Gorgeous gourds…

Aren’t these just so cute…? I’m loving these seasonal gourds, in all their wobbly, nubbly-shaped, colourful brilliance, they feel so autumnal and very rustic. Try a few arranged around a pumpkin or nestled in a basket….available for £1 each, Waitrose.    

Haute Halloween….

Celebrating Halloween without the scare factor…. We’re having some friends over for a little Halloween fun this year, Munchkin and her little toddler friends will potter about the village squealing and toddling, while we knock on a few doors and try not to demand too many sweets. Because they’re so little this won’t be a…

Woodland wanderings…

Another autumnal walk… Sunday was so beautiful, seasonal in the extreme, sunny blue skies coupled with crisp, fresh air and golden trees as far as the eye could see. After an early morning (due the bloody clocks going back), we were up and out of the house at 10am and headed across the meadow, through…

Autumn Inspired

Beautiful ways to bring the outside in this season…. Autumn is a gorgeous, cosy, colourful time of year, the seasonal fruit and veg is plentiful and the rich red, gold and orange of the trees and flowers is everywhere. To reflect this at home, the best looks are simple ones that allo the colours and shapes of…

Harvest Festival on the Farm…

One of the things I love about living in the country is the fact that we all feel so much more connected to the seasons. It’s easier to get seasonal produce here and – crucially – to know what is seasonal. The more we grow in our garden, the more we start to be aware…

Loving the leaves…

Autumn has come to Gloucestershire… This is by far and away my favourite time of the year. I love the golden leaves, the smell of the fresh, crisp air, the blue skies and the low sun. The smell of the radiators as you first turn them on, the heat of an early autumn log fire,…

On stopping breastfeeding…

On stopping breastfeeding after 15 months…. I was lucky enough to breastfeed my daughter until she was 15 months old. I didn’t set out to do it for this long, but Munchkin was a great little feeder and I found it very easy. I loved the connection it gave us both and those special moments…

Wellies and such things…

If this was a fashion magazine, I’d be calling this ‘transitional wear’… …as it is, it’s just a bloody marvellous polka dot coat…(£1.95 from a charity shop, thank you very much)… And a fabulous pair of wellies… (£10.99 H&M) Does it get any better? Puddles to splash in, whole worlds to discover…  

Cow girl…

A spontaneous moment with the cows… One of the (many) things I love about living in the country, is how close and accessible nature is. Munchkin is mad for animals at the moment – especially farmyard ones. And cows are a particular favourite. Near us, Minchinhampton Common is a piece of common land where cows…

Sunset on summer…

The seasons, they are a changin’… Sometimes, after another miserable grey English day, I think about sacking it all in and moving somewhere permanently sunshiney. California. Provence. Bali. Who cares? And then, the seasons change, and I remember why I love living England so damn much. It’s not for our winters or our summers, because, let’s be honest,…

Sing me a song….

Every mother I have spoken to since I started this baby  journey can always pinpoint certain songs or albums that were around when they were pregnant. There’s something about that time before your baby is born where so many things crystallise and things you took for granted become more meaningful. It’s probably hormones, but I expect it’s also…

Beautiful Blackberries…

Unmistakeable signs of the season… Yesterday afternoon, in the gorgeous, fading early autumn light we headed out for a bit of a walk. Munchkin relished the chance to have a toddle around, and we loved picking fresh wild blackberries from the hedgerow and eating them straight from our hands, our fingers all black and sticky…