What a great weekend for Brimstones & Treacle at the Bus Stop Over, this year held at the Newark Showground. It was our first time trading at a VW festival, and we thought the event had a great vibe and we met some lovely people. So big thanks to the organisers and everyone who stopped by to shop. It was great to catch up with fellow traders and meet some new acquaintances…
BSO 15 was a great show.
Had a brilliant time, loved it! Continue reading
Introducing our new range of Fortuitous Novelties handmade folding furniture, – created for people on the move.
As all of us become more nomadic, our inventive furniture responds to this need to continuously adapt ourselves and our belongings to our changing surroundings.
Space saving and portability is the key to this lightweight and transportable furniture that provides a comfortable place to sit and rest, work and play, but then usefully folds flat for storage, – growing and shrinking on demand. Continue reading
Our Wooden Serving Planks make a welcome gift, as they look and feel good, are comfortable to use and won’t dull knives. Handcrafted in Leicestershire, UK by Designer Maker Darren Browett these visually appealing handmade boards are finished using milk paint colours that celebrate the glory of vintage and retro style. Though use and wear these planks will continue to look unique. You can bring an accent to your kitchen by leaving our good solid wooden planks on the countertop. Continue reading
In a charity shop we recently found a copy of one of the most elegant Puffin Picture Books, A Child’s Alphabet by Grace Gabler, published in 1946. We thought we would share some of the beautiful artwork with you. Continue reading
We recently visited Stoneywell, a delightful homely retreat and a paradise for the many generations of children who lived there – perfect for “Swallows and Amazons” adventures.
We are lucky to live only a couple of miles away from Stoneywell, one of the country’s rare surviving examples of an Arts and Crafts cottage complete with many original furniture and contents. Continue reading
At last the sun came out, so a spot of lazy camping was called for, – we set out with the simple aim of only eating and sleeping and drinking tea. We visited Forestside Farm that is set in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside providing wonderful views of the Dove Valley and Weaver Hills. We always like to find destinations that are small, clean, friendly and peaceful. Chris and Jan Prince have certainly ensured their campsite ticks all these boxes, the site itself is on a working organic dairy farm and we have had a great time walking around looking at the new calves, – you really do feel like you are in the heart of the countryside. Continue reading
Whatever happened to camping furniture with an appealing design? This is the question I was asking myself when I was looking at the plethora of industrial aluminium furniture that seems to be the current mainstay of many camping stores. For our bell tent adventures we need furniture that is comfortable, functional, and durable but just as importantly for us it must be elegant and in sympathy with the surroundings of the great outdoors. Continue reading
Neil Unsworth from Derbyshire has contacted us to tell us about his fantastic Hustler! We wrote a post on the Mini Hustler back in 2012, about how it is not just a car but a way of life. This is definitely the case for Neil who has almost completed a full restoration of his very rare six wheeler version. He tells us that his Hustler has been recently featured in Mini Magazine in February 2015 and it is one of only three that exist in the UK, with one selling at an auction at Bonhams in September 2014 for a whopping £11K…
Find our original blogpost on the Hustler here.
Thanks Neil for taking the time to tell us about your extraordinary car.
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The great weather over the weekend gave us the chance to get outside and do some more cooking on our rocket stove. It may have only been in our back garden, but any opportunity to cook our meals outdoors is our favourite preoccupation at the moment as we get more excited about the camping season getting started proper. We cooked Huevos Rancheros on the stove which is becoming one of our staples when we campfire cook. Good and hearty – and what we really enjoy is cracking in a couple of eggs to poach them in the pan with all the juices from the chorizo and veggies.
It has been great to get out of doors and it gave us a chance to see the signs that spring is really here…
Last weekend we made our first camping trip of the season at Trippenkennett Farm which lies in attractive countryside in Three Ashes near Monmouth. Our trip was a one night stop over on our way to visit family. It was great to be back outdoors and using our trusty Belltent as we had been impatiently waiting to do so, it being nearly six months since our last camping trip. Of course it is still very early in the season and not many sites are open but Trippenkennett was very much up and running with campervans, motorhomes and caravans being used whilst we were there. We were the only tent on the site, but we know that the Bell Tent Campers Facebook group met up to camp here the previous weekend so it appears the farm is very popular for such a small site.
The scene was still wintry with the first signs of spring just visible and the trip gave us the first try out of some new kit we had invested in over the winter to allow us to extend our camping season. All in all the trip was a great success and we were not cold at night thanks to our new tent inner, and using the electric hook up we were able to use an electric heater to take off the chill in the morning. Thanks to Campfire Magazine, we cooked on our new Anevay Rocket Stove and it provided lots of warmth for us to sit out into the darkness of the evening. A good night and as always provided lots of food for thought for new projects for our next eagerly awaited trip.
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