What's Hot from the Porcupine Rocks July Newsletter
'A Day on the Anglo Zulu Battlefields'
18th July 1918. A date in history. A date when an extraordinary man was born who helped to change not only the face of South Africa, but also the world. To celebrate the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, the UN General Assembly launched a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better. Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated on his birthday every year, and with tensions running high throughout the world, we need to remind ourselves we can do something good for our friends and our country whatever continent we are on. Read our newsletter to learn more about when Paula visited the Mandela Capture Site, who she visited with her good friend Rob Caskie, who just happens to be a formidable story teller. If you are interested in Rob’s tales, then we have a limited number of his book, ‘A Day on the Anglo Zulu Battlefields’ available to purchase. These are not online, please contact the studio for to purchase your copy.
Ardmore Ceramics and Halstead Design
Not far from the Mandela Capture Site is Ardmore Ceramics. Pioneered by Fee Halstead who is a great believer in freedom of expression, meaning that each piece is a unique, one off work of art making them hugely collectable. Halstead Design have teamed up Ardmore Ceramics and transferred these amazing designs onto a collection of fabrics, cushions and table settings, which we are all available to buy at Porcupine Rocks.
The famous Ardmore Qualakabusha Sofas can be seen in the bowling alley of Kit Kemp’s Ham Yard Hotel. Unfortunately, the sofa was a limited edition, however we do have a stunning ottoman, made from a kiaat frame (an African wild teak), with brass castor wheels and beautifully printed linen/cotton fabric depicting a cheeky monkey, zebra and brightly coloured flowers. It’s a real mix of a traditional frame, with a contemporary fabric which would suit any home.
And of course it wouldn't be July without Wimbledon
Wimbledon has well and truly started, with some s
urprising results so far. With Djokovic losing to Sam Querrey, and Liam Broady playing against Andy Murray, it’s certainly been a dramatic start. To top it off, the weather still hasn’t decided whether it’s summer or winter, and a good cover-up to keep the chill off, but something that can be folded up small enough to put in your bag when (if) the sun does make an appearance is essential. We have a wonderful range of Ardmore Hermes scarves, which would certainly be the talk of Centre Court. And the best thing is that because they are so vibrant and unusual, you are more likely to be able to spot yourself on television!
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