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Portrait No 33 – Rainy, Smallholder and Designer/Maker

Well it’s not everyday I go to meet and photograph someone and end up bottle feeding an orphaned lamb but that’s what happened when I met Rainy this week at her Little Lancashire Smallholding !

Rainy has a wonderful eclectic business that started out as cake making using the eggs from her own chickens. It was a business that allowed her to fit work around her children and be around when they were at home. Over the years the business has evolved into all things craft and smallholding related. Rainy keeps her own chickens, geese and sheep, she gives lessons in chicken keeping and even has chickens boarding with her whilst their owners go away ! She also makes beautiful chunky knitted and crochet items, personalised aluminium jewellery and keyrings and runs various craft based workshops, basically she is woman of many talents !

You can find Rainy’s Little Lancashire Smallholding website here and her jewellery and other items are sold on Not On The High Street.

And just in case you wondered, this is Colonel, the orphaned lamb who is currently thriving !

(All images ©J Broughton Photography



Portrait No 9 – Joy, community artist


I’ve really struggled to select just two or three pictures of Joy to include in the post, we met in a lovely old orchard where Joy gathers willow for her chicken (and other) sculptures, I was so inspired by the location and Joy’s enthusiasm that I could have carried on shooting all afternoon!

Joy is a passionate artist and loves to work with recycled materials (often given by friends) or natural readily available (and sustainable) materials such as the willow she has been making her giant chicken family from. She is not only passionate about creating but also about sharing her knowledge, she draws on her background in teaching and runs classes to encourage others, especially children, to create rather than just consume.

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I especially love Joy’s down to earth attitude to art, encouraging people she teaches to believe that “mistakes” aren’t important and should be embraced !

You can find Joy on Twitter as @joyladds to keep up with her latest creations.

(All images ©J Broughton Photography