously....pigs.
Every year sows and piglets are released by their farmer owners who pay a small token fee to allow them to roam free for 6-12 weeks, depending on the acorn harvest. As you know I adore pigs and although we have been aware of the annual pannage, the pigs are very elusive and many people never see them.

Well our luck was in. We drove to an area where my daughter had researched that pigs had been seen at the day before. Amazingly this girl trotted out across the road, followed by.
 her piglet who stopped next to where we were standing and had a good scratch!
They were joined by another apt it that the ancient saying goes a pig won't be druv!
They let us pat them as they wandered up the lane munching acorns as they moved on.
Daisy loved them. I was just ecstatic!
I could not believe that we had actually witnessed Pannage in person and we watched the pigs until they disappeared out of sight up the lane.
 We thought that would be our one and only sighting that day.
However as we walked toward Burley....there was some noise in the undergrowth and we spotted......
yes another group of piglets...Oh my I could not believe our luck.

It was just the best day and I want to thank my darling daughter for doing the research the day before which allowed us this glimpse of the annual Pannage which is seen by few people.

Now of course to remember this day I just had to make a Moment. I wanted it to be a thankful moment and I decided to use this photo of me.....I rarely use my own photos but I just though the sheer joy on my face summed up that day.

I used the same greens, oranges and browns from the forest. I wanted to try to capture the memory of the light shining through the tree canopy and also the gorgeous colours of the leaves.

I created  my inky background 

 I die cut some trees and also gave them the lovely mossy effect on the trunks I had seen by using a wash of colour and dipped them in.

 I added texture with my VI stamp. I also used my Bronte verse stamp which you will see later.
 I also added green leaves to the background using archival through my flourish stencil
 I added some texture by embossing some card
 and added clear embossing powder to the wet ink for this lovely glossy effect.
It was then time to put on my creative hat and put my design together.

So this is the thankful Moment I made for Jane's Journal
Here are some of the details in close apt is this quote!
 and I can really feel those crunching leaves under my feet.
I would like to enter my Moment into the following challenges;

Faber-Castelle take the challenge  with thanks.
Papertake Weekly 1/5 anything goes
We love to create anything creative/mixed media #22
Frilly and Funkie 1/3 Let there be light I have used different shades of ink to reproduce the wonderful light in the forest and the colours of the leaves there. I also used clear embossing powder and clear rock candy crackle to add to the feel of shining light.
Simon Says stamp Monday So Glossy I have used clear embossing powder over my embossed leaf card to give a lovely shine and also clear rock candy crackle to give a shine to some of my die cut leaves.
Simon Says stamp Wednesday Thanks/thanksgiving
Noor UK anything goes
Dies R Us fall
Creative Inspirations 1/3 sparkle my sparkle is the clear embossing powder on the embossed  card and clear rock candy crackle on my leaves..they both give such a lovely sparkle.
Inspiration Journal mission embossoble. I have used wet and dry embossing on my Moment.

I really do "give thanks" for such special times I spend with my family and especially being able to find the pigs during the annual autumn pannage...such joy.

I'm back on Friday with just a sneak peek of a Christmas guest design project I have been involved in...the big reveal is over here on Saturday.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Jane.. what a wonderful day you all had! I enjoyed all the piggie images and your family too. I'm so glad you included your photo in your album.. you belong there! Someday your album will pass down to your daughter and they will want you in there. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Your art journal page is incredible, Jane! I love the layering and textures. Your attentions to details are fabulous! And so is the fall scenes that you share here! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Thanks/Thanksgiving” Challenge! I love seeing pigs, but just not up close smelling them. :)

  3. WOW! What a fabulous posting! I truly enjoyed taking this Fall Trip with you and your family! The photos are fabulous and I actually learned something ... I never heard of Pannage so found your post to be quite exciting. LOVE your layout ... thanks for all the details ... GREAT JOB! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘FALL’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)

  4. Just wanted to stop back to let you know that I and a friend are starting a new challenge blog in January 2016. Thought maybe you'd be interested in applying for the team. You can find more information on my blog here:
    Keep up the good work ...

