Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Pruning apple tree courses for 2016


2016 sees the return of our popular apple tree pruning courses held here at The Orchard, Redmoor Fruit Farm, Redmoor Lane, Wisbech, Cmabridgeshire, PE14 0RN.

This hands-on pruning course is held in our traditional 8 acre orchard with apple trees of various ages, from mature Bramleys between 50 and 100 years old to the youngest tree planted in 2014.

What will I learn?

You'll learn, through theory, demonstrations and practical hands-on experience the necessary skills and expertise to prune apple trees. The techniques you learn will enable you to care for young, newly planted trees, keep mature trees healthy and productive and to "renovate" old trees.

This is what one of last years participants had to say about the course:

“I have an allotment with a number of fruit trees on it including apples.  I have been trying to find some where I can get tuition in pruning the trees correctly so I was pleased to find this site.  I had a really great day with Jim last week.  He expertly guided me through what is required to get my trees in good shape as well as giving me tips and advice on the care of them.  I am very happy to recommend the pruning days.  I also recommend the home cooked food served in the tea rooms!" Robin 

Who is the course for?

The pruning apple trees course is for anyone over 16 who wants to learn about pruning fruit trees. No previous experience is necessary. To get the best out of the course you will need to be physically able to have a go at pruning one of our trees under the guidance of your tutor, this can involve the use of ladders but doesn't have to as we have plenty of smaller trees that can be worked on from the ground.

The majority of the course will take place outside in the orchard so you'll need to be prepared for the weather by wearing outdoor clothes and bringing wellingtons and waterproofs in case of rain.

Course content

Meet at The Orchard Tea Room at 10am for a 10.30 start
Introductions over tea or coffee where we'll discuss what you want to gain from the course eg. which type of tree are you especially interested in, variety, age etc
A look at tools and equipment
Theory of pruning explained during practical demonstrations in the orchard
Lunch in our tea room: Delicious homemade soup & sandwich freshly prepared from local produce served with a pot of tea.
"have a go" at pruning under supervision
3.30pm tea and cake and the chance to ask as many questions as you like.

Tools

To prune trees you'll need a pair of good quality secateurs and a pruning saw, a pair of loppers are also useful. Please bring what you have along on the day.

Cost

The cost of the apple pruning course, including morning coffee, homemade lunch, tea and cake, is £60 per person.

Dates

5th January 2015
12th January 2015
19th January 2015
26th January 2015
2nd February 2015
9th February 2015
16th February 2015
23rd February 2015

Book a course

Booking is easy, simply email us your name, address, telephone number and email address along with your preferred date and we'll send you a confirmation email along with an invoice, we do ask for payment in advance.


Our Pruning Apple Trees Course makes a great gift

If you'd like to give our Pruning Apple Trees Course as a present please let us know in your email, upon receipt of payment we will send you a gift voucher for giving.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

O Christmas Tree ! O Christmas Tree!


Our Christmas tree is up in the tea room. 

It was decorated for us, in what is becoming an annual tradition, by the children of a local home education group who visit The Orchard quite regularly. These are the children who made the scarecrows for the Elm and Friday Bridge Scarecrow Competition back in June.  


The Orchard is a great place for children to observe the seasons, look out for wild fauna and flora, learn how food grows and to simply have fun in a large green place and we love having the children here. Earlier in the year one of our trees featured on the front cover of an Education Outside School magazine.


Right now some of our trees are looking particularly Christmassy themselves, the leaves have fallen and the red apples hang like Christmas baubles!


We think the children have done a great job at decorating the tea room tree, our customers seem to think so too with many of them commenting on how festive it looks. 


The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Christmas cards ~ last posting dates

Royal Mail's recommended last posting dates for delivery within the UK are:
Saturday 19th December for 2nd class
and
Monday 21st December for 1st class 


If you haven't got your Christmas cards yet and are looking for something special we have Christmas cards, handmade, using vintage illustrations from damaged books, for sale in The Orchard Tea Room. Anyone remember Bill and Ben?


