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Posh picnic kit, fresh citrus prints and homespun yarns are all trending this month

When Life Gives You Lemons

Is it any surprise lemon motifs are trending for 2020? Bright, breezy and redolent of hot summer holidays, there’s actually lots to love about this year’s citrus-print home collections. Here’s the best of what to buy now

Lemons bedding set, £22.50, M&S, Market Hill, Cambridge, Buttermarket, Bury St Edmunds and marksandspencer.com

Lemon bath mat, £8, Matalan, Easlea Road, Bury St Edmunds and matalan.co.uk

Elizabeth Scarlett embroidered Lemon cushion, £35, amara.com

Emma Bridgewater Vegetable Garden Lemons 1/2pt mug, £19.95, daisypark.co.uk

Yellow Lemon by Rosi Feist wall art, from £40, very.co.uk

Business & Pleasure Co beach umbrella in Vintage Lemons, £149, amara.com

Out of Africa

Batavia House (37209643)
Batavia House (37209643)

With the motto Laudator Temporis Acti - ‘the romance of an age gone by’ - South African brand Melvill & Moon has a 30-year reputation for producing safari luggage, campaign furniture, vehicle seat covers and sporting accessories which are as brilliant to use as they are beautiful to look at.

Exclusive to Newmarket’s Batavia House in the UK, the products are inspired by Grand Safari era and military campaign pieces, made to last a lifetime and be as practical as they are stylish. Aimed at “the modern adventurer”, they’re designed to join you on everything from glamping trips to shoot days and race-day picnics.

The collaboration with Batavia House is fitting: Steffi Halm, founder of Batavia, is of South African heritage and met Melvill & Moon’s co-creator, Rick Melville, on the polo field. “I am delighted to bring Melvill & Moon to the UK,” says Steffi. “Having met the founders of the company and always admired their products, I look forward to sharing all their fabulous pieces they have to offer. Rest assured with Melvill & Moon you will have the most stylish picnic on the planet.”

Batavia House (37209620)
Batavia House (37209620)

Harry Moon wine cooler, £195

Batavia House (37209631)
Batavia House (37209631)

Roorkhee chair, £440

* Prices start at under £100 for toiletry bags and aprons. See and shop the full range at melvillandmoon.co.uk and follow @batavia_house on Instagram and @bataviahouseuk on Facebook for more.

Handmade: Spinning is the most therapeutic of tasks, as Knitting Needle Lane’s Camilla Carter explains

By the time you read this, we will be a million miles away from the Easter we’d got planned before the world was plunged into horrid disarray courtesy of the Covid-19 pandemic. How far away lambing season seems now.

What has this got to do with craft you may ask? Well, on a busy weekend in early March, before social distancing had ever been contemplated, we launched a brand new Learn To Spin workshop here at Knitting Needle Lane. Our tutor, Jemma, taught four lovely ladies how to spin sheep’s fibre, and not just any old sheep’s fibre – fibre from her very own sheep! Previous to this, I took a rainy afternoon out with my daughters during February half-term to meet Jemma and she gave us a tour of her smallholding, where we met her very heavily pregnant ewes.

On the day of the workshop it was a joy to watch as Jemma unloaded beautiful spinning wheels from her car upon her arrival and set to work creating a beautiful circle space for our workshop attendees. So I thought it would be lovely to talk about the world of spinning this month.

Most of us envisage spinning wheels to be something from fairy tales – however history states that the first ever spinning was done with your hands using just sticks. Spinning wheels came along between 500 and 100AD and originally came from India.

A three-step process of spinning, winding and plying wool into a finished yarn, spinning is a wonderfully therapeutic hobby. Who knows, maybe we will get back to our workshops one day soon? Until then, take care and stay safe.

* See knittingneedlelane.co.uk for more.

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