Off to the Lakes: Joe’s fell-walker’s kit list

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The transition between seasons never seems quite so stark as it does between summer and autumn. As we creep past mid-October it seems that in just a matter of days the leaves have turned and it’s time to light the fire in the evenings. It won’t be long before we’re waking up in the dark…. 

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Hot buttered Toast

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I love autumn – the chill in the air, the clear sunshine and the anticipation of my annual pilgrimage to the Lake District. This week has been hectic, exciting, energising and exhausting in equal measure and has left me yearning for time cocooning at home. If only my weekend could look a little something like… 

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Name the place

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I’m really intrigued by these Places cushions by Swedish textile designers, How Are you. Each one shows a landscape photographed by Niklas Blom and is named after the longitude and latitude where it was taken. Paste the co-ordinates into Google Maps to see the exact spot the tripod was standing. 61.496164,8.808289 68.150634,14.201546 61.393267,8.798332 OK, so… 

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The prettiest colour combo in the world ever… the sequel

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Cavegirls can go gooey over pretty colours too, right? {via Food & Cook / Carolina Prep / Martha Stewart} I can’t get enough of sugarcoated mint and blush at the moment… wear it, cook it, decorate with it. This is what spring looks like to me this year! ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. You might also like these posts:… 

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Spiders and bats and snails, oh my

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Not the most likely motifs for a beautiful textile collection perhaps, but these creatures and more appear on the cushions, throws and shawls of Finnish design studio Klaus Haapaniemi. The patterns are drawn from Finnish folklore and the textiles are mostly made by hand using traditional methods, materials and dyes. {all Klaus Haapeniemi} Unsurprisingly, these… 

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Lovely letterpress: 5 of the best Christmas cards

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So, once again, I haven’t got around to making my own Christmas cards. Perhaps if I start in January I might actually manage for 2012! Thankfully there’s still time to get shop-bought ones in the post… here’s a round-up of my favourite letterpress designs this year. £15 / 12, Thornback & Peel £2.50, Bobalong $4.00… 

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Wish list: The Original Pop Up Shop

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What do you do with an ice cream parlour in the depths of the British winter? Open a pop-up Christmas shop of course! The Original Pop Up Shop is the brainchild of interiors stylist Louise Rastall and sees her family switch ice cream for icicles (boom boom) by turning their shop into a Christmas wonderland… 

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