9 Things That Happened Last Month

1. Visited the Leonardo da Vinci Anatomist Exhibition at the Queens Gallery, London.

2. Submitted a PhD Research proposal and have been invited to interview.

3. Vividly imagined Birnam Wood advancing during an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

4. Leant against the stones on Solstice morning at Stonehenge.

5. Drank the first cup of tea from the tiny wood stove in my garden studio.

6. Made 11 bottles of elderflower cordial.

7. Saw my friend Yaron’s company Circa perform in Norwich Cathedral at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

8. Bought two boulders for the garden.

9. Sent the first blog post from my now networked studio.


Crafty Fox Market

French & Godbold at the Crafty Fox Spring Market in Brixton
A delightful day was spent last Saturday at the Crafty Fox Spring Market at the Dogstar Hotel in Brixton. I took the French & Godbold cards collection along in my trusty suitcase and set up shop. It was great day with a good number of sales and very encouraging feedback. Our tiny gift cards proved to be quite a hit. It was also a pleasure to spend my day sharing a stall with Mrs Gumi and her husband Tom, as well as chatting to lovely range of crafty artists. There was tea and cake, great atmosphere and visits from family and friends. A very pleasing day…

French & Godbold's Crafty Fox Shop

A Perfect Afternoon Tea

Black Sesame Shortbread and Matcha Green Tea

Some days, come mid-afternoon, a girl just needs a pick-me-up. So, as a well deserved break from the challenges of mid-year assessment, I enjoyed a very lovely homemade black sesame shortbread biscuit (send a request if you’d like the recipe) and a glass of the most wonderfully green Japanese matcha tea. It provided all the momentum required to get me to the end of my daily marking target without any tantrums. Oh matcha, what a wonder….

Vintage Fayre

Saturday 10 December, French & Godbold will be selling their wares at the Hertford Vintage Fayre once again. We are looking forward to another day of good tunes, vintage treasures and tea and cakes. Rumour has it there will also be mulled wine, mince pies and even a little Tijuana Christmas to celebrate the joys of the festive season. The Vintage Fayre takes place at the Corn Exchange, 39 Fore St, Hertford SG14 1AL, 10am-4pm. Please come by and visit us if you’re in the area.



Sometimes there is no denying the pleasure of an excellent cup of tea. I took myself on an outing this week to the local Victorian tea room and was provided with the most perfect cup of Japanese Green Sencha. It was delicate and light, with a slight floral overtone and beautifully served in green porcelain. It was such a treat.