I had a sudden moment of clarity during the storms last night and put a face to a memory. Whilst at a wedding a couple of weeks ago in the basking sun (remember that bright, heat generating, carcinogenic thing in the sky?) we dropped into Port Isaac for lunch and discovered a gem of a shop there called Hooper & Shaw "An Emporium of wonderful things". www.hooperandshaw.com
Run by a couple of creative souls, they supplied us with the perfect 30th birthday present for the Boss' NBF (new best friend) - I've known her for years but have been entirely written out of earlier history - a 'Love me love my dog' screenprint in lipstick red with a perfect Dachshund in white.
Anyway, we had a long chat and all the while I was thinking 'I know these people' and even their names rang a bell.........to cut a long (no doubt boring) story short they used to live above a shop I worked in in Fulham by the name of RK Alliston. The ultimate gardening shop.
My visual memory - once again - triumphs over the part that recalls names!
Most importantly however, is how I can use their design skills to add a little 'je ne sais quoi' to Off the List. Answers on a postcard.