I have managed to gather quite a collection of salts in recent years – too many to count these days. I have almost as many varieties of salt as I have bourbons. I have been known to present a salt bar at dinner parties, but I have always worried about presentation. As my nana used to say: “every good salt deserves a good salt cellar” (sic).

Well this is where the fine folks at Dejumo come in…

…they offer all manner of fine housewares including a large collection of Cellars.

I like the Dejumo’s Teak Square Cellar with spoon (right).

Find the Cellar collection from Dejumo here.

Visit Dejumo online here.

I have been meaning to post about two European retailers I fell in in love with on my last visit to the continent: the fine folks at Pylones and HEMA.

FF: Pylones

When you walk in to one of French retailer Pylones’ shops your eyes are treated to a kaleidoscope of colors from their various lines of useful products. Think of water bottles, tape dispensers, hairbrushes and glasses cases with the same fun print – just very cool designs for everyday objects.

About Pylones:

“Immerse yourself in the world of Pylones and enjoy colours, ideas, attractive and useful creations. For over 30 years, Pylones has been reinventing everyday objects with a design full of good humour! Desk lamps, kitchen utensils, fashion accessories, furniture, decorations, watches… a breath of originality invades your home! And since Pylones does not miss anything about design, it offers a sparkling collection of blown glass jewellery, made in France.”

Pylones’ products make great gifts – in fact I did a bunch on my Christmas shopping at the Pylones shop on Carnaby Street in London last year.

Visit Pylones online here.


Meanwhile, the fine folks at HEMA, a Dutch retail chain, have stores that offer a little bit of everything, and I mean everything. However, everything they offer, from dog treats to housewares, is useful and cool.

About HEMA:

“Everyone at HEMA shares a passion: to make daily life easier and more fun. That is also expressed perfectly in the essence of the HEMA brand, a triangle that symbolises the ideal balance between good quality, good design and great prices. Each side of this triangle is equally important and together they form an extraordinary combination that results in a number of the characteristics that make HEMA unique.”

When I popped into the HEMA store in Lille, France last fall, I had a fantasy about leaving my whole life behind, starting over, and furnishing my new European flat exclusively with stuff from HEMA.

Visit HEMA online here.

Fans of Lost Cowboy know that among the many searches I have going on, the longest one is the search for the perfect bag to carry my stuff back and forth to the office and beyond. Well, the search may be narrowing with a new leader in the clubhouse – the Vintage Leather Messenger Bag I found from the fine folks at WP Standard.

About the Vintage Leather Messenger Bag from WP Standard:

“The Vintage Messenger bag is a tribute to antique postal bags updated for modern function. The messenger bag includes two interior pockets and one suede-lined laptop compartment with a strap to secure your devices. Our full grain vegetable tanned leather provides a foundation that will age beautifully with time and use. Custom monogramming is available.”

Find the Vintage Leather Messenger Bag from WP Standard here.

See all the styles from WP Standard here.

It’s been a while since I read some fiction, so what a relief it was for me to pick up The Story of Arthur Truluv – A Novel by Elizabeth Berg – which reminded me of why I love to read. This is the refreshing, uplifting story of those people one meets in life that are just supposed to be there. Two people, who on paper never should be friends, find each other in their grief and a special bond forms.

About The Story of Arthur Truluv – A Novel by Elizabeth Berg:

“For the past six months, Arthur Moses’s days have looked the same: He tends to his rose garden and to Gordon, his cat, then rides the bus to the cemetery to visit his beloved late wife for lunch. The last thing Arthur would imagine is for one unlikely encounter to utterly transform his life. Eighteen-year-old Maddy Harris is an introspective girl who visits the cemetery to escape the other kids at school. One afternoon she joins Arthur—a gesture that begins a surprising friendship between two lonely souls. Moved by Arthur’s kindness and devotion, Maddy gives him the nickname ‘Truluv.’ As Arthur’s neighbor Lucille moves into their orbit, the unlikely trio band together and, through heartache and hardships, help one another rediscover their own potential to start anew.”

The Story of Arthur Truluv is the type of book that renews your love for reading as it renews your faith that there is good in the world.

The Story of Arthur Truluv – A Novel by Elizabeth Berg is available from Amazon and fine booksellers everywhere.



I don’t know much about the ritual of sage burning, but I think it has something to do with eliminating bad spirits. Which is why the Mother’s Day Morning Ritual Kit I found from the fine folks at Sunday Forever may be the perfect gift for that certain mother in your life.

About the Mother’s Day Morning Ritual Kit from Sunday Forever:

“New! Our classic morning ritual kit with a Mother’s Day twist. So tacky it’s chic. You’re welcome. The set comes perfectly packaged and includes: Mug; Sage bundle; Go sage yourself lighter. Smiles are no extra charge.”

Find the Mother’s Day Morning Ritual Kit from Sunday Forever here.

Visit Sunday Forever online here.


I have owned many bicycle helmets over the years and have really liked many of them. But these helmets have been more function over form and did what I needed them to do, protect my head. Now the fine folks at Nut Case Helmets have combined the need to “protect your brain” with cool designs.

About Nut Case Helmets:

“Helmets used to be boring. We founded Nutcase to change all of that. To make helmets fun again. To make them into something you wanted to wear without being told you should. A piece of art, something that makes you smile, each and every time you put it on. We make helmets for everyone. No matter where you live, how old you are, or what kind of bike you ride, we have a helmet that will fit your head, and suit your soul.”

I like Nut Case Helmets’s Space Cats model (Above right).

Check out Nut Case Helmets’ full collection here.

I have been back from Toronto for a while now, but I am still tasting it just about every night with the mini collection of Canadian Whisky I brought back with me. (Praise duty free airport shops!) Here are a couple of my favourites.

FF: Collingwood Double Barreled Canadian Whisky

About Collingwood Double Barreled Canadian Whisky:

“Introducing our first limited release of the Town Collection, Collingwood Double Barreled. This premium whisky is raised in once used, white oak barrels. It is then rebarreled in new, heavily toasted, lightly charred white oak barrels and rests for extended maturation. We finish with our toasted maplewood stave finishing process. The result is a complex Canadian whisky with a high rye content radiating dry cinnamon spice that warms a delicate medley of toasted oak and light orchard fruit flavors. Made by real people in a real town – Collingwood.”

Learn more about Collingwood Double Barreled Canadian Whisky here.

FF: Stalk & Barrel Red Blend Whisky from Stillwater Distillery

About Stalk & Barrel Red Blend Whisky from Stillwater Distillery:

“This wonderfully earthy expression is created by using a high percentage of our aged single malt and rye, blended together with selected casks of aged corn. This extraordinarily smooth yet complex mix of sweet malt and plump Canadian rye is imbued with intense flavours, richness, and full body.”

Learn more about Stalk & Barrel Red Blend Whisky from Stillwater Distillery here.

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