And so to blog ..

And so to blog ..

posting, talking, recommending; people, places, products and more: a copy of Deadly Diplomacy and a glass of Bolly; all good things Made by the Forge; Green People make-up; homemade jam; shopping, sharing, living & loving!

Beditation

17th August 17

Meditating is no longer the self indulgent province of those with time and inclination, it has become something of a necessity for many and is viewed as an increasingly valuable means of gaining and maintaining equilibrium both by professionals and lay people alike.  Perhaps not surprisingly then, I recently became

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Beditation

The Man Candle; sexism or sophistication?

21st June 17

As a young child I remember (dimly!) keeping a supply of candles and matches handy in case of a power cut.  I don’t recall  candles ever being considered much more than an inconvenient and occasional necessity.  Or at least that is my recollection; perhaps it is inaccurate.  Either way, that

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The Man Candle; sexism or sophistication?

A Hen is for Life, not just Easter!

5th April 17

"Oh the British Hen Welfare Trust, yes marvellous work they do and all started by Jane Howorth, she has an MBE now you know." It all trots off the tongue quite easily, pleasant enough conversation, suitably complimentary and supportive of a worthwhile charitable cause.  I've done it myself.  The BHWT was

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A Hen is for Life, not just Easter!

Queens of Confectionery

8th February 17

With a heritage as fine as the dusting on their hand made truffles Charbonnel et Walker were one of Britain's first chocolatiers.  Esteemed by Edward VII, they are endorsed by the Royal Warrant and have enjoyed the enduring patronage of royalty and socialites since 1875.  Yet a box of these heavenly delights

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Queens of Confectionery

Sankta Lucia a light in the darkness

13th December 16

It would be stretching the truth to say that York Minster is on my doorstep, but it is nevertheless very doable,  and I have been thinking of going to the Sankta Lucia festival for a few years.  This year I had a firm intention and bagged my seat.  What a treat! Sankta Lucia

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Sankta Lucia a  light in the darkness

No Impossible Dreams

4th October 16

Perhaps I have had a sheltered life but I have never seen anything quite like "The Imaginarium" on Blake Street in York.  It bills itself as a lifestyle store but to call it a shop seems woefully inadequate because it is more accurately an experience, where purchase is possible.  Crammed with unusual, unique and

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No Impossible Dreams

Perfect health; not just a pipe dream

21st August 16

Ayurveda is the science of life, the knowledge of how to achieve and maintain perfect health.  Originating from the ancient vedic knowledge of India, it is the most comprehensive system of health care in the world today. To call it holistic would be selling it too short because ayurveda is so much

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Perfect health; not just a pipe dream

Top Terriers

8th June 16

As an owner and hobby breeder I am well qualified to sing the praises of the charming  little Norfolk Terrier. Do not be fooled by its diminutive stature, the Norfolk is courageous and loyal with bags of personality and individual style; a giant sized canine in pocket pooch form. This little bundle of

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Top Terriers

It's not Terry's, it's Neal's ...

17th April 16

I have been a huge fan of Neal's Yard Remedies for almost as long as they have been around so when I discovered they were selling their products through independent distributors I knew it was only a matter of time before I signed up.  From the first little store in Covent Garden Neal's Yard

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It's not Terry's, it's Neal's ...

Realistic, compassionate & forward thinking

5th February 16

A truly international equine charity working tirelessly to improve the lives of horses in the UK and around the world.  With HRH The Princess Royal as President, and patrons including Pippa Funnell MBE, WHW has a distinguished and hugely respectable pedigree.  Their vision is a world in which horses are

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Realistic, compassionate & forward thinking

King's College Choir

12th December 15

My Christmas is not complete without carols and I have yet to find anything to top the choir of King's College, Cambridge.  One of the great representatives of the British choral tradition, their rendition of "All Bells in Paradise" is just sublime.  They have been delighting swith their voices since

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King's College Choir

Bottoms up!

20th October 15

When my little princes were babies this was my miracle in a tube.  Weleda is a company with great ethics and great products, and I have had some fantastic buys from them over the years; but this nappy change cream from their calendular baby range is worthy of the crown. As a

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Bottoms up!

Meditation

5th August 15

It's not wacky, it's not weird and millions of people are at it every day.   As a VERY long term meditator, I speak from considerable experience and the transcendental meditation technique is simple to learn, quick to do, and best of all it really does work.   Extensive studies have concluded that TM is profoundly effective

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Meditation

Quarmby's

21st June 15

I'm not sure exactly when I discovered this little deli and coffee shop,  but I've been back a few times since.  The coffee is excellent, the food is delicious and the service is stupendous! Emma and Will Quarmby are serving and selling a range of produce from specialist, local and boutique (dare

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Quarmby's

April showers?

3rd April 15

"Born out of the British obsession to unearth something new. Forged by the desire to discover." The spirit of Hunter was created for people who want to find their own path... Wow!  How amazing does that sound?  Great branding for great boots; I've tried a number of alternatives and nothing comes

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April showers?

Straight from the horse's mouth

11th February 15

Allen and Page is a horse feed company who set out to help owners  feed their horses as naturally as possible, and to make really useful horse feeds for specific nutritional requirements. From laminitics to nutritionally deprived to dentally challenged, they cater for all; and their nutritional helpline is staffed by

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Straight from the horse's mouth

Go Jean!

12th December 14

One of the best things about teaching yoga is the privilege of meeting the myriad of interesting people who come to classes.    I had no idea Jean Harrod was an author, playwright and former diplomat until she announced her novel was soon to be published.  We all ordered copies.  Naturally. I am a "Girl with

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Go Jean!

Compassion, Understanding and Practical Assistance

21st October 14

Life is not all about sunshine and roses; it's full of opposites. Sometimes there will be darkness, and even roses have thorns. Difficult times are made easier with the right sort of help and when my precious Lola came to the end of her life this month I called the

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Compassion, Understanding and Practical Assistance

Home James!

10th August 14

There are yoga teachers, and then there is James... With a glorious voice and  fluency in sanskrit,  he has a special gift for bringing the traditional teachings of yoga to life in ways that are relevant, practical, and downright magical.  Without exception, I leave his sessions feeling uplifted, energised, and infused with a

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Home James!

It's not Richard & Judy, it's Richard & Juliet

17th June 14

This amazing company started out making pan racks and kitchen ironwork about 5 years ago. They have a fantastic ethos, are committed to sustainability and make some cracking good products; I have several of their pieces in my own home. All their ironwork is hand forged with attention to detail,

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It's not Richard & Judy, it's Richard & Juliet

Small and perfectly formed

26th May 14

It's little and it's all about the yoga.  This unique micro company is the brainchild of Jules and Ruth, on a dedicated mission to bring world class yoga to the North Yorkshire Moors. After four of their weekend retreats with top notch yoga teachers in the breathtaking setting of Ampleforth Abbey,

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Small and perfectly formed

And it's all rather technically splendid...

5th March 14

Because the brand, and the web design, and my copious notes and our telephone conversations and then more input from HOLY COW!, and emails and more chat and yet more emails ... ALL went into the melting pot of Dave Gladwin's magical forge. Then after a good deal of technical

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And it's all rather technically splendid...

Get THIS Batman! Mrs Osborne has a brand new website...

17th February 14

It began as a idea, or rather a collection of disparate and unrelated ideas, but with an overall theme, or maybe it was more a general focus, or was it merely an intention...  Whatever it was to begin with, the creative genius that is the team at HOLY COW! helped coax

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Get THIS Batman! Mrs Osborne has a brand new website...