WS Newsfeed http://www.whitestuff.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.whitestuff.com en hourly 1 Julia's Mosaic Diary http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/julias-mosaic-diary-blog146/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/julias-mosaic-diary-blog146/#comments Tues, 01 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/julias-mosaic-diary-blog146/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Julia from White Stuff Dorchester volunteered with the shop&rsquo;s local charity, Mosaic, supporting children who&rsquo;ve experienced bereavement. She joined them on a weekend away. Here&rsquo;s her account of a lively and emotional weekend.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t really know what to expect when I turned up on the Friday evening at Leeson House - a big, old house in the middle of nowhere. I had my bag packed with wellies, a teddy bear, torch, tissues and a big smile. I felt ready for the weekend ahead!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Day one:<br /> &ldquo;The volunteers met and were put into groups. I was with the older children and was so excited to meet them. We were given an agenda and set to work straight away making beds for the 21 children and 15 helpers.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Day two:<br /> &ldquo;When the children arrived, we gave them a hoodie, name badge and handmade quilt (all provided by Mosaic) and a White Stuff bag from Casa del White Stuff. Every child brought a photograph of their lost one which was put onto a communal board. We had a tour of the house and did several team-building activities, including an obstacle course and craft session. Each group had a counsellor and these activities were designed to bring the children out of their shells and enable them to talk to us if they wanted to. As you can imagine, many tears were shed over the weekend.<br /> <br /> It was encouraged that we did everything in our groups which really helped us to get to know the children. After lunch, we had time to tell &lsquo;our story&rsquo;, identifying strong emotions, how to manage them and generate questions for the Doctor. When he arrived, everybody sat together on beanbags and cushions. I found this session very difficult as the younger children asked questions like &quot;Can you catch cancer?&quot; and &quot;Does it hurt to die?&quot; This was a very peaceful but emotional time. Afterwards we played games outside to let off some steam!<br /> <br /> The whole team came back into the hall after dinner where beanbags had been placed in a big circle. The lights were off and a big candle was lit in the middle. We each had an unlit candle and took turns to say who we were remembering. When we were done, we lit our candle from the person next to us. When we were ready, we blew out our candle and left the room very quietly. The children got to take their candle home.<br /> <br /> The wellies came out for a couple of hours of orienteering afterwards with the older children, which was great fun. A cup of hot chocolate and a well-deserved leap into bed after an eventful night.<br /> <br /> Day three:<br /> &ldquo;After breakfast, everyone was in the hall at 9am as an aerobics teacher arrived to get us energised for the day. We also did an anger workshop where we got to write or draw what made us angry. We explained our reasons before going outside to put the papers onto a big tarpaulin and threw clay at it until everybody&#39;s picture fell down. This was great fun, very therapeutic!<br /> <br /> When their parents arrived mid-afternoon, the children gave a presentation in their groups, in front of everybody, discussing what they had done over the weekend. Finally, we all went outside with labels about our loved ones and attached them to a helium balloon. We let these go altogether and watched as flew away. This gave a great sense of closure for the children.<br /> <br /> A few hours after everyone left I was tired, emotional, proud of myself and ready to see my own children. We were advised not to work the next day as the weekend would take its toll on us. Now I understand why!<br /> <br /> The experience was exhilarating, having seen first-hand what a massive impact Mosaic have on these children, I would like to thank White Stuff for their support in choosing this charity and hope there are many more years to come.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mosaic1.JPG" style="width: 448px; height: 448px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mosaic2.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 470px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mosaic3.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 459px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mosaic4.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Kay Sexton Book Readings and Signings http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/kay-sexton-book-readings-and-signings-blog145/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/kay-sexton-book-readings-and-signings-blog145/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/kay-sexton-book-readings-and-signings-blog145/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">For our spring wrap theme, &lsquo;Sow Happy&rsquo;, we&rsquo;ve teamed up with author of gardening book, <em>Minding My Peas and Cucumbers</em>, Kay Sexton, for a series of book readings and signings in selected shops.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Minding my Peas and Cucumbers_CMYK_cropped.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 463px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Kay will be visiting our Cardiff shop Tuesday 8th April (5.30-7pm) and Kingston, Thursday 10<sup>th</sup> April (5.30-7pm).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Join Kay for a book reading and Q&amp;A. Signed books will be available to buy for &pound;9.95 on the night.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Creative team at Casa del White Stuff first noticed Kay&rsquo;s book <em>Minding my Peas and Cucumbers</em> when seeking gardening inspiration. Our <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlexplore/"><u>&lsquo;Sow Happy&rsquo;</u></a> theme celebrates the British allotment and getting outside so we loved Kay&rsquo;s book and approached her about working with us. Kay very kindly provided us with a <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlexplore_kay_sexton_quiz/?icn=sow_happy_explore_allotment_quiz"><u>quiz </u></a>and <u><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlexplore_kay_sexton_competition/?icn=sow_happy_explore_kay_compp">competition</a></u>&nbsp;on the &lsquo;Explore&rsquo; section on our website. Customers can win a signed copy of one of her books.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Kay Sexton&rsquo;s fiction appears in more than eighty anthologies. Her unpublished novel, <em>Gatekeeper</em>, was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize and she has been shortlisted, finalist or winner of many literary competitions. She has had two books on allotment gardening published: <em>Minding My Peas and Cucumbers</em> and <em>The Allotment Diaries</em>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In addition to putting words together as Kay Sexton, she also writes fiction under several pen names, grows her own food, teaches horticultural skills on her allotment and is in charge of a Cairn Terrier called Rebus, (although sometimes he&rsquo;s in charge of her).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Here are a few snaps from when Kay visited White Stuff Nottingham a few weeks ago:&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/blog3.jpeg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/blog(3).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/blog2.jpeg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Hope to see you in our Cardiff and Kingston shops next week!</span></span> 0 Make Your Own Gardening Bag http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/make-your-own-gardening-bag-blog144/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/make-your-own-gardening-bag-blog144/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/make-your-own-gardening-bag-blog144/ <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mum.jpg" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; width: 200px; height: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">White Stuff customer Heather made this lovely gardening bag for her best friend Carol&rsquo;s birthday. Here, she shows us how to make it. It doubles as a shopper for any non-gardeners out there!<br /> <br /> If you&#39;ve got something crafty you&#39;d like to share, get in touch through social media! Just remember to include lots of lovely photos (of yourself and of your make).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/gardening(1).jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>You will need:</strong><br /> 1x piece of hessian 62cm x 140cm<br /> 1x piece fabric/thermal lining 62cm x 140cm<br /> Scraps of contrasting fabric to decorate the bag<br /> 1x piece of strong cotton tape, 1.50m (for the handles)<br /> A sewing machine<br /> Pins<br /> Cotton<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Method:</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> 1. Fold the hessian in half (so it now measures 70 x 62) and stitch down the side and at the bottom, allowing a 2cm seam.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 2. Zigzag stitch around the edges to prevent fraying.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the lining.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 4. Take the hessian and fold each bottom corner 10cm to the middle and stitch. This makes the bottom of the bag.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 5. Do the same for the lining and place it inside the hessian. Pin or tack the side seams together to hold it in place.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 6. Fold the top of your bag inwards by 6cm, tucking in the raw edges. Stitch it down.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 7. For the handles, cut the tape in half (so it&rsquo;s now 76cm long) and fold your bag in half widthways so you can find the centre.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 8. Pin the handles at an equal distance from the centre and stitch them 0.5cm inside the top of the bag. You could top-stitch the ends to make them extra strong.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 9. If you want to appliqu&eacute; a flower or initial on your bag, it&rsquo;s easiest to use an embroidery hoop. This decoration will also help to keep your lining in place; decorative and practical! Practice on a bit of scrap fabric first so you can get your machine stitching exactly how you want it.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 10. Wear your bag with pride or pack it full of gardening goodies and give it to a deserving green-fingered friend!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/garden_2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /><br /> <br /> Fill your bag with gardening goodies!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/garden_3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /><br /> <br /> The applique technique is easy and really brings the design to life.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> 0 How Green Fingered Are You? http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/how-green-fingered-are-you-blog143/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/how-green-fingered-are-you-blog143/#comments Weds, 26 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/how-green-fingered-are-you-blog143/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/man(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Are you potty for potting? Find out here&hellip;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Do you think a &lsquo;Trellis&rsquo; is:</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A tasty flan with apples and almonds<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Spanish equivalent of the name &lsquo;Doris&rsquo;<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; French for &lsquo;Lady Garden&rsquo;<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A framework of light wooden or metal bars to support fruit trees or creepers, typically fastened against a wall<br /> <br /> <strong>Do you think Titchmarsh is:</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A male Blue Tit<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What happens when you encounter a small patch of mud<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A footballer who used to play for Man City<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A truly wonderful man, guru of all that is green and world-renowned water feature maestro<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>When you think &lsquo;soil&rsquo; do you think:</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mmm chocolate<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Eugh, dirty!<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I must hire a cleaner<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I need to get my hands in there<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>What do you do in your shed?</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Shed? I don&rsquo;t own one sweetie, I keep the Porsche in the garage<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A set of tools and an old washing machine<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Battle spiders<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; EVERYTHING!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Would you say you&rsquo;re self-sufficient?</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I tend to buy the organic range in Waitrose<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fairly, I know how to read a map<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I can call the local takeaway with a single hand<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dinner tonight is all home-grown<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>How does your garden grow?</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It&rsquo;s completely paved, so it doesn&rsquo;t, technically<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I have no idea! Survival of the fittest I suppose<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There&rsquo;s a pot plant or two left from the last family that lived here<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Very nicely, thank you<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Do you own a pair of gardening gloves?</strong><br /> a.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yes! They were a joke present one Christmas; pink and frilly<br /> b.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No, only red leather driving gloves<br /> c.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; No way Jos&eacute;<br /> d.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yes, they&rsquo;re old and muddy. I like to hang them up in my shed after a long day in the garden<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Mostly A<br /> <strong>Er, no.<br /> </strong>If by &lsquo;gardening&rsquo; you mean &lsquo;received some flowers last month&rsquo;, then chances are you&rsquo;re not green-fingered. Are you bothered? Probably not. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Mostly B<br /> <strong>Don&rsquo;t think Monty Don&rsquo;s quaking in his mud-caked boots<br /> </strong>You cleared the leaves from the drive last year but that&rsquo;s about as far as it goes. Give potting a go &ndash; you might find you like it!<br /> <br /> Mostly C<br /> <strong>Not afraid of weeding<br /> </strong>When the time is right, you love getting down and dirty in the garden. Good for you!<br /> <br /> Mostly D<br /> <strong>Yes, you&rsquo;re green-fingered<br /> </strong>There&rsquo;s nothing you love more than being up to your elbows in mud. Your garden (or window box) must look blooming lovely.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 The Sir Isaac Newton Apple Tree http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/the-sir-isaac-newton-apple-tree-blog142/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/the-sir-isaac-newton-apple-tree-blog142/#comments Tues, 25 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/the-sir-isaac-newton-apple-tree-blog142/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/apple tree.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">In our spring magalogue, we featured an <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlsow_happy_behind_the_scenes/?icn=sow_happy_explore_behindscenes">interview with Thomas Broom</a></strong>, Chief Horticulturalist at Petersham Nurseries.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> One of the questions we asked him was &lsquo;what is the most exclusive plant you have ever handled?&rsquo; before featuring his reply, &lsquo;That would be the Sir Issac Newton apple tree- it&rsquo;s actually growing in my garden&rsquo;.&nbsp; We now realise that the way this was written could be misleading and want to let you know that Thomas&rsquo;s tree is grafted from a cutting of the original tree which is located in the historic orchard at Sir Isaac Newton&rsquo;s birthplace, Woolsthorpe Manor. Thomas has a &lsquo;Flower of Kent&rsquo; apple tree which is the same variety as the one Newton saw apples falling from and which gave him the answers to his questions about gravity.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Cuttings of the Sir Isaac Newton apple tree are available all over the world, but there is only one original, and that&rsquo;s firmly rooted in <strong><a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor">Woolsthorpe Manor</a></strong>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you&rsquo;d like to buy an apple tree, we can recommend Petersham Nurseries, but if you want to visit the original, then Woolsthorpe Manor&rsquo;s the place to go:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor">www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor</a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Apologies if we caused confusion, we didn&rsquo;t mean to!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Conservation Manager at Woolsthorpe, Margaret Winn, gave us some more information about the tree. The photograph included was taken by Colin Russell.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <h1> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The Story of the Apple Tree</span></span></h1> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Woolsthorpe Manor, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, is home to the Flower of Kent apple tree connected with the myth of Newton&rsquo;s discovery of the law of gravitation &ndash; a myth which Newton himself started.&nbsp; The story of the tree goes back a long way.&nbsp; For generations it had been carefully looked after by the locals who propped it up and built a fence around it.&nbsp; Finally it blew down in a gale in 1820.&nbsp; Some of the broken wood was made into snuff boxes, small trinkets and a chair that are now to be found various collections.&nbsp; Fortunately the tree remained rooted and re-grew strongly from the base into the tree we have now.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The Flower of Kent is a very old type of English apple, which is best described as a tasteless cooker, but can be eaten and stores reasonably well.&nbsp; It is a large odd shaped apple, green and yellow, striped with red.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In the orchard at Woolsthorpe there are several younger &lsquo;Flower of Kent&rsquo; apple trees taken from the original, so that when the tree comes to the end of its life, there will be &lsquo;descendants&rsquo; to carry on the story.