And if you're stuck for a gift idea how about including one of our Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers?
A gift of sandwiches, scones, cakes and tea. Nom Nom!

Open 10-4 daily

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop Wisbech


Traditional, locally made, holly wreathes


have arrived at our Redmoor lane farm shop


Open 10-4 daily

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Art at The Orchard this Christmas ~ Julie Parker



Local artist Julie Parker 's mini collection of prints can be seen here at The Orchard Tea Room until Christmas. They are for sale and would make delightful Christmas presents, prices from £10 for an unframed print. Come and take a look for yourselves.

Open 10-4 daily

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Friday, 13 November 2015

The History of Afternoon Tea


Anna Maria Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is credited with having invented Afternoon Tea. Sometime during the 1840's whilst suffering from "that sinking feeling"betwixt luncheon and dinner she requested something small to eat in the late afternoon. This small repast successfully staved off her hunger pangs and Afternoon Tea was born.

Anna Maria invited friends to share her Afternoon Tea and the meal soon became very popular with the upper and middle classes. What started off as a fairly light snack soon became a hearty but still dainty feast of sandwiches, scones and cakes all served with a pot of tea.

These days you don't have to wait until after luncheon to enjoy Afternoon Tea, here at The Orchard Tea Room it has proved to be a popular lunch time treat with many of our customers. We've even made it possible for you to treat someone to Afternoon Tea in your absence with the introduction of our Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers. At £12.95 per person we think they make the perfect gift.

The Orchard Tea Room Afternoon Tea Gift Vouchers can be purchased in person by visiting us at

The Orchard Tea Room
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

by telephoning:  07527 046 184

or emailing: contact@theorchardtearoom.co.uk









Saturday, 7 November 2015

Shaman's Legacy November Fun Dog Show here at The Orchard Tea Room Wisbech Sunday 15th

Sunday 15th November we're hosting another of Shaman's Legacy's very popular fun dog shows, judging starts 10.30am, tea room & farm shop open 10-4 as always, all welcome.

Come rain


or shine there is something for all dog owners at this, the last of 2015's, dog show so do come along and support Shaman's Legacy Dog Rescue.

There are 22 classes and with 6 rosettes per class that's 132 chances to win!


Shaman's Legacy November Fun Dog Show

Sunday 15th November

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Begdale
Elm
WISBECH
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Open 10am Judging starts 10.30am

 Ringside parking shaded by the orchard

Pedigree and Novelty classes

 Onsite café which serves homemade food and beverages

 Dog walk set out Onsite around the orchards.

 Beautiful countryside location

 All monies raised go to Shaman's Legacy Dog Rescue

Come show your dog's in a fun, relaxed environment

 £1.50 per class, judging starts at 10.30am

Pedigree Classes:

1. Puppy (3-12 Months)
2. Junior (6-18 Months)
3. Utility/Toy
4. Working/Pastoral
5. Gundog/Hound/Terrier

Novelty Classes:

6. AV Spitz
7. AV Bull Breeds
8. Veteran (7+ years)
9. Best Cross-breed Under 15 Inches
10. Best Cross-breed Over 15 Inches

11. Best Big Dog (Over 50cm)
12. Best Little Dog (Under 50cm)
13. Waggiest Tail
14. Best Mover
15. Child Handler (Under 16 Years)
16 Most Wolfie lookalike
17. Most Handsome Male
18. Prettiest Female
19. Best Rescue/Rehome
20. Best Friends (Child and dog)
21. Dog Judge Would Most like To Take Home

Rosettes 1st to 6th place,
Best pedigree in Show/Reserve Best pedigree in Show
Best Novelty in Show/Reserve Best Novelty in Show


Please keep your dogs on lead and under control at all times. The land owner and event organisers cannot accept and liability for any accident or damage to people, animals or property. Please clean up after your dogs and b respectful of other people and animals. Thank you, we hope you have a fantastic day


Wonder who will win Best in Show? 

