Ratty Golightly on what to buy, listen to and read right now.
The ramblings, happenings and meanderings of Ratty Golightly.
How are you feeling? Festive? Organised? Completely unorganised?
It's that wonderful season that showers us with joy and panic in equal measure. What week it has been in the Ratty Golightly studio. There has been much dancing for joy as your fabulous orders have kept the inbox flashing, there's been the welcoming of a new pair of hands to help and a live market at The Crown at Stoke-by-Nayland (see pic above).
There has been the sad news that Labrador baubles have almost sold out (there is one remaining in the studio and a few at some Ratty Golightly stockists (please reply if you would like to know where to find them and I shall try and help). There are but a couple of Border Terrier baubles remaining and only handful of Pugs and Wirehaired Dachshunds. But we know they have gone to gone to good homes! One lovely shopper declared that her tree would look splendid if it was completely adorned in Ratty Golightly Printmaker Star baubles - I had to agree and she snapped up half of the remaining stock.
There is still plenty of time to order from The Rat (last postage dates below) and there are so many things to discover on the web shop from Cottage Garden prints for gardeners to a beautiful Lobster fine bone china jug for those longing for the seaside air.
I will stop rambling now as time is short for us all. Scroll down for my 5 great gems of the week (including something to listen to while you are in the kitchen). If you'd like to receive the Ratler straight into your inbox, together with exclusive subscriber discounts, then sign up to my newsletter club (sign up here).
Thank you so much for your support and for choosing to spend your Christmas pounds with a small independent brand. Have a great week.
The Rat’s 5 great wisdoms of the week…
1) Get writing
I nudged you along last time but now really is the perfect time to write those festive greetings.
Sitting down with pen in hand (and a cup of something warm) is such a great way to break out of the bustle for a while. My advice is not to write in one go but set yourself short 15 minute bursts of card writing.
If you manage to summon up a fabulous line, write it out or save in your phone notes and use it for other cards. Save those little grey cells from over working.
Ratty Golightly Christmas cards are available individually or in packs of 5.
2) A Kitchen Listen
A little late to the party as ever, I was thrilled to discover this culinary gem of a radio programme and podcast.
I love Andi Oliver's kitchen presenting style as she makes everything sound achievable. In this programme she welcomes a guest and discusses their own favourite dish and the memories associated with it. Andi then goes on to recreate the dish with her own twist, wowing the guest's palate in the process.
A great listen at all times but especially for those requiring a little kitchen inspo.
3) A beautiful gift
A Ratty Golightly fine bone china mug is a beautiful gift to send. Each mug comes gift ready in a Kraft box and there is room inside to include a special tea bag, sachet of hot chocolate or coffee pods.
There are designs to suit almost all from a range of favourite dog breeds, British countryside icons, together with tea- and coffee-lovers.
Here is the Pheasant keeping a watchful beady eye on the Christmas baker at work.
4) A Great Festive Read
I have had the pleasure to virtually befriend the author, Anita Faulkner, in recent weeks. I thought it only polite that I dive into one of her literary creations. The Gingerbread Cafe is utterly delightful and the perfect bedtime book for the festive period.
It follows the story of a group of independent traders reigniting life into their little street to save it from greedy developers. There's also that all-important will-they-won't-they romance to boost the festive feels.
5) Last Postage
With all the postal strikes this year, my advice is "Don't delay" in your Christmas online shopping. Local shoppers can always select the 'click and collect' option and I will arrange for a mutually convenient time for you to collect.
The very last Royal Mail postage date (providing they do not throw in any more strikes) is 4pm on Tuesday 20th December.
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Thank you for reading, see you next time.