&nbsp; A sketch of the tree in 1840 relates clearly to its unusual shape today.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> After Newton&rsquo;s death in 1727, many biographical materials were assembled, especially by John Conduitt, a Fellow of the Royal Society, amateur writer and natural philosopher, who was Newton&rsquo;s assistant at the Royal Mint, and later succeeded him as Master of the Mint.&nbsp; He was one of Newton&rsquo;s closest friends and also married to Newton&#39;s half-niece Catherine Barton (in 1717).&nbsp; Newton lived with Catherine and John in London.&nbsp; Although he never seems to have got very far with his biography, its early drafts are of unique value, including a number of anecdotes that Conduitt had heard from Newton himself.<br /> Conduitt described the apple tree event when he wrote about Newton&#39;s life:<br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;he retired again from Cambridge on account of the plague to his mother in Lincolnshire &amp; whilst he was musing in a garden it came into his thought that the same power of gravity (which made an apple fall from the tree to the ground) was not limited to a certain distance from the earth but must extend much farther than was usually thought &ndash; Why not as high as the Moon said he to himself &amp; if so that must influence her motion &amp; perhaps retain her in her orbit, whereupon he fell a calculating what would be the effect of that supposition..&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> A fuller <a href="http://www.newtonproject.sussex.ac.uk/texts/viewtext.php?id=THEM00158&amp;mode=normalized" title="View normalized transcription">memoir of Newton</a> was composed for Conduitt by William Stukeley, an antiquarian and Fellow of the Royal Society who lived in Grantham.&nbsp; His account is based principally on interviews with people he met locally who had themselves known Newton in his childhood or youth.&nbsp; He recorded in his 1752 Memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton&#39;s Life, a conversation with Newton in Kensington on 15 April 1726, in which he said:<br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;after dinner, the weather being warm, we went into the garden, &amp; drank thea under the shade of some appletrees, only he, &amp; myself. amidst other discourse, he told me, he was just in the same situation, as when formerly, the notion of gravitation came into his mind. &quot;why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground,&quot; thought he to him self: occasion&#39;d by the fall of an apple, as he sat in a contemplative mood: &quot;why should it not go sideways, or upwards? but constantly to the earths centre? assuredly, the reason is, that the earth draws it. there must be a drawing power in matter. &amp; the sum of the drawing power in the matter of the earth must be in the earths center, not in any side of the earth. therefore dos this apple fall perpendicularly, or toward the center. if matter thus draws matter; it must be in proportion of its quantity. therefore the apple draws the earth, as well as the earth draws the apple.&quot;</em><br /> Some have disputed the location and veracity of the tree, but the Woolsthorpe Flower of Kent tree is recognised as one of the most important heritage trees of Britain.&nbsp; The Tree Council have researched the tree and confirmed that it is age-appropriate.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In 1998, work led by Dr Richard Keesing of York University included studies of the tree, dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating, which concluded that there is &ldquo;considerable evidence to show that the apple tree presently growing at Woolsthorpe and known as &#39;Newton&#39;s apple tree&#39; is in fact the same specimen which was identified in the middle of the eighteenth century and which may now be 350 years old&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Many institutions claim to have descendents of the tree, but apple trees do not come true to variety from a pip &ndash; material has to be grafted to be genetically the same. It seems to be possible to prove the variety of a tree but not its direct descendants as all similar types of trees are genetically identical.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Newton never said he was hit on the head by a falling apple!&nbsp; One story suggests that Voltaire told it to insinuate that it took something like a blow on the head for an Englishman to have an original idea, but we have no source reference for this. We do know that Voltaire held Newton in very high regard and attended his funeral.</span></span><br /> 0 White Stuff Kendal's charity is... http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/white-stuff-kendals-charity-is-blog140/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/white-stuff-kendals-charity-is-blog140/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/white-stuff-kendals-charity-is-blog140/ <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">White Stuff is coming to Kendal!<br /> <br /> We recently asked you to vote on who our new Kendal shop charity should be. The vote was between The <a href="http://www.bendrigg.org.uk/">Bendrigg Trust</a> and th</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">e <a href="http://www.soul-trade.com/scuda/SCuDA/Home.html">South Cumbria Dyslexia Association</a>, two ve</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">ry worthy caus</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">es working in</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;the loca</span></span><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">l area</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">.</span></span><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Kendal_facebook.jpg" style="font-family: georgia, serif; width: 300px; height: 235px;" /></p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> Thanks to everyone who had their say, but there can only be one winner&hellip;.congratulations to The Bendrigg Trust who won with a whopping 86% of the vote.</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Bendrigg Trust logo.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 389px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Commiserations to the South Cumbria Dyslexia Association, thank you for taking part, we&rsquo;ll be sending you a donation of &pound;250 to put towards your very worthwhile work.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Every White Stuff shop has its own local charity and every year we donate at least 1% of our profits to charity. FInd out more <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlfoundation_home/">here</a>.<br /> <br /> Look out for our new Kendal shop opening in April and join us for our opening party on Thursday 10th April.</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> 0 It Starts with a Pot! By the HTA http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/it-starts-with-a-pot!-by-the-hta-blog139/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/it-starts-with-a-pot!-by-the-hta-blog139/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer http://www.whitestuff.com/it-starts-with-a-pot!-by-the-hta-blog139/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Celebrities have gone potty for The Horticultual Trade Association&#39;s lastest&nbsp;campaign, &#39;It Starts with a Pot&#39;.<br /> <br /> Here are some gardening star&#39;s top tips for potting success.</span></span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;Following their simple advice, anyone can have a go and brighten up their garden, patio, path, driveway, balcony, windowsill...the possibilities are endless!</span><br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"> &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Christine Walkden</strong>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Jenniferl/Credit Christine Walkden.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 267px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&bull; Make sure there is enough room in the container for the plants and soil, taking into account the mature size of the plants and their growing habits. Upright growers will need a wide base for balance and sprawlers will need a pot deep enough to drape over.<br /> &bull; As the plants grow, the root systems will fill the pot and the soil will dry more quickly. It&#39;s fine to fill the diameter of the container with plants, but make sure there is plenty of room for the roots to move downward into soil.<br /> &bull; Use a big container; bigger is better. A larger pot or container holds moisture longer and also provides more space for the plants&rsquo; roots. The healthier the root system, the healthier your flowers will be.<br /> &bull; Mix a slow release fertilizer into your potting soil before planting, as plants need food to survive.<br /> &bull; You only need to change the planting material once a year in large pots. You could add food sticks or granules (something like Osmocote) every couple of months to keep plants growing well, or feed with Tomorite or comfrey juice every couple of weeks.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> </span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Peter Seabrook</strong></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Jenniferl/One for the Pot - Peter Seabrook - Please credit The Sun.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 256px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&bull; Whatever container you use, a hole in the base for drainage is essential.<br /> &bull; Use Universal Potting Compost from a well-known brand, because this will be weed, pest and disease free.&nbsp; It should be moist when filling the container, test by squeezing a handful tightly, if water oozes from between your fingers it is moist enough.<br /> &bull; &nbsp;Dry compost is more easily wetted if you use warm water.<br /> &bull; When using new, dry clay pots soak them in water first, an easy way to soak is to put a cork in the bottom and then fill with water.&nbsp; Remember to pull the cork out before filling with compost!<br /> &bull; &nbsp;A larger volume of compost will not dry out so fast, so bigger containers are easier to look after in hot weather.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<strong>Frances Tophill</strong></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Jenniferl/Frances Tophill (2).jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 325px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Frances says: &ldquo;There are so many uses for pots. The first is that it gives people a chance to grow something that they may not be able to normally. For example their soil type, amount of sunlight or winter temperatures may be prohibitive. You can move a pot around, bring it indoors for the winter and fill it with whatever you want. In short there are no limitations other than your own imagination! &nbsp;I always have potted plants around the house as they make everything feel more homely. They can come with you from house to house (and even room to room if you so desire) and become like friends. It&#39;s always worth putting a favourite plant in your pots around the house for that reason.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I tend to go for two kinds of plants. The first is very green plants. Foliage plants soften a room. My favourite is an asparagus fern (Asparagus setaceus) that is so delicate and catches the light like nothing else! Alternatively I like to grow edibles around the house. Strawberries work really well as they don&#39;t need too much root space, but really you can grow any edible plants that you like. Just make sure they get enough nutrients in the pot so they keep producing for you.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In terms of containers, the world is your oyster. I once made a really lovely herb pot out of an old chimney stack that I found in a skip. It looked really rustic and Mediterranean and the porous terracotta really lent itself to herbs, which often don&#39;t like being too damp. I also love making my own pots when I get my hands on some clay. But you really can use anything.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;</span></span><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Jenniferl/James Wong 5.jpg" style="text-align: center; width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<br /> Botanist <strong>James Wong</strong> has gone further and created his own Pimms Pot. Below he shares his own unique recipe:<br /> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <strong>It&#39;s Pimm&#39;s o&#39;Pot!</strong><br /> <br /> &ldquo;Been invited round to your mate&#39;s summer BBQ and have no idea what to bring? Ditch the boring bottle of wine or garage forecourt flowers for this uber-cute cocktail planter idea and they will be talking about it all summer long.<br /> <br /> Get your hands on a medium terracotta pot and plant a miniature calamondin orange tree in the centre. The bare soil beneath is a perfect place to pop a couple of wild strawberries plants and even a mini mint plant. Sinking the mint into the soil without even bothering to remove its pot is not only easier, but will keep its rampant roots from taking over.<br /> Nestle a bottle of Pimm&#39;s in the foliage or even an uber-kitsch plastic bulldog figurine (complete with painted-on Union Jack waistcoat of course) and you are done! A quirky, fun, super easy-to-make present for the mates who have everything, that will give months of pleasure for just under 10 minutes work. Boom!&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>So it doesn&rsquo;t matter what you plant in, anything is possible, so why not give it a go?&nbsp;</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="font-size:10px;"><strong><a href="http://www.the-hta.org.uk/iswap">The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA</a>)&nbsp;</strong>is the trade association for the UK garden industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and service providers.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span></span><br /> 0 Pantastic Competition and Recipes for Pancake Day! http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/pantastic-competition-and-recipes-for-pancake-day!--blog137/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/pantastic-competition-and-recipes-for-pancake-day!--blog137/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer http://www.whitestuff.com/pantastic-competition-and-recipes-for-pancake-day!--blog137/ <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">This Pancake Day, we want to know h<span style="line-height: 18px;">ow &nbsp;you like your pancakes.&nbsp;</span>S<span style="line-height: 18px;">weet or savoury?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18px;">Cast your vote <a href="http://bit.ly/1fvVSB">here</a>-</span>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 18px;">you could be in with a chance of winning a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18px;">luxury Le Creuset&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 18px;">cr&ecirc;pe pan!</span></span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">To excite those tastebuds, we have also found some&nbsp;flippin&#39; fabulous pancake recipes to try out at home!&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://juliasalbum.com/2013/06/apple-cinnamon-crepes-recipe/"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/8964684378_de7bd51594_c.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 448px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 40px;">Apple Cinnamon&nbsp;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.foodrecipeshq.com/apple-and-greek-yogurt-pancakes/"><strong><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Spinach-Artichoke-and-Brie-Crepes-with-Sweet-Honey-Sauce-3.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></strong></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">Spinach Artichoke and Brie with Sweet Honey Sauce</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.foodrecipeshq.com/apple-and-greek-yogurt-pancakes/"><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/appleyogurtpancakes-0142.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 452px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="line-height: 1.2; text-align: center;">Apple and Greek Yogurt&nbsp;</span></span></span></p> <div style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://bsinthekitchen.com/green-onion-parmesan-crepes-with-ricotta-spinach-bacon-mushroom-filling/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Green-Onion-Parmesan-Crepes-with-Ricotta-Spinach-Bacon-Mushroom-Filling-3-683x1024.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 24px;">Green Onion Parmesan with Ricotta, Spinach, Bacon &amp; Mushroom&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.preventionrd.com/2012/02/red-velvet-crepes-with-sweet-cream-cheese-filling/"><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/a981f6080641f80fbe75410633c705dc.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 448px;" /></a></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Red Velvet with Seet Cream Cheese Filling</span></span></p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/2014/02/savory-chickpea-pancakes-spiced-roasted-carrots-sweet-potatoes-feta.html"><span style="font-weight: lighter; line-height: 1.3em; text-align: center; text-transform: lowercase;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/savory-chickpea-pancakes-with-spicy-roasted-carrots-sweet-potatoes-and-feta.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></span></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">Gluten Free C</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; font-weight: lighter; line-height: 1.3em; text-transform: lowercase;">hickpea pancakes with spicy roasted carrots, sweet potatoes, and feta</span><span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: georgia, serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.pbs.org/food/fresh-tastes/chocolate-chip-pumpkin-pancakes/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/pbs-pancakes-2948-2-560x839.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 449px;" /></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">&nbsp;Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://minimalistbaker.com/white-chocolate-macadamia-nut-pancakes/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/white-chocolate-macadamia-nut-pancakes-by-Minimalist-Baker_.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 452px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">White Chocolate and Macadamia nuts</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.melskitchencafe.com/2012/04/crepes-crepes-crepes.html"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Ham-Asparagus-Crepes-jpg.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 405px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 28.600000381469727px;">Ham, Swiss and Asparagus&nbsp;</span></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://divinecusine.com/?p=600"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Crepes-with-a-cottage-cheese_.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 452px;" /></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">Cottage Cheese and Blueberry Sauce&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.lecreuset.co.uk/Chocolate-Swirl-Pancakes.aspx"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Chocolate Swirl Pancakes.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">A must-have in every kitchen, the<a href="http://www.lecreuset.co.uk/Toughened-Non-Stick-Crepe-Pans.aspx " style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;"> Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick</a> Cr&ecirc;pe Pan,&nbsp;<span style="text-align: center;">(RRP &pound;75.00, 24cm / RRP &pound;95.00 28cm)&nbsp;</span>is the perfect shape for creating delicious pancakes that brown evenly and release from the pan effortlessly. Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick is a sleek range of versatile pans that are all perfect for everyday use. With a tough, reinforced and yet ultra-smooth surface inside and out that can withstand use of metal utensils, the Le Creuset ultimate non-stick coating releases food with ease and cleans effortlessly &ndash; perfect for making simple everyday suppers or something a little more special. For the full Le Creuset Toughened Non-Stick range <a href="http://www.lecreuset.co.uk/Product/le-creuset-products/Material-/Toughened-Non-Stick/">click here.</a></span></span></p> 0 Flavoursome Vegetables by Fennel and Fern http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/flavoursome-vegetables-by-fennel-and-fern--blog135/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/flavoursome-vegetables-by-fennel-and-fern--blog135/#comments Weds, 26 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer http://www.whitestuff.com/flavoursome-vegetables-by-fennel-and-fern--blog135/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>What&#39;s the point in growing veg that tastes the same as the stuff you can buy in the shops? You can do better, and grow prettier veg while you&#39;re at it. Here are Fennel and Fern&#39;s top five flavoursome vegetables - and they&#39;re good-looking too</strong>.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. &#39;Golden Sweet&#39; mangetout</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> These are purple-flowered, yellow-podded peas. You&#39;d grow them even if they didn&#39;t have such tender pods or sweet, juicy flesh. But fortunately, they have everything, and so the whole experience is a delight.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/mangetout.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. &#39;White Queen&#39; tomato</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> Yes, you can get white tomatoes. And what a lovely big white tomato this is. It has a creamy blush around the stem, which betrays the sweet, slightly creamy taste of the juicy flesh.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/white queen.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 209px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. &#39;Egyptian&#39; tomato</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> Like most plum tomatoes, these have a lot of thick flesh, which makes them ideal for cooking. And oh, how fantastic that flesh tastes. It&rsquo;s a rich, bitter, smoky flavour which becomes even better when roasted and make into passata or slow-roasted into sundried tomatoes.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/egytiam.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. &#39;Pink Banana&#39; squash</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> This is about as far from the typical Halloween-style squash or pumpkin as you can get. It&#39;s a pink zeppelin-shaped squash with a wonderfully nutty flavour and creamy, juicy flesh. Difficult to beat in terms of size or flavour.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/pink banna.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 434px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Parrot tulip petals</strong></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> It&#39;s not very well-known but you can eat tulip petals. These parrot tulip ones look particularly lovely in a salad and have a superb pea-like flavour and a crunchy texture. Just make sure they&#39;re grown without any nasty sprays - and some people can be allergic to them, so try one petal carefully.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/parrot tulip.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 190px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">There are so many other wonderful rare and tasty veg out there: how about blue potatoes, purple carrots, or white beetroot, for instance?<br /> <br /> <span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 21px;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Fennel and Fern</span></span></strong></span><span style="line-height: 21px;"><strong>&nbsp;is a blogging collective inspiring gardeners all over the world; a big happ</strong>y&nbsp;<strong>team of organic gardeners who love the soil under their fingernails and munching on thier own homegrown veg.&nbsp;</strong></span><strong style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14.399999618530273px;">For growing tips and advice on great gardening <a href="http://www.fennelandfern.co.uk/">Click Here</a>.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><br /> <br /> 0 Crop of the Crew http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/crop-of-the-crew--blog136/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/crop-of-the-crew--blog136/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer http://www.whitestuff.com/crop-of-the-crew--blog136/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>In between shots, we asked our talented crew for their green-fingered tips.</strong></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Monica<br /> Role: Digital Assistant<br /> Gardening tip:&nbsp; Basil plants are really easy to look after. Keep one in your kitchen and you&rsquo;ll never have to buy another jar of pesto again!<br /> Favourite vegetable: Anything cooked with garlic</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/monica.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name: Tim<br /> Role: Lighting Assistant<br /> Gardening tip: Don&rsquo;t forget to water your plants!<br /> Favourite vegetable: Broccoli</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/tim.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name: Natasha<br /> Role:&nbsp; Hair and make up<br /> Gardening tip: Always wear gloves to protect your nails<br /> Favourite vegetable: Sweet potato</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/natatsha.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> Name:&nbsp; Beth<br /> Role: Stylist<br /> Gardening tip: Always buy plants in odd numbers, it looks more natural in your garden<br /> Favourite vegetable:&nbsp; Garlic<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/beth.png" style="width: 300px; height: 388px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Ian<br /> Role: Digital Assistant<br /> Gardening tip:&nbsp; Consult the Gardener&rsquo;s World blog for tips<br /> Favourite vegetable:&nbsp; Sweetcorn<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/ian.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 399px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Andy<br /> Role: Lighting assistant<br /> Gardening tips: Put basil around your tomato plants- it fends off bugs!<br /> Favourite vegetable:&nbsp; Butternut squash</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/andy.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 399px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Jonathan<br /> Role: photographer<br /> Gardening tip: When choosing an allotment plot, always go for an open spaced area rather than anywhere with shade or under trees<br /> Favourite vegetable:&nbsp; Potato with butter and parsley</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/john.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 398px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Name:&nbsp; Ryan<br /> Role: Set dresser<br /> Gardening tip: Get a scary scarecrow<br /> Favourite vegetable: Peas</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/ryan.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 398px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> 0 Kale, Butterbean and Orange Soup with Almonds http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/kale-butterbean-and-orange-soup-with-almonds-blog138/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/kale-butterbean-and-orange-soup-with-almonds-blog138/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/kale-butterbean-and-orange-soup-with-almonds-blog138/ <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Our good friends at organic food delivery company <a href="http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/">Abel &amp; Cole</a> have come up with a tasty seasonal recipe for February; why not give it a try this weekend?</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Kale, Butterbean and Orange Soup with Almonds</strong></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Kale.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 750px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Kale, Butterbean &amp; Orange Soup with Almonds </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Prep: </strong>15 minutes<br /> <strong>Cook: </strong>25 minutes<br /> <strong>Feeds: </strong>2-4 people<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Greens, beans and citrus: a knock-your-socks-off soup.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Ingredients</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> A few splashes of olive oil<br /> 1 large onion, finely chopped<br /> 1 potato, peeled and finely diced<br /> 1 carrot, peeled and finely diced<br /> 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped<br /> &frac12; red chilli, finely chopped (more or less, to taste)<br /> 1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped<br /> A pinch of ground cinnamon<br /> The juice and zest of 1 orange<br /> 1 litre vegetable stock, warmed<br /> 2 x 400g tins of butter beans, drained and rinsed<br /> 4 large handfuls of kale, leaves removed from woody stalks and finely chopped<br /> A large handful of almonds, chopped<br /> A pinch of chilli powder<br /> A drizzle of honey<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Step by step </strong><br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <ol> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Heat a large saucepan. Add a splash of oil. Once hot, add the onion, potato and carrot.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Cook over a low heat until the onions are glossy and tender. Stir in the garlic, chilli, rosemary, cinnamon and orange juice and zest. Cook until the orange juice reduces to a sticky glaze. Add half the stock and the beans. Let it gently bubble until the potatoes and carrots are tender.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Add the kale. Mix. Cook for a moment, until it is a lush bright green.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Whizz the soup in a food processor or blender until smooth, or serve chunky, adding stock as needed to reach the desired consistency.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Season to taste. Add more orange or chilli if needed.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Fry the chopped nuts in a little olive oil over a medium heat until just golden. Add a pinch of salt, a hint of chilli powder and a trickle of honey, just enough to coat.</span></span></li> <li> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Once the honey has formed a sticky glaze, remove from the pan. Scatter nuts over each bowl of soup.</span></span></li> </ol> 0 Cycling Across India http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/cycling-across-india--blog134/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/cycling-across-india--blog134/#comments Tues, 18 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/cycling-across-india--blog134/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Lorraine Stevens from our <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/page/Storedetail/?sid=52"><strong>Farnham</strong></a> shop recently took part in an epic Indian journey to raise funds for her shop&rsquo;s partner charity, <a href="http://www.40degreez.org.uk/"><strong>40 Degreez</strong></a>, through the White Stuff Foundation. Lorraine raised a <strong>whopping &pound;2,890</strong> <strong>and cycled </strong><strong>267 miles in 6 days</strong>!</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/cycle.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 373px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> Here&rsquo;s an account of her life-changing experience&hellip;<br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;The idea of the Rajasthan cycle&nbsp;challenge&nbsp;materialised just after I had started working as a supervisor at White Stuff Farnham in November 2012. Was it an&nbsp;adventure&nbsp;or a mid-life crisis that spurred me on? I&rsquo;m still not sure! I signed up to the December 2013 challenge to&nbsp;allow myself plenty of time for fundraising &nbsp;for our shop&rsquo;s local youth charity &lsquo;40 Degreez&rsquo;, and to train for the 267 mile (!) ride. The ball got rolling after Christmas 2012, with a few small baking and craft sales at the shop. &nbsp;As the baking bug bit, the events became larger and larger, including a sale at a local &quot;Zumbathon&quot; (4 hours of Zumba really makes people really hungry for cupcakes!), which raised about &pound;200. All of my efforts were helped by White Stuff matched funding and lots of White Stuff goodies to raffle off&nbsp;in the shop. &nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> <em>My colleagues were all hugely supportive, helping out with selling raffle tickets, face painting and buying cupcakes. Local businesses, including restaurants and health clubs also made donations to my last big raffle&nbsp;which&nbsp;took place whilst I was in India. The whole cycle challenge was really a&nbsp;life-changing event. To cycle 267 miles in 6 days was something I didn&#39;t think possible when I started training and to do it in India was truly amazing. The scenery was stunning, the people were welcoming and I made some life-long friends, all whilst raising money for an excellent cause. To see and experience the stark contrast between India&nbsp;and&nbsp;the Western world is levelling and puts many of our daily problems firmly into context.&rdquo;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Janet Maines, Chair of the Board of Trustees at 40 Degreez, said:<br /> &nbsp;</strong><br /> <em>&ldquo;We are very fortunate to be working in partnership with White Stuff, Farnham.&nbsp; The money raised by Lorraine was fantastic and has gone towards funding musical instruments; our young people are keen to learn how to play and want to form the &lsquo;40 Degreez Centre Band&rsquo;.&nbsp; Music is a great channel for their energy and apart from learning something new they are also acquiring some very useful life skills such as team work, leadership and communication.&nbsp; As a small charity, it&rsquo;s always a struggle to raise sufficient funds with which to buy new equipment so the White Stuff donation was extremely timely and extremely well received. Thank you so much to Lorraine and the White Stuff Foundation.&rdquo;</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Ashley, one of the budding musicians at the charity said:</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <em>&ldquo;The 40 Degreez Centre is a great place and we all do loads of interesting stuff there.&nbsp; The band was our idea and we have also been fundraising to get enough money to buy some more instruments. The donation from White Stuff allowed us to buy even more then we had dreamed. &nbsp;Thanks White Stuff, you&rsquo;re awesome and well done Lorraine for cycling all that way to raise money for our band.&nbsp; You&rsquo;re a star.&rdquo;</em></span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/cyclec.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 601px;" /></em></span></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> 0 Shooting Spring Part Two: Rosendale Allotments http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/shooting-spring-part-two:-rosendale-allotments-blog133/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/shooting-spring-part-two:-rosendale-allotments-blog133/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/shooting-spring-part-two:-rosendale-allotments-blog133/ <p> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">One of the stories from&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/magalogue/" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;"><strong>our spring magalogue</strong></a><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;took part in blustery&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.rosendale-allotments.org.uk/" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;"><strong>Rosendale Allotments</strong></a><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">; what an amazing place. There was a great sense of community, something that can sometimes find hard to come by in such a big city (London). We came away with very muddy boots and tired legs but it was allot-a fun and we think the results were worth it in the end. Number of mud slips: 6. Number of cups of tea consumed afterwards? Many! &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 122.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" />&nbsp;<br /> <br /> We were lucky to have such a lovely day - cool, crisp and dry.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 126.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Sturdy wellies were a must!</span></span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 158.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> We were tempted by this tasty-looking rhubarb!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 174.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Our model was happy to get his hands dirty!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 5 Great Gardens http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/5-great-gardens--blog132/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/5-great-gardens--blog132/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/5-great-gardens--blog132/ <p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;">Wondering what to do with the little ones this Half Term? You&rsquo;ll find plenty of fun and fresh air in a garden near you. These fab locations were chosen by Leigh Hunt, Principal Horticultural Advisor at the Royal Horticultural Society.<br /> </span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><a href="http://www.rhs.org.uk/Wisleybutterflies">RHS Garden Wisley, </a></span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><st1:place w:st="on"><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://rhs.org.uk/Wisleybutterflies">Surrey</a></span></span></strong></st1:place><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">: Leave the cold behind and join the tropical butterflies in the glasshouses until March 9th</span></span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><a href="http://www.edenproject.com">Eden Project, </a></span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.edenproject.com">Cornwall</a></span></span></strong></st1:place></st1:city><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>:</strong> Take your kids to make seed bombs and shoot seed catapults during the holiday period</span></span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><strong><a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit">Bodnant Garden, Gwynedd</a>: </strong>Budding gardeners can learn alongside the best by helping the team plant snowdrops, February 22<sup>nd</sup> - March 2<sup>nd</sup></span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><strong><a href="http://www.trentham.co.uk/whats-on">Trentham Estate, Staffordshire</a>:</strong> If running off energy around the beautiful gardens isn&rsquo;t enough, try the rope walk and ice skating</span></span></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span lang="EN-GB" style="color: black;"><a href="http://www.kew.org">Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, </a></span></span></span></strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:13.5pt;color:black"><st1:place w:st="on"><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.kew.org">Surrey</a></span></span></strong></st1:place><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><a href="http://www.kew.org">:</a></strong>&nbsp;Climbing trees has never been so fun. See </span></span><st1:place w:st="on"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Kew</span></span></st1:place><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&rsquo;s trees from the 18m tall the Xstrata Treetop Walkway</span></span><o:p></o:p></span></p> 0 Micro Greens by Fennel & Fern http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/micro-greens-by-fennel-and-fern--blog131/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/micro-greens-by-fennel-and-fern--blog131/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer http://www.whitestuff.com/micro-greens-by-fennel-and-fern--blog131/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Our friends at stylish gardening blog <a href="http://www.fennelandfern.co.uk/">Fennel &amp; Fern</a> teach us how to sow and grow in small spaces.