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy Halloween from all of us at The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop Wisbech


Halloween came early to The Orchard this year with The Sunshine Centre for Therapeutic Riding 's annual Sunshine Halloween Fun Dog Show last weekend.
There were some amazing characters to be seen all strutting their stuff to show off their beautiful canine companions to raise funds for a good cause!


Wrong dog Cruella!


That's more like it 


Lions


 and witches


but no wardrobes!

And didn't they all do well raising over £200 for the Sunshine Centre for Therapeutic Riding 


Happy Halloween everyone!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Fun Dog Show for The Sunshine Centre for Therapeutic Riding here at The Orchard Sunday 25th October

Sunday 25th October we're hosting another of our very popular fun dog shows this time on behalf of The Sunshine Centre for Therapeutic Riding CIC (reg. no. 8189896). Judging starts 11am, tea room & farm shop open 10-4 as always, all welcome.



The Sunshine Centre for Therapeutic Riding's Sunshine Halloween Dog Show

Sunday 25th October

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Begdale
Elm
WISBECH
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Open 10am Judging starts 11am

Class 1 Puppy
Class 2 Best Bitch 14" and under
Class 3 Best Bitch over 14"
Class 4 Best Dog 14" and under
Class 5 best Dog over 14"
Class 6 Veterans award split best / small / best large breeds
Class 7 Heinz 57 open to cross breeds only
Class 8 terrier open to pure bred and pedigree breeds
Class 9 Working Terrier open to both x bred and pure breeds ~ sponsored by PD Carpentry
Class 10 Gun Dogs
Class 11 Utility
Class 12 Toy
Class 13 Pastoral
Class 14 Working
Class 15 Companion dogs
Class 16 Hounds ~ sponsored by www.meltomlinsonequestrian.co.uk
Class 17 Prettiest Bitch
Class 18 Most Handsome Dog
Class 19 Best mover
Class 20 Dog the judge would most like to take home
Class 21 Best Junior Handler awards for handler 10 years and under and over 10 to 16 years old

Break for Raffle and to prepare for Fancy Dress

Class 22 Fancy Dress
Class 23 Championship ~ Award Best in Show, Veteran and Puppy

Enquiries by text please to Mel on 07717 553 778

Stall holders welcome to pre-book please text 07717 553 778 for full details.

The land owner and event organisers cannot accept and liability for any accident or damage to people, animals or property. Please clean up after your dogs and be respectful of other people and animals. Thank you, we hope you have a fantastic day

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Art at The Orchard interview with October artist Julie Parker

We're delighted that artist Julie Parker has agreed to do a little interview for the blog, she's exhibiting a selection of her prints here at The Orchard Tea Room during October.

About Julie
"I was born on a cold icy morning, November 1983. I have always had a passion for illustration and art. As a child I would spend hours telling stories to my lovely cuddly toys through chalk drawings on the pavement! Of course times have changed and one can't always walk around with a giant piece of chalk wedged into their jeans, so now I use pencil and paper.
Since completing my degree at University College Falmouth, previously known as Falmouth College of Arts, I have been working on various illustration commissions, fine art and crafts. I love it! I'm super bubbly, love to travel, explore and express."

Julie please tell us about your work?  What are you currently working on?
oooo well I am currently working on a selection of super spooky Halloween stickers for a sticker app company called 'Papelook' based in Tokyo. I work in watercolor, pen and ink on large boards on an old retro wooden desk in my art studio...surrounded by yummy floor raisins, a heard of different buggys and blue glitter that has escaped the toddler craft draw..... 

How did you decide to become an artist? 
Goodness that's a tricky one, I guess I never really 'decided' to become an artist... art sort of came to me and I found a bond with the expression and love of color and humour that I could create.

What's the best advice you've been given as an artist?
"take 5 minutes, eat a bourbon, and come back to it." so true and i do love a good bourbon!

