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October 16 newsletter

Autumn clippings

October is a month of exciting adventures.  It’s all about being; and being outside! After the heat haze of summer, our newly discovered autumnal senses are sharpened. October is also a month of ‘firsts’!! The first of the leaves falling from their trees, the first tang of frost in the misty air, the first whiff of wood smoke, the first bundles of fire wood entering the house and possibly the first hot chocolate sipped outside from an enamel mug whilst wrapped in a blanket whilst watching dusk turn into starlight.

We love autumn, can’t you tell?  Back from travels and back at the homestead, hunkering down, preparing for a cosy winter and obviously Christmas (but we’re not onto that yet).  We’ve travelled this summer; to Stockholm, to Paris & to our own beloved London Town in search of beautiful and useful goods that are also produced with love, care and ethics.


Autumn is a time to gather: whether that be apples, pears, pumpkins or firewood. A good task deserves good tools and amongst our new finds we have the makings of a practical and oh so beautiful tool shed – let the work commence.

Opinel secateurs

A new addition to this French folding knife manufacturer’s range.

Opinel saw

Cuts through branches like a knife through butter, a must for the autumn tool bag. We love the wooden handle, so much nicer to use than plastic alternatives.

Iris broom

Leaves love nooks and crannies don’t they? This lightweight, narrow broom is great for getting into those corners where the leaves have skittered into. It is also a thing of beauty, ethically hand-made and hand stitched by Swedish company Iris Hantverk who employ visually impaired and blind craftsmen (& guide dog)

…rest & play…

After all that lovely, rejuvenating hard work, gathering in one’s bounty, the body and mind needs to relax.  The smell of wood smoke is for us one of the highs of the season so come on baby light my fire (sorry!).


You cannot believe how excited we were to stumble upon this find. Good quality and beautiful oak and leather fire bellows from Germany.

Romney Marsh blankets

One of our local suppliers. An honest, no frills blanket in cosy heavyweight pure wool with a simple herringbone pattern. Ideal for snuggling up at the fireside.

The Orange Mug, Falcon

Sometimes you cannot beat a classic. But Falcon enamelware have added a little twist to the iconic enamel mug – colour!! We love to cosy up, cocooned in our blanket on a crisp sunny afternoon with the scent of wood smoke and the warmth of cocoa seeping into our tired and happy limbs.