Friday April 03rd 2009, 4:51 pm

The Laundry April 2009

Apologies for being away for so long, but I’ve been really very busy and once out of the blogging routine it becomes harder and harder to begin again. For the last 3 months I have not been idle however, and now have so many stories to report it is hard to know where to start.
Firstly, in these strange and difficult times when shops and businesses are closing down left, right and centre, I have opened a shop. I’ve come close to it before but it hasn’t quite happened, so it has been very exciting to gather everything together, paint the walls, think about shelving and display, and eventually open the door for business.
The Laundry’s shop sign states ‘homewares, jam & pyjamas’ and I sometimes hear puzzled people outside saying to their companions, ‘jam and pyjamas, that’s a strange combination!’ Yes indeed it is and, as a person possessed with a mischievous streak, I am relishing giving people something new to be puzzled by, to talk about and hopefully to enjoy. The shop is close to my home and after a few weeks of getting to grips with dressing before noon, I am now enjoying ‘going out to work’ and being able to show the established strands of The Laundry plus many more new ones, all together in one place. Colourful Mexican washing baskets sit alongside bannetons, for artisan bakers, dried lavender sold by the cup-full and butter muslin measured out by the metre (I insisted on a drapers measure fixed in place along the edge of the counter for a traditional touch). When the weather is fine The Laundry’s wares can be displayed outside as well.
A few weeks ago my preserving book, Fruits of The Earth was published, so bringing another element to The Laundry which is set to develop into a ‘Glut Kitchen’ brand. Anyhow there will be plenty of time to tell you more of that in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, I’ve got things to write about.

The Laundry at Taurus

The Laundry at Taurus, Taurus Crafts, The Old Park, Lydney, GL15 6BU Tel: 01594 840563

How very fun and beautiful it all looks. If I didn’t live on the other side of the planet, I would definitely be a patron. I wish you the best of luck in your new endeavor.

Comment by alison 04.03.09 @ 7:55 pm

I am eternally grateful that you opened a bricks and mortar shop and it was such a pleasure to see your new Emporium in the flesh a few weeks ago..
I hope your new venture thrives.

Comment by Michele 04.06.09 @ 1:22 pm

So pleased to see you blogging again – and it’s great to see more pics of the shop which looks wonderful. I’ll do my best to come and see it in the flesh!

Comment by Marielou 04.17.09 @ 3:54 pm

Congratulations, I wish you every success in your new venture. I am sure my late sister would have been thrilled to see the fruits of your endeavours. I have just ordered a copy of “The Fruits of the Earth”, so I can try some of the excellent preserving recipes. Karen and I will do our best to come and visit the shop when we’re next down that way.

Comment by Christopher Stock 05.26.09 @ 8:45 am

Brilliant news and congratulations! Well done!

What fun having to get in the morning and get dress, yeh?

Hope to come and see it maybe this summer when the days are long….I’ll bring the booze!

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