&nbsp;</strong></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<br /> </span></span></p> <p> <strong style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: center;">Nowhere to grow? Try flavoursome micro greens.</strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">You really don&#39;t need a garden or even a windowbox to be able to grow your own veg. All you need is a windowsill or a sunny spot in a room, a handful of soil and a container, and you can grow micro greens. They are small, flavoursome herbs or salad leaves, grown for only a few days until a second pair of leaves emerge. The taste is much more concentrated and in just one little seedling you get all the punch of an entire plant. They make great salad fillings or garnishes for salad. Here are five of our favourite micro greens.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<br /> <strong>1. Lavender</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_4401-600x400.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> Few people eat adult lavender leaves, but when you try one of these seedlings, you&#39;ll be hooked. Great scattered over a tagine or on cheese on toast. Sow these seeds in compost in a warm place. If you have a propagator, that&#39;s great, or else put them in a seed tray, put the seed tray in a see-through plastic bag and put near to your cooker in your kitchen so they get all the warmth.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>2. Beetroot</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_1900-600x400.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> Picking beets when they are only at seedling stage (rather than waiting a week longer for their true leaves to appear) means you have a perfect garnish. You still have that sweet, earthy, beety flavour in the tiny plant, and the bright stems look fab as the crest of a salad, or sprinkled at the last minute over a dish of food.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>3. Shiso greens</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_1673.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" />&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> Shiso has a really strong aniseed taste, with a gentle warmth to it as well. You can pack these seeds in and serve when the first pair of true leaves appear.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>4. Pea shoots<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</strong><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_1759-600x400.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> These really are clever and cheap salads. You just need a bag of cheap dried peas from your local shop and some soil. Sow and wait until you&#39;ve got about three sets of leaves on the plant. They taste like peas, but better.<br /> <strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 5. Mustard</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/MG_1709.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> These really are quick. Sow in a warm place and you&#39;ll get intense leaves within a week. they&#39;re great for giving early salads a flavoursome punch.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 21px;"><strong style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Fennel and Fern</span></span></strong></span><span style="line-height: 21px;"><strong>&nbsp;is a blogging collective inspiring gardeners all over the world; a big happ</strong>y <strong>team of organic gardeners who love the soil under their fingernails and munching on thier own homegrown veg.&nbsp;</strong></span><strong>For more urban growing tips and advice on great gardening <span style="color:#0000cd;"><u><a href="http://www.fennelandfern.co.uk">click here</a>.</u></span></strong></span></span></p> 0 Love your Garden: Heather http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/love-your-garden:-heather-blog128/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/love-your-garden:-heather-blog128/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/love-your-garden:-heather-blog128/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">February is the month of love so give your garden some tender loving care by brightening it up with heather &ndash; the <a href="http://www.the-hta.org.uk/">Horticultural Trades Association&rsquo;s </a>(HTA) Plant of the Month for February.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Heather is a great plant for the garden in February, bringing some much needed colour in the dark winter months.&nbsp; Heather is part of the <em>Ericaceae</em> family and with over 4,000 varieties to choose from, there is a plant to suit everyone in every situation.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Heather is a fantastic plant that brings glorious pink and purples to a garden brightening up any bed, border or pot. It is such a versatile plant and the different varieties can bloom in both winter and summer. They provide an invaluable food source for wildlife throughout the year with bees attracted to their nectar and smaller creatures taking refuge in the dense close foliage.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Great for ground cover, Heathers are very hardy, evergreen and need little maintenance (perfect for gardening beginners).&nbsp; They are best planted in beds totally devoted to themselves with plenty of drainage, not under trees, and in a sunny, south facing position.&nbsp; They are also good as path liners, rockery plants and in pots.&nbsp; Apart from the flower colour, heathers have foliage which changes colour throughout the year and are also perfect for pollinators such as bees.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Erica heathers are lime tolerant, so will therefore grow in most soil types, acid or alkaline. They will also grow in full sun or partial shade. Varieties of <em>Erica Carnea</em> and <em>Erica Darleyensis</em> provide flower from November until May, a very long flowering period, with white, pink, purple and red flowers available as well as green, yellow, gold and terracotta foliage.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Popular varieties recommended by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) include:<br /> <em>Erica Carnea Alba Golden Starlet</em><br /> <em>Erica Carnea Alba Isabell</em><br /> <em>Erica Carnea Challenger</em><br /> <em>Erica Carnea Rosalie</em><br /> <em>Erica Carnea Wintersonne</em><br /> <em>Erica Darleyensis Albiflora White Perfection</em><br /> <em>Erica Darleyensis J W Porter</em><br /> <em>Erica Darleyensis Kramers Rote</em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Celebrity wildlife expert David Lindo (AKA <a href="http://www.theurbanbirder.com/"><strong>The Urban Birder</strong></a>) is passionate about heather and getting urbanites to realise that there is a whole world of wildlife under their noses in the world&#39;s cities. Previously Head of Membership at the British Trust for Ornithology, David is the author of articles on urban birds and writes for many websites, publications and magazines including the membership publication for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/David_Lindo-7 - plant of month.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 266px;" /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em>David Lindo with some heather&nbsp;</em></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">On site for his photo shoot at W6 Garden Centre, London he said: &ldquo;<em>Heather is also an extremely important plant in Britain&rsquo;s moorlands and heaths with 46 species of birds depending on it for feeding and breeding. My favourite bird, the Ring Ouzel - a type of thrush, is very associated with heather as is the gorgeous Dartford Warbler. They, like I, cannot live without heather.&rdquo; </em><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <strong>The <a href="http://www.the-hta.org.uk/">Horticultural Trades Association</a> (HTA)&nbsp;</strong>is the trade association for the UK garden industry. It is dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and service providers.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The HTA was founded in 1899. Its key roles include: provision of advice-based services such as business improvement schemes, briefings and help lines; training, conferences and events for members; market information and research; promotions such as the National Garden Gift Voucher scheme; and working closely with government and the media to influence policy and projects.<br /> <br /> You can follow the HTA on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/HTAnews">@HTAnews &nbsp;</a>or on Facebook: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/htanews">www.facebook.com/htanews</a><br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 'Potty About You' at Casa Del White Stuff http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/potty-about-you-at-casa-del-white-stuff-blog130/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/potty-about-you-at-casa-del-white-stuff-blog130/#comments Weds, 05 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer http://www.whitestuff.com/potty-about-you-at-casa-del-white-stuff-blog130/ <p align="center" style="text-align:center"> <br /> <span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Casa del White Stuff goes potty for Valentine&rsquo;s Day!</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 9.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">To launch our &lsquo;Potty About You&rsquo; competition we held our very own pot painting evening here at Casa del White Stuff. Attendees came from all departments and we decorated our pots using everything from foam hearts to glitter g</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">lue pe</span></span><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">ns.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/everyone(1).jpg" style="text-align: center; font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; width: 300px; height: 225px;" /></p> <p> <span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">To help get those creative juices flowing we served allotment-themed food and drink. The crudit</span></span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16px;">&eacute;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">s</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-weight: bold; line-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">and vegetable crisps went down a treat, along with a vodka and apple cocktail made especially for the evening. Yum!</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="https://www.whitestuff.com:444http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/IMG_4761.jpg" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px; width: 300px; height: 300px;" /><br style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;" /> <br style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;" /> <em>Essential pot party supplies.</em><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/IMG_4776.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> <em style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">Even Millie, our office dog, got involved!</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/IMG_4789.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> <em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The finished pots. Don&#39;t they look lovely?</span></span></em></p> <p> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">We loved getting crafty and had lots of fun decorating our pots... w</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">hy not give it a go yourself? Simply pick up a free pot from your local White Stuff (or grab one from the garden). &nbsp;I</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: center;">f you&rsquo;re feeling really creative you could hold your own pot painting party too. </span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">To enter the &#39;Potty About You&#39; competition all you have to do is to upload a picture of your decorated pot to our website </span><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/potty-about-you-artlpottyaboutyou/" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">here.</a><strong style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;</strong><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">The winning pot design will win a gourmet break for two with a four course meal at River Cottage (you&#39;ll be in the good books with this Valentine&#39;s present!)</span></p> <p> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">Stuck for ideas? The&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 115%;">masterpieces below should help inspire your perfect pot ;-)</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/10(1).JPG" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/11(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/2.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/3(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/4(2).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/5(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/6(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/7(1).JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_jenniferl/photo.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> #<strong style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">pottyaboutyou</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;Competition closes Friday 14<sup style="font-family: georgia, serif;">th</sup>&nbsp;February 2014.</span></span></p> 0 Style Icons: Menswear http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/style-icons:-menswear-blog129/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/style-icons:-menswear-blog129/#comments Tues, 04 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer http://www.whitestuff.com/style-icons:-menswear-blog129/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">For spring, our Menswear team has been inspired by the no-nonsense style of 1960&rsquo;s screen idols. Laundered coats, desert boots, khakis, shawl-collared cardigans and classic polo shirts are the perfect way to get this rugged, casual look.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Here are some of our favourite picks from the new collection.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/encore-ls-tee-prod408618_blue/"><br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408618_BLUE_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Encore Tee&nbsp;&pound;29.95</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/balham-jacket-prod408612_grey/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408612_GREY_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Balham Jacket &pound;55.00<br /> <br /> <span style="text-transform: lowercase; background-color: rgb(248, 245, 231); color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-weight: bold;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/thorson-check-shirt-prod408131_red/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408131_RED_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a></span><br /> <br /> Thorson Check Shirt&nbsp; &pound;45.00</span></span></p> <h1 style="margin: 0px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 18pt; text-align: center; text-transform: lowercase; padding-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(107, 94, 85); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/randal-nep-shawl-knit-prod408127_blue/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408127_blue_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a></span></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Randal Shawl Knit &pound;59.95</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <h1 style="margin: 0px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 18pt; text-align: center; text-transform: lowercase; padding-bottom: 10px; color: rgb(107, 94, 85); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/newfoundland-blt-chino-prod408621_green/" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 13.63636302947998px;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408621_GREEN_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a></span></span></h1> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Newfoundland Chino &pound;49.95</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/vienna-stripe-polo-prod408623_purple/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408623_PURPLE_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Vienna Stripe Polo &pound;35.00</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/mens-suede-desert-boot-prod408863_sand/"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/408863_SAND_F.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Men&rsquo;s Suede Desert Boot &pound;69.95 &nbsp;</span></span></p> <div> <div class="clear" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; clear: both; height: 0px; color: rgb(107, 94, 85); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 10.909090995788574px; background-color: rgb(248, 245, 231);"> &nbsp;</div> </div> 0 Hearty Gifts http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/hearty-gifts-blog126/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/hearty-gifts-blog126/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/hearty-gifts-blog126/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Love is in the air and it&#39;s not long until Valentine&#39;s Day. If you&rsquo;re looking to treat a loved one (or yourself &ndash; equally acceptable) then you can&rsquo;t go wrong with a heart-shaped gift. Here are some of our favourites:</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/heart-buckle-belt-prod404675_atlantic_b/"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></span></span></a><br /> <br /> Wear your heart on your waistline!<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/heart-hoop-earring-prod409190_silver/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Heart hoops<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/love-heart-card-prod409797_multi/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> A sweetheart card&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/daydream-heart-shortie-prod408214_pink/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart4.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Love these pants<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/marshmallow-heart-shirt-prod408517_white/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart5.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> The Valentine&rsquo;s alternative to a ditsy floral print<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/hearts-hero-purse-prod273291_navy/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart6.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> For love <em>and</em> money<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/furry-heart-jumper-prod408499_hessian_gr/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/heart7.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> This fab jumper even has hearts on the elbows!