 What do you do when you are not creating?
I am a full time mummy to a little 23 month old toddler, Zachary. In between all those mummy things: like crispy, crunchy walks to the park, conker collecting or teddy tea parties (with yummy fircone pie): I do love to put my feet up and drink herbal tea (because I'm pregnant again and my feet are quite fat now!)

 What are your work and life goals for the future?
Awwww future dreams. Well I would love to one day open a gallery with a little shop..... But for now I am preparing to launch a shiny NEW webshop. Perfect for all your arty shopping needs! Coming soooooon (1st Novemeber 2015)

Julie you are exhibiting some of your prints here at The Orchard this October where else can we find your work?

Many thanks to Julie Parker for agreeing to be interviewed for The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop Blog. You can see her art all month daily 10am -4pm at

The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Telephone: 07527 046184
Website: theorchardtearoom.co.uk Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room





Tuesday, 6 October 2015

October Dog Shows at The Orchard Tea Room, Redmoor Lane, Wisbech


We had sunshine and blue skies for Sunday's Shaman's Legacy October Fun Dog Show and a jolly good time was had by all.

 As judge Lisa Pearson said, " I had a fantastic day judging for Shaman's Legacy. The weather was terrific, the dogs were pure quality, the people a total joy to be with and the cups of tea, and the scone, very tasty." 

Shaman's Legacy raised a massive £424 for the dog rescue, their best this year! They are running an online dog show at the moment so even if you're not in the area you can enter take a look here on their Facebook page and give it a go, there are some supa dupa rosettes up for grabs!


On Sunday 25th October we're hosting the Sunshine Centre for Therapeutic Riding's Sunshine Halloween Dog Show & Fun Day, please come along and show off your dogs for this good cause. 10% of the proceeds are going to Wisbech Cat Welfare Black Cats ~ very Halloween!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Art at The Orchard by illustrator Julie Parker October 1st - 31st


We're delighted to welcome local artist Julie Parker back  for her second exhibition with us here at The Orchard Tea Room. Julie's delightful art certainly makes our customers smile, do pop by and take a look.

Open 10-4 daily

The Orchard Tea Room & Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Shaman's Legacy Fun Dog Show here at The Orchard Sunday 4th October

Sunday 4th October we're hosting another of Shaman's Legacy's very popular fun dog shows, judging starts 10.30am, tea room & farm shop open 10-4 as always, all welcome.

Scroll down to see some photographs from the September show


Shaman's Legacy Dog Rescue are hosting a fun dog show to raise the £980 needed to complete an operation on a young dog currently in foster. She has internal deformities caused from being bred in a disgusting breeding farm and she needs this operation to be able to be rehomed safely and happy. 
THE ORCHARD TEA ROOM & FARM SHOP
REDMOOR LANE, WISBECH, CAMBS, PE14 0RN.
Ringside parking shaded by the orchard 
Pedigree and Novelty classes 
Onsite café which serves homemade food and beverages 
Dog walk set out Onsite around the orchards. 
Beautiful countryside location 
All monies raised go to Shaman's Legacy Dog Rescue 
Come show your dog's in a fun, relaxed environment 

21 classes, £1.50 per class, judging starts at 10.30am 

Pedigree Classes: 
1. Puppy (3-12 Months) 
2. Junior (6-18 Months) 
3. Utility/Toy 
4. Working/Pastoral 
5. Gundog/Hound/Terrier
Novelty Classes: 
6. AV Spitz 
7. AV Bull Breeds
8. Veteran (7+ years) 
9. Best Cross-breed Under 15 Inches 
10. Best Cross-breed Over 15 Inches
11. Best Big Dog (Over 50cm) 
12. Best Little Dog (Under 50cm) 
13. Waggiest Tail 
14. Best Mover
15. Child Handler (Under 16 Years) 
16 Most Wolfie lookalike 
17. Most Handsome Male 
18. Prettiest Female 
19. Best Rescue/Rehome 
20. Best Friends (Child and dog) 
21. Dog Judge Would Most like To Take Home 
Rosettes 1st to 6th place, 
Best pedigree in Show/Reserve Best pedigree in Show 
Best Novelty in Show/Reserve Best Novelty in Show 
Please keep your dogs on lead and under control at all times.


