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!

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

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

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 ...

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!

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!