For my last birthday, my sister gave me an enormous 1930s typewriter apologising if it was a ‘white elephant’. It wasn’t and was given a home on our hallway table – a Singer table which I had revamped with an oak top and a lick of paint. We have gone back to old technology and type messages or whimsical thoughts on our typewriter. To set it all off, I knew that I now had the perfect reason to buy the giclée ‘Liquorice Buttons’ by our local artist Kate Kessling where hidden amongst the buttons is a surprise that makes me smile each morning. Want to know more about Kate? Visit