Can you ever have too much of a good thing?



Well I’m a natural treater. It does not take much for me to declare we all need a treat, so yes, after that hard week at work you’ll find me filling the whole weekend with treats and delights for the whole family. So in my opinion No, you can never have too much of a good thing and that’s how I feel about our Regatta Spring/Summer 2017 Range for boys and girls.


We’ve broadened our range of fleeces, tees, jackets and trousers by adding a little more colour and spritz to the range. From football motif packit jackets to pretty unicorns we have it all.


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Our pick of the Winter Jackets

It’s an important purchase, and has several roles to play. As well as looking stylish and smart, a new winter jacket also has to fend off the harsh wind and cold, as well as being water resistant.

We’ve that many brands that this has not been an easy task, but here is our round up of our top 3. We think we’ve covered most things so if you like something knee length or waist length, dark or bright, zips or buttons, angled packets or deep pockets we think we’ve got just the thing for you.

1.Icepeak bring us our first little beauty in a fab green which is sure to brighten up most dark days, finishing at the waist and with a contrasting green over the shoulders with a darker bottom section, pockets and a hood finish this little beauty off

2.No collection would be complete without a contribution from Joules and I feel this floral jacket is a great reminder of summer days, lovely thick padding make this a must have.

3.Target Dry bring us our full length jacket, not as heavy as some of our other jackets but that suits some who prefer to layer up. A versatile colour which will go with most bags and shoes.



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The histoy of Halloween

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain. The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today onHalloween.

On May 13, 609 A.D., Pope Boniface IV dedicated the Pantheon in Rome in honor of all Christian martyrs, and the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church. Pope Gregory III (731–741) later expanded the festival to include all saints as well as all martyrs, and moved the observance from May 13 to November 1. By the 9th century the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands, where it gradually blended with and supplanted the older Celtic rites. In 1000 A.D., the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It is widely believed today that the church was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. All Souls Day was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels and devils. The All Saints Day celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the traditional night of Samhain in the Celtic religion, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween.

Celebration of Halloween was extremely limited in colonial New England because of the rigid Protestant belief systems there. Halloween was much more common in Maryland and the southern colonies. As the beliefs and customs of different European ethnic groups as well as the American Indians meshed, a distinctly American version of Halloween began to emerge. The first celebrations included “play parties,” public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, dance and sing. Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds. By the middle of the nineteenth century, annual autumn festivities were common, but Halloween was not yet celebrated everywhere in the country.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, America was flooded with new immigrants. These new immigrants, especially the millions of Irish fleeing Ireland’s potato famine of 1846, helped to popularize the celebration of Halloween nationally. Taking from Irish and English traditions, Americans began to dress up in costumes and go house to house asking for food or money, a practice that eventually became today’s “trick-or-treat” tradition. Young women believed that on Halloween they could divine the name or appearance of their future husband by doing tricks with yarn, apple parings or mirrors.

In the late 1800s, there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft. At the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day. Parties focused on games, foods of the season and festive costumes. Parents were encouraged by newspapers and community leaders to take anything “frightening” or “grotesque” out of Halloween celebrations. Because of these efforts, Halloween lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones by the beginning of the twentieth century.

By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide parties as the featured entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague Halloween celebrations in many communities during this time. By the 1950s, town leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed mainly at the young. Due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties baby boom, parties moved from town civic centers into the classroom or home, where they could be more easily accommodated. Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats. A new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday.

The American Halloween tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.

The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.

*****COMING SOON*****Welcome aboard ICEPEAK

The innovators and early adopters amongst us will be familiar with Icepeak, research shows is regularly “googled”. The first I heard of it was when we decided to stock them here at the mill. I’ve seen some of the samples and I must admit I’m sold, I’m a fan, and I’m happy to pay that little bit extra for something different and eye catching.


ICEPEAK, established 1996, is one of the biggest sports clothing brands in Europe. Icepeak offers active sports clothing for sports shops and department stores.

The brand designs sports clothing to maximize the consumer’s outdoor experience. Affordable prices, quality materials, functional details and trendy design are the key factors in the brand’s great success.

The brand provides functional, active apparel for optimum performance in sports, leisure and everyday use.

The Nordic Nature sportswear collection is casual but spiced up with a pinch of the unique Nordic nature and Finnish simplicity. The collection merges an urban active lifestyle with outdoor-inspired elements. Nordic symbols are seen in patterns and prints. Protective and stylish details are many, including different hoods, protective back hems, taped seams, higher collars, adjustable waists, and new personal structured surfaces. Casual functionality, a trendy look and comfort are the key words of the collection. Neutral tones create an authentic and modern style.


The Power of Walking. 8 reasons why walking is great for your health

8 reasons why walking is great for your health. So jump up and get going…….

Gentle, low-impact exercise that’s easy, free and available to everyone – here’s why walking rocks.

1. Walking strengthens your heart

Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by walking regularly. It’s great cardio exercise, lowering levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. The Stroke Association says that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent.

2. Walking lowers disease risk

A regular walking habit slashes the risk of type 2 diabetes by around 60 percent, and you’re 20 percent less likely to develop cancer of the colon, breast or womb with an active hobby such as walking.

