Riess enamelware

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. Riess is now producing hydro-electic power from the stream that runs alongside the factory. The surplus electricity is then used to provide power to ten homes which are provided free of charge to the factory’s employees.

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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 Woottons 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).

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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.

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