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Apothecary Jar - Basil and LimeApothecary Jar - Basil and LimeOur price: £13.00Or just £7.95 for our members!ViewIf you like smokey citrusy scents than this is the candle for you. I love this in the main living spaces - with the fruity lime undercut with basil, it isn't too sweet.Apothecary Jar - Cedarwood and cinnamonApothecary Jar - Cedarwood and cinnamonOur price: £13.00Or just £7.95 for our members!View This candle epitomises the festive season for me - a warm and spicy mix of cedarwood, cinnamon and oranges. Just lighting it seems to make the house a little cosier.Apothecary Jar - Geranium and Bergamot candleApothecary Jar - Geranium and Bergamot candleOur price: £13.00Or just £7.95 for our members!ViewThis is the candle that I light to lift my mood. There is something about geranium that is cheerful and life affirming and back notes of bergamot and lavender help calm you down too.
Apothecary Jar - Grapefruit and FrankincenseApothecary Jar - Grapefruit and FrankincenseOur price: £13.00Or just £7.95 for our members!View The citrus freshness of the grapefruit is undercut by the warmth of frankincense - a lovely light, fresh scent.Apothecary Jar - Lavender and Orange candleApothecary Jar - Lavender and Orange candleOur price: £13.00Or just £7.95 for our members!ViewCalming and comforting this candle is the big warm hug of the range. The floral comfort of the sweet lavender underpinned by warm orange.Apothecary Jar - Peppermint and LavenderApothecary Jar - Peppermint and LavenderOur price: £13.00Or just £7.95 for our members!ViewThese fresh smelling candles are my go to for my office, a way of helping me sit down, stop procrastinating and actually do some writing or designing.
Soy wax pelletsSoy wax pelletsOur price: £4.75Or just £2.40 for our members!View100% high quality soy wax pellets made in UK. Winter Meadow CandleWinter Meadow CandleOur price: £30.00Or just £15.90 for our members!ViewPart of our exclusive range of scented candles - a copper lidded candle pot with Jane's hand drawn Winter Meadow design, filled with a high quality soy candle - stuffed full of essential oils.
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When I was at University it was the time of the Poll Tax, an unpopular tax made even more unpopular by being implemented in Scotland a year before the rest of the UK - 'Thatcher's guinea pigs'.⁠⠀
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It was a time of demonstration and violence with 50,000 marching in Glasgow, 1 million Scots refusing to pay. ⁠⠀
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It was a time Sheriff's Officers and poind sales of possessions. ⁠⠀
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Coalition student groups were formed - Socialist and Feminist and Anarchist and so on - there were big meetings in the Union, debates about a name and a logo and a manifesto. I remember lots of young, middle class, white men talked at length.  I remember that very, very little got done - a bus was organised to take students to Glasgow for the protests. ⁠⠀
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In the meantime, up the hill from the campus, three women (I thought of them as old at the time but I'm sure they were the age I am now) simply stood outside the auctions and asked nobody to attend.  They stood by the front doors, they explained their reasons, they prevailed.  They possibly looked randomly menacing in that way middle aged women can.⁠⠀
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People calmly bought back their possessions for 50p and their debts were squared. Action, meaningful results, a recognition that the personal is political - all while the student groups still debated their slogans.⁠⠀
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I've been thinking about those women a lot recently. If they were the age I think they were, they will be queuing up for their vaccines this month.
In my happy place.⁠⠀
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In the winter months The Studio is the centre of my working life. ⁠⠀
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This was yesterday.  Trimming pieces of vintage velvet fabric for the Studio Club shop; alpaca socks drying in the dispatch room behind me (we now have size 8-10 in stock too); a roll @scottishlinen seconds to experiment with hogging the cutting table.⁠⠀
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Bright and light and inspiring.
Starting the week with a photo from last year (simply because I lost a lot of this weekend to fatigue, so didn't take a new photo.)⁠⠀
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Budgie, my beautiful and psychotic cat, with a windowsill of white amaryllis. ⁠⠀
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Worth a second outing.
The proposed airstream conversion is in for planning permission approval at the moment, so that we change change its use from (neglected) artist's workshop into beautiful holiday accommodation.⁠⠀
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In my vision for this we get to use the paid holidaymaking element to subsidise some artist's residencies - painters, writers, musicians, makers coming here to soak up the landscape and be inspired.⁠⠀
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At the moment though I'm still at the stage of answering environmental health questions about quite how loud I am in my Studio and how we will light the path to the compost loo.
Yesterday my elder daughter, who lives in London, messaged me to say that our local DPD driver Slav was being given an award by @official.dpd.uk for his outstanding service. 

It was because of the hundreds of messages that they had been sent commenting on his helpfulness, incredible good cheer, and parcel based problem solving.⁠⠀

Slav has been an important part of my lockdown life here. ⁠⠀
When roads look like this, good delivery drivers are a vital (and hopefully appreciated) part of life.⁠⠀
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As my younger daughter chimed in “Go Slav!
This photo is from last week - but I see through the gloom that it has snowed overnight .⁠⠀
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This part of the garden is outside our bedroom, the beech hedge borders the road, it used to be a drive when our bedroom was a garage.⁠⠀
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Now it has a birch tree (symbolic for me of my miscarried babies, as I had to leave their actual birch trees behind when we moved here) surrounded by lots of box grown from small plants and cuttings.⁠⠀
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We buried Jasmine, my scruffy miniature schnauzer, here in the summer, so in some ways it is becoming a garden for sitting on the bench and remembering and watching the birds.  I shall ask my ever generous  friend Nadja for some snowdrops to plant in the grass.⁠⠀
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In my mind, eventually, the box balls will become like the ones on the front of @arnemaynardgardendesign book Garden Design Details - but this year they remain unclipped. ⁠⠀
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I suspect box blight in the back garden and @jekkamcvicar points out that unclipped box does not get blight.⁠⠀
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I love old gates - particularly old gates that stand in the middle of old unused spaces, leading to nowhere, keeping nothing in.⁠⠀
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A memory of another time.
Last year - while I was dyeing socks out on my Studio deck, I was also dyeing wool yarn. ⁠⠀
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Wool dyed with docks and nettle, gorse and meadowsweet, onions and plum bark all from the garden and lane.⁠⠀
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Over the winter I gathered the wool skeins together - all the soft bright colours - and knitted myself an oversized stripy jumper. ⁠⠀
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@rhiannonconnelly described it as wearing 'a hug from my garden' and I think she was spot on. ⁠⠀
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The pattern is the 'After the Rain' sweater by @heidikdesigns but with random stripes as I wasn't sure how much of each colour I had. #aftertherainsweater
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