3. Walking helps you lose weight

You’ll burn around 75 calories simply by walking at 2mph for 30 minutes. Up your speed to 3mph and it’s 99 calories, while 4mph is 150 calories (equivalent to three Jaffa cakes and a jam doughnut!). Work that short walk into your daily routine and you’ll shed the pounds in no time.

4. Walking prevents dementia

Older people who walk six miles or more per week are more likely to avoid brain shrinkage and preserve memory as the years pass. Since dementia affects one in 14 people over 65 and one in six over 80, we reckon that’s a pretty great idea.

5. Walking tones up legs, bums and tums

Give definition to calves, quads and hamstrings while lifting your glutes (bum muscles) with a good, regular walk. Add hill walking into the mix and it’s even more effective. Pay attention to your posture and you’ll also tone your abs and waist.

6. Walking boosts vitamin D

We all need to get outside more. Many people in the UK are vitamin D deficient, affecting important things like bone health and our immune systems. Walking is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors while getting your vitamin D fix.

7. Walking gives you energy

You’ll get more done with more energy, and a brisk walk is one of the best natural energisers around. It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and alive. Try walking on your lunch break to achieve more in the afternoon.

8. Walking makes you happy

It’s true – exercise boosts your mood. Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild to moderate cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety. So for positive mental health, walking’s an absolute must.


The Story of the Scarf

The Story of the scarf

As the seasons change and the temperature drops our minds turn to keeping warm and these days it’s done with style. I got to thinking of scarves, I’m a fan of scarves, all types of materials and got to thinking how the scarf came about and here is a little of what I found out.

Ancient Rome is one of the many origins of the scarf, where the garment was used to keep clean rather than warm. It was called the sudarium, which translates from Latin to English as “sweat cloth”, and was used to wipe the sweat from the neck and face in hot weather. They were originally worn by men around their neck or tied to their belt. Soon women started using the scarves, which were made of cloth and not made of wool, pashmina, or silk, and ever since the scarf has been fashionable among women.

Historians believe that during the reign of the Chinese Emperor Cheng, scarves made of cloth were used to identify officers or the rank of Chinese warriors.

In later times, scarves were also worn by soldiers of all ranks in Croatia around the 17th century. The only difference in the soldiers’ scarves that designated a difference in rank was that the officers had silk scarves whilst the other ranks were issued with cotton scarves. Some of the Croatian soldiers served as mercenaries with the French forces. The men’s scarves were sometimes referred to as “cravats” (from the French cravate, meaning “Croat”), and were the precursor of the necktie,

The scarf became a real fashion accessory by the early 19th century for both men and women. By the middle of the 20th century, scarves became one of the most essential and versatile clothing accessories for both men and women. Celebrities have often led fashion trends with film props subsequently becoming mainstream fashion items.


Welcome aboard Tulchan

Welcome Aboard Tulcan


Established for over 30 years Tulchan womenswear have developed a commitment to offering customers a stylish look with beautifully fitting garments, using natural fibres wherever possible. Nestled between the shores of the Lake District and the peaks of the Yorkshire Dales, Tulchan take inspiration from the beautiful environment that surrounds us. A welcome addittion to Otterburn Mill and a perfect endorsement for the wholesome approach we take to providing a selection of clothes that reflect the very environment that surrounds us.

Designers from Kirkby Lonsdale create all the garments you love from right there; the unique print and product lines are created with love in Lancashire.

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All about the glorious Harris Tweed

Harris Tweed
Heritage and History from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland have woven a beautiful intricate cloth the world knows simply as Harris Tweed.

1934 saw the alternation of the Trademark Definition allowing the use of island millspun yarn in addition to handspun and enabled the industry to make a huge leap in production.

Over the decades Harris Tweed was embraced by the world, from Royalty and landed gentry to Hollywood icons and the finest designers of couture, this humble cloth, produced by the skilled craftsmen and women of the Outer Hebrides, became a wardrobe staple, a must-have item for discerning customers across the globe.

In its rise to prominence, Harris Tweed scaled Everest and graced the Silver Screen, sailed the Sever Seas and showed off on red carpets and catwalks.  By the middle of 20th century the Clo Mor (gaelic for Big Cloth) had secured its status as a true and timeless classic textile.

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The Man behind our Bank Holidays

John Lubbock

It’s fair to say that bankers are not exactly the toast of the town these days. However we do have alot to thank this particular banker for. We love a busy bank holiday here at Otterburn Mill, nice to see folks out and about enjoying themselves.

If you’ve been out in the sunshine today, perhaps sizzling some meat on the barbecue, or relaxing on the beach. It’s a banker you have to thank. A dead one, admittedly for it was Liberal MP who got the ball rolling back in 1871 by tabling the Bank Holidays Act of 1871. Aiming to ease the pressure on workers with an extra four days off. At that point on Easter Monday, the first Monday in August, Whit Monday, and Boxing Day.

Take a bow John Lubbock MP

Lubbock was the son of a London banker. He was a a banker himself before becoming elected the Member of Parliament in 1870, and again in 1874,for Maidstone in Kent.
The fine fellow had four main political agendas, one of which was securing additional holidays and shorter working hours for the working classes.