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Merry Christmas to all our Customers

Merry Christmas to all our Customers

A big thank you to our Customers Here at Voyage we are getting ready to celebrate: the cards have been sent; the presents have been bought (nearly); the decorations are up; the turkey has been ordered…  oops..actually no, it hasn’t….; the Bristol Cream has been bought…um, actually no… Well, maybe not as ready as we thought. Anyway, we and all our artisans and artists are ready to wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas! Looking back we have had a good and eventful year.  We have visited many Fair Trade artisans and organisations in India and Indonesia.  Seeing the artisans at...

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Nepal and The Spiny Babbler

Nepal and The Spiny Babbler

Nepal and The Spiny Babbler Following on from our blog about the Madagascan Aye-Aye, we continue our search for animals and birds with fabulous names! Now we have found the wonderful Spiny Babbler! The Spiny Babbler is the only bird species among over 900 species that is endemic to Nepal. It’s found only in the middle hills of Nepal and specifically close to the city of Lalitpur. Is it spiny? Is it a babbler? Well, it seems yes to both questions. It is known locally as the Kande Bhyakur , which literally translates as “thorny bird”. This implies it is...

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Sam Birtwistle
Madagascar: The Country

Madagascar: The Country

Madagascar Facts (the country, not the film!) Madagascar is 592,800 square kilometres (228,900 sq mi) making it the fourth largest island and the 2nd largest island country in the world and located approximately 400 kilometres off the coast of south-east Africa in the Indian Ocean. The nation recorded a population of 26,262,313 in 2018 and has its own currency known as Malagasy Ariary. About 80 million years ago, following the break-up of the super continent Gondwana, Madagascar broke away from India. This meant that many plants and animals evolved in isolation – an amazing 90% of Madagascar’s wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth! Baobab...

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Sam Birtwistle
Voyage at the Dartmoor Royal Regatta

Voyage at the Dartmoor Royal Regatta

Voyage at the Dartmoor Royal Regatta Our first time at this famous event was a big success! Being the only Fair Trade stall at the event and selling unique gifts and products. people “Now know where to shop for presents from now on!”. We were able to be one of the most popular companies in our tent! The regatta having the Red Arrows, War planes, A fair, fireworks including many other fun activities it is a fantastic event. Well worth going to and we would love to be back another year!

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