October 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
After an unusually hot few weeks in October, it looks like autumn has finally arrived. Although exciting, preparations for the pop-up shop and taking part in London Design Festival meant that September flew by. I met some really interesting people during the Design Festival week and came away with lots of new ideas, all of which I hope to share over the coming months.
Back in Raw Dice HQ, I am prone to daydreaming of the last few months and years…
It seems like only yesterday, but early in September we were foraging for blackberries in the hedgerows. Cow parsley was still flowering in the fields. Although their main flowering season is April to June, apparently it can also be found flowering sporadically the rest of the year. Such wholesome fun (!) reminded me of our holiday in southern Sicily a few years ago.
Spring is one of my favourite seasons (the other being autumn), burgeoning with new life and vitality. Spring time in Sicily did not disappoint. Having no need to pack for the beach, we were free to roam amongst the almond groves of Greek Temples and follow the footsteps of the Normans and explore the remains of their castles. We were close to Agrigento, where you can find the Greek Temple of Concordia. The views were a sight to behold.
We stayed in a rustic farmhouse Azienda Agricola Mandranova. The owners Giuseppe and Sylvia made us feel very welcome, treating us like guests in their home. I particularly enjoyed cooking the evening meal for all the guests with Sylvia (she runs private cookery lessons). I love food, especially cooking and eating it! The style was very much home cooking, using the freshest of ingredients with lots of olive oil (resort produces its own), prepared without fuss or pretension.
The other vivid memory I have of our Sicilian idyll is of the array of wild flowers that were in full bloom. They were in abundance everywhere, especially on the verges. Now, I am reminded of this holiday and the images of the wild flowers whenever I look at the ceramic lighting and vases we have of Liz Emtage’s. She too draws her inspiration from summer holidays and the beauty of the natural world. Her vases become translucent when lit and never fail to evoke images of a very pleasant holiday and allow me to day dream. Capturing the essence of happy memories, makes life worth living and makes me feel connected to the here and now.
To see the full range of Liz Emtage ceramics we have on offer, go to Raw Dice.
By the way, despite investing in a jam thermometer, I still managed to have a disaster in my blackberry jelly making attempt. First try, it didn’t set. Now it has set too much and is difficult to spread! The crab apple jelly from a few weeks ago is too runny! The raspberry jam is a hit though. They say third time lucky!