<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> 0 Keeping Chickens by Emma Stone http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/keeping-chickens-by-emma-stone-blog127/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/keeping-chickens-by-emma-stone-blog127/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer http://www.whitestuff.com/keeping-chickens-by-emma-stone-blog127/ <p> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;">We&rsquo;ve enlisted the help of writer, blogger and hen lover Emma Stone to guide us through the process of raising happy and healthy chickens. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">In recent years keeping chickens has become quite popular. Many families want to become more self-sufficient and chickens provide both eggs and meat. Chickens aren&rsquo;t only used as livestock but also as domesticated pets. Some owners buy from poultry farms, re-home battery hens or even choose to hatch. There are many reasons and ways to get started. &nbsp;</span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">I own two small flocks and they provide my family with tasty fresh eggs every morning. A few years ago, I spoke to a lady who said there was never a day when she felt bored collecting eggs from the coop, and I couldn&rsquo;t agree more. Sometimes if I&rsquo;m outside early enough, the eggs are still warm. If I&rsquo;m even earlier, then I will hear the hens singing their <em style="font-family: georgia, serif;">egg song</em>. Chickens like to announce they&rsquo;ve laid an egg and sometimes the flock will join in, too.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">You definitely can&rsquo;t beat a fresh egg. My hens&rsquo; eggs have regular fans that now only buy fresh eggs since trying them. One couple insisted having our eggs the morning of their wedding which was wonderful. Imagine making your favourite homemade baked treats or your traditional cooked breakfast that bit more special &ndash; lovely!</span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;">One of the fantastic things about keeping chickens as pets is learning each hen&rsquo;s individual character. I think both of my flocks are mischievous, but one hen is curious whilst another is shy. I can pick up some of my chickens but most are flighty and it takes an extra effort such as bribery (mealworms work a treat!) to entice them.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s easy to spend hours watching their antics. The most entertaining and fun thing to watch in my opinion, is when a chicken takes a <em>dust bath</em>. When I first saw this at a poultry farm I was alarmed and thought perhaps the chicken was ill; the hen was on her side with one leg kicking wildly at the soil, with her head rubbing against the ground and a wing spread out wide. I now know that chickens do this for various reasons such as trying to keep cool, as well as helping control parasites. Definitely worth a quick YouTube search if you&rsquo;re curious!<br /> <br /> Fortunately for friends and family, an interest in chickens is a great subject when needing to shop for a gift. When I was browsing White Stuff&rsquo;s website, I saw a chicken print on a lovely jumper (the &#39;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/chicken-jumper-prod408028_samphire_g/">Chicken Jumper</a>&#39;) th</span><span style="font-size:14px;">at I instantly bought as a treat to myself. It was interesting to see a mature and quality chicken design on an item of clothing. Of course when I spotted a chicken print on the <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/lanark-skirt-prod406468_dk_atlantc/">Lanark skirt</a>, I was more than happy to succumb to my passion for both chickens and the White Stuff brand.</span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/Chickens.JPG" style="font-size: 14px; width: 300px; height: 450px;" /><br /> <br /> <em><span style="font-size:14px;">Emma in the &#39;Chicken Jumper&#39; and &#39;Lanark Skirt&#39;</span></em></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;">I&rsquo;d always recom</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">mend re</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">searching diffe</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">re</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">nt breeds if you&rsquo;re thinking of keeping chickens. Generally each breed has certain personal</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">ity traits. For example: the <em>Amber</em> is great around children because the breed is quite t</span><span style="font-size: 14px;">ame and (with enough attention) is great at being handled. My two young nephews love the chickens and one hen in particular is well behaved when the boys gently touch her feathers.</span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;">Keeping chickens comes with responsibilities such as ensuring that they each have enough space and access to shelter, food and water. It&rsquo;s also worth considering what would happen if a chicken needed medical attention (I</span><span style="font-size:14px;">&rsquo;ve found my local vet to be fantastic with chickens). I read many books to make sure I knew enough about what owning poultry entailed. However, I never appreciated how many questions I&rsquo;d have after the chickens settled in and I now understand the valu</span><span style="font-size:14px;">e of experience. It&rsquo;s now easier to search forums and groups online in order to ask questions, but it&rsquo;s also a fabulous way to meet new people and keep up-to-date with the latest information.<br /> <br /> One day I plan to merge my two flocks together and the dream is to include a cockerel. There&rsquo;s also the opportunity that I could even hatch my own birds from the flock. Keeping chickens has been very rewarding so far an</span><span style="font-size:14px;">d the future promises to be quite exciting!<br /> &nbsp;</span><br /> <span style="font-size:14px;">Follow Emma on twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/thefusionseries" style="font-family: georgia, serif;">@thefusionseries</a>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span> 0 Shooting Spring: Petersham Nurseries http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/shooting-spring:-petersham-nurseries-blog125/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/shooting-spring:-petersham-nurseries-blog125/#comments Tues, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/shooting-spring:-petersham-nurseries-blog125/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We loved getting outdoors to shoot our new spring campaign &ndash; who knew London had so much greenery and open spaces to offer? There was no need to go further afield!<br /> <br /> The first shoot took us to Petersham Nurseries in Richmond - take a peek behind the scenes...<br /> <br /> <a href="http://petershamnurseries.com/"><strong>Shoot Location 1: Petersham Nurseries</strong></a><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 011.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Love the Petersham Nurseries logo!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 015.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> What a wagon<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 029.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> Tasty<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 033.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Our model gets amongst the greenery<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 039.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Little Luna gets in on the action (she&#39;s famous for her neck ties)<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 047.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Lots of brushes and natural colours were used to create the make-up looks<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 058.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> The end result!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 055.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> A happy customer!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 070.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Petersham&#39;s Chief Horticulturalist, Thomas Broom, was lovely and helped out on our shoot. Read our interview with him<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlsow_happy_behind_the_scenes/?icn=sow_happy_explore_behindscenes"> here</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 083.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> There&#39;s something very pleasing about piles of pots!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 100.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Beautiful bulbs<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 112.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> Preparation is everything!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 109.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> Gardening essentials<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Spring Behind the Scenes 067.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> And as we all know: where there&#39;s a welly, there&#39;s a way!&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> See how our Petersham shoot turned out <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/magalogue/">here</a>!<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> 0 We're Sow Happy! http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/were-sow-happy!-blog123/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/were-sow-happy!-blog123/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/were-sow-happy!-blog123/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/al.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 750px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Spring&rsquo;s here and it&rsquo;s promising to be shedloads of fun!<br /> <br /> The promise of better weather and luscious green leaves is making us feel happy and rejuvenated. We&rsquo;re come over all green fingered and are heading outside to nurture nature and celebrate the lovely allotment; a favourite place for Brits to come together and grow things since World War 1.<br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s nothing garden-variety about our new collections; spring offers a bright new colour palette with fresh prints and silhouettes. The perfect way to start 2014 in style.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Our <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/magalogue/"><strong>new spring magalogue</strong></a> is out and available to read online now.</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/cover(6).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 701px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The humble shed takes centre stage in our windows. The scene will develop across the season &ndash; see how it grows&hellip;<br /> <br /> Our <strong>&lsquo;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlexplore/">Explore</a>&rsquo;</strong> section has had a make-over and there&rsquo;s an exciting new competition to enter &ndash; you could <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlcanada_comp/?icn=sow_happy_explore_canadacomp"><strong>win a trip to rural Canada</strong></a>!</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/comp.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 335px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Stay tuned to find out more about other exciting springtime happenings; we&rsquo;ve lined up some potty romance for Valentine&rsquo;s Day and there&rsquo;s a lovely competition coming up for Mother&rsquo;s Day too.<br /> <br /> It&#39;s going to be a busy one - let&rsquo;s get growing!</span></span><br /> 0 Lottie is Back! http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/lottie-is-back!-blog124/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/lottie-is-back!-blog124/#comments Thurs, 23 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/lottie-is-back!-blog124/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Our bestselling &lsquo;<strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/lottie-lace-up-trainer-prod405025_rhubarb_pk/ ">Lottie Lace-up Trainer</a></strong>&rsquo; (&pound;35.00) is back in three gorgeous new colours! You can&rsquo;t go wrong with these casual canvas trainers for spring &ndash; they&rsquo;re padded inside to make them extra comfy. We&rsquo;re wearing ours with jeans for now, soon to be swapped for crops when the weather improves.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/lottie-spot-lace-up-trainer-prod406329_river_blue/ "><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/lottie1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http:// http://www.whitestuff.com/lottie-lace-up-trainer-prod405025_rhubarb_pk/ "><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/lottie 2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/lottie-lace-up-trainer-prod405025_rhubarb_pk/ "><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/lottie3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Owl always love you... http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/owl-always-love-you-blog122/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/owl-always-love-you-blog122/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/owl-always-love-you-blog122/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We know you love owls so we thought we&#39;d pull together a selection of our most</span></span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">&nbsp;adorable and affordable owl printed pieces. The products below are certain to ruffle your feathers!</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"> Our owl slippers and slipper socks are especially comfy and will keep your tootsies nice and toasty.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/406821_MULTI.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 534px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\beckyb\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image002.jpg" /><br /> <strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/owl-fairisle-slipper-sock-prod406821_multi/">Owl Fairisle Slipper Sock</a></strong>, &pound;12.00 (was &pound;22.50)<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/407228_MULTI.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/owl-pom-pom-ballerina-prod407228_multi/"><strong>Owl Pom Pom Ballerina</strong>,</a> &pound;10 (Was &pound;19.95).<br /> <br /> This cute (and half price!) knitted owl scarf if perfect for layering if you&#39;re heading out and about.</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/407281_MULTI.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/knitted-owl-scarf-prod407281_multi/">Knitted Owl Scarf</a></strong>, &pound;14.00, was &pound;27.50.<br /> <br /> <span style="text-align: center;">This cute owl print jumper is perfect for the winter &ndash; spring transition. Slip on a pair of jeans and you&rsquo;re good to go!</span><br /> <img src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\beckyb\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image004.jpg" /><img src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\beckyb\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image005.jpg" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/407324_DK_BLBERRY.jpg" style="text-align: center; width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/night-owl-jumper-prod407324_dk_blberry/">Night Owl Jumper</a></strong>, &pound;22.00 (Was &pound;55.00)<br /> <br /> <img src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\beckyb\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image006.jpg" />Last, but definitely not least, is this charming little guy. Perfect as a gift&hellip;but no one could blame you for wanting to just keep him just for yourself.<br /> &nbsp;</span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/407824_BLUE.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/owl-knitted-keyring-prod407824_blue/">Owl Knitted Keyring</a></strong>, &pound;4.50.</span></span><br /> <br clear="ALL" /> <br /> 0 A Big 'Thank You' http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/a-big-thank-you-blog121/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/a-big-thank-you-blog121/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/a-big-thank-you-blog121/ <p style="text-align: center"> <span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif">The children from our &lsquo;Made for Change&rsquo; campaign in Bangalore sent us a picture to say &lsquo;Thank you&rsquo; over Christmas! We wanted to share as their school scholarships are funded from sales of our &lsquo;Made for Change&rsquo; shopper bag &ndash; you&rsquo;ve been buying loads of them which is great news for the kids.<br /> <br /> After selling out fast, they are <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/made-for-change-bag-prod408552_multi/">back online now</a>&nbsp;</strong>so<strong>&nbsp;</strong>get one while you can! There are lots of different print combinations to choose from.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/made for change.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 282px" /><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif">A big &#39;thank you&#39; from the students in Bangalore</span></span><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/made-for-change-bag-prod408552_multi/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/bag.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px" /></a><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size: 14px"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif">The bags are back!</span></span><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Healthy Body, Happy Mind; Our Activewear Range http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/healthy-body-happy-mind-our-activewear-range-blog118/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/healthy-body-happy-mind-our-activewear-range-blog118/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/healthy-body-happy-mind-our-activewear-range-blog118/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&lsquo;Healthy body, happy mind&rsquo; is our motto for 2014. A fresh pair of trainers and some new workout clothes always make you look and feel better; the perfect way to get (and hopefully stay) motivated for an energized year ahead.<br /> <br /> Whether you&rsquo;re looking to update your casual weekend wardrobe or you&rsquo;re going full steam ahead on a 2014 fitness mission, we&rsquo;ve developed a new range of activewear to see you through. Soft yoga jumpers and comfy, flattering leggings are perfect for the gym and sofa-lounging alike, while the New Year also sees the return of our popular White Stuff logo sweats in soft, breathable fabric. There are even some styles with secret support; ideal for disguising any post-Christmas bulge (that Stilton/After Eight sandwich seemed like such a good idea at the time!).<br /> <br /> We&rsquo;ve got no excuse now, the great outdoors beckons. Here&rsquo;s to a healthy, happy<br /> New Year.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">You can buy our activewear <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/activewear-dept1000393_pg1/">here</a>.</span></span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/active.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 762px;" /><br /> <br /> The Padstow Sweat is comfortable, cosy and has hearts on the elbows!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/yoga1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> Practice your Warrior position in our Yoga Time vest<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/yoga2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> The Louise Sweat will keep you cosy on the way to the gym (it works equally well for weekend snuggling)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/yoga3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> We love the Dolce Pant - what feels like the only flattering jogging trouser in January!