A Day Off | Our Isles

Yesterday was one of those rare days which I have off. Working a strange week can often mean finding time to relax and not check emails can be really difficult, especially when you’re trying to start up a new business venture around the clock. When you’re not ordering yarn, updating the website or checking on the loom delivery, you’re answering emails and trying to work out what the next move will be in this new, exciting world.

Usually, my day off starts well. A morning at home. Coffee, a walk around Kirkwall. By the afternoon, I’m back on the emails and checking off my to do list. Yesterday, I decided to free up a bit of space in my head, and take the day totally off, not even opening the laptop. A day away from the laptop, I decided to indulge in my favourite task, baking. I made a batch of hot cross buns, and left them to prove in a very cold cottage. I walked over to the studio, and collected some seeds I wanted to plant. I went to the library, got out a couple of books I wanted to read and spent the day doing nothing and something.

I got back and put the hot cross buns in the oven, you can find the recipe here. If you’re making them, they need a good bit of added spice (I put 2 tsp of mixed spice, 1 tsp of cinnamon, one clove and two cardamom pods in the milk) After the hot cross buns were taken care of, I started my reading list, a favourite past time that often gets neglected in favour of some late night telly. Grantchester is a favourite.

A book which has been on my reading list for a while is Our Isles. A while ago, in the throws of our Crowdfund, I’d pre-ordered the book, and it was a lovely surprise to have it arrive on the doorstep the other day. Our Isles is a project by Angus D. Birditt and Lilly Hedley, Angus writing the poetry and Lilly providing the illustrations, all beautiful linocuts . Our Isles were so important in our first few weeks of setting up our business, helping to promote our campaign, and even inviting us to write an article for their beautiful website, which can be found here.

It was wonderful to be part of a wider network of rural businesses, all founded on craftsmanship, helping to promote age-old crafts and important practices. The book is an absolute joy, and one I’ll treasure. The prints are beautiful, and detail the intricate lives of those sustaining such important traditions. Some of my favourites are the beekeeper, the potter and the sea fisherman. I’ve included a few photos below of this beautiful book, but if you want to order it, you can follow the link here.

Thank you for reading!

Orkney Cloth x

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