What Romy did next...
Romy Fraser is the teacher-turned-businesswoman who founded Neal's Yard Remedies, in 1981. Then a few years ago she bowed out and sold the business, and we've been awaiting her next adventure with interest. It's Trill Farm: 300 acres of organic farm near Axminster in Devon, where she's set up a centre offering all manner of interesting courses, as well as a simply-designed guest house and camping (for groups, minimum size 10; NB: camping, not glamping).
The courses range from seasonal yoga retreats to beekeeping, and how to make everything from cosmetics to natural willow baskets. There's a seasonal nutrition course, too, and everything reflects Romy's passion for all things natural.
The whole place is deeply restful, secluded - definitely a destination for anyone who wants to stop the world and get off.
But if your busy life doesn't allow for that, there are some rather wonderful shopportunities - from sheepskins to candles, teas to soaps, honey to flour, generally Soil Association-certified and created/harvested seasonally from the farm. (Our favourite: the Self Heal Salve/£2.75 for 7.5 g - buy here.)
So good on you, Romy, for this next chapter...
Trill Farm, Musbury, Axminster, Devon, EX13 8TU/01297-631113