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It’s glove weather, and I can already feel the arguments about losing them descending on us like a dank autumnal mist. Last year my stinginess took me to the three for twos at Tescos, something I regretted the moment the first tears started rolling as wet hands froze in the snow. This year I am applying the same rule to gloves for my boys as I do to sunglasses for myself: I am buying them a decent pair each and hoping they might remember to look after them. The over sevens seem to have a deep reverence for kit- shin pads, gum shields, rugby studs are all treated with respect- but the threat of sewing new gloves to a jaunty string, posted humiliatingly through the arms of their coats, hangs in the air with the freezing fogs as they set off to school each morning.
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YES SIR, I CAN BOOGIE There are moments, at this time of year, when the sea becomes an impenetrable wall of polystyrene boogie boards, and my father reminds anyone listening that wooden ones are far superior. Understated and decidedly retro, wooden boards cut through the surf at a faster rate than their fluorescent cousins.
The barefootkitchen.com, a shop and cafe on the Lizard peninsula, makes the original Cornish belly boards, £40, which it sells alongside kits for making hot chocolate on the beach (£20) and cosy recycled blankets to wrap up in when the tide has turned (£20).
Grandmother’s footsteps When the sisters Rafaela van der Heyden and Victoria Roper-Curzon discovered box upon box of tissue-wrapped clothing from their childhood (much of it hand-made by their grandmother, and all lovingly stored away by their Spanish mother) they were inspired to create Elfie (elfielondon.com), their own nostalgic range of children’s clothing. Here you will find patchwork jumpers (ages 1-5, £48) and cardigans, each with a hand-crocheted frog or mouse attached (1-5, £48). Dungarees, dresses and tweed coats will follow. read more
The American ethical label Rogues Gallery has teamed up with Green Baby for an exclusive range of six unisex T–shirts featuring wild animals. Produced using a water–based printing method, they cost £18 (ages two to eight, greenbaby.com).