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Easter Breakout

  • Posted by alex
  • 28 March 2013

howies Easter Breakout

We're taking the next few days off and heading out on some Easter Breakouts.

Chris is running the mountain ridges and forests of the Nantlle valley from Waunfawr to Beddgelert in north Wales.

Hazel is heading down Whitesands with a her parent and surfboards to brave the cold and score some waves.

Naomi is hoping for surf too - dipping in at Freshwater West for a deserted early morning surf in the West corner. Out for a hot brew and lunch. Back in early evening after a blood warming, coastal walk. And then a night around the woodstove, recounting the day’s adventures and laughs.

Emma is off with family to follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and walking some of the North Downs Way.

Ade will be running his favourite local trail; a 10 mile loop up and down small valleys with river crossings, pine forest and twisting single track.

Alex is conquering the Preseili's on the road bike (and hoping not to need a rain jacket).

Jules will be strolling along the beach at Llangrannog with her dog "Juno" and chatting to people from different walks of life.

While Tom will be fixing freezing and burst pipes on his Caddy in hopes to get out further afield.

Let us know what you're getting up to on your Easter Breakouts.

Summer. Ends Saturday.

  • Posted by ade
  • 17 September 2012
Cook outside on a fire. Even just a tin of beans heated over a blaze in the garden will feel like an adventure.

Every shop is showing their latest Autumn ranges, howies included. We are all talking about the Autumnal weather (there are even chocolate Santas for sale in the supermarket). It's like we're willing summer to be over already.

But until Saturday, it's still here, so you have five whole days and nights left to make the most of it.

You could:

1. Swim in the sea. It's probably the warmest it's going get this year, so get in.

2. Wear shorts or a skirt all week.

3. Sit in the sun on the grass and eat your lunch.

4. Cook outside on a fire. Even just a tin of beans heated over a blaze in the garden will feel like an adventure.

5. Go camping. Why have 5 star accommodation when you can have billions.

6. Run somewhere at sunrise or sunset (Late summer always has THE best light).

7. Leave work early to ride the long way home with no lights on (pretty soon you won't be able to ride home without them).

8. Get to a forest before the leaves fall. The trails will be great.

We hope that gives you a few ideas. Do something everyday to push back autumn and let us know what adventures you have.



  • Posted by alex
  • 5 April 2012

With 100% more weekend on offer as of now, we've been thinking of a few ways to spend the extra days while we're not at our desks.

After a quick poll in the office, these were the top suggestions. We'd like to hear yours.

Have a great weekend. Whatever you do, we hope you enjoy it.

1. Run in the woods

2. Fix up your bike

3. Get lost somewhere new

4. Read a book

5. Eat outside

6. Skinny dip

7. Go sledging (do not leave the country)

8. Make wild garlic soup

9. Take to the water

10. Make a paper hat for a fly*
(*sadly, this fly was dead when we found it...)

Top Coffee Drinkers

  • Posted by ruben
  • 24 September 2010

With our latest T-Shirt of the Month featuring a caffeine based design, I've been thinking about coffee a lot today.

Earlier I asked our twitter friends what their favourite coffee was and I've had a ton of replies and found some cool new coffee brands like Has Bean, a coffee roaster based in  Stafford. Add your voice by messaging us on twitter over here @howiescardigan

It's got me thinking, though, who drinks the most coffee in the world?

So I did a bit of research and found this - the top ten coffee drinking countries ranked by average annual coffee drunk per person.

Rank Country Coffee Consumption
1 Finland 12.0 kg
2 Norway 9.9 kg
3 Iceland 9.0 kg (2006 data)
4 Denmark 8.7 kg
5 Netherlands 8.4 kg
6 Sweden 8.2 kg
7 Switzerland 7.9 kg
8 Belgium 6.8 kg
9 Luxembourg 6.8 kg
10 Aruba 6.8 kg (2006 data)

Finns sure love their coffee.

The UK clocks in at #47, drinking an average of 2.8kg per person per year.

Here's the T-Shirt of the Month, by the way: Men's or Women's

10 Things I Learnt from Nick Hand

  • Posted by pete
  • 29 April 2010

My 'design dad' Nick Hand is coming down from Bristol today. I love having him around.
He brings knowledge and experience (and croissants).

I could probably write a top 100 things I've learned from working with him...
But, for now, here's my top 10:

1. No coffee, no workee (same goes for cake).
2. Never rush. Take time to consider everything.
3. Just because you did something yesterday, doesn't mean you should do it today.
4. You can do anything, even single-handedly.
5. A deadline is a deadline is a deadline.
6. But keep calm and carry on, no matter what.
7. And listen to nice music along the way.
8. You are neither superior or inferior to anyone else.
9. Be nice and nice things will happen to you.
10. Don't try to reinvent the wheel, just spin it a bit.

howies wouldn't be howies without him.

We got into work this morning and in our inbox was a lovely update from Jess who had been working in the Bristol shop for a few months up until Christmas. She is now off on a new grand adventure, and if you are a regular at our shop and have met the bubbly young Jess, we thought you would enjoy hearing about her news...

Buongiorno howies!

I've been in Italy for a month now, working as an intern for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. Really enjoying the work so far – there’s a fantastic team of people at the Guggenheim.

My days out here tend to start off with the sound of church bells and end with a glass of ‘spritz con Aperol’ (a very Venetian, bright orange aperitif), with a fair amount of twentieth-century art in between. For those of you that know me, you’ll know this is pretty much my ideal cup of tea! Sono molto contenta a Venezia!

Here I am ice-skating infront of the Verona opera theatre, sailing across the Grand Canal and putting Severini’s Blue Dancer (Ballerina blu), 1912, to bed. PREGO!

Till next month,



The Do Playlist

  • Posted by ruben
  • 11 August 2009


Isn't collaboration great?

You tend to get a more interesting end product if more people are involved in the creation.

With that in mind, we've just started our second collaborative play list on Spotify.

If you have Spotify, click here to listen to the Do play list.

And you can add your favourite motivational, Doing songs to the list as well.

(if you don't have Spotify, click here to get it)

If you have something to Do, this music will help.

And don't forget the summer playlist here

Do play list

  • Posted by howies
  • 6 August 2009

some music is just a like a double espresso, it wakes you up, gets you going.

so thought it would be good to build a playlist for the do lectures and then put it on spotify.

here's my starter for ten

1, fall back down - rancid

that summer feeling

  • Posted by ruben
  • 4 August 2009


the rain is warmer than rain was in February.

and it's falling straight rather than driving sideways.

that's what makes it summer.

all we need now are some summer tunes.

we have loaded david's summer playlist into a collaborative spotify project.

help us out, add your favourite summer tracks and they'll automatically play in howies HQ.

click here to get involved (you'll need spotify, click here to get it)

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