Welcome to The Hazel Tree, my online magazine
The Hazel Tree took root in 2011, when I decided to write about everything that interests me. I’m interested in quite a lot of things, so it was a bit of a mad idea – but five years later it has turned out to be one of the best things I’ve done.
My name is Jo Woolf, and I live in West Lothian, Scotland. I’m a freelance writer and editor, and my husband, Colin, is a leading wildlife artist. In our free time we head out to the wilder places: mountains, islands, rocky coastline, sandy beaches… Scotland is an amazing, breathtaking country, and I have visited some places that are as close to heaven as I’ll ever get in this lifetime.
I love sharing these experiences, and I’m lucky enough to have some pretty wonderful readers – well, a lot of them feel more like friends! If you have only just discovered The Hazel Tree, you are warmly welcome.
I publish fresh features on a regular basis, and you can see the latest ones in ‘What’s New‘. To browse the archives, just click on any category in the drop-down menu in the side bar. You can also use the search box if you’re looking for something specific.
History, wildlife, book reviews… and Catkins? Ah, yes. Let me introduce Purdey, our little tabby cat. Purdey is an energetic blend of wilfulness, curiosity and cute furriness, and ‘Catkins’ is her own special section of The Hazel Tree. Her annual PAWS awards are the subject of much media speculation (well, they may be one day!)
I really love hearing from you, and I welcome your comments and suggestions. It’s wonderful to meet people who share the same interests as me. I want The Hazel Tree to be the kind of magazine that I would like to read myself, so I hope you’ll enjoy it, too!
If you’d like to read more about my inspiration and the reasons behind the magazine’s name, please take a look Under The Hazel Tree.
The idea of setting up an online magazine came from my daughter, Verity Sansom, who is one half of Sansom Wedding Photography. The Hazel Tree’s logo was drawn by my other daughter, Leonie, who has her own business called Art & Sea which sells custom-designed vinyl graphics.
Other things I do…
I’m the Writer in Residence at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (take a look at my other blog, Explorers of the RSGS). I’m working on a new book entitled ‘The Great Horizon’, about explorers connected with the Society – find out more on the RSGS website.