The land owner and event organisers cannot accept and liability for any accident or damage to people, animals or property. Please clean up after your dogs and be respectful of other people and animals. Thank you, we hope you have a fantastic day







You'll find more photographs on our Facebook page click here to view.

We are also hosting the Sunshine Centre for Therapeutic Riding 's Fun Dog Show this month on October 25th, it would be great to see you all then as well.


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Great Orchard Monkey Hunt is on Sunday 30th August 10am ~3pm The Orchard Tea Room, Redmoor Lane, Wisbech, Cambs, PE140RN


How many toy monkeys can you spot on our monkey trail through the orchard?


Win a Prize!

The Orchard 's 2nd annual  Monkey Hunt 
will take place this Sunday, 30th August 10am~3pm
at
The Orchard Tea Room
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

£2.00 per child, adults free

All children must be accompanied by an 18+ adult, max 2 children per adult

Tea Room & Farm Shop open as usual, dogs on leads always welcome 

Except for cases of negligence or other breach of duty by the event organizer participants will be responsible and neither the event organizer nor its servants or its agents will be responsible for any loss, theft, injury or damage which results from attendance at and participation in any The Orchard event. This includes, but is not limited to; personal injury, mental or physical or death, loss, theft, injury or damage to vehicles their contents, fittings accessories, items of personal property. The event organizer does not seek to limit its liability in any way for  loss, theft, injury or damage to anypersonal injury or death caused either by the negligence of the event organizer or its servants or agents or by any act of omission of the event organizer or its servants or agents. The event organizer does not seek to limit its liability in any way for any loss, theft, injury or damage to personal property caused by the negligence of   the event organizer or its servants or agents.

The August Shamans Legacy Dog Show at The Orchard Tea Room Wisbech


On Sunday 23rd August Shaman's Legacy Dog Rescue held their second Fun Dog Show here at The Orchard Tea Room, Wisbech. Fortunately the weather was (mostly ) kinder than last time managing to stay dry for the majority of the show. But of course this is England and yes it ended in rain but that didn't deter anyone and a great time was had by all.


Here's what organizer Lindsey had to say, "I would like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who came to the show today, what a fantastic day it was!!!! So many lovely dogs and owners, but the thing that always shocks me is the support you guys give me at these shows, and the donations! My van always comes back more packed than what I started with!!
Special thank you owed to the one person I never envy, our judge Lisa Pearson who did a fantastic job, was welcoming to everyone and who always seems to being life to the party!!!
Also to John Parish and Julia Paul who always run my stand, keep the kids in order and pack up and just generally keep organised and on top of things!! And of course, I'm not forgetting Jim and the team and the Orchard Tea Rooms who always allow us to use their premises for free, and make the best cuts of tea ever!!!
I'd also like to thank my little man "Teabag" (as you would have heard me call him), who is a 12 year old boy I work with. He's done a great job today, really got involved with things....he helped in the ring, on the stand, with the raffle, but most importantly, he managed to keep Rex Makemson as in order as we could possibly hope for!!! You guys have been fab with him today and he has enjoyed himself loads!!
So, here's the big announcement, after the count up a HUMONGOUS £315 had been made today!!!!!! Thank you all so much, this will go a long way towards getting the vet bills in order and settling accounts owed, which is always a great feeling!!
Thank you to everyone who came, I've enjoyed myself loads and I hope you all have too?!?!
Who's up for going again next month??"
Thank you Shaman's Legacy for another brilliant dog show.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Shaman's Legacy Dog Rescue August Fun Dog Show at The Orchard Tea Room Wisbech

Shaman's Legacy are having a Fun Dog Show
 at 
The Orchard Tea Room,
 Redmoor Lane, Wisbech, PE140RN
 on
 Sunday 23rd August 
open  10am


24 classes, judging starts at 11.30am

 Ringside parking shaded by the orchard

 Pedigree and Novelty classes

 Onsite café which serves homemade food and beverages

 Dog walk set out Onsite around the orchards.

