Small Business Supporters

Small Business Supporters

We just wanted to give a little shout out to a few of the people, brands and movements who have helped support, encourage, influence and help us. Read more

Chocolate Brioche Twist – Bake

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Chocolate Brioche Twist 

Our take on Babka bread. It is great comfort food, but not the easiest recipe we have shared. Good luck and find us on Instagram if you want help.  Read more

Bumblebees

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Bumblebees

If you have followed us for a while, you will know, we love bees! Honey, bumble and solitary. We have now been supporting, and with your help raising money for, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust for over three years. With at least 10% from our bee products going to charity.

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In the Garden February

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In the Garden February

Spring is coming, can you feel it? With Spring comes a lot more to do in the garden. Now is when early seeds such as sweet peas and bluebells need sowing now. 

Early Spring plants often do their own thing. Snowdrops and crocus unfold add add colour to the garden, providing food for early bumblebees and other insects, before delicately disappearing and leaving space for late spring flowers. Daffodils are currently peeping out too ( they need a bit more care as they need to be deadheaded to allow more energy to go to the bulb after the flower is over.) 

It is also a good time to plan what you want in your garden later in the year. So you can plant out seeds and seedlings at the right time.

Flowers

Sweet Peas (a favourite of mine) can be sown either inside in a cool room, or under a cloche outside. And hardy annuals and some other plants such as Lilies can be sewn in pots.

Pruning 

Wisteria, hardy evergreen hedges, conservatory climbers, winter flowering shrubs which have finished for the year.

Protect

February can be a mix of weather and frost is likely, so it is important to protect seeds and blossom (such as peach blossom) from cold snaps.

Vegetables

Chit potato tubers, prepare vegetable beds and some vegetable seeds can be sown at this time of year too (check the packets if you are unsure).

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Grateful

Grateful 

There are many different versions of self care and wellness. Looking after your mind, body and soul. One, which is often forgotten, is being grateful. It is something that can sound obvious or contrite. But there are many people who agree that remembering what you are thankful for can have a positive impact on you as well as the people around you.  Read more

Our Ethics

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With a New Year, I thought it is a good time to clarify our ethics and the wording we use in our blog articles, social media and product descriptions. Read more

Wellness in 2020

Wellness in 2020

More and more people are reporting feeling burnt out. Stress levels are increasing as people try to make all aspects of their lives perfect and ‘Instagrammable’. Bowing to the pressures from all angles – personal and work life.

It is important to take time to recharge and, in this way, stop burn out. Different people relax in different ways. There is no ‘ right way’ to regain your normal vitality. Simple changes can make a big difference, without adding more stress to your life. Read more

Slow by Jo Peters | Book Review

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Slow – Jo Peters Book Review

Published 2018

Summersdale Publishers Ltd

Slow  Finding Peace and Purpose in a Hectic World, by Jo Peters. A enjoyable coffee table book, perfect for anyone who needs a little more slow. A book all about slow living, with some tips and ideas on how to slow down.  Read more

The Little Book of Forest Bathing | Book Corner

The Little Book of Forest Bathing | Book Corner

Published 2019

Summersdale Publishers Ltd.

The Little Book of Forest Bathing is a great book for someone who loves nature. Forest bathing is based on the Japanese idea of Shinrin Yoku, finding peace and calm by being amongst trees. Read more

Sustainable Living and Gifting.

recycled-cotton-throw-homeofjuniper-handloomed-fairtradeSustainable Living and Gifting.

Recycled materials – baubles, cotton throws, plastic bottle throws, recycled glass wineglass, bird feeder and clocks. One of the best ways to be more eco-friendly is to recycled materials. And there are some amazing ways things can be recycled. With new methods being brought into the production, more and more things are being remade and re-loved. Here are a few of our favourite things made from recycled materials. Read more