Get Ready For Cosy Evenings By The Fire!

fireside homepageAutumn is here, which means cooler evenings. If you’re lucky enough to have a real fire then you definitely need to treat yourself to one of our Fireside Sets. Not only are they simply stunning but practical too.

Our Fireside Ash Set will save endless cleaning! How many times have you tried to get your carefully placed ash (balanced on your shovel) through your lounge? Gosh it’s a messy job! Not anymore, our Ash Bucket comes complete with lid, it’s also made from metal so you can add hot ash too! Although I would recommned waiting for it to cool before you put it in your wheelie bin otherwise the council will have a field day!

Our Fireside Sets are available in our usual fantabulous colours of Slate and Clay. The best thing is, you don’t even need a real fire, they make fantastic accessories for gas and electric fires too (although you might be pushing it if you place it next to a radiator!).

Get Ready for Harvest!

Apple Picket - Wicker wooden fruit boxFresh Apples Buckets

Well summer is drawing to a close and with autumn just around the corner it will soon be time to pick and store your apples before the first frost. We have some fantastic products to help you with the Tom & Barbara way of life (that’s growing your own and being self sufficient to the younger generation!).

For those out of reach apples at the top of the tree we have a Wicker Apple Picker, simply raise your picker, wiggle and allow the apple to drop and be caught in the waiting basket.

To store your apples we recommend a flat wooden surface with a good deal of ventilation, sort and grade your apples first, any bruised or damaged apples keep to one side for baking. (For the best apple and blackberry pie ever click here http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/blackberry-apple-pie)

All others can be wrapped in paper (ideally waxed paper) and placed gently on a slatted tray (our vegetable store is perfect).  Make sure the apples have a little room around them just in case any of them decide to turn bad and they won’t take the neighbours with them!

Make sure your trays are stored in a cool place, ideally an old fashioned parlour would be best but most of us aren’t fortunate enough to have one these days so an outbuilding works just as well, so long as the humidity is low and the temperature stays around 45 degree centigrade.

Most apples will keep for a few months, to be honest it is a bit of an art, but have fun trying and enjoy eating your apples well into the winter!