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/yoga4.jpg" /><br /> <br /> The Saltash Sweat is the perfect way to introduce colour to your workout wardrobe<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> 0 Keep in Touch http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/keep-in-touch-blog120/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/keep-in-touch-blog120/#comments Weds, 08 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/keep-in-touch-blog120/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Made a resolution to be more sociable this year?<br /> <br /> We joined a few more social channels in 2013 so it&rsquo;s now even easier to keep in touch with us. You can find us here:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WhiteStuffUK">Facebook</a><br /> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://twitter.com/WhiteStuffUK">Twitter</a><br /> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/whitestuff/">Pinterest</a><br /> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://instagram.com/whitestuffuk">Instagram</a><br /> -&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="https://plus.google.com/b/102830617526937248827/+WhiteStuff/posts">Google+</a><br /> <br /> We love social as it&rsquo;s a great way of keeping you informed, giving you exclusive offers and generally having a bit of fun. We promise we won&rsquo;t bombard you with sales messages and instead we&rsquo;ll do our best to bring a little happiness your way and make you smile!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you haven&rsquo;t already, it&rsquo;s worth signing up to our <a href="https://www.whitestuff.com/page/subscription/?">email newsletter</a> too. We send around two emails a week with all of our new product launches and details of competitions etc. We&rsquo;ll also let you know when and where our sales and offers are happening.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/milliemagalogue(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 750px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> And of course, you can always keep in touch with us in the traditional way; we love hearing what you think by reading a lovely letter or postcard. If you fancy, put pen to paper and send us a note via snail mail. We may even feature your letter here, on our blog.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Our address:<br /> <br /> Casa del White Stuff<br /> Canterbury Court<br /> 1-3 Brixton Road<br /> London<br /> SW9 6DE<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> 0 Our 2014 Style Resolutions http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/our-2014-style-resolutions-blog119/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/our-2014-style-resolutions-blog119/#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/our-2014-style-resolutions-blog119/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We&rsquo;ve made five special &lsquo;Style Resolutions&rsquo; for 2014 &ndash; we think there&rsquo;s a good chance these will outlast some of our other good intentions (there&rsquo;s only so much celery a person can eat, after all!).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>1. Dress up every day!</strong><br /> Spending more time on yourself is a resolution you&rsquo;ll be thankful for all year. Take time to dress up in the morning and you&rsquo;ll feel great.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/wheatfield-tunic-prod408106_dk_samphir/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/res6.jpg" style="text-align: center; width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Be bolder with colour<br /> </strong>Bright is beautiful, especially when it&rsquo;s grey outside! Don&rsquo;t be afraid to try something new.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/eames-vest-prod406993_chartreuse/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/res2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Get moving<br /> </strong>&lsquo;Healthy body, happy mind&rsquo; is our motto for 2014. Some new workout clothes will make you look and feel good; the perfect way to get motivated for a healthy year ahead!</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/louise-sweat-prod408807_navy/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/res4.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Mix prints</strong><br /> We love our new prints and think they look best clashed with each other! Give it a try &ndash; the New Year is the perfect time to experiment.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/dorothy-cardi-prod408027_atlantic_b/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/res 3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Tighten your belt</strong><br /> A new belt is an inexpensive way of updating an outfit and creating shape.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/belts-dept1000291_pg1/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/res5.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></span></span></p> 0 ANGORA WOOL UPDATE http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/angora-wool-update-blog117/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/angora-wool-update-blog117/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/angora-wool-update-blog117/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>20<sup>th</sup> December 2013 </strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>ANGORA WOOL UPDATE</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> White Stuff does not condone animal cruelty.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We currently use Angora wool in some of our accessories and clothing ranges and we are confident in our supplier certification and subsequent investigation which has assured us of their compliance with the ethical sourcing of the Angora wool we use.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> However, in response to recent customer concern, we have decided to cease all production using Angora, as we look to replace this with innovative, sustainable and ethically sourced alternatives.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> 0 Sprout-O-Meter: The Results http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/sprout-o-meter:-the-results-blog116/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/sprout-o-meter:-the-results-blog116/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/sprout-o-meter:-the-results-blog116/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/1426614_550193138390903_810218075_n.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 235px;" /></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We asked you to vote and say whether you thought sprouts were &lsquo;here to stay&rsquo; or &lsquo;gone with the wind&rsquo;.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sprout fever swept the nation and a whopping 75% of you voted sprouts &lsquo;Here to Stay&rsquo;! It seems the majority of White Stuff fans will be tucking into a plateful of green goodness on the 25<sup>th</sup>.<br /> <br /> Thanks to everyone who voted. The winner of our Brussels competition will be announced in the New Year so stay tuned!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> In the meantime, here are some more interesting facts from our Sprout-O-Meter poll:<br /> &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The passion for sprouts was shared equally between men and women</span></span></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Turns out only 70% of Londoners like sprouts (close quarters? Urban warming?)</span></span></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">88% of people living in the Channel Islands voted &lsquo;yes&rsquo; to sprouts.</span></span></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The further north you go in Britain, the more people like sprouts. &nbsp;Lymington is the exception to this with its passionate 81% in favour of our green heroes.</span></span></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Spare a thought for ladies from the capital heading north for Christmas.<br /> <br /> 28% of London lasses hate sprouts but 84% of North Eastern men voted for the veg. They might get blown away by the welcome up north!</span></span></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">80% of our international voters loved sprouts.</span></span></strong><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/sprout hidden.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 450px;" /></span></p> 0 The White Stuff Guide to Perfect Christmas Party Etiquette http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/the-white-stuff-guide-to-perfect-christmas-party-etiquette-blog115/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/the-white-stuff-guide-to-perfect-christmas-party-etiquette-blog115/#comments Thurs, 19 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/the-white-stuff-guide-to-perfect-christmas-party-etiquette-blog115/ <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&lsquo;Tis the season for making merry and there are lots of parties on the horizon. Here&rsquo;s our seasoned White Stuff guide to enjoying Christmas occasions safely and behaving &lsquo;responsibly&rsquo;.</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> Never do a provocative dance &lsquo;at&rsquo; someone if their fancy dress costume hides their face - it may turn out to be your boss.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Keep your pets in a safe quiet place (there&rsquo;s a fine line between &lsquo;lovingly stroking&rsquo; and &lsquo;drunkenly mauling&rsquo;).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> No &lsquo;twerking&rsquo;. Bit of &lsquo;Gangnam Style&rsquo; is fine; it&rsquo;s actually required if you&rsquo;re a Director.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The &lsquo;<strong><u><a href="http://tribesports.com/challenges/cereal-box-challenge">cereal box challenge</a>&rsquo;</u></strong> always helps a party along. You&rsquo;ll be amazed at the flexibility of even the most seemingly unfit.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Know a hula-hooping expert? We do: Ketishia in Customer Care. If a guest has a unique skill, get them to teach the rest of the guests! Bonus points if it&rsquo;s something really hard and physical like hula-hooping.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Stuck for something to do? Impromptu karaoke and apple bobbing are always good activities.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Avoid the glare of the camera phone and the blinking red lights of video cameras (the photos may be shown to a wider audience!).<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Wear fancy dress or something sparkly.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Wear a mask to avoid embarrassment.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Don&rsquo;t mix your drinks.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> But if you do, have some hangover relief ready for when you invent a wine, vodka and orange juice cocktail.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/party1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> Avoid stealing the &#39;Welcome Hound&#39;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/party2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> Have fun!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/party3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> Source an amazing DJ (thanks Web Team Jamie!)</p> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 The Perfect Christmas Cake http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/the-perfect-christmas-cake-blog114/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/the-perfect-christmas-cake-blog114/#comments Tues, 17 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer http://www.whitestuff.com/the-perfect-christmas-cake-blog114/ <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Don&#39;t panic if you haven&#39;t made your Christmas cake weeks ahead &ndash; &nbsp;our very own Toni from Finance has the perfect recipe for a luscious Christmas cake which can be made as late as you like.</strong></span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Ingredients</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> For the cake:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Fat for greasing<br /> 200g plain flour<br /> &frac14; tsp salt<br /> 1-2 tsp mixed spice</span></span><br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"> 200g butter<br /> 200g caster sugar<br /> 6 eggs<br /> 2-4 tbsp brandy or sherry<br /> 100g glace cherries, chopped<br /> 50g walnuts, chopped<br /> 200g currants<br /> 200g sultanas<br /> 150g seedless raisins<br /> 75g cut mixed peel<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For the icing:</span></span><br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"> &nbsp;<br /> Apricot jam<br /> Marzipan<br /> Royal icing (use food colouring to get it to the colour you want)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"> -Line and grease a 20cm round cake tin. Use double greaseproof paper. Set the oven to 60&deg;C gas 3<br /> -Stir the flour, salt and spice into a bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy<br /> -Gradually beat in the egg and the brandy or sherry, adding a little flour if the mixture starts to curdle. Add the cherries, ginger and walnuts<br /> -Stir in the dried fruit, peel and flour mixture. Spoon into the prepared tin and make a light hollow in the centre<br /> -Bake for 45 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 150&deg;C / gas 2 and bake for a further hour<br /> -Reduce the temperature still further to 140&deg;C /gas 1 and continue cooking for 45-60 minutes until cooked through and firm to touch. Cool in the tin.<br /> -Prepare you icing with the food colouring.<br /> -Cover your cake with lightly heated apricot jam and m</span></span><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">arzipan before adding the Royal icing and smooth it over.<br /> -Decorate with stars and anything else you fancy!</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><strong>Toni&rsquo;s Handy Hints-</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> -Soak the fruit in your favorite spirit such as brandy for at least 24 hours before baking<br /> -Next year, start making your Christmas cake in October. Every week, turn the cake and prick holes then carefully poor small amounts of spirit and leave out for an hour or so to soak in</span></span><br /> <span style="font-size: 14px; font-family: georgia, serif; text-align: center;">-Remember the Christmas cake is a centerpiece and decoration in itself. Personalize your cake design with different coloured icing and festive shapes</span><br /> <br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/cake2.JPG" style="text-align: center; font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; width: 300px; height: 169px;" /></p> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;<br /> </span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Remember to share an image of your creation on o</span></span></strong><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">ur <a href="https://www.facebook.com/WhiteStuffUK">Facebook page</a> or #whitestuffchristmas on Instagram. Happy baking!</span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">&nbsp;</span></span></strong></p> 0 My Happy Christmas Pinterest Competition http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/my-happy-christmas-pinterest-competition-blog113/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/my-happy-christmas-pinterest-competition-blog113/#comments Weds, 11 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/my-happy-christmas-pinterest-competition-blog113/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Do you use Pinterest? If so, you&rsquo;re in for a treat!<br /> <br /> We&rsquo;re running a Pinterest competition called &lsquo;My Happy Christmas&rsquo; and we want to see what Christmas means to you - is it time spent with family and friends, a few festive tipples or maybe even the sprouts? (You know we&rsquo;re partial to one or two). Perhaps you have a silly family tradition or a present you always get in your stocking?<br /> <br /> To enter, simply create a &lsquo;My Happy Christmas&rsquo; Pinterest board and include images that represent your Happy Christmas. Follow the guidelines on our competition pin (below and on our &lsquo;My Happy Christmas&rsquo; board) and once you&#39;re done make sure you copy and paste the URL onto the comments section of our board. The board we like the most will win a White Stuff Gift Hamper worth &pound;250!<br /> <br /> Check out our board <a href="http://www.pinterest.com/whitestuff/my-happy-christmas-competition/">here</a> for some inspiration.<br /> <br /> Happy Christmas (and pinning!)<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/My Happy Christmas.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 701px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> 0 How to Make a Smiley Sprout http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/how-to-make-a-smiley-sprout-blog112/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/how-to-make-a-smiley-sprout-blog112/#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer http://www.whitestuff.com/how-to-make-a-smiley-sprout-blog112/ <p> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">Get creative this Christmas! These cute vegetable friends make a fun activity for the Christmas holidays, a crafty gift or even a funky table decoration. Follow the instructions below to make your very own White Stuff Smiley Sprout! &nbsp;</span></p> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>You will need-</strong><br /> <br /> Green felt, a polystyrene ball, googly eyes, craft wire, scissors, PVA glue</span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Step 1&nbsp;</strong>- Cut a large circle out of the green felt<br /> <br /> </span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/8.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Step 2&nbsp;</strong>- Cover the polystyrene ball with the felt, twist the excess and secure with wire<br /> <br /> </span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/7.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Step 3 -&nbsp;</strong>Cut the extra material off, make sure you leave enough for the sprout to stand upright<br /> <br /> </span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/6.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Step 4 -&nbsp;</strong>Cut out some felt leaves- they can be various sizes<br /> <br /> </span></span> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/9.JPG" style="width: 250px; height: 333px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Step 5&nbsp;</strong>- Glue the leaves to the side of the sprout. Add some googly eyes and a cheeky smile.&nbsp;To make a lady Sprout, add paper eyelashes and a Christmas bow!&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JenniferL/12.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;<br /> </span></span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="line-height: 115%;">Once you&#39;ve made your Smiley Sprout, share with on our social channels using #whitestuffchristmas</span></span></span></p> 0 Christmas at White Stuff http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/christmas-at-white-stuff-blog111/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/christmas-at-white-stuff-blog111/#comments Fri, 29 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/christmas-at-white-stuff-blog111/ <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/hohoho.bmp" style="width: 300px; height: 300px;" /><br /> <br /> We are well and truly into the festive sprit here at White Stuff! From now until Christmas, our shops will be celebrating with some exciting Christmas activities. