Thursday, 22 November 2012

We took What You Sow to an event at the weekend, Seedy Sunday in Eastbourne. Here is a closer look at some of our stock.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

A great future.

Thank you all for your enthusiasm about my new venture since I announced it last week.
Things are really coming along now and tomorrow I'm quietly launching to friends and family to give them a chance to feedback before I start to publicise it officially.

Did you take a look yet?

Last week I attended an event run by "she says" at the Lighthouse in Brighton as part of the Brighton Digital Festival. It was a networking event for women in the digital and creative industries and consisted of an amazing vegan lunch, half an hour to chat and mingle with the other attendees, then a talk by a very enthusiastic Tracey Allen of Sea PR, who talked about the twists and turns her life has taken and how she found herself as a vital part of the Organisation Team for the London 2012 Olympics.

She had lots of advice to share, reminding us that it's okay to have a "career portfolio", ie that you don't have to stay in the same role your whole life, and if work isn't fun then it's not worth doing.

She also shared the quote from a friend of hers "Nothing great is easy". I will be reminding myself of this frequently over the next few months and years as I build my business. My new adventure has already been and will continue to be a lot of hard work. But it's going to be great.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Business Cards

I haven't got to the stage of having business cards printed for What you sow just yet but have found myself in a few situations recently where people have asked for a card.

So, inspired by Danni over at Oh Hello Friend, who often blogs about beautiful cards that she's found or made, I decided I had to make some myself until I have some printed.

It was fun designing them and making lots of mess cutting up paper and yarn and experimenting with different colours and styles of washi tape. But I finally came up with something I liked and that I thought was memorable. And in fact, the first lady that I handed one to said it was so pretty that she'd like to post a photo  of it on her blog! So it was worth all the effort!

I toyed with the idea of giving them away stuck to seed packets so did a mini survey on twitter to see what my friends thought. It was about half and half for and against the seed packets, but in the end I didn't have time. I'm going to make sure I do it before the next event though, I think it's a really cute idea.

Here are some pics of the process and the finished article. Let me know what you think of them.

Friday, 14 September 2012

A New Venture

Hello friends, it's been a while!

I've spent the last few months deep in thought about the direction my life is taking vs the direct I'd like it to take. I won't go into too much detail, but to keep it brief, I have quit my 9 to 5 and decided to go it alone, setting up an online boutique stocking unusual and beautiful accessories for gardeners.

I started gardening seriously when I got my allotment 3 years ago, not having a clue what was I was doing at the beginning and relying on helpful friends and colleagues to prompt me into planting and harvesting things at the right time.

Whenever I've been blue over the last few years, I've headed to the allotment, or to one of Brighton's many community gardens to get my hands dirty and tend to the earth. It has been wonderful.

So whilst assessing my life and working out how to create a manageable, sustainable business, the answer lay in my love of gardening.

There are so many beautiful items available to encourage people to bring more greenery into their lives, but some of them are pretty hard to find. So I have decided to create a hub selling all of these items in one place. Many of the items are from independent designer makers and small companies. And I'll be blogging to accompany the site, waxing lyrical about all sorts of interesting garden projects and inspirational ideas for the things you grow.

The site is called What you sow and launches next Wednesday to Friends and Family, so please check out the site, I'd love to hear what you think about it. I'm also on Facebook, tumblr, twitter, instagram and pinterest, so be sure to like and follow me as appropriate.

So that's what I'm up to at the moment. Sorry for the lack of posting recently, I've needed some space to work out what's right for me and I feel that I've found it.

I can't wait to launch!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Tea Roses

They may seem old fashioned, but these make me very happy

Friday, 10 August 2012

thoughtful presents

Isn't it a treat when you receive a thoughtfully wrapped present!

I was so excited when I received this beautiful package from Marie, embellished with her very own cross stitch!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Flowers everywhere!

I may have lost the allotment to an attack of invader weeds, but it's the best year ever for wildflowers. Trev tells me that the flowers on Lewes Road are nearly as tall as him and I've been wandering around town taking tons of instagrams to cheer myself up. 

Just thought I'd share a few for those of you who don't follow me. 

Poppies as far as the eye can see near Jonathan's parents house.  

A perfect Sunday walk back from the Race Course with Dan, Jackie and Jonathan. 

On the way into Kemp Town.

Poppies reclaiming the street on Clifton Terrace. 

A snapdragon on the steps to our flat. 

A carpet of daisies in the grounds at work

And my favourite, foxgloves in St Ann's Well Gardens. 

Monday, 9 July 2012


We enjoyed these radishes thinly sliced with a generous glug of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt. 

Delicious, and so easy to grow in a couple of old wooden cartons on the windowsill.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012


We had a surprise visitor this morning!

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Sartorial Lisbon

 Skinny jeans, baggy jumpers and Converse; the main thing you notice about the fashion in Lisbon is how laid back and natural everyone looks. The easy way the outfits were put together created a relaxed, grungy look. Everyone looked great, with what appeared to be minimal effort. So we couldn't help but notice when we saw this girl in her beautiful outfit on a night out. Look at the way the skirt falls. So pretty.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Polka Dots

Loved these bright umbrellas shading a balcony from the midday sun in Chiado, Lisbon

Friday, 18 May 2012

EOTW Song. Wild Flag - Romance

This looks like a lot of fun

The Knitted Garden at Emmaus

On Tuesday I took a trip on the number 1 bus to one of my favourite places in Hove. 

