Hello March
It’s the cusp of Spring and lambs are frolicking everywhere you look 
Daffodils and primroses are out in splendour,
it’s St David’s Day on 1st March
International Women’s Day on the 8th,
Mothering Sunday on the 19th, and
British Summer Time starts on the 26th. 
With so much to look forward to we are excited to showcase our gorgeous new arrivals at Raft online and in our shops. We are loving the array of new scarf designs in pretty colours 
Have a peep at this video for 4 ways to tie a spring scarf
With emphasis on layering, soft touchable textures and smart comfort we love these  satin seam magic trousers in fabulous brights. 
The new seriously soft kid mohair mix jumpers in 5 colours with a plush turtle neck are a great
transitional piece
The neutrals of the Yest jeans and jacket are a great wardrobe update and practical and comfortable as well. 
The Kie blouse below is feminine and soft in a paisley pattern and made from 100% responsibly sourced viscose
The on trend Soya Concept Liv dress in a light denim colour is so soft, floaty and made with sustainable lyocell this breathable fabric feels gorgeous
Baby Blues are a key colour this season and we have plenty of choice on line and in stores
To continue the blue theme the March Birthstone is Aquamarine so take a look at these beautiful solid silver teardrop studs
It is said that Aquamarine represents hope, happiness and everlasting youth!

To treat lovely mums, grannies, aunts or the mother figure in your life - Mothering Sunday is on March 19th and why not pick up a Raft Gift voucher
A gift voucher is valid for 12 months and can be bought on line or in stores.
Gourmet Gatherings in the Forest
Do something different and try foraging for your own wild food and learn about our hedgerows all year round. Getting outside is a true mood booster.  Learn how to search hedgerows and pick and cook your own wild veg and mushrooms 
As the month end nears we will all probably be thinking about Easter time and possibly making a simnel cake.
do you know why there are 11 marzipan balls on top of the simnel  cake? Answer at the end of the blog.
The recipe of the month is a healthy spring dish full of greens, very quick and easy and chosen by Jeanette who is the manager of our Ledbury shop.
Easy Spring Greens Risotto:
Cook a mixture of 400g of green beans, mange tout, asparagus, frozen peas in 1/3 pint of stock. After 4 minutes remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Cook a sliced and diced onion in a little butter and oil until soft.
Tip two bags of ready cooked plain rice into a saucepan and add some of the stock. Stir gently to heat the rice for 2 minutes then add the veg and oinion and stir for a minute. Sprinkle with Parmesan and flat leaf parsley and serve. So speedy fab for mid week supoer
Answer to Simnel cake question:
11 marzipan balls represent the apostles minus
Judas Iscariot!
February 27, 2023 — Raft Clothing