A designer comes to stay…

It’s not very often you have someone walk into your garden & say ‘I designed that table & bench’, on further interrogation investigation, we discovered our new B&B guest, James Harrison, is part of an amazing furniture design company www.jamesuk.com

A little bit about James UK

James UK is an award winning, contemporary British furniture brand launched by James Harrison
and James Kinmond in 2006.
They produce unique, high end design led furniture and interior products with a distinctive focus on premium hardwoods and stunning upholstery. They are a truly British company, all products are handmade in the UK by a network of expert manufacturers, utilising traditional techniques, modern technology and years of experience. Keeping their production British means they can maintain their uncompromising approach to quality as well as offering their customers total flexibility in their choice of fabrics and finish.

Having a small but dedicated team managing every project allows them to offer a personal approach for each client, ensuring that their exacting standards are delivered at every
stage of each project.

James UK make a conscious effort to responsibly source materials and support the British manufacturing industry in order to minimise their impact on the environment.

It’s hard to say which piece is my favourite, however, these are on the top of my wish list!


Mulberry Gin

My friend Claire, is very fortunate to have a beautiful garden & stood within it is a large gnarled mulberry tree.

I popped in last week after school drop off for a coffee (as you do) and we then went and foraged for some mulberries that had fallen from the tree, after a very windy storm, this was easier than climbing up the tree! If you’re anything like me who’d never even seen a mulberry, let alone tasted one, I’ve included a pic of some.
Claire had a recipe for Mulberry Gin & has kindly shared it with me, as you can see it’s very straight forward to make and I now have a jar stored away for December

For a 750ml bottle:
450g/1lb mulberries
710 ml vodka or gin
150g/5½oz caster sugar
1 handful of roasted almonds
Put the fruit into a large sterilised jar with the vodka or gin and the sugar. Add the roasted almonds.

Close the jar tightly and put in a dark place for two to three months, turning it as often as you remember – ideally every few days – until the sugar has completely dissolved.

Then strain off the mulberries and almonds. Taste the liqueur and check that it is sweet enough. You can always add more at the tasting stage. When adding more sugar, turn the jar regularly until it dissolves.

Pour the liqueur through a funnel into a dry, warm sterilised bottle and seal. The discarded fruit is absolutely delicious when eaten on top of ice-cream or yogurt, or used as a filling for a tart or a pie, apparently!