Emmaus is so much more than a charity for the homeless. The grounds contain all you need for a perfect day out; a Second-hand superstore filled with all manner of beautiful linens, furniture, books, records and homewares, glorious gardens and a cafe serving a first class fry up for breakfast. 

It's a community as well. The people there are friendly and chatty and interesting and always have a little story or two to share, and the Goodwill Coop is a group of crafters making blankets, brooches, jumpers and other knitted and sewn goodies to support the project. 

For the past couple of years the Goodwill Coop have taken part in the Brighton Festival Fringe; last year they knitted a living room and this year they decided to create a knitted garden. Being a combination of my two favourite pastimes, I was very excited to see it and I was allowed to take a couple of snaps. 

Look at all the work that's gone into it! So much detail...there's masses to look at... flowers, grass, garden furniture, fruit and vegetables and some animal and gnome friends enjoying the outdoors! All knitted from donated wool! 

These pictures show some of my favourite bits but you must go along and see it yourself. Looking back over these pictures, I spotted dozens of things that I hadn't seen on my visit and I'm sure I'll notice other things the more I look at them. The attention to detail is just spectacular. 

You can buy knitted flowers from the Goodwill Coop for around £2 each and the patterns for just £3.50 per booklet if you're inclined to try some of the knitted things yourself. There's even a special offer on at the moment to buy 5 of the pattern books for just £10. I couldn't resist

Let me know what you think of it. 

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

The Great Escape 2012

Had an amazing time at The Great Escape this year.

Top discoveries included Niki and the Dove, Friends, Dillon and Haim and Yukon Blonde. There was a lovely set by Majorca's Oso leone and I adored Me and the Bees from Barcelona. Look them all up!

Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny performed one of the best sets I've ever seen them play, reminiscent of the first time we saw them at The Old Market back in 2009; fun, lively and upbeat. Beth looked relaxed and comfortable and her hairstyle was just fab. I can't wait to see them again at No Direction Home next month.

But far and away the highlight of the festival was the first band we saw on Thursday afternoon. Francois and the Atlas Mountains play a mix of romantic pop and what I think is called Afrobeat. Arriving at The Prince Albert, they were just about the frenchest looking people I had ever seen. Genial. Their set was wonderful; loud and energetic, with dreamy vocals, amazing beats and subtle dance routines. The percussionist was incredible, making beautiful noises by hitting all manner of drums and other assorted objects. They were having such a good time on stage. The tunes were the superlative of catchy and we spent the entire weekend humming the melody to Les Plus Beaux, and that included Christian who didn't even turn up until Friday. I'd be willing to bet he's humming it in the office as we speak.

Go and check out the band here, buy their album here and watch this video to get the tune stuck in your head too.

Two Ladies

Wonderful graffiti on a Funicular in Lisbon

Monday, 7 May 2012

Instagram - Late nights in Lisbon

Night-time in the Bairro Alto above, and below, clockwise from top left;

amazing Band in Portas Largas; pak choi lampshades in Mahjong; a relaxing drink in A Vizinha, Bica; and super friendly service in Espaco Bar.  

All pictures courtesy of Jonathas

Sunday, 6 May 2012


Sometimes the simplest compositions are the best. Of all the photos I took in Portugal, this is my favourite.
Rich pink blooms against the aqua coloured tiles in Alfama.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Dry The River

Lovely, gentle folk song by Dry The River, easy Mumford style folk. Don't let it put you off that only one of them has a beard. 

Their album came out in march, and they're playing The Great Escape in a couple of weeks. You can catch them at The Corn Exchange on the Friday. 

Monday, 30 April 2012

Instagram - Narcissi in Triptych

A horticultural experiment of mine, I grew this narcissi from a bulb in a jar of water. 

It didn't grow as tall as the bulbs I planted in soil but it's lasting much longer. 

Sunday, 29 April 2012


Here are a few pics of the Champagne truffles we made yesterday to celebrate Dorothea's last night of freedom.

We spent a wonderful afternoon at Sara Jane Chocolates in Surrey where we filled chocolate shells with ganache, sealed the shells, dipped them in runny melted chocolate and had great fun decorating them.

Fantastic to meet Doro's friends in advance, and looking forward to seeing them in a couple of weeks' time to celebrate some more.


Friday, 27 April 2012

A Birthday Cowl


Known in this part of the world as a snood. A birthday present for Nicci. Inspiration from The Purl Bee.


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Edible Balcony

The allotment has been a bit neglected this year so far. I've been quite poorly so haven't been able to tend it as I'd like and am starting to think a lot about growing more vegetables at home.

So far I've got some wooden crates filled with flowers on the windowsills but should really turn my attention to growing some crops. I'm reading The Edible Balcony for some pointers on how to do it.

I've been looking online for some inspiration of how to fit some containers into our tiny flat and here are some lovely ideas.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Instagram - Flowers and Beer

clockwise from top left; at the Oakford Social Club; Bill's Restaurant; the Oakford garden; some of the beautiful floral displays in Reading town centre.

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Sunday, 22 April 2012


Olga and Carla of PolkaDot Lighthouse have recently started a fantastic feature they've named Double Exposure. Each month they select a colour, share a selection of pictures from their different corners of Europe and encourage us to do the same.

This month they have chosen orange.

Here is my contribution, an orange garnish to a delicious martini.

Do you have any orange photos to share?

Friday, 20 April 2012


A stroll along Saltdean seafront. Calm and grey and defined by strong lines.

Grids and stripes and zigzags in every direction.