The little white dress…

A vintage christening gown, made to measure…. For Munchkin’s christening a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to get one of our traditional family gowns altered to fit her, short enough so she could run around in and smart enough to suit such a special occasion. Understandably, a couple of the dressmakers I approached initially…

Mothers on Mothering…

This week…Becky Sayer, co-founder of Superlove Merino and mother to Martha. Becky and friend Suse Fletcher created their ethical brand of superfine merino childrenswear in February 2013. Knowing the magic of merino base layers themselves (supercomfy, breathable, warm and 100% natural) they wanted the same for their daughters, Milly and Martha, and While the merino…

Mary Berry’s Almond Biscuits…

Easy peasy biccies… This recipe appeared recently on Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites programme, where she cooked biscuits with her grandchildren. Ergo, this recipe is easy enough for a ten year old, which means anyone – even I – can handle it. The idea of her recipe was to split the dough into three separate balls and…

Garden Garlands…

Picking perfect posies of your very own… One of the things I love about summer is the endless arrangements I can make from whatever is in flower in my garden at the time. There is no other season so abundant in colour and fragrance. Having fresh flowers in the house throughout the year is something…

The Weekend Edit (21 August)…

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… Serious red sky at night, across the Golden Valley… Munchkin in a meadow (Jolly Nice, harrietsjollynice.co.uk) High heels and the posh handbag (on the way to interview Peter Frankopan about his amazing new book) 4. Pretty ponies (Munchkin can’t put them down, £4.50, Schleich) 5. Fields of gold (view from…

Gorgeous Gifford’s Circus…

Running away to the circus… …and taking Munchkin with us! Every year when the circus rolls into town we go for an afternoon of picnicking on the common and being wowed by the energy, artistry and wholesome beauty that is Gifford’s Circus. Last year we took Munchkin when she was barely eight weeks old. She slept…

The sweetness of sweet peas…

Nothing says real summer like sweet peas… At the moment we have them all over the house. I love having a bunch on the kitchen table, and a little vase of them in our bedroom too. That sweet, heady scent is never overpowering but always beautifully fresh, and they come in so many delicate pastel…

Swim Away…

Five swimming pools you need to be in right now… La Mamounia,Marrakech This iconic hotel is renowned for so many reasons, not least for their extraordinary pool, around which the great and good of the world stage have rested their weary limbs (it has hosted everyone from Winston Churchill to Sarah Jessica Parker). The pool…

Newborn Must-Haves…

There are plenty of lists available that will tell you everything you need for newborn babies – from ten pairs of mittens to gripe water and thermometers. Much of what you’ll use in the end depends really on your baby, and what works for them. That said, there are some little newborn luxuries and essentials…