The Book Hive – Norwich

The Book Hive, an independent book shop in Norwich, has won The Telegraph ‘Best Small Shops in Britain’ award. And rightly deserved too. It was a brave move deciding to set up a book shop in 2009 in the middle of a recession and closely situated to a number of well known high street book… Read More

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Riess enamelware

This Christmas I received a beautiful powder blue milk pan made by Riess for Labour and Wait. It’s perfect for hot chocolates, morning porridge and the odd hot toddy. Riess is a family run business that has been making a selection of kitchenware in the same hillside town in Austria, Ybbsitz, for over 200 years.… Read More

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Kim Rugg

Armed with a surgical blade, London based visual artist Kim Rugg meticulously removes the tiny letters of a front-page broadsheet newspaper to then steadily re-assemble the letters into various visual formats - ‘removing the message but keeping the messenger’.

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French Macaroons

For a few years now, French Macaroons have been well documented on the blogasphere. I first made a batch some time ago and rather freakishly my attempts were pretty good. You see, the French Macaroon is notoriously tricky to perfect. For me it’s a bit of a Holy Grail - like achieving the perfect sourdough… Read More

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Angelica

A recent annual trip to Woottens Nursery close to Southwold makes me wish I had more soil and spaces in my garden to fill. The nursery is abundant with wonderful flora including a large greenhouse full of pelagoniums, a field of bearded iris and later when in bloom, another field of Hemerocallis (Day Lilies). Due… Read More

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Islabikes

I hadn’t realised just how awful the choice was for quality kids' bicycles until we started searching to buy an upgrade for our 6 year old. At first we were looking for something not too dissimilar to a Dutch ‘sit-up-and-beg’ bike but we found nothing. We found childrens' versions of the bikes we own and… Read More

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