June 6, 2012

London Adventures

The weekend before last my lovely friend Sarah went out to enjoy some of the events that were part of Chelsea Fringe, lots of great garden based events around London, an alternative version of Chelsea Flower Show.

This is an incredible community project - The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, built on a disused portion of railway.

a beautiful green oasis in the middle of gritty London, where green space is few & far between

A great mix of urban art & nature

it was such a beautiful day, my lovely friend Sarah the ultimate garden nymph
they are currently building a green house

The amazing open air communal space is well used and is even home to a pizza oven

Time for lunch and across the road is the Farm Shop, an amazing cafe that grows most of its own produce onsite, there are chickens on the roof, tomatos in a room at the top of the stairs, mushrooms growing in the basement, a poly tunnel of veggies and herbs in the back garden and salad greens in the cafe itself!

delicious sandwich

We then wandered over to the King Henry's Walk Garden, a more established community garden also in the Dalston area. It was amazing totally hidden away, like a little piece of paradise, we loved it :)

After all that it was time for a drink :)

Ice cold Mojitos were the perfect way to end the day!

Everyone we meet that day who were involved in the projects, were so friendly; aren't gardeners just the nicest people.

June 3, 2012

International Relocations

There have been BIG changes happening here at hope & glory HQ. I was offered and accepted a very good interior design position in London. I landed in London nearly two weeks ago!

So what does this mean for hope & glory NZ. The Greytown store has now closed, however The Tool Box, who I used to share the Greytown space with, is still going strong and stocking some of your hope & glory favourites; including the oil cloth bags and stamp sets. The hope & glory online store is going from strength to strength, my lovely friend Michelle will be organising all the shipping of orders from NZ, whilst my job is to source gorgeousness from U.K, Europe and around the world, to be loaded onto the  online store. If you are not already a fan of our facebook page, I highly recommend it, anything that is happening, facebook is where preview it first!

Some lovely new goodies have just landed, including the chic barista series of ceramics, pretty paper lanterns in cheery carnival stripe, also the divine and very popular large saddle bag now comes in the brand new trailing rose design. All now available at hopeandglory.co.nz

I will be blogging about my adventures in the U.K and beyond, plus giving you sneaky previews of the gorgeousness I have sourced. Thanks so much for being part of the journey thus far, we are going to have a blast in this next leg :)

Best wishes