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>What&rsquo;s on in our shops:</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Mulled Wine and Mince Pie Evenings</strong><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/fcf6980767e086aa4311d1723b649a52[1].jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px;" /><br /> <br /> Drop into your local shop every Thursday evening from 4pm to browse our gorgeous gift collection and enjoy some mulled wine and mince pies on us.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sprout Hunt&nbsp;</strong><strong>and&nbsp;</strong><strong>Kids Fancy Dress</strong><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Picture1.png" style="width: 300px; height: 124px;" /><br /> <br /> We have some smiley sprouts hidden around our shops. Pick up an entry form from our shopkeepers for the chance to win a &pound;20 gift voucher. We also have some festive fancy dress to keep the kids entertained!<br /> <br /> <strong>Sprout-O-Meter</strong><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/1426614_550193138390903_810218075_n.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 235px;" /><br /> <br /> Sprouts or no Sprouts? From Thursday 28<sup>th</sup>December we are doing a nationwide poll to find out if the nation loves or hates the mighty Sprout. &nbsp;To cast your vote, drop a slip into our in-shop balloting box or vote online <a href="http://bit.ly/1eCsCpA.">here</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Christmas Grottos</strong><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/FB_SQ_Grottos.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 235px;" /><br /> <br /> We have some very special guests visiting selected White Stuff shops over the Christmas period.<br /> <br /> Every weekend from 7<sup>th </sup>December from 12-4pm Santa will be visiting Battersea, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Kingston, Nottingham and Southampton. He will have treats for all well behaved children.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Santas Grotto.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 199px;" /><br /> <br /> On Saturday 14<sup>th</sup>, our Battersea and Edinburgh shops will be joined by one of Santa&rsquo;s reindeer. Pop down to say hello, (we&rsquo;ve heard they like a carrot or two!)<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/FB_SQ_Santareindeer.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 235px;" /><br /> <br /> Our Christmas grottos are free for all to visit but we welcome donations towards the White Stuff Foundation. Please give generously as all money will go towards helping disadvantaged children and young people in your local area.<br /> <br /> There&rsquo;s lots going on in your local White Stuff this Christmas so make sure you pay us a visit and join in with the fun festivities!</span></span><br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> 0 Relaxing Christmas Shopping! http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/relaxing-christmas-shopping!-blog110/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/relaxing-christmas-shopping!-blog110/#comments Thurs, 21 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/relaxing-christmas-shopping!-blog110/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We&rsquo;re determined to have stress-free Christmas shopping this year so we&rsquo;re starting (fairly) early. You can buy all of these gifts online, in your pyjamas, with the telly on in the background and a bowlful of crisps on your lap.<br /> <br /> Alternatively, if you fancy getting out and about and embracing the festive spirit, our shops are looking very Christmassy and you&rsquo;ll get free mulled wine and mince pies every Thursday from 4pm (until Christmas).&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Mum&nbsp;</strong></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/alice-bag-prod407322_granite/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/gift2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Luxurious leather for under &pound;100 &ndash; mum will be impressed!<br /> <br /> <strong>Dad<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/giles-canvas-wash-bag-prod407903_ecru/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/gift4.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></strong><br /> <br /> A nice alternative to socks. Pop a bottle of his favourite cologne and a new toothbrush inside.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Him Indoors</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/pj-and-tshirt-pack-prod407761_red_stripe/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/gift5.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Kiss goodbye to that greying T-shirt &ndash; &lsquo;tis the season for new PJs.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Her Indoors</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/garland-papercut-a6-notebook-prod408328_blue/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/gift6.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> A nice little &lsquo;extra&rsquo; for under the tree.<br /> <br /> <strong>Brother&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/reindeer-crew-prod407485_navy/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/gift7.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> He&rsquo;ll love this contemporary take on a Christmas classic.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Sister</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/scarves-dept1000298_pg1/#page=all"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/scarf.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> A lovely new scarf<br /> <br /> <strong>Best Friend&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/french-lavender-body-butter--prod408171_lavender/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/gift8.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;Our collaboration with Beefayre means you&rsquo;ll be saving honeybees as you treat her.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>Neighbour<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/rosehip-soap-prod408268_hot_pink/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/gift9.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></strong><br /> <br /> Because she&rsquo;s worth more than just a Christmas card!<br /> <br /> <strong>Secret Santa</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/pink-champagne-lip-balm-prod408782_gold/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/gift10.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Luxury for under a fiver!</span></span></p> 0 It's a #whitestuffchristmas http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/its-a-whitestuffchristmas-blog109/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/its-a-whitestuffchristmas-blog109/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/its-a-whitestuffchristmas-blog109/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Seasoned greetings!<br /> <br /> What do we do at Christmas? Feast! This year we&rsquo;re celebrating the sprout and love them or loathe them, the humble sprout is the quintessential accompaniment to your family meal on Christmas Day.</span></span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/intro fb sprout.jpg" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; width: 500px; height: 494px;" /><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Misunderstood and maligned by children and adults alike, we&rsquo;re on a mission to reposition the humble sprout as a true Christmas hero, our very own glamorous green.<br /> <br /> We&rsquo;ve gone sprout raving mad! You&rsquo;ll find mouth-watering recipes from <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlsprout_recipes/">Abel and Cole</a> in our &lsquo;Explore&rsquo; section, sprouts in our shop windows, even on our shopping bags and on our gift wrap (selected shops only). In fact probably the only place you won&rsquo;t find a sprout is on our clothing&hellip;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/sprout hidden.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 750px;" /><br /> <br /> And for the first time ever we have produced a White Stuff <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/magalogue/?icn=wk2814_slot3_online_magalogue">Christmas gift guide</a>.&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 18px;">We&#39;ve got some lovely things that will make perfect presents for all your friends and family.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/gifts fb.jpg" style="width: 405px; height: 317px;" /><br /> <br /> Have you seen any of our sprouts on your travels? Bought yourself an early Christmas pressie? We want to see your photos. Share your images with us on <a href="http://instagram.com/whitestuffuk">Instagram </a>using #whitestuffchristmas and we&rsquo;ll feature the best each week.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/photo (12).JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 669px;" /></span></span><br /> <br /> 0 Collars and Coats Gala Ball http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/collars-and-coats-gala-ball-blog108/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/collars-and-coats-gala-ball-blog108/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/collars-and-coats-gala-ball-blog108/ <div> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Battersea dogs took centre stage at a star-studded charity gala event last week</span></span></strong><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">You might have already guessed, but WE LOVE DOGS! They&rsquo;re more than welcome in our shops and work alongside us at Casa del White Stuff, our head office. Well, they take care of the important chewing/gnawing/looking cuddly side of things and we do the rest. <a href="http://www.battersea.org.uk"><strong>Battersea Dogs and Cats Home </strong></a>recently hosted a &lsquo;<strong><a href="http://www.collarsandcoats.org.uk">Collars and Coats</a></strong>&rsquo; gala ball and we&rsquo;d like to take this Friday to celebrate the cuteness!</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">A host of celebrities from stage, screen, sport, fiction and fashion sashayed down the red carpet with their four-legged friends. The star-studded charity bash welcomed Battersea Ambassador and international supermodel David Gandy, popular author Dame Jacqueline Wilson OBE, football legend Gary Lineker with his wife Danielle and dance aficionados Craig Revel Horwood and Arlene Philips. They walked the red carpet to support in support of Battersea Dogs &amp; Cats Home&rsquo;s work to rescue and re-home abandoned dogs and cats. Even doggy star Pudsley cleared his calendar for the event, along with his plus-one (and owner) Ashleigh Butler.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The guests were welcomed by the legendary and unique Battersea dog &lsquo;Guard of Honour&rsquo;, as around 50 of the charity&rsquo;s dogs in need of new homes lined the way.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Amanda with Bill2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" /><br /> <br /> Amanda Holden and Bill<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/Ashleigh %26 Pudsley.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 750px;" /><br /> <br /> Ashleigh and Pudsley<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/David Gandy and Jake the Weimeraner_2013.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" /><br /> <br /> David Gandy and Jake<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> 0 Ode to a Sprout http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/ode-to-a-sprout--blog107/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/ode-to-a-sprout--blog107/#comments Weds, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/ode-to-a-sprout--blog107/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/ode.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 88px;" /><br /> <br /> <span style="color:#008000;"><strong><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Sprout, sprout, I love you so<br /> More than you will ever know.<br /> <br /> Remembered for what happens after<br /> Subject of jokes, fun and laughter.<br /> <br /> Better than broccoli, nicer than roasties<br /> You make my heart feel warm and toasty.<br /> <br /> Make Christmas Day go off with a bang<br /> A succulent sprout with a tasty tang.<br /> <br /> Overcooked, you don&rsquo;t taste great<br /> Better tender, on my plate.<br /> <br /> My emerald hero, my champion true<br /> Everything I do, I do it for you.<br /> <br /> Popped beside the turkey and stuffing<br /> you taste delightful (I&rsquo;m not bluffing).<br /> <br /> Eat you hot or munch you cold<br /> You&rsquo;re fab both ways, truth be told.<br /> <br /> I&rsquo;ll melt some butter on your glistening brow<br /> I can&rsquo;t wait to eat you, I&rsquo;ll tell you now.<br /> <br /> You taste great with a smattering of berries<br /> Or flamb&eacute;ed with a splash of sherry.<br /> <br /> All I want for Christmas is you<br /> This sprouty kind of love is true.<br /> <br /> Above all that and all the rest<br /> I love the way I toot the best.<br /> <br /> <em>Ode to a Sprout, White Stuff Christmas 2013</em></span></span></strong></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/ode2.jpg" style="width: 283px; height: 283px;" /><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color:#008000;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Psst, our website has had a sprouty Christmas make-over! Find out what&#39;s happening <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlexplore/?page=1"><strong>here</strong></a>.</span></span></span></p> 0 Bonfire Night Warmers http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/bonfire-night-warmers-blog106/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/bonfire-night-warmers-blog106/#comments Thurs, 31 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/bonfire-night-warmers-blog106/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">If you&rsquo;re out and about for firework displays this weekend, don&rsquo;t forget to wrap up warm (terrible weather we&rsquo;ve been having!).&nbsp; Here are some of our favourite cold weather companions. &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens-accessories-dept1000310_pg1/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/crochet.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/crochet-bobble-hat-prod406885_yellow/">Crochet Bobble Hat </a>and matching <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/crochet-fingerless-glove-prod406941_yellow/">gloves</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens-accessories-dept1000310_pg1/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/loveheart.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/loveheart-bobble-prod407284_multi/">Loveheart hat</a>, <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/loveheart-fairisle-scarf-prod402940_multi/">scarves </a>and <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/loveheart-flip-mitt-prod402993_multi/">gloves</a>.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/womens-accessories-dept1000310_pg1/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/snoods.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></a></span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> 0 Need Some New Tights? http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/need-some-new-tights-blog104/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/need-some-new-tights-blog104/#comments Thurs, 31 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/need-some-new-tights-blog104/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We all know the feeling; you&rsquo;re in hurry and start frantically rooting through your underwear drawer for a pair of tights which aren&rsquo;t too small, too short, too laddered and are not, in fact, the yellow tights you bought last Halloween to transform yourself into Marge Simpson.<br /> <br /> Then it happens; you find the perfect pair! You thought they were in the wash, but here they are, in the drawer, all perfect and clean. You carefully pull them on and prepare to leave the house. Then you realise there&rsquo;s a whacking great hole in the back of the leg. Sigh. Here&rsquo;s the solution; have a one ruthless sort-out and vow to only buy quality, long-lasting tights in future.<br /> <br /> Like underwear, tights fall into two categories: decorative and practical. &nbsp;The pretty, colourful net kind are a lovely way to add interest to winter outfits, while the practical, everyday kind keep your legs warm and go with everything in your wardrobe.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> See our full selection of tights <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/tights-dept1000299_pg1/">here</a>.</strong></span></span><br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/tights1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></strong><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Our <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/nelly-net-tights-prod406782_navy/"><strong>Nelly Net </strong></a>tights add another dimension to casual outfits and look lovely for parties too.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/tights2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></strong><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Go to a party in our </span></span><strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/sally-smart-spot-prod407952_damson/">Sally Spot Tights!</a></span></span><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/tights3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></strong><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">Made from a gorgeous <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/twisted-yarn-tights-prod406780_grey/"><strong>twisted yarn</strong></a>, these versatile tights will go with all of your winter outfits!</span></span><br /> <br /> <strong> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/tights4.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></strong><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;">A <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/amelia-fleck-tights-prod406765_denim_blue/"><strong>new take </strong></a>on this season&rsquo;s spots trend.</span></span><br /> <br /> <strong> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/tights5.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/patty-plain-tights-prod402977_charcoal/ ">These tights</a></span></span></strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size:14px;"> go with everything - plain and simple!</span></span><br /> <br /> <strong> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/tights6.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/mini-polka-dot-tights-prod402974_navy/ ">Colourful polka dots</a></span></span></strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"> have the power to brighten any chilly day!</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> 0 Make a Statement! http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/make-a-statement!-blog103/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/make-a-statement!-blog103/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/make-a-statement!-blog103/ Sometimes it doesn&rsquo;t take a brand new outfit to make you feel great; Update your accessories for an instant lift. Statement necklaces add glamour to your evening outfits and look edgy with a simple T-shirt or pared back knit.<br /> <br /> For more ideas on how to make your wardrobe feel fresher with accessories, read our &lsquo;<strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/article-artlinstant_updaters/?icn=stylish_style_instant_updaters">Instant Updaters</a></strong>&rsquo; feature.