Beautiful countryside location

 All monies raised go to Shaman's Legacy Dog Rescue

 Come show your dog's in a fun, relaxed environment

Pedigree Classes:
1. Puppy/Junior (6-18 months)
2. Bull Breed (all pedigree bull breeds)
3. Working
4. Toy
5. Pastoral
6. Utility
7. Gun dog
8. Terrier
9. Hound
10. Pedigree Veteran (7+ Years)

Novelty Classes:
11. Best Crossbreed
12. Best Big Dog (over 50cm)
13. Best Little Dog (Under 50cm)
14. Waggiest Tail
15. Best Mover
16. Child Handler (Under 16yrs)
17. Handsome Male
18. Prettiest Female
19. Best Rescue/Rehome
20. All The Bull Breeds (x’s and pedigree)
21. Happy Families (2 or more dogs from same family)
22. Best 6 Legs
23. My Bestie (Child and their dog)
24. Dog the Judge Would Most Like to Take Home

Please keep dogs on lead at all times. Please be respectful of other dogs and owners. The organisers and land owner cannot be liable for any accident or damage to people, animals or property.

Shaman's Legacy

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Be Dog Friendly Awards 2015


The Orchard Tea Room, Wisbech is very proud to have been nominated for the 2015 Be Dog Friendly Awards.

Be Dog Friendly is a Kennel Club Campaign to "encourage, recognise and reward non-pet businesses and places that go that extra mile for the benefit of the UK's 8 million dogs and their owners. Winners of the Be Dog Friendly Awards in each of the 10 categories will be chosen by public vote".

Since Jim took over the running of The Orchard Tea Room and farm shop in January 2014 dogs have not only been welcome in the orchard on our designated Dog Walk Trail but also welcome in the tea room and farm shop. Water and dog biscuits are always available.

The Orchard Tea Room has also played host to several dog shows benefiting local charities our next is a Shaman's Legacy Fun Dog Show on Sunday August 23rd. There are classes to suit everyone.

To vote in the Be Dog Friendly Dog Awards go to the website www.bedogfriendlyawards.com chose a category, you'll find The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop are in the Cafe / Restaurant category, and click on the vote button for The Orchard Tea Room. Everyone voting will be entitled to free membership of DogFriendly for one year and will be entered into the Kennel Club / DogFriendly draw for a holiday voucher worth £500.

If you've ever brought your dog to The Orchard Tea Room, Wisbech please consider voting for us.



Sunday, 26 July 2015

Shaman's Legacy Dog Rescue July Fun Dog Show at The Orchard Tea Room Wisbech


The weather couldn't have been more different for this dog show than the last  but my what a steadfast lot everyone who came to The Orchard for Shaman's Legacy Dog Rescue's July Fun Dog Show turned out to be.


Judges, volunteers, contestants and spectators all braved the Great British weather to make it a really memorable and successful day for Shaman's Legacy.




Organizer Lindsey said,  " I would just like to say a massive thank you to all of you guys who stood by our side and braved the horrible and wet weather. I seriously appreciate it and couldn't be more humbled by it.
I've had a fantastic time and am so proud of each and every one of you who pulled your hoods up, put your wellies on and showed off your dog's purely to raise money for my rescue. I'm pretty sure if it had been warm and dry, we wouldn't have had as much fun!!!!
I'm really proud of the community my little rescue is turning into. It's days like today that keep me going and keep this rescue going from strength to strength. So, it's not only a thank you from me, it's a big, sloppy wet thank you from all the dogs that come thru the doors, regardless of reason xx
Lindsey xx "


Everyone from The Orchard Tea Room would like to add our thanks to you all for a really super day, you were fantastic.


Let's hope for better weather next time!

