| Photo Diary | Layers, Lace and a Lake.

Recently, we escaped to the Forest of Dean where we found adventures + rejuvenation by winding our way around the verdant meadows, country lanes, lakes and forests. 

We are far too lackadaisical to do any strenuous hiking or rambling. Instead we dawdle our way in the fresh air taking in the aleatory beauty of nature in the British countryside.

P.S. I wore this dress HERE and HERE

Comfort precedes elegance on forest walkabouts so my faithful old denim shirt came in handy. It is beginning to show all the signs of age and dare I say it, overuse. Parts of it are a little threadbare yet it gets softer and somehow more comfortable with each wash and wear. 

While it may be tatty and can never seriously be regarded as smart, it is so versatile on adventures and perfect for layering. I don’t think I could ever chuck this shirt. So I’ve found some inspiration from a very talented fellow Instagramer Brown Tabby Works AKA Naritabby. Mr Narita runs a secondhand clothing and repair shop in Osaka where he does some truly wonderful repair work using Sashiko techniques. I must visit his shop one day!

Sashiko is a traditional Japanese stitching technique that dates back to the Edo Period. It was mainly used by fishermen and farmers to protect or  patch up the holes in their clothes.  Mending things is a skill rarely celebrated these days but it is something that I tend to do more of.

Do you have a humble garment that you just cannot part with?

LINKS |Naritabby Instagram|Brown Tabby Website|Sashiko Wikipedia|