Magic from My Happy Place


I’m taking a perverse pride in the fact that I have burned out the motor on my old food processor. I’ve hated the thing from Day One, but it was too durable to die quickly, even under my the duress of my punishing projects (particularly my raw nut butters). In the end, I trounced it — but the down side is that I’ve had to select and shell out for a new one.

Today was the day. After a week of internet research, we headed to Potters Cookshop in Hockley to pick up my new kitchen toy(s). I know it’s silly, but Potters is one of my reliable Happy Places, and I’m as apt to go there for a good wander as I am for an occasional splurge, enjoying the cool gadgets, colourful cookware, and superb customer service that make this small independent shop the award-winning experience that it is. Ali (pictured above) is always smiling, always super-helpful, and she has a cabinet of awards to prove that I’m not the only one who thinks she’s terrific. (She didn’t even blink an eye when I once asked her to find me a whoopie pie pan…)


As one who believes deeply in the power of kitchen alchemy, I value the tools that help me work my magic because healthy food is vital to my mental and physical well-being, and is my primary creative outlet these days. Thanks, Potters, for giving me good days out and helping me stock my kitchen! I’ll be putting my new food processor to good use – even if it almost bigger than my tiny kitchen….

I’m in love.

2 thoughts on “Magic from My Happy Place

  1. Ah simple pleasures! I feel that has those of us who have done our best to move ourselves into a “higher place” sometimes a moment or two to enjoy the “mundane” is, for me, the one thing that takes me away for awhile while the ponderous seems to overwhelm me even “thought stopping. Perhaps rather like again using a good scrub in soap & water rather than potent disinfectants. Maybe I see my beloved England in your little town and surrounding in, so far, a amazing simplistic, yet up to date space where my lovely small town, and area, is slipping away into tourist central! I await the next! XO, Nydia

    1. I think we see what we choose to see, Nydia. There is plenty here in Thundersley to worry about, but also much to celebrate. With everything that is happening in our world, and this country, I am making an effort to seek out hope and beauty. Doing that keeps me walking in the world, and walking in the world keeps me connected to people like you. Result! xo

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