Thursday, 29 April 2010
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Sweet Violet has a strong fragrance, and has been used in the making of perfume as far back as Ancient Greece. Some say that you can only smell violet flowers once but this is a myth. however the fragrance is strangely short-lived due to the chemical, ionine, which makes up the violet’s scent, it has the ability to deaden the smell receptors that detect it.
In medieval Britain, Sweet Violet was used as a deodorant.
It has a long history of folk use, especially in the treatment of cancer and whooping cough. It also contains salicylic acid, which is used to make aspirin, and is therefore effective in the treatment of headaches, migraine and insomnia.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
The rather wonderful illustration is by Ishtar Olivera who says :
"Our Earth has given us SO much… lets think of ways, of having more love and gratitude to her and really give some of our time, love, and dedication in return. There are so many ways, we can start doing something. Little acts that really make a difference. Earth Day is not -should not- be just ” a day”, but everyday..
With this button all I pretend is Plant a seed of awareness in our lifes and have present that ” Everyday is Earth Day”."
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
find out more here.
Armandii is the only fragrant clematis, it's flowers will last several weeks in spring time and it will sometimes flower again in August. Even when not in flower it is extremely decorative with it's long dark evergreen glossy leaves. It orginates from China and is an extremely vigorous climber.
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Another first was the rather ludicrous photograph of one of our Silkie Bantams
over at The Chicken Daily and talking of firsts our eldest son exhibited some of his photographs in a gallery for the first time. There is a photograph of his photographs on the website www.renaissanceshop.co.uk in the What we are doing section.
Whilst we are on the subject of photographs isn't the one above adorable?
It's of Charles the baby red squirrel who fell from his nest.
Red squirrels aren't the only wildlife in need of a little help so we were pleased to be able to use the Renaissance Newsletter to help promote a WDCS Walk for Whales in nearby Hunstanton.
Over at Renaissance Vintage Notebook we seem to have spent quite a lot of time at the V & A looking at vintage inspired quilt fabrics and enthusing about the Grace Kelly exhibition.
We're always on the look out for beautiful ways to display vintage books, we are vintage book sellers afterall, and we found a rather lovely photograph whilst blog hopping which of course lead to the discovery of lots of new, to us, blogs
Maybe you'll find the time to visit them?
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Meet Charles, a six-week-old red squirrel who had a very lucky landing when his nest was blown out of a tree.
You can find the full story at CBBC news
along with some truly adorable photographs.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
"I would really appreciate a bit of help from flower loving bloggers, so please spread the word!
I am working on the final pages of my new book and need just a few more messages. The book, which is due out at the end of August, is packed with masses of flowery photographs and the messages that people send with flowers. From the wonderfully romantic, to the friendly and funny, and at times, very sad - it really shows that you can say it all with flowers!
If you have ever sent or received a great message I would love to hear about it.
The book will be hardback, 128 pages, priced £9.99
And I absolutely love it!
(not very modest I know)"
If you can help please leave a message on her blog Flower Shop Stories
Friday, 2 April 2010
It's been a busy week getting ready for the Easter hols at Renaissance HQ
with little being uploaded to the website www.renaissanceshop.co.uk.
It didn't start well with the news of Elspeth Thompson's death, so sad.
But we've had a reminder of new life with our quail starting to lay again, very seasonal.
And all wistful over at Renaissance Vintage Notebook with a sort of if we had a real bricks & mortar shop we'd stock:
And now of course it's April ,we had to mark April Fool's Day with a little joke or two,
and Easter is upon us.
We'll be spending it together, the whole family is home this weekend, bliss.
Wishing you all a very happy Easter.