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The Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Dog, The Myth, The Legend
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi have been long associated with fairies. It is believed that they were the noble steeds for fairies when they travelled long distances. Most Corgis tend to have a darker patch of fur under their shoulders that resembles a mark of the saddle, and to this day that patch of fur is still called Fairies Saddle!
There is one myth that the King and Queen of Fairies were out riding their Corgis and came across a family of humans working long, hard laborious hours just to stay fed. They felt sorry for the poor humans.
Distracted by the sight the King fell off his Corgi and the Queen jumped off hers to tend to the King. The Corgis did not notice that the fairies had dismounted and continued off towards the humans. The King was concerned that the Corgis would get lost, however the Queen knew that there was no need to worry, as the Corgis would find mortal humans who were in more need of them.
Two girls were playing on their family farm in Wales when they came across the two Corgi. Initially they thought these magical creatures were foxes and the girls played with the Corgis all day. When it was time to go home, they brought the Corgis with them. It was then that their father told them that they were a gift from the fairies. From that point on Corgis became a staple on Welsh farms for many centuries.
As a bit of fun in the office, we chose a product which represented each of the Queen's residences.
Leather Wine Cooler for entertaining guests
Leather Card and Dice Box for family gatherings
Leather Log Basket for those chilly nights
Leather Picnic Trunk for enjoying country pursuits.
In the garden
A Growing Delight
The garden often used in our product photography belongs to Sarah's parents, Susan and Doug. The garden at Wickets has been her parent's passion project since 1990.
By 1996 the garden was looking presentable, and the Essex organisers for the National Garden Scheme got in touch, suggesting that they might open Wickets for a public day in aid of charity. When they found out that part of the money would go to Macmillan, who had cared for a friend with cancer, they agreed.
The following year, Susan decided to take early retirement and retrain as a garden designer. Today Susan and Doug still open their garden through NGS and you can find out more here
What To Plant In May
Married on Friday 13th
Lucky In Love
Friday 13th is unlucky for some however that wasn’t the case for Sarah's grandparents. They got married 80 years ago on Friday 13th June 1942 at St Stephen's Church, Enfield. They went on to enjoy 66 years of marriage!
In Renaissance Italy, marriage chests would have usually held the bride’s dowry and would symbolise the joining of the couple. Designed to complement furnishings in the couple’s bedchamber they would be repurposed over time to hold the bride’s linens and household goods. Dowries are a lot less common now but a place to store linen is still ever useful!
1850s in Southern US, a gift of a leather key basket was symbolic of the wife becoming the mistress of the house. It would hold the household keys. Today we are repurposing this archaic gendered tradition with a personalised coin tray or magazine basket suitable for everyone.
In 1924 the well known New York department store Macy’s created the first gift registry. You can list your Life of Riley gifts though the online wedding shops Prezola, The Wedding Shop and Wedding Present Direct.
A Favourite Of Ours
A Michelada is essentially a Mexican Bloody Mary, using Mexican beer instead of vodka. Josie was travelling in Columbia and was sceptical when she was offered it in Saint Augustine. Now she absolutely loves it, and will always order one when she sees it on the menu.
If you don't include the tomato juice the drink becomes more of a Mexican shandy: a good starting point if you're unsure of the tomato / beer combination.
1tsp chilli powder
1tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 pint tomato juice mixed with a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce (optional)
3-4 splashes of Tabasco sauce
Modelo (or other Mexican beer)
Sprinkle the salt, chilli powder, chilli flakes and black pepper onto a plate. Take a long glass and rub a slice of lime around the rim, then press the rim onto the seasoning on the plate. Squeeze the remaining lime into the glass. If desired, pour in the tomato/Worchestershire sauce mix. Add the Tabasco, and fill to the top with Modelo. Add ice if desired.