The hour change. Let’s discuss. We totally get the daylight savings part – but what about the complete havoc it wreaks on our Cycadean rhythms? Anyone with small ones knows that they don’t look at the clock. So after a full week of waking up at 5.30am we are officially saying down with this sort of thing!
On the other hand, the twilight is arriving ever earlier and the best thing we can do is hunker down, and rather than run from Winter, embrace it. Long, crisp walks, fires lighting, and ducking under your cosiest super soft alpaca throw at the end of the (shorter) days is right up there on the menu. This season more than ever we need to channel our inner hibernation habits and create cosy nooks to read, to relax and to switch off. We need to adapt to the new rhythm of life and instead of restaurants and parties, re-direct ourselves to comforts like hot baths, early nights – and of course a luxury alpaca throw. Have a browse through our collection and treat yourself and your nook to the finest alpaca throws, scarves, wraps and more.
As we watch David Attenborough’s A Life on Our Planet we move between pacing the floor and shouting WHAT HAVE WE DONE right through to making immediate plans for changing our lifestyles to help Mother Earth to recover. At the very core of what we do are alpacas – and the simple fact that they fit right in to natural ecology is key. You see they can graze and thrive on natural landscapes that are not deforested, like for the cashmere goat, and this holds the biggest difference we can make to reduce climate change – we don’t need to cut down trees!
Alpaca has been named the most sustainable and ethical wool on the planet.
Similar to cashmere, alpaca is a natural fibre with a silky luxurious feel – it is just as warm and soft as cashmere but even more durable, and pilling and balling is a thing of the past due to the straight fibre. An influencer I spoke to the other day has had our Grey Herringbone throw since 2014 and has wintered in it for 6 years – if you think about how many replacement throws she may have bought in that timeframe, the environmental benefits of alpaca wool stack up further. Better to buy once and buy well – alpaca ends fast fashion naturally as our pieces will outlive us all. So, along with all the other eco-choices you are making to help repair the planet, consider alpaca as a very comfortable move.
Here in Ireland, the short spell that is summer brings with it a few things; sunburn, ice cream, psychosis, jellyfish, and beats. Beats are included here as every single Irish person feels the urge to wind down their windows when the sun come out, and share their beats. Elbows pop out, shades are applied, and volumes are turned up to the max. In my recent lunchtime meanderings I was privy to a touch of Beyonce, a twist of The White Stripes, and a good blast of the summer staple, The Rolling Stones. On one occasion, I heard Mundy’s July at two different parts, from two different cars, at the same traffic lights. So, in our rainy climate I can only conclude that we are a nation of sharers behind closed windows. And, well, it’s a long winter. So share wildly before you disappear back to the safest place you know – under your Simple Things alpaca blanket.
As I write, we have just returned form a spell in the French countryside. Plenty of the usual wine, duck, and early morning visits to the bakery. What struck me this time was the absolute accuracy that the French language affords descriptions. Expressions that require sentences to blunder through in English, l’espirit d’escalier – ‘the thought that strikes you after you have left the room’, come d’habitude – ‘as is my normal way’ and the best one yet, for true meaning nut shelled, – égoportrait – the selfie – explained in an efficient slam, ‘a portrait that massages your ego’. So all told, when you say it in French it seems to sound and feel much better. Now, back to the safest place I know, under my Simple Things throw.. Vive!
Hello, welcome aboard – make yourself comfortable on our new website. We have cut our alpaca to fit and are now proud to show you our brand new look. You know how soft and luxurious our products are, but if we could tantalise your e-senses again, it would be to imagine the delightful smell of a brand new car. So take a breath, look around, let us know what you think, join us on social media, and keep enjoying our spiffy products. Now, back to the safest place I know, under my Simple Things throw. Enjoy!