We’ll have a slight change to the order completion process in tonight’s update. Once you hit the “Complete” button on the processing order page, this will secure any items you have added to your cart, and the next screen will give you the option to go back and order other items, or finish your order and pay with PayPal (or cheque if you are a UK resident). In this new strategy, you simply need to select your shipping location and not have to worry about changing your shipping to “already paid” status. The system will assign the correct shipping amount as long as you choose your correct location. When you do decide to finish your order, only then will the shipping charge be assessed.

ETA: Okay, the technical error has got the better of us. So sorry, everyone, we will have to postpone until Monday at 7pm.


February can be a tough month. I don’t know why this should be, when it’s the tail end of winter, and we know it’s almost over, we’ve survived another winter, spring is so close. I suppose by February, you’ve burned through your reserves and strength, and the greyness seems to seize the opportunity to burrow into your bones. It’s grey here today, heavy unrelenting greyness that seems to press in on you. There is no horizon, nothing to see but low flat greyness of cloud and rain. Even the daffodils in my garden look forlorn, their acid yellow dimmed by the greyness that pervades everything. But the daffodils inside the house are glowing and dauntless. They light up the whole room.

I try to be gentle with myself this time of year, to allow myself to feel gloomy and lethargic without going into a tailspin of panic. I know that come March, I will perk back up again. It’s just a question of hanging in until then. Please hang in, if the winter blues have got inside your bones. It will pass. In just a few weeks now, spring will have driven all memory of winter away from us. Lambs will be prancing, daffodils will dance by the roadside, soon to be followed by the delicate primroses. The sun will be warm as it comes through our windows, inviting us to venture outside, push up our sleeves, turn our faces upwards. We will throw off the lethargy of winter, and find new energy and spirit.

In the meantime, keep breathing. Be still and ready, like the flowers under the frozen earth, just waiting for their moment to burst forth and delight us yet again. We are all just a tiny part of this grand cycle. We cannot resist it, far better to move with it, as gracefully as you can. No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.


Hello dear ones,

We’re back in the land of the living. The doctor prescribed a course of intensive steroids for Tony, and wow those things work fast. He stopped coughing within a few hours, was able to sleep, and woke up at 5am starving hungry and feeling loads better (he hadnt eaten since last Thursday, or drunk very much either). He felt well enough to take a quick look at our phone line, and was able to spot the problem with the wiring outside and fix it. You can’t imagine how happy I am!!! Internet back, Tony back. On the slightly minus side, I feel pretty sick myself now, and Tony is still far from well, so we’re just going to rest up for a few days. Definitely no update.

Thank you all for your kind messages, thank you Jane & Meg for passing along my frantic messages (and Sarah too, who was the carrier pigeon!). Even for just 24 hours I missed this place terribly.

Germy hugs from both of us.