Mothers on Mothering…

This week…Steph Douglas, founder of Don’t Buy Her Flowers and mother to Buster and Mabel. Steph Douglas started Don’t Buy Her Flowers in November 2014, selling thoughtful gift packages for new mums because she believed they deserve some TLC. Packages range from The Care Package (magazine, truffles, scarf, tea and flapjack) to The Essentials (which…

Up in the air…

Last weekend it was all about big planes and blue sky… Ever since I was little, the Royal International Air Tattoo at Fairford has been a part of our summer lives. My parents – and everyone else’s who lived with five miles of the airfield – would offer bed and breakfast to aero-aficionados and we would…

The Weekend Edit (24 July)

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… 1. Home-grown strawberries, great strawberry tart with almond pastry recipe here… 2. Something stylish about half-unfurled peonies and an old green jar… 3. The simple peace of a country church… (St Swithun’s, Quennington, Gloucestershire) 4. Splashes of colour, poppies in the sunny vegetable patch… 5. Preparations for Munchkin’s…

Presents for first birthdays…

Gifts to give and get… Munchkin was lucky enough to have been given plenty of gorgeous presents when she turned one. And in turn, we’ve had fun purchasing gifts for all her tiny friends. This is our pick of Munchkin’s favourites to keep and share… These gorgeous Alphabet Blocks have a lovely vintage feel to them,…

Dream big little one…

A nursery to dream about…. The amazing and uber-exclusive nursery designers Dragons of Walton Street have just opened a space at Harrods, meaning their lust-inducing designs are now rather more accessible than they used to be. Dragons of Walton Street are the designers behind a number of royal and celeb nurseries – which is all well and good, but…

The Weekend Edit (17 July)…

Seven wonderful things from the week that was…. 1. The most beautiful English country garden 2. A pony in a trailer…and so it begins…. (Wooden Horse Box, £15, Melissa & Doug, House of Fraser) 3. Home-grown peas 4. First paddles… (Pink Paddling Pool, £3, Tesco) 5. Red shoes for summer (Red Wedges, £30, Crew) 6….

A bigger space for Munchkin…

Making a space more spacious…. Now Munchkin is one it seemed an appropriate time to do what I had always expected I would eventually have to do, make some more space in her nursery. The neat little ex-dressing room we turned into a nursery served fine when she was smaller, but now she needs more room to roam…

Mothers on Mothering…

A fortnightly series featuring real words from real mummies… This week, in its inaugural outing, me….! My little Munchkin is…just celebrating her first birthday. She is the happiest, smiley-est little thing I’ve ever come across, and she makes me laugh every single day. Birth was…an unplanned C-Section from a reluctant induction after going three weeks over…

Sculpture in the Sun…

The biannual Fresh Air exhibition in Quennington is one of the loveliest ways to spend a summer’s afternoon…. The beautiful Old Rectory house and gardens evoke a real sense of the old English country way of life, but despite this provincial setting, with sculptors from across the UK offering pieces, it has a wide-reaching feel. Sculptures…