always interesting to find a new shop that not only cares about design and practical uses, but cares about ethical issues.  folklore donates 10% of its profit to a chosen not for profit organisation each year, such as shanti microfinance which supports entrepreneurship and sustainability in some of India’s poorest slums and villages.

Folklore curates mindful design for home and life. they source a selection of goods that are created with care and made to last. their range includes homewares, furniture, lighting, art and lifestyle goods.

In folklore, cornflowers were worn by young men in love; if the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man’s love was not returned.  i love the paper – like quality of cornflowers – its as though they have been made of tissue paper.  we always see blue cornflowers, but they come in lots of shades of pink and purples.

Life is an opportunity

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is bliss, taste it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.”

—Mother Teresa

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just photographed the beautiful wedding of Eri and Ross at the olde bell hotel in berkshire – they cater for 2 sizes of weddings, the smaller one being held in the malthouse and the larger ones in the barn.  its a lovely location and easily reachable from london.  Eri made hundreds of white paper origami cranes to decorate the oak panelled ceremony room and miranda hackett beautifully added the simple floral arrangements to make what could have been a lovely formal room into a stunning romantic venue to exchange their vows.



st ives and barbara hepworth

about an hours drive from padstow takes you to the furthest point of cornwall – st ives and penzance – 2 contrasting towns.  st ives is higgledy piggledy tiny cottages up and down and around the wonderful surrounding beaches – i have been once before in august, which was far too busy, but at this time of year it was perfect.  you must make a visit to the barbara hepworth house – see her sculptures, her home and workshop and her beautiful garden – all so inspirational!  the tate is closed for refurbishment until next spring, but the cafe at the top gives great views. have lunch at the porthgwidden beach cafe – delicious and right onto the beach.

boobey’s bay to mother ivey’s bay

its the end of september and yet it feels like summer – i am fortunate to have the warm weather on my few days here in cornwall.  each time i come i experience a new walk or town, only reinforcing what beautiful landscapes we have in the uk.  the walk over the hilltop from boobey’s bay to mother ivey’s beach is stunning, with dramatic coves, steep drops and wild grasses.

with its clear blue waters,  mother ivey’s bay makes you feel as though you were somewhere tropical.  the slate rock formations are just stunning. there is also a mobile home and caravan park directly overlooking the beach – maybe fun to rent one.