The Usual Stuff

  • Fancy (another) good time

    One of the joys of eavesdropping is that on occasion a sparkling gem of a comment is overheard. In this instance it was: "I'm always a whore fo...
  • Fancy a good time?

    Chatting in the shop with Jan R. who was commenting on the lack of Calor gas locally. Robin pipes up with "Have you tried H. E. Phillips?" "No" s...
  • Optimism

    Had an unusual visitor in the garden today. After a bit of sleuthing, we discovered it was a Brambling. Are they common? I've never seen one...
  • Thar she blows!

    Tissues. And all associated problems. As we are creeping ever closer to hay fever weather and serious nasal manipulation, I would like to dis...
  • The customer is always right? Not likely!

    Working in retail requires a certain level of diplomacy, as you are confronted on a daily basis with views and opinions that often differ widely ...
  • Smooth Criminal

    After procrastinating for approximately 10 years, I finally decided to shred some of our (very) old files. It's a noisy business, frustratin...
  • Arts for Parts

    When ordering Unison Pastels, there's no such thing as a top up. I do tend to go a little mad, and I'm making room in the chest for the Natural E...
  • Eat your greens

    Robin: "I've made you a salad for lunch." Sarah: "Oh, thank you!" Robin: "I've put ham and cheese in it." Sarah. "Lovely." Robin: "And sprouts." S...
  • Pigeon Post

    Realising that sprinkling coffee grounds round your plants is not a good idea when pigeons associate your presence in the garden with bird food. ...
  • Waste not want not

    As art supplies can be a bit on the pricey side (professional oil in Cerulean Blue anyone?) we encourage our customers to use every last drop. Wit...
  • Made in the UK

    Whilst chatting to a customer today, we were bemoaning the fact that so many of the products we buy come from abroad. The heady days of British man...
  • Postage and Packaging

    In the spirit of all things eco, we will endeavour to re-use and recycle as much packaging as we can from our own deliveries. Essentially, this mea...