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  1. This half term the children and I took a trip to my parent's house for a few days. They live in Essex near the coast in a lovely little cottage surrounded by a big and interesting garden (I may even go as far as to say 'piece of land'). I'm always flooded with feel-good endorphins when the children are out and about exploring the garden, doing stuff that kids are supposed to do! I love going back there as it is beautiful in a really uncontrived way, a sentiment I want to get across with The Wise House.

    So, when we arrive we always do a circuit of the garden which goes a bit like this. First stop, feed the chickens and collect the eggs. My daughter Rose is a bit of a natural at this as she deftly plucks them from the straw (she should have been born in the woods that one, she's at her happiest outside getting grubby). The chickens are called Diddly-do and Daisy, named by the neighbour's children. They like to follow us around and often hang out on the bench next to the kitchen so as not to miss out.

    Then onto the vineyard. In Essex I hear you cry? Yes indeed, my dad's hobby is to grow and make his own wine, up to 1000 bottles from one years crop. It's a hobby that family and friends also get to benefit from (as long as its been a good year)! For the children the rows of vines provide lanes for racing which they insist we all join in on. So the kids, me, mum and dad hare it up and down the vines - what a sight. Will is the fastest and usually wins until he has to give Rose a 20 pace headstart so that she can win a few too...

    We then come to the dilapidated caravan that my mum hates (but the kids love). It smells and is infested with insects but the children don't mind at all and hide underneath the grotty old, woodlice ridden duvet - my idea of a nightmare.

    Onwards to the little woods at the end. Now this bit is my favourite, we walk all the way through to the metal sheets which we lift up to find slow worms and field mice. Chris Packham would be proud of us. We then walk out into the meadow which is full of wild flowers, just beautiful. So we make our way across the field past the neighbour's garden at which point we usually lose the children over the fence into their garden for a play.

    Now this time, I was on the lookout for something on which to display the Hipster Bags at the next stall. My dad always has an array of random 'things' around the garden. After the offer of a barrel (not suitable for bag hanging), a large gate (which would need a small crane to lift) and something else I can only describe as a 'contraption', we happened upon an old piece of fence which turned on its side did the job just perfectly. Here it is with a few photos of the rapscallions;


    Wild Rose 

    potash2   WillRose


    Thanks Mum


    Gorgeous Alliums



  2. 1. You can pick up a good ole' march in comfort. We spent alot of time adjusting the pattern to ensure that the bag sits comfortably when walking. The straps fit across your body with the bag itself positioned on your hip.

    2. You get two bags for the price of one (said in market voice). Once again we spent (and still spend) many hours searching for the right fabrics that look bold and fabulous when paired up together. The bag is double lined and fully reversible with both a pocket on the inside and outside.

    3. It's a hands free bag. We know that most women have their hands full with something or other and as such the opening has been positioned so that it is very easy to get things into and out of the bag.

    4. It can adapt to multiple uses. The Hipster Bag also makes a great bag for new mums as it can be adjusted to fit over buggy/pram handles. It's also a great holiday/ travel bag as it can be rolled up small and placed in baggage. Simply unravel, sling on and show off at the other end..

    5. It is handmade in Old Blighty specially for us. Every bag is made with love and care by Carla, our seamstress. The quality and finish is second to none.

    6. It is original. We haven't be able to find anything else quite like it on the high street or web street. You are buying something that is absolutely unique and, we think, rather special.

    Feedback from one of our first ever Hipster Bag customers;

    'I LOVE my Hipster bag. It fits perfectly around the body and is super
    easy to get in and out of, an essential for a frenzied mum. It gets a
    lot of admirers because of its charming looks..BOTH of them! Thank you
    The Wise House!' -Beth Simpson

    'As soon as I saw the Hampton Hipster Bags I fell in love with them all and I just had to have one. I can truly say its the most gorgeous looking and beautifully made bag I own. I love that's it's completely reversible so you're getting two for the price of one! I'm a always on the go mum of three young children and the fact I can get in and out of it easily plus be hands free I find a complete bonus. I can also sling this over my Phil and Teds buggy with nappys, wipes, spare clothes, snacks etc and still find my purse, keys and phone thanks to the fantastic pockets. I can not recommend this bag enough. Once you have one you'll wonder how you ever did without it. 10/10 amazing, thank you The Wise House. ' -Lucille Potter

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