News from L&F

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 -...
THE PASSAGE OF TIME
Reader: I’m a year older than when we last spoke.  My birthday was yesterday, and I’ve fought hard all my life to keep it distinct from Christmas.  Increasingly it’s swallowed up in the general gaiety, and as time goes on...
CORRIDOOR CREEPING
Stockings!  Where do we stand on stockings?  Without doubt, they’re my favourite bit of Christmas.  I hope I don’t shatter anyone’s Father Christmas based illusions when I say that creeping around the house in the dark swapping empty kilt/welly socks...
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
Yesterday was the last of our 2023 Fairs, this time at the magnificently named Grimsthorpe Castle – and it was as jolly cold as it somehow sounds.  From now on it’s all downhill to Christmas, and if the lack of...
THE CHRISTMAS TREES COMETH
Speaking of new traditions, as we were …. here at L&F HQ it has become something of a thing that Isobel and I go and choose the trees for inside the house.  (There’s a huge Wellingtonia in the garden that...
MICHAEL BAUBLE...
Another day, another two firsts: we’re at Sandringham Christmas Fair this weekend; and the glorious new baubles, which are going like hot cakes.  Christmas music in the background (thank you Michael), cold enough to feel seasonal, full enough for atmosphere...
REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE FITH OF NOVEMBER.
Who could forget it?  Tomorrow is truly one of L&F’s favourite nights of the year.  Marshmallow covered, singed oven gloves (they melt and gloop, whatever you do to try to avoid it), ‘Oooos’ and ‘Ahhhhhs!’ mixing with the smell of...