Nix's News

Portchester Gala

Had a fabulous windy day at the castle, busy painting 28 people, plus 'the head' and my foot!  Lots of pink stuff, and some indivdual requests including a chocolate labradoodle. 


Chichester Holistic Fayre

I will be here offering Reiki taster sessions, also I will be selling some creative goodies.

  

   

 


Free Reiki Taster Sessions!

I will be offering free Reiki taster sessions between 2pm - 4pm at the newly opened Souls Journey Centre this Sunday 11th January at 9 Park Parade, Leigh Park, Havant, PO9 5AT. See their Facebook link to find out more sparkly offers and an upcoming events list.


Table Top Sale AFC Portchester

There was so much rain again the footie was cancelled, so as it was a quiet one but there will be another on 29th November at 12pm!  We took some wand orders though, I think the Frozen theme is going to be popular!

 


Still time for a couple of energy exchange gifts before we go...

Some more therapy room wooden signs, one for Vicky at lendrick Lodge and one for Oona at Tir na nOg.

 

Bill at Cashel's bird box as a thank you for my violin!

  

And some magick wands..

   

 


A Thank You and Farewell For Now to the Trossachs

We wanted to say a little thank you to everyone that we have met in the community before we head south for the winter. The article I sent to the local community paper is on page 20 in the Strathard News.

Here is the article in it's entirety before it reached the editor.

Nix in Nature

What an enchanting and enriching place to live this is. We have been lucky enough to have absorbed the beauty of this area since 2008. It has given us the opportunity to explore our dreams further after leaving the rat race well behind in 2006 after selling up and completing a charity backpacking trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats, along with our Jack Russel, Daisy.

Our path then led us to here and where for the last two years we have been freelance rangers. From bat walks and bushcraft to magick wand making and the infamous Wacky Forth Races at Cobleland Campsite, the journey so far has been amazing! We have been able to re-discover our childhood sense of discovery, learning about various uses and folklore of flora, fauna and even faeries, developing too our creative interests in wood craft and painting and I have been introduced to and now practice the wonder that is Reiki.

Bats are not blind and are highly unlikely to get caught in your hair, especially one this size! Bats need all the help they can get so go on a bat walk and visit The Bat Conservation Trust to find out how you can help!

A selection of new wands ready for magick making, for good spells only and the Dryads were asked first of course!

This year’s conservation theme was the wildcat at Cobleland Campsite.

As we leave for a while though, maintaining a sense of adventure and unsure of what is next, we would like to send our heartfelt thanks to all those we have met along the way, particularly to Lesley and Grole at Cobleland Campsite, to David, Mairi, Lucy and Will at The Lodge, to Nikki, Lucy and Neil at Tigh Mor and Gemma, Cheryl and Helen at Forest Hills, They have all been amazing places to be able to work at and thank you for allowing us to share our passion for nature with your guests.

Also thanks to Jane and Arthur Jones for all your support and for the ceilidh fun and to Victoria and all at Lendrick Lodge. It has also been a special experience to feel a sense of community spirit in Aberfoyle and Callander, something that we definitely missed back in the City of Portsmouth – and the fresh air! Hopefully this isn’t a proper goodbye though as we will definitely be back to visit and possibly be able to offer our services at certain times of the year in the future, but we felt that it was important to thank all who make this area and our experience here so special. In the meantime, we’ll be off to see family during the winter and I’ll be adding all I have learned to our website below so if you would like to see the journey so far or what we are up to next take a look and follow the blog.

Happy Celtic New Year!

Nikki & Will

xxx

Some Hallowe’en/Samhain Traditions

  • Hazel nuts have lots of protein, plus you can use them to find a romantic suitor. Throw a nut into an open fire after naming your prospective or new partner and say ‘if you love me pop ‘n’ fly, if you hate me burn and die’.
  • Make a magic wand from Rowan for protection against mischievous spooks. Make only good spells though to avoid them back-firing threefold!
  • To see your future husband eat an apple in front of a mirror by candlelight – ‘On Hallowe’en look into the glass and your future husband’s face will pass’.

Will and Nikki talk ‘bushcraft’ and all things edible and medicinal. (Photography thanks: Neil St Quinton)


Last Activity Weekend at Cobleland Campsite

We've had a lovely but emotional last weekend here at Cobleland, this will always be a happppeeee place for us and thank you to all those who we have met and who have joined in with our activities over the years who have helped to make it so special.  Scotland has proved an enriching experience in so many ways and it now feels like our second home, so thank you to all the lovely people of Scotland for making us feel so welcome, this land here is indeed very special and magical! Who knows where our journey will take us next but I'm sure we will come back soon and often.

Teapot Cottage

Will has just about finished creating Teapot Cottage using reclaimed wood or off-cuts from the forest.  A couple of pesky vandalism incidents in the summer meant the finish time was delayed, but hopefully now that it is a finished sturdy structure kids will just love coming across this in Teapot Wood and look after it for both themselves and the faeries to enjoy.

We had a few tackle the Chocolate Quest in Teapot Wood on Saturday and the day finished off lovely with a great bat walk long with 25 campers (and 2 rather fluffy dogs) eager to learn about and to see the bats.

Here Dave the bat is about to try to devour all the little moths, he got one!

The Wacky Forth Races

Our last race attracted a few, plus campsite managers, Lesley and Graham decided to try their luck too!

Rafts Pictured from left with Jasmine, Sam, Rosie and Darah:

Scarlett - The Rescue Boat (3rd)

Connie - Teen Zombie From Mars (Connie was stuck for a name for her raft, the name eventually came from the top she was wearing)

Darah - Mushrooms Beautiful (2nd)

Jasmine - The Dead Boat (1st - and overall reigning champion for most wins during the season)!

Rosie - Speedy (4th)

Sam - The Ship of Doom

Duncan - The African Queen

Graham - The Barfly

Lesley - We'll Miss You!

Well done to all who have taken part in this 'adrenaline rush' sport that is  'The Wacky Forth Races'. The anxiety of which has come more from watching the rafts meander through the obstacles of trees and adverse wind conditions rather than the speed of the river lately though.  I'm sure the rain will return soon but in the meantime thanks for such lovely weather this season and for not having to cancel many activities!

Surprise Tea Party

That sneaky Lesley is getting a dab hand at surprise parties lately! What a lovely surprise after our last event today to get together with everyone and stuff ourselves with cake, cake, a biscuit and more cake :-).  Thanks for all your lovely gifts and well wishes and thank you Lesley and Graham for always being so lovely and for helping and supporting us along the way.... and for this amazing cake to take away for our trip to Knoydart - that should keep us going!

The twins, Chaos and Mayhem, made this lovely picture for us today. Very accurate eh, I love how kids are so observant :-)

Keep in touch everyone! We'll keep you all posted if we are back in the area, or planning any events wherever we are as it will be lovely to meet up.  I'll be adding interesting nature stuff and more to the main website this winter too.


The Ranger Tent Comes Down

Oooh, :-( a sad day taking the ranger tent down, but we had to make the most of the weather being so lovely before the rain hits this week apparently. We still have one weekend left though and Lesley and Graham will be keeping the maypole and the distance arrows up. We are leaving it up to the magic of the universe as to what we do next, but I'm sure we will come back often, Cobleland Campsite will always be a special place <3

Thank you lovely Oak tree for watching over our activities in the last six years. I will return regularly for a nice hug!

 


Nix in Nature Features in The Scotsman Magazine

Fame at last :-).  A lovely lady and her family joined us on some activities at Cobleland Campsite earlier in the season and wrote this kind article about us.  So glad they had a great time!