Author Archive | Martin Smith


I can make hats to order, so you get the perfect fit, but I have a few around so you see the styles, but I can make pretty well anything you want in any style. (more…)

Some smaller bags

Since small is the new large I am producing a range of smaller bags, these ones are all leather All leather with 3 zipped compartments, the 3rd is on the top. Dimensions 10 by 9 by one and half inches with a shoulder strap with a buckle. This one is a mini backpack with 2 […]

Some large bags

I have been making bags for many years, originally they were all made from leather, now I am making a selection of all leather and hybrid leather and denim. Bag made from upcycled denim and new leather, it is 16 inches wide by 11 inches high and has a 3.5 inch gusset, additionally it has […]


I have been involved with leather for many years and back in the 1970’s I used to supply a lot of craft shops with belts and bags and wristbands, also used to make cowboy hats to order, all by hand in those days These days I use machines as well hand sewing, the purses shown […]


This years crop of shallots, just pulled this morning These are second generation shallots grown from organic shallots bought in Sainsburys in New Cross two years ago, I will keep half of them for next year.


Barrierinhas is a small town in the state of Marañao in North East Brazil, I have friends there and have been there a couple of times Its is about 25 miles from the coast on a very winding river the Rio Preguçias, it is just over 3 degrees south of the equator, so it’s pretty […]


The himalayan part of India, not easy to get to, the roads are snowbound till May, and even when they are open it used to be a 2 day bus ride from Srinagar in Kashmir. But when I went there in 1982 I had the pleasure of flying in from Srinagar, it takes 25 minutes […]

Greenhouse news

The greenhouse is used for crops which dont always do very well outdoors, hot peppers, pimento peppers, basil, and some years I do aubergines in there as well. I also have a small cactus collection which I have been tending for many years, I get some nice flowers most years, some of the cacti have […]

The allotment, July

Things are beginning on the allotment and of course we are all hoping for prolonged warm weather which is very helpful for maximising crops. The last of the late broad beans, some of the first purple french beans and a couple of nice courgettes, striato di napoli. This is a miniature white cucumber, still not […]


My daughter has a house in Mulazzo, which is in Tuscany not far from Pontremoli, the nearest market town, it is north of the Magra Valley and has wonderful views of the Appenine Alps, here it is seen from above This was taken from a rest place about one hours walk up the hill by […]

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