Tatty Devine at Soma
Last Saturday Harriet and I packed our bags full of books and left for Bristol to do a workshop in the gallery/shop Soma. Soma has sold Tatty Devine since 2005 so is a long standing stockist, and in fact one of the first galleries to sell our jewellery. It's in the area of Clifton, which is defiantly worth a visit if you haven't been there as it is full of independent shops, deli's and boutiques. We thought we were in Paris for a minute. We had a quick bite to eat in the Arch House Deli and met our friend Simon who makes luxurious skin creams out of natural products under the name Dr Jackson and is now doing clever things for Pukka as their resident pharmacognosist. He showed us a picture of what distilled camomile looks like and it was bright blue, amazing. He also topped us up with some skin cream, thanks Simon! We took residency upstairs in the gallery surrounded by work of Crispin Finn wishing we'd both worn red, white and blue to match the art work. We were there to show the good people of Bristol how to make a tape measure rosette, and sign a few books. For those waiting to have a go there was tea and cakes from Lahloo Tea . I have never tasted such delicious Earl Grey in my life and I was informed by Neil that they use the best Darjeeling tea to make sure the flavours are the best they can be. Apparently Lahloo was the name of the ship that Kate the founders great grandfather sailed on when he used to bring tea to England in the 19th century. These cat cakes were made by Fiona's sister, aren't they brilliant- they tasted good too. After the workshop we popped round to the Lahloo tearoom that has just opened around the corner, it's a very beautiful space to go and enjoy very beautiful tea. Here's us with Neil. We had a whistle stop tour of Clifton, taking in the view of the suspension bridge, trying some local cider and then put our much lighter bags in the car before driving back to London town.