As the Season Turns | A Podcast by Ffern

At Ffern we work with the rhythms of the seasons, blending, barrel-ageing and bottling four fragrances a year, to be released at each equinox and solstice. Working in this way has kept us side by side with nature - noticing how hedgerows change, days lengthen and full moons come and go.

Our studio, overlooking the Blackdown Hills, is filled with guides to navigating and knowing the land. J.A. Baker’s ‘The Peregrine’ and Roger Deakin’s ‘Waterlog’ are currently lying open on the table, but it is to Lia Leendertz’s ‘Seasonal Almanacs’ that we continually turn, keen to learn more about the unfolding year.

In the hope of celebrating the changes that each month brings, we set about creating a podcast. Something short, lasting only fifteen minutes or so, that you might listen to on a walk through the park, in the kitchen or by the fireside. We asked Lia Leendertz herself to be our host, drawing on her vast knowledge and research to guide us through the months ahead.

We will be making twelve episodes in total, published on the first of every month. We begin with January - an episode in which Lia takes us through the origins of the month’s name, as well as January’s moons, tides and folklore traditions. We very much hope you enjoy the podcast and that it helps you, in the words of the poet Ray Carver, “settle deeper into the seasons.”

You can also listen to ‘As the Season Turns’ on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.