Saturday, October 24, 2009

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Delicious and lovely chocolates!
Yes! this is the image I keep coming back to as we prepare all our goodies for the Christmas catalogue.
Handmade chocolates and really these are as good as the photo suggests.
This is all a bit different for us because this year we are branching out in a tiny way by supporting a friend with her new ´simpler life' idea.

We lived near Beatriz when we were living in Portugal, She is originally from Argentina and always wanted to be free from her 9.00-5.00 job so that she could realise her dream of making chocolate.
What a dream to have had!
Finally after lots of thinking and planning she started experimenting with high quality chocolate.
understandibly we were very happy to lend a hand with the tasting!
Now, Beatriz is ready to launch her amazing chocolates to a discerning public.
And who better to be her first international customers, than the truely discerning Monkey and Sofia supporters?

You can find out all about the chocolates, the sizes of the boxes and the costs by emailing us.

I know what treat I'll be asking santa for!

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Now, having got ourselves thinking christmas-sy, chocolatey thoughts now is the time to nip across to flikr to see all the photos of this year's Monkey and Sofia Christmas Catalogue.

As everyone knows, who has been involved with Monkey and Sofia over it's short history, we make cute things as part of our aim to live a simple, sustainable life.
When we started this we were travelling around Spain and Portugal in a van, looking for the right place to settle.
We wanted to growing our own food, live in an unpolluted place, somewhere we could feel the true scale of nature.
It took some finding.

For nine years we travelled as far as Canada, hoping to find our place.
2009 turned out to be our year
I can tell you how it felt over the years, thinking we'd never get here and just how hard having that thought was.
But somehow we kept on searching, something must have driven us. Sometimes friends told us that maybe we werejust meant to have all those experiences that travelling for nine years can bring you.
But the amazing thing is, it really does seem to have some truth in it.
Now we have our little place, all the things we've learned, everything we found out by living in a different cultures already seems to be enriching what we can see will be our life here.
weird huh?
So here we are, sending out this year's collection of special gift ideas from our own place.
And of course those knitted cats will still be special to us.
They have been therapy, meditation and a comfort throughout and its wonderful to knwo there are so many of them across the world taking our special message of a simple life with them.
So check out the photos and email us soon.
Maureen and Phil
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ps We really do look forward to hearing from you, and as you know we love getting letters so keep in touch and tell us your news.
Just click on the link below to take you to see all the photos.
Then as usual, email us for further information.

you can see the photos by clicking here.

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