(Next weekend, Sunday 2nd August, our friends and neighbors on The Pink Tractor Field are holding their annual Fun Dog Show in aid of Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming, The Sunshine Centre for Therapeutic Riding, Osteosarcome research IWGH and Eggsy the abandoned foal. Tel: 01945 580739 for further details)

Friday, 17 July 2015

Art at The Orchard interview with July artist Sarah Madsen



We're delighted artist, illustrator and jeweller Sarah Madsen agreed to do a little interview for the blog, she's exhibiting a selection of her original artwork here at The Orchard this July.

About Sarah

Artist, Illustrator and Jeweller, Sarah Madsen attended Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design in London, England. There she gain a BA Hons Degree in Jewellery Design. The  interest in 3D Design was quite a different direction from her first love of Fine Art. The Desire to follow figurative art has been constant theme throughout her life as an artist. In 1992 the artist received a Travel Bursary from The Royal Society of British Sculptors on a Medal Design. She has also exhibited at various locations such as the Mall Galleries in London, Silvermine Art Centre in Connecticut and also at Steven Whyte Figurative Sculpture Studio in Carmel, California, USA. After 12 years living in various locations in the USA. Sarah returned to the U.K and is currently working as an Fine Artist and Jeweller.

Sarah please tell us about your work? What are you currently working on?

My work is hugely influenced by the impressionists. I gravitate towards Nature and constantly look towards all things organic. Artwise, soon to be working on a commissioned child's portrait painting on canvas. Plus Black and white Illustrations for another clients book for children. Jewellery, I currently working on a lovely  Silver Initials cufflinks commission . Otherwise building new jewellery collection...somehow have to get a tiara going soon:) Again my metalwork is inspired from plants and the natural world. I looking forward to building one off bangle in silver and 18ct Gold too.

How did you decide to become an artist?

Not sure if I "decided" as such. I always did art as a child and still have a scrap book of work from my early years. I drew on every scrap of blank paper. It never occurred to that I could "draw" until an Art teacher, ( Elani O'Hara) pointed out I could do "A"level art at the age of 13 after designing a imaginary scene for pottery class. Think my mum still has the pot..now I think of it! On her discovery of me I became the pet project and my homework was often pulled out in front of the rest of the class. How not to be popular! Seriously though I owe so much to this teacher.

What's the best advice you've been given as an artist?

Technically best advice was again given to me by Elani O'Hara...draw, measure, draw and draw. Keep sketchbooks. It all work ..talent will get you only to a certain level. Thousands of hours go into say a 1 hr sketch. As quite often we are asked how long that took to draw/paint. Any ability/ skill has the same demand, it is down to practise.

What do you do when you are not creating?

 Really exciting life here there's the paperwork, housework and keeping up with 4 children between 10- 16 years of age. I do enjoy gardening and cooking. Also going to Art/Jewellery exhibitions. I also love to travel when I can.

What are your life and work goals for the future?


To be Successful and create bespoke and limited collection of one off Jewellery designs. Eventually producing Fine Enamelled pieces. To Paint more...I really enjoy people watching and would so enjoy travel and sketching all over the globe. Life goals are really down to wishing my family stay healthy and thrives and that I can enable that.

Sarah you're exhibiting some of your original artwork here at The Orchard this July where else can we find your work?

Website Art:                       www.sarahmadsen.com 
Website Jewellery:             www.sarahmadsenjewellery.com
Facebook:                            www.facebook.com/SarahMadsenArts
Instagram:                           sarahmadsenjewellery
Pinterest                              www.pinterest.com/madsenjewellery 
Twitter:                               @madsenjewellery 

Jewellery Stockists: VKGallery,St Ives,Cambridgeshire     www.vkgallery.co.uk 
                                 
Many thanks to Sarah Madsen for agreeing to be interviewed for The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop Blog. You can see her art all month daily 10am -4pm at

The Orchard Tea Room and Farm Shop
Redmoor Lane
Wisbech
Cambs
PE14 0RN

Telephone: 07527 046184
Website: theorchardtearoom.co.uk Twitter: @OrchardTeaRoom Facebook: The Orchard Tea Room