Monday, 13 August 2012

Rural Mums

Espalier apples in Lesley's garden
On our way back to Leicester from a visit to Flag Fen, the site of a 3,500 year old wooden causeway over the fens near Peterborough, we dropped into friends for tea and cake. But these were not just any friends. Mum, Lesley Jennings is the co-founder of new online community Rural Mums.
Garden chairs overlooking the churchyard
Having moved up from London some years ago Lesley, her husband and two beautiful children have created a home in Belton-in-Rutland. Lesley met Sue, the other half of Rural Mums, through mutual friends and found they had a lot to share, and a lot to learn from time with like-minded Mums - the kernel of Rural Mums was born.
A shelf in Lesley's kitchen
The website says it is, "the place to connect with country-minded mums. Chat, share ideas and stories, get advice or simply find out stuff. We want you to feel it’s just like going for a walk and a chat across the fields with a group of friends." Rather like a cross between Country Living and Netmums - but much more lovely than both.
Tea and cakes
Meanwhile back in Lesley's garden we were treated to locally baked Battenburg and chocolate cake, a large pot of tea poured into 'the best china', all in the perfect rural garden. My almost 90-year old Mum enjoyed the convivial company and Lesley's daughter took my two to the 'secret garden' to roll down the grassy slope.
Fishing net at the ready...
Many of the women enjoying the benefits of Rural Mums mix their rural life with motherhood and work. Lesley is a talented Graphic Designer whom we have enjoyed working with on many projects - and is the designer behind the Rural Mums website. Full of ideas and enthusiasm, I'm sure Lesley's design skills and innovative thinking will, supported by husband Karl and with partner Sue, drive the success of Rural Mums

Friday, 10 August 2012

Besotted & delighted!

Recently we had an order from Much Ado Books in East Sussex. I remembered the name from when our friend James Russell did a talk there in March on Eric Ravilious. I immediately scurried to look up there website - and what a joy! A fantastic melange of crazy type and a lovely story of a bookshop in a barn. Located not far from the magical Charleston, they specialise in books about the Bloomsbury Group, but obviously have all sorts of marvellous things and "Book-lovers find comfortable chairs for browsing our hand-picked books, ranging from fine press editions to recent publications to classics for specialist collectors." Heaven...

We carefully packed up their order in a suitable 'pre-loved' cardboard box and dispatched it from the Starch Green post office. Imagine our joy when we received not only a thank you note but a little gift too. The note opened, "We saved the parcel with our order as a treat - and opening it proved much more than just a treat - we are utterly besotted & delighted!"

The little books they enclosed are two of the London Transport Country Walks series with Ravilious illustrations on the covers - we too are utterly besotted and delighted!

Thank you so much, Cate and Nash at Much Ado Books.