  5. Such a pretty and colorful scrapbook page! Great use of dies. Thank you for participating in our challenge from Dies R Us!
    Dies R Us Challenge Blog DT

  6. absolutely inspired jane - i love the colours and the textures you have used - and most of all the subject matter - never heard of this - brilliant! Hugs rachel x

  7. OH dear Jane, I don't know where to start?
    I love learning new things thanks to you (ie what the pannage is) and visiting places I would otherwise never have seen. I also think it is wonderful to see you so radiant! and your moment is an ode to enjoying the moment as well as Autumn!
    A glorious post indeed which warms my heart ;)
    Thank you~

  8. Awe how brilliant Jane, especially for a pig lover!!! Aren't they amazing and so friendly! It's lovely introducing Daisy to all sorts of animals early in life, she'll grow up loving and respecting them!
    I imagine it must be quite a task rounding them all up again!
    I love everything about your moment today, the colours, trees, leaves and you too. :)
    Happy Thursday my friend,
    V x

  9. What an amazing layout Jane and I love the picture you chose to use! Your shots of the autumn leaves are hitting home with me now. I can see how you get inspired by your surroundings, I have just a touch of the beautiful nature that you have and I am just loving every minute of it. hugs :)

  10. Wow Jane to experience a Pannage how special for all of you! Daisy was so interested and amazed by those piggies! So many and so many color patterns too! LOVE Daisy's curls in that one photo!! Thanks for sharing Jane love it all. Such a special card and so well done!

  11. Leaves look so real!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Creative Inspirations. Good luck,

  12. Piglets and ponies, what could be more fun for you on a fall day? Beautifully summed up with your delightful card- Such happiness here, Jane! :o)

  13. Such a wonderful day. Pretty background.

  14. What an interesting post, and how wonderful that you saw all those pigs!! Your description of Pannage was fascinating, and what a lovely picture of you enjoying the experience! Your moment is so special too and will be a lovely souvenir for Daisy when she grows up.
    Helen xox

  15. Great layout, thanks for the tuto !

  16. Jane what a wonderful outing with your family! You've captured it perfectly with your page. I love the colors and textures! =) Thanks for sharing with us at Inspiration Journal.

  17. Oh, Jane, I have to say this is one of my best happy moments I've had reading a blog! It is great to see you in your pages; I , too, tend not to record my own image in anything. First, off, your day looks like one of those that bear remembering for a long time--such beauty in nature, and a wonderful place to visit. How lucky are the livestock that are allowed to wander freely, and you, to enjoy them!! You've captured some great scenes, and I love that your were able to re-create it in your gorgeous artwork! I love that lovely colorful background, the embossed leaf panel (YUMMY!!!) and those mottled trees! Thank you for sharing your process and your colors! Truly a delight! Your stitching around the leaf panel and your fabulous photo just put the icing on the cake! I truly hope you win every challenge you've entered this would be so deserved! Hugs!

  18. This is a beautiful creation! Thanks for playing in our sparkle challenge at Creative Inspirations! Those Autumnal photographs are lovely too xxx

  19. This is stunning! I love all the textures and colors. You really caught the essence of fall. I saw this over at Simon Says and the thumbnail was so tiny, I had to come take a closer look. Glad I did! I may have to try a few of your techniques. TFS

  20. Your layout and the wonderful day that inspired it are fabulous, Jane!! What a lovely remembrance of a special day! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

  21. Hello dear Jane,

    LOVE your pig-moment as I know how much you love pigs! And to see them with little Daisy - priceless! And how amazing are the colors around yours still, it snows here as I type...


  22. Amazing Project!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Inspiration Journal, hugs, Karin

  23. Love how you've captured the autumnal light in the forest on this layout Jane. And I've seen many things in the New Forest but never yet pigs! Love that! Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  24. Gorgeous gorgeous page, love the dappled light filtering through. Thanks of joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  25. Wow, gorgeus page and layout! Love it! Thank you for joining us at Noor! Design UK challenges. We hope to see you again next round.
    Hugs, Karina DT


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