Giving is undoubtedly one of the best things about the Christmas festivities. As a devoted grandmother, I am particularly enchanted by seeing my grandchildren’s faces light up as they unwrap their presents on Christmas morning.
One of the most widely discussed topics in well-being this year has been the importance of the role our gut plays in our overall health and well-being. As well as influencing our metabolism, the appearance of our skin and even our bone development, experts have also highlighted its close ties to our brain and shown how the health of our gut can have an effect on our memory and our mood.
London Craft Week (9–13 May) is an annual event that showcases exceptional craftsmanship and unknown makers alongside masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands. To join the celebrations this year Daylesford and Bamford will be working with innovative and inspiring craftspeople and hosting a number of events at our London shops.
Safeguarding the future of our planet has always been one of our biggest drivers at Daylesford and we are constantly striving to be as sustainable as we can in everything that we do. Individual efforts, even making the smallest changes to our habits and choices can lead to real change on a wide scale.
For as long as I can remember, I have been following and embracing the principles behind a Japanese philosophy known as ‘wabi-sabi’. It is a concept that’s hard to define precisely but at its core is a celebration of the beauty in the imperfect.
I am delighted to share our new eBook for January, which brings together wellbeing philosophies from our organic farm at Daylesford, and the holistic Haybarn Spa at Bamford.
This year we shall be celebrating our 15th Christmas at the farm and when I look back I am immensely proud of not only how far we have come, but also how some things have not changed at all.
I have practiced yoga and meditation since I was very young – for me there is no better way to prepare the body and the mind for the day ahead.
Bamford’s new Resort collection captures the beauty and craftsmanship of India – a country that I have been travelling to for over 40 years, drawn back each year by its spirit and its people.
Christmas is my favourite time of year and decorating the house is something that I always look forward to. This Christmas we are holding a number of wreath workshops at the farm, when our team of expert florists will show you how to make seasonal wreaths and garlands using natural foliage and blooms foraged from the farm.
Minimalising waste has always been a core value at Daylesford – it is why almost all of our packaging is natural and recycled, and why I can proudly say that we have never used a plastic carrier bag in any of our stores. However, it is people that are at the heart of our business, and supporting those in need has always been an equal concern.
Traditional artisan craft is something that I have always loved – as much for the making process as for the beautiful finished articles. Willow baskets hold a particular draw for me and I like to keep a small collection stacked by the back door, ready to take out on a walk with the dogs, to gather flowers from the garden and berries from the hedgerows.