Hello March
and hello Spring. The lambs are frolicking everywhere you look. 
Daffodils and primroses are out in splendour,
British Summer Time starts on the 31st. 
With so much to look forward to we are excited to showcase our gorgeous new arrivals at Raft online and in our shops. 
Great line-ups from MasaiGrizasLily & Me, Made in Italy.
New style trainers from Victoria shoes.

Soya Concept celebrates the arrival of spring with a love letter to linen, which becomes indispensable throughout spring and summer. Their linen styles are timeless, comfortable, and perfect for creating the ideal spring look.

It’s the anniversary of Raft @leafcreativeuk for ONE whole year! March 20th is the date so please join us all at Leaf Creative. There are stalls popping up in store, free demos, prize draw, bubbles and nibbles. #anniversary #oneyear#year #popup #fashion #plants #spring

And in Ledbury, join the team on Friday 22nd March from 5pm to 7pm with our growing band of Raft Friends for a social evening of fun and creativity. This time the team will be creating Easter Crafts with a glass of fizz. These regular events are open to everyone - all you need to do is let us know you're coming so we have an idea of numbers. Fun and light entertainment after hours in the beautiful Raft store - No.1 High Street, Ledbury. Pop in or call us on 01531 634566 to book your free place.

March Birthstone is Aquamarine so take a look at these beautiful solid silver teardrop studs - all our solid silver earrings make great birthday presents whatever the stone.
It is said that Aquamarine represents hope, happiness and everlasting youth!


Don't forget we offer gift vouchers to any value in all stores for those "difficult-to-choose" friends and family.

And finally the recipe of the month is a variation on an old risotto favourite - healthy spring dish full of greens, but even quicker to make by switching the rice for orzo. 

Easy Spring Greens Orzotto

4 - 6 servings

Heat 2tbsp of extra virgin oil
Cook 2 shallots finely chopped until slightly softened
Add 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp sea salt
Cook and stir often until softened and fragrant - about 3 minutes.
Add 1 lb of orzo until toasted and golden in spots (about 3 minutes)
Add 1 cup of dry white wine & 1/2 tsp of sea salt
Season with lots of freshly ground pepper and fresh herbs of your choice (we like parsley and or mint)
Stir often until the liquid is absorbed - about 2 minutes

Cook orzo add 5 cups of water - one cup at a time, waiting until absorbed before adding more - until almost tender - about 15 minutes
Add 6 oz. sugar snap peas, strings removed, thinly sliced, ½ cup frozen peas, thawed, and another ½ cup water; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are crisp-tender and orzo is cooked through, 2–3 minutes. (Orzotto will continue to thicken as it cools.) Stir until combined and melted. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.

Remove from heat and add 1 oz of parmesan (finely grated, 4 tbsp of unsalted butter cut into small pieces and 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice.

Split into shallow bowls, stir in a little pesto and sprinkle with fresh herbs to garnish.

A fabulous quick and healthy spring meal. Perfect with a glass of chilled white wine.

So pull up a chair, eat well, relax with a drink and get your summer wardrobe ready - it's just around the corner. 


March 14, 2024 — Raft Clothing