Sarah Hardman

Sarah is an artist, blogger, freelance writer and Nature Editor for Creative Countryside magazine. She lives in a small cottage in the Lancashire Pennines with her partner and little boy. Her passions include illustration, printmaking, photography and devouring novels and poetry. She enjoys following the principles of living simply: shopping locally, eating seasonally and finding pleasure in life’s little details.

A few questions about nice things...

Who do you most admire?

Anyone who inspires me enough to try what they do: Nigel Slater’s love of good, simple food makes me want to cook; Angie Lewin’s interpretations of nature get me feeling creative… And Annie Spatt’s photography is beautiful.

What are your favourite possessions?

An old typewriter given to me by my mum; my vintage Anne of Green Gables books; my camera (and photos); and an antique trunk which currently houses my shoes.

Tell us about your perfect day or weekend...

My perfect day would begin with a lie-in and a breakfast of buttery croissants, and end under a cosy feather quilt. We’d be staying in a quirky B&B in the Lakes or the Yorkshire Dales, and the day would involve a long walk somewhere wild and open, a hearty lunch in a friendly pub and a bottle of something sparkling in the evening.

Oh, and my little boy would behave impeccably for the whole weekend!

What makes you happiest?

My family and friends – especially my fiancé Jay and son Joe; pottering; reading; a hot bath; breakfast outdoors; listening to the rain when I’m in bed; the smell of baking; trips away (and then coming home); flowers in the house; autumn.

What would you like to do in the future?

I’d love to live somewhere off the beaten track, be self-sufficient and surrounded by nature. Perhaps run a B&B with a gallery attached…