Well my friends, we had two seasons in one weekend didn’t we? Saturday was cracking the flags with lovely warm September sunshine and Sunday was cracking the flags with valley raindrops! Now there has been a shift in seasons and the leaves are changing colour to remind us that Autumn is here it made us think about getting snug at home with a mug of hot chocolate and a good magazine. Time to tell you about our new magazine titles which are now gracing our magazine shelves ready for you to buy and take home to enjoy.
The UK’s most original and beautiful magazine about gardens, plants and flowers, the new issue of Rakesprogress (volume 10) is filled with glorious photography and inspiring features, including Venice’s Garden of Eden, California’s Superbloom and Lisbon’s allotment revolutionaries. The magazine comes with the launch issue of Rakes Sense, a separate 120-page magazine about the art of flowers and fragrance. Both magazines are produced by the Rakesprogress team of fashion photographers, art photographers and documentary photographers and provide a contemporary, alternative take on our changing relationship with the natural world.
Flourish is a Travel and Lifestyle publication focusing its content around outdoor living, nature, culture, sustainability and the search for a physical existence. Started by designer and photographer, Lucy Saunders, Flourish reflects her passion for travel, ecological adventures, exploring the natural world and documenting new places. The publication sits heavily around a photographic approach containing photo-essays, interviews, geographical statements and personal stories of adventure. Each volume is set around one place, continent, community, culture or location. Flourish is a publication which thrives off of the meaning of ‘to flourish’ itself; (of a living organism) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly congenial environment.
Bumble focuses on particular species that are struggling and gives simple advice on how you can do your bit to help. It also features local and international artists that take inspiration from the natural world. It aspires to create a simple, straight-forward publication that offers viewers of all ages a chance to engage with nature, whilst educating them on the importance of the natural environment. Rachael Nellist and Josef Shaw wanted to allow any reader — regardless of prior ecological knowledge — to read, understand and immerse themselves in the world around them.
Bloom is a magazine for gardeners, plant admirers, nature lovers, curious explorers and outdoor adventurers. It is beautiful and useful; it looks lovely and it works hard; it makes you muse on the handsomeness of nature and it inspires you to get out there and be a part of it. Bloom promises practical gardening projects, an exploration of the natural world and a celebration of the beauty of all green spaces, whether they’re in the countryside or the middle of the city, on your windowsill or in an allotment, highly groomed or utterly wild.
Hole & Corner was launched in May 2013 as a lifestyle brand celebrating and promoting creativity, craftsmanship, heritage and authenticity through digital, print and events. The name is inspired by an old English phrase: ‘Hole-and-Corner: adj, a secret place or a life lived away from the mainstream’ It is about people who spend more time doing than talking, for whom content is more important than style; whose work is their life. It’s about telling stories of dedication.
Of course our old favourites are still with us even though we are adding new titles. Flow Magazine Issue 32 has an artwork cover by Juan Carlos Campos, which is photographed by Luis E Vásquz O. and comes with a self-help notebook and a free 32-page workbook included at the back. Flow Magazine is all about positive psychology, mindfulness, creativity and the beauty of imperfection. We love illustrations and in each issue there is a gift of much-loved paper goodies.
Oh Comely is a curious, honest and playful independent magazine. It’s a place to meet strangers, hear their stories and look at life a little differently. This magazine began as the bedroom project of three pals at university and they’re now produced by a small publishing house started by another set of three friends – all good things come in threes!
So, make yourself a lovely mug of hot chocolate (this BBC Good Food recipe is great, tried and tested by us with great products bought locally!) and wrap up in your favourite blanny with a good magazine x