From shabby to chic…

It’s impossible to move these days for painted furniture, it’s everywhere, in all its off-white, distressed glory. You can buy pieces from specialist furniture restorers or upmarket furniture shops, or you can do it yourself – mostly with the help of Annie Sloan – either going on a course or learning about it online. While…

Fresh-faced beauty…

When I moved to the country I swore I wasn’t going to be one of the ‘country women’ who never wore heels, or makeup or used moisturiser. To some extent I have stayed true to my pledge – I wear some make-up every day and I would never consider not using my failsafe daily moisturiser….

Sublime Spain…

A few perfect days… We are so lucky that R’s parents live in Spain for half of the year, which means a lovely place we can go for some sun, sea, scenery and serious relaxation… It was Munchkin’s first trip to Spain and it was pretty hot while we were there, but she coped admirably…

Being Bookish…

Five things you and your little ones absolutely must do at the Cheltenham Literary Festival this year… The Cheltenham Literary Festival gets better every year. And with everyone from Caitlin Moran to Mary Portas here this year, there’s plenty of literary loveliness to lose yourself in. Read the full schedule here. For little bookworms there’s…

The pitter patter of penguins…

Making friends with meercats… A rainy Sunday is hell on earth if you have little children who are at the stage of wanting to move around. After several wet weekends we decided to get out and about, and, with Munchkin’s growing fascination with the animal world, Cotswold Wildlife Park seemed to be the place to…

Anchovy toast…

A simple lunch of sourdough, cheese and anchovies… Working from home, in the back of blessed beyond, means there is nowhere I can just ‘pop’ to to buy a sandwich or salad for┬álunch. Making something edible out of the nothing that is usually in our fridge is therefore a daily challenge. This brilliant recipe which…

Walking, walking everywhere…

Toddlers toddling…. I am so enjoying Munchkin walking about. Her ability to be able to explore her world and choose what she wants to see and touch is clearly so liberating for her, and it’s fantastic to watch her ambling along, excitedly squealing as she sees something else she wants to investigate. In this last…