&nbsp;<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/tribal-chunky-necklace-prod407556_multi/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/neck1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> This fabulous wooden necklace is a shorter length. It looks great against a printed or plain background.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/double-layer-chain-and-seabead-necklace-prod407087_yellow/ "><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/neck2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> This show-stopping piece has now earned &lsquo;Top-rated&rsquo; status! Get one while you still can.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/annie-necklace-prod408676_teal/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/neck3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> Oversized teal beads set this bold necklace apart from the rest. Each bead is separated with folded grosgrain ribbon.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/beaded-collar-necklace-prod406806_petrol/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/neck4.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> This stunning collar necklace is from our sister label, &lsquo;So Glad and Very&rsquo;. Wear it with a fitted top (it looks better on a round neck).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/big-flower-necklace-prod405136_jet/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/neck5.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a><br /> <br /> This stunning collar necklace is from our sister label, &lsquo;So Glad and Very&rsquo;. Wear it with a fitted top (it looks better on a round neck).&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Join us if you dare - Halloween in our shops http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/join-us-if-you-dare-halloween-in-our-shops-blog102/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/join-us-if-you-dare-halloween-in-our-shops-blog102/#comments Thurs, 24 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/join-us-if-you-dare-halloween-in-our-shops-blog102/ <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="halloween at white stuff" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_JamieC/wk2714_halloween_blog.jpg" style="width: 405px; height: 317px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We love celebrating Halloween! Every year Casa del White Stuff (our HQ) hosts a fancy dress party which always attracts some healthy competition between departments.</span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">Our shops get involved too and we have lots of free Halloween-themed activities to keep your little monsters entertained:</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"> -<strong>A spooky spider hunt -</strong>&nbsp;find the colourful spiders hidden around our shops to win a prize!<br /> -<strong>Face painting -</strong>&nbsp;drop in for a monstrous makeover if you dare<br /> -<strong>Spooky food and drink</strong> - shops will be serving up some eerie sweets and treats</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/bananas.jpg" style="width: 236px; height: 226px;" /></span></span></p> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">-<strong>A Halloween dress up box - </strong>don a witch hats or Dracula&rsquo;s cape<br /> -<strong>Halloween colouring in and word searches -</strong>&nbsp;keep the kids occupied with these creepy crafts<br /> -<strong>Halloween films</strong> - Our Belfast, Nottingham and York shops will be playing Halloween films in their cinemas throughout the week (Don&rsquo;t worry they aren&rsquo;t adult &ndash;level scary!)<br /> <br /> Pop into your <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/page/storelocator/">local shop</a> from Monday 28<sup>th</sup> until Sunday 1<sup>st</sup> November and join in the Halloween fun! &nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We&#39;ve created a Halloween Pinterest board too. Head over to our Facebook page to see what we&#39;ve been pinning</span></span>:&nbsp;http://bit.ly/1ajS564<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/balloons.jpg" style="width: 175px; height: 263px;" /><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/bunny.jpg" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; text-align: center; width: 175px; height: 263px;" /><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/pumpkin.jpg" style="width: 165px; height: 267px;" /></p> 0 Indigo http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/indigo-blog101/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/indigo-blog101/#comments Thurs, 10 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/indigo-blog101/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We love wearing indigo; it&rsquo;s the most slimming shade denim-wise and far more flattering than black when worn close to the face. Here are our favourite indigo superstars; they go with anything; the ultimate outfitters.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/jeans-dept1000013_pg1/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/denimdd copy.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></a></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Clockwise, from left:<a href="http:// http://www.whitestuff.com/lola-baby-bootcut-jean-prod407352_pitch_blue/"> Lola Baby Bootcut</a>, <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/jade-jegging-jean-prod407765_dk_denim/">Jade Jegging Jean</a>, <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/tuk-knit-prod402630_dk_sky_blu/ ">Tuk Knit</a>, <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/mimi-skirt-prod403696_dk_denim/">Mimi Skirt</a>, <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/bonnie-ankle-boot-prod401462_navy/">Bonnie Ankle Boot</a>.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Our new Southampton charity is... http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/our-new-southampton-charity-is-blog100/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/our-new-southampton-charity-is-blog100/#comments Weds, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/our-new-southampton-charity-is-blog100/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 18px;">For our new shop in Southampton (open on Thursday 17th October), we had the builders, the new clothes and the lovely shop interiors organised but there was one thing left to decide...who should our local shop charity be? We wanted you to decide and so we opened our first ever online vote where you could choose.<br /> <br /> The vote was between No Limits and Rainbow Trust Children&#39;s Charity, two very worthy charities working locally to the Southampton shop. There could only be one winner however. W</span>e are pleased to announce that the winner is... No Limits, with a fantastic 68% of the vote!<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/nolimits_blue_green_strap.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 371px;" /><br /> <br /> No Limits are a Southampton based charity and they aim to help disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people under the age of 26. They provide advice on a wide&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">range of topics, from alcohol and drugs to money and debt. They also enable young people to solve problems &amp; make informed decisions.</span><br /> <br /> <span style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">The White Stuff Foundation is now proud to be supporting No Limits.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> You can find out more about the charity on their <a href="http://nolimitshelp.org.uk/">website</a> or you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.<br /> <br /> You can meet No Limits at Southampton&#39;s opening party on Thursday 17th October, we hope to see you there!<br /> <br /> Check out their website for more information and on how you can help:&nbsp;</span>, follow them on Facebook:&nbsp;<em style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;"><a href="http://nolimitshelp.org.uk/" style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;">You can also follow us on Facebook at </a>or on Twitter at:&nbsp;</em><em style="font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: 14px;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/nolimitshelp">https://www.facebook.com/nolimitshelp</a> or Twitter @nolimitshelp&nbsp;</em> 0 Screen Printing http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/screen-printing-blog99/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/screen-printing-blog99/#comments Weds, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/screen-printing-blog99/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Our lovely in-house Print team give you a sneak peek of what they&#39;ve been up to behind the scenes...</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The past few weeks have been really exciting as we have&nbsp; been getting our hands dirty and working hard on our lovely autumn/winter 2014 prints! &nbsp;We always design a year ahead and it&rsquo;s a great time to experiment, get creative and have fun with our work.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We took a few days out of the office to go do some silk screen printing. We love getting back to the craft of textile design. Painting, drawing&nbsp; and screen printing mean our prints are truly hand-crafted and distinctive; we hope it shows.&nbsp;&nbsp; We can&rsquo;t wait&nbsp; for these prints to hit our shops to see if you love them as much as we do.</span></span><br /> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/newp1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/newp2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /></p> <br /> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/print1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/print2.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/print3.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/print4.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/print5.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/print6.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 500px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/print7.jpg" /></span></span></p> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">&nbsp;</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> 0 Save the Honeybee! http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/save-the-honeybee!-blog98/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/save-the-honeybee!-blog98/#comments Tues, 08 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/save-the-honeybee!-blog98/ <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">We&rsquo;ve collaborated with <strong><a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/beefayre-dept1000810_pg1/">Beefayre</a></strong> on an exciting new range of products, helping the company in their plight to protect the nation&rsquo;s honeybees.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Including lovely 100% pure natural plant wax candles and bath and body goodies, the Beefayre products are free from parabens and sulphates and are all made in the UK. &nbsp;Beefayre donates 3% of all profits to bee conservation.</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Honeybee numbers are in rapid decline all over the world and in Britain they are disappearing faster than in any other European country. Help us save these amazing pollinators and get some lovely things at the same time. &nbsp;The new Beefayre products make lovely presents (if you&rsquo;re a-super-organised-type, you might even be thinking about Christmas gifts already!).</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/beefayre-dept1000810_pg1/"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/soap.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_Bianca-Pal/mango.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /></a></div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> 0 'So Glad and Very' Instagram Competition http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/so-glad-and-very-instagram-competition-blog95/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/so-glad-and-very-instagram-competition-blog95/#comments Thurs, 03 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/so-glad-and-very-instagram-competition-blog95/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Our new &lsquo;<a href="http://www.whitestuff.com/view-all-dept1000737_pg1/">So Glad and Very</a>&rsquo; range launches this week. So Glad and Very is our premium sister range made of sumptuous fabrics and unique prints and is designed with smarter occasions in mind. The autumn winter 2013 range is inspired by old postcards and sepia images with a Victorian atmosphere . The colour palette is deep and rich and textures include pinotage cotton lace and ice grey faux fur.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/406931_MIDNIGHT.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 400px;" /><br /> &nbsp;<br /> We&rsquo;re giving you the chance to win &pound;250 to spend on the new range with a competition on Instagram. We want to see your autumn winter style &ndash; simply show us a picture that sums it up and you could win a new autumn winter wardrobe from So Glad and Very.<br /> <br /> Your entry could feature your favourite items of autumn winter clothing, whether that be a scarf, pair of boots or evening dress. We don&#39;t mind where you take the pic...be creative. Whatever says autumn winter to you!<br /> <br /> <strong>How to enter the Instagram competition:</strong><br /> <br /> 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Follow us on Instagram (<a href="http://instagram.com/whitestuffuk">@WhiteStuffUK</a>)<br /> 2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Post a picture of your autumn winter style to Instagram using #sogladandvery and mention @WhiteStuffUK<br /> 3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The best entry will win &pound;250 to spend on the new range<br /> 4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Competition closes on Monday 21st October, 2013<br /> <br /> Good luck! We can&#39;t wait to see your entries.</span></span><br /> 0 Pain in the Back http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/pain-in-the-back-blog97/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/pain-in-the-back-blog97/#comments Weds, 02 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Bianca http://www.whitestuff.com/pain-in-the-back-blog97/ <div> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">To mark National Backcare Awareness Week (7-11 October 2013) Oliver Gray, author of &#39;<a href="http://www.energiseyou.com/book">Energise You</a>&#39;, offers some handy tips on relieving back pain.</span></span></strong></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Back pain is a common problem that affects most people at some point in their life. According to research of over 4,000 people (by energiseYou) over two-thirds (68%) of us regularly experience tension or feel pain in our neck, back and shoulders. Now is the time to take action to improve your posture and relieve the pain. Here are a few tips:</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">1.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Posture</span></strong></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Try to avoid slouching &ndash; if you are constantly hunched forward you can strain your back muscles, causing them to hurt. This pain is easily avoided if you maintain proper posture.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">- Try the Alexander Technique</span></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">This technique teaches you how to avoid using unnecessary muscular tension during your everyday activities. For more information visit www.alexandertechnique.com.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">- Workstation Assessment</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Sitting at a computer all day can cause back-related problems if your workstation is not set up correctly and you do not take regular breaks.&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Your employer is legally obliged to carry out a DSE workstation assessment to ensure your workstation is set up correctly. Speak to your manager if you have not had one or you feel something is not right at your desk.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">In the meantime click here for a free factsheet designed to help you remain health and energised at your computer.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">2.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>Exercise&nbsp;</span></strong></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">There are exercises you can do that will reduce the likelihood of suffering a back injury. Yoga and Pilates are both low impact exercise programmes that help to strengthen core muscles, improve flexibility and prevent future injuries.&nbsp;</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">3. Think before you lift</span></strong></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">When lifting something heavy, make sure you bend using your knees, instead of bending from your lower back. Many back related injuries are caused by lifting things in the wrong way and can be prevented.&nbsp;</span></span><br /> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><strong><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">4. See a specialist</span></strong></span></div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">If you experience persistent back pain and rest does not help, it is important to get a diagnosis from your doctor.&nbsp;</span></span></div> 0 A Tea Cosy Round Up http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/a-tea-cosy-round-up-blog96/ http://www.whitestuff.comhttp://www.whitestuff.com/a-tea-cosy-round-up-blog96/#comments Weds, 02 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Becky http://www.whitestuff.com/a-tea-cosy-round-up-blog96/ <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Last Thursday 26<sup>th</sup> September was National Wear a Tea Cosy on Your Head Day.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/tea_cosy_47 (2).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 334px;" /><br /> <br /> It was a great day; we baked, drank tea and looked suitably daft for the day.<br /> <br /> Our shops sold White Stuff branded tea cosies and held tea parties with the support of their local charities.&nbsp;Tea Horse provided us with some lovely loose leaf tea to drink in our shops and Tunnocks sent us hundreds of their tea cakes for us to scoff.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/photo 1.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 375px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/NWATOYHD pics 011.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> In Head Office we held the first ever White Stuff bake off. The lovely Holly from design was our winner with the amazing &lsquo;fashion cake&rsquo; Beautiful (and delicious too).<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/IMG_3217.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/IMG_3200.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 667px;" /><br /> <br /> You lot tweeted and Instagrammed about the event with the #teacosy and we received some great entries into our Mugshots competition. Congratulations to Hilary from&nbsp;Great Chishill Royston who won with her adorable picture &#39;Tea with Daisy May&#39;<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Hilary - Great Chishill Royston.png" style="width: 400px; height: 266px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/Fiona - Exmouth.png" style="width: 400px; height: 600px;" /><br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.whitestuff.com/images/management/blogs_becky-b/April - Ross on Wye.png" style="width: 400px; height: 300px;" /><br /> <br /> Thank you! With your support we raised over &pound;28k for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.</span></span><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> 0