Katie Lane, Allotmenteer & Antique Dealer
Katie Lane, 26, describes herself as 'country through and through'. She writes the blog Lavender and Leeks about life on the allotment where she lives in Hampshire. She studied photography at Salisbury College and her beautiful photographs are featured throughout this profile. A lover of the 1940's, she is most at home with her hands in the soil, flowers in her hair and chickens at her feet.
WHICH COLOUR SALT-WATERS DO YOU HAVE?
Red is one of my favourite colours so I couldn’t resist the red pair, I wore them none stop throughout the summer right up until November believe it or not!
HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THE BRAND?
I came across Salt-Waters through Instagram, someone I was following posted a photo of these beautiful sandals and I just had to have them.
WHAT'S THE MOST UNUSUAL PLACE YOU HAVE WORN YOURS?
It's probably not the most unusual place, but standing in the Cornish sea water wearing my sandals was the best feeling in the world. In fact I walked up and down that beach four times because I was so happy I could walk in the water wearing my sandals.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY FOR YOU?
During the week I work at home with my Dad selling antiques, vintage furniture and decorative items through our website www.intiques.co.uk. The weekends however, are for the allotment and I will often wake up early if the sun is shining to eat breakfast on my plot before spending the day pottering away. If there is no digging or weeding to be done then I will often sit there and watch the world go by, whilst sipping tea of course!
WHERE WAS YOUR LAST HOLIDAY?
We went to Cornwall in our orange 1972 VW campervan called Florence last Summer. The weather was glorious and we visited the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan which were both very inspiring and beautiful. I love the sea and being outdoors, so Cornwall is always very welcoming.
WHAT IS ON YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE?
I keep my diary and allotment journal close at all times, I’m addicted to writing things down and making lists and for some reason all my best ideas come to me when I’m getting ready for bed.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT?
I was recently featured in the April issue of ‘Grow Your Own’ magazine, it wasn’t much but I was so proud seeing myself in my favourite magazine!
WHO DO YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?
My Dad has always been a huge inspiration for me, he’s very practical and that’s what I love about him, no DIY project is too small or too hard and he’s always on hand to help me with my problems. I’ve learnt so much from him and like to think I’ve been taught the most important things in life through him. I get my love of gardening and my creative side from him and his side of the family, generations of jam makers, agricultural workers and DIY whizzes! He often tells me of his parents love of growing their own and making jams etc, I love the idea of carrying on this tradition.
YOUR BLOG LAVENDER AND LEEKS FEATURES LOTS OF GREAT LOOKING RECIPES - WHAT'S THE BEST MEAL YOU'VE MADE OUT OF THINGS YOU'VE GROWN?
I absolutely love making things using my homegrown vegetables and fruit but my favourite recipe has to be the swiss chard quiche. I had never even heard of the leafy green before growing my own and now I’m addicted! The quiche is easy to make, freezes well and is good for you too, it doesn’t get better than that.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN TEN YEARS TIME?
Honestly? I would like to have settled down with a family of my own. Preferably on a little smallholding where the children can run wild with the chickens and I can spend my days gardening!
All photography courtesy of Katie Lane
Check out Katie's lovely blog www.lavenderandleeks.co.uk