Autumn has offically arrived, and with its rich tapestry of mellow colours, glowing in the crisp morning air, my thoughts rapidly turn to freshly-made coffee and chocolate cake. Megan Herbert’s stencils place the icing on the cake (and coffee) in an amusing and artful way. With a gentle dusting of cocoa powder or sugar, a knitting pattern magically appears…surely divine inspiration for the approaching winter months!

Intimate conversation over coffee and cake is the traditional Icelandic way of staying updated and strengthening bonds. A heart-warming tradition which l believe can be beautifully woven into the fabric of life.

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Photograph: Marino Thorlacius