News from L&F

TENNIS TIME
I should tell you, I am an awesome tennis player.  (That simply isn’t true, and never was.  Even before my arthritic shoulders gave up.)  In my heyday however I had a backhand to fear – I certainly did: it was...
ALREADY?!
It’s nearing the end of June, so of course our thoughts turn to … Christmas.  If you feel that the whole world is Christmas mad, and you think it starts too early, my only words of advice to you would...
IAN THE PAINT
Ian the Excellent Painter has been again.  L&F HQ is a bit like the Forth Road Bridge before they invented a self-restoring paint, or whatever they did.  No sooner has he finished than he has to start again – and...
POLLY’S LOVELY LEMONY MUFFINS
Right.  That’s it.  It’s properly May now, and as believers in the power of positive thought, we are determined that the rain has finished: enough.  And to celebrate?  Well CAKE, obviously.  Or in this instance, cakey muffins – we find...
AND THEY SAID IT WOULDN'T LAST...
We’re nothing if not consistent here at L&F.  I’m writing this from the wilds of Argyll, looking out at wind and waves and SUN – yes, real actual sun in a blowy sky that’s blue and white and really exactly...
FAIR ENOUGH
And incredibly, it’s that time of year again.  We’re booked in to four HUGE ones this year, and paid up and hugely excited – we’re restocking and planning and all systems are very definitely, officially, ‘Go’.  (As if they weren’t...
OH REEELLY?!
We’re trying to be very on point, and are steeling ourselves to make some reels.  To waft about in front of a camera goes right against the grain, but those who know say it must be done, and we have...
CUSHIONING THE BLOW
We’re so excited – you love our cushion covers!  You spoke, and we listened, and so we’ve extended our range to include the gorgeous Lorne Stripe, Humby Fern and Appin.  Rather selfishly we’ve snaffled a handful to adorn our outdoor...
EASTER? EGGCELLENT!
Second only to Christmas, Easter causes the most excitement here at L&F HQ.  It isn’t just the chocolate, the hot cross buns and the simnel cake.  I wouldn’t want you to think we’re ONLY motivated by food.  It’s the daffodils,...
YET MORE NEWNESS NEWS!
How delighted are we with our new Mats and Coasters! I grew up with these (or their forebears) in England and in Scotland, and many’s the hour my four siblings and I spent, our little fingers tracing the rattan ‘snakes’...
MOTHER’S DAY GOES BOTH WAYS
Oh my life … is anyone else out there as excited about tomorrow as I am?  I’m a daughter AND a mother, and so I’m both giving and receiving tomorrow.  If I know my daughter – and I think I...
THE LEGENDARY MRS W
Tomorrow is Granny’s 93rd birthday.  93!  A matriarch to her core, the rest of the numbers are impressive too: 5 children (I’m number 3); 14 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren so far.  So I hope you will indulge me if I...
A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
Well I don’t know about anyone else, but I need a burst of colour and light and all things pretty and twinkly at the moment. February was the longest month in the whole year EVER and I for one am glad...
DECISIONS TO BE MADE
This year we’re a bit behind ourselves.  We normally spend January restocking, and deciding which fairs to go to in the year ahead.  This year we’ve done our big stock-take, reordered, designed and launched a new product, and started on...
POLLY'S PERFECT PANCAKES
It’s cold, wet and grey outside and the ONLY answer on a day like this, is pancakes.  Not your thin little whispy crepe thingies: thick, delicious, warm and fluffy American-style pancakes.  They may not be exactly what the doctor ordered...
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
Not just for each other and for mankind in general, but for our gorgeous new Peony Hearts!  These beautiful mugs and jugs are available now to pre-order, and we’re confident that you’ll fall for their loveliness.  Say goodbye to the...
WE NEAR THE END
...of winter!  Snowdrops are everywhere, bluebells and daffodils won’t be far behind, and it seems remarkably mild.  No doubt there will be a few more glitches before 21st March, the official first day of spring, but there is definitely a...
MARMALADE MATTERS
January is Seville orange month, and if you’ve never made your own marmalade before, do. Mr I seriously doesn’t cook, but he has a vested interest in ensuring the quality of his favourite breakfast essential, and is therefore currently to be...
CALEDONIA MINE
Methinks it’s time to introduce the L&F lurcher, Callie. So named because Isobel, whose job it is to name all our pets, felt that ‘Caledonia’ was a bit of a mouthful to yell. So here is Callie, now 8 months,...
OFF WE GO AGAIN
Well!  What a whirlwind that all was … blink and you missed it, but with a bang and a wallop Christmas and New Year both came and went and now we’re into 2024.  Extraordinary to think that all that frenetic...
POLLY'S MARVELLOUS MINCE PIES
... so named, because they are!  The key here is the mincemeat:pastry ratio, and the lack of lid.  Traditionally I do a star for each, and I will draw a veil over the behaviour of some of my family -...