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.
Keeping traditional artisan skills alive was one of the main inspirational drives behind the founding of Bamford and our collection of leather bags and small leather pieces is the perfect embodiment of this philosophy. The story begins in the sun-drenched olive groves of the Mediterranean. Here, a centuries-old tradition utilises the leaves discarded during the olive harvest to tan the leather.
Sarah Myerscough Gallery is somewhere that I love to go to discover inspiring works by contemporary artists and makers. In today’s world of high technology, it’s reassuring that craft still has a distinct and powerful role to play in art culture and I have always felt that it is important to support these handcrafted skills. This autumn we shall be welcoming Sarah Myerscough to our Bamford stores for a specially curated exhibition of works by international artists and designers.
Tom Kitchin is a chef who I truly admire and a trip to his Edinburgh restaurant, The Kitchin, is something that I always look forward to. The youngest Scottish chef to ever win a Michelin star, Tom’s cooking brings together everything that I love about food: quality seasonal produce, sourced from local suppliers and served simply, in a beautiful and relaxed environment.
Amber Locke is an artist whose stunning, colourful images I have always loved. Her geometric works are created with artfully placed fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and foliage and celebrate the beauty and colours of nature in its prime.
I have always believed that the best way to encourage young people to embrace an active lifestyle, healthy living and wellbeing is to make sure they have fun. The vital issues of health and nutrition will be brought to life at our farm this summer, as we welcome Stroud rugby star Sam Viggers to host a number of Wellbeing Workshops for Children.
Artisan skills lie at the heart of Bamford and we are incredibly proud of the craftsmen who we work with across the world, from Scotland to Italy, Nepal and India. On Saturday 25th June we shall be offering a behind the scenes look at Bamford and sharing the incredible journey that each beautiful product takes from conception through to finished article.