Pure joy…

Seeing the world through tiny eyes… Sometimes it takes your child to make you just stop and marvel at the wonderful simplicity of the world around you… Running down a quiet lane… The soft golden coat of your new best friend… First bubbles… Scrunchy leaves underfoot… Jumping into a heap of pillows… Settling in with your…

Spicy Eastern Eggs…

Shakshuka…or ‘spicy eggs with tomatoes’…. This has to be one of my favourite comfort dishes, and one of those things I always seem to have ingredients for, being as it’s mostly eggs, tomtoes, onions and spices. It’s easy to make, and even easier if you make extra sauce and keep it for next time. This…

Festive Antics…

A wishlist of wonderful Christmas events, for big kids and little people… There are so many fantastic ways each year to celebrate Christmas and get yourself into the festive spirit, and having a little one seems to make me even more determined than ever to make a festive effort. This year, there’s plenty we want to be doing,…

First Frost…

As temperatures drop, winter’s icy presence makes itself known… I love the first frost, it’s always such a special time – a  bitingly cold morning, the sun streaming through and everything covered in that crisp sprinkling of white frosting… I remember taking photos of this last year, and thinking how amazing it was that the seasons…

StirUp Sunday…

Making new traditions as we start the festive season… Traditionally, the  last Sunday of the Church year (the following four Sundays represent advent days and the beginning of the new church year), is the day to make your Christmas pudding, not least because of the a Bible passage which uses the line “Stir up, O Lord,…

A Wintery Walk…

When Autumn turned to Winter… So the seasons actually did kind of change overnight for once. With the storms raging across the South in the middle of last week, we saw winds of up to 60 mph here and huge thudding droplets of rain lashing against the roof. For the leaves on the trees is was their…

A love letter to NYC…

Part 2 of my sublime New York adventure… After a deep deep sleep in the absolute bed of dreams, I woke early and welcomed in a new day in New York. The clouds had cleared and the sun was streaming through the windows. I headed to The Tiffany Suite for breakfast (as you do), and…

Perfect pumpkins…

Little twists on old favourites… I was recently sent some of this amazing copper paint from Crown Paints. Actually designed for walls, it’s incredibly striking stuff, and with a few leftover pumpkins and squash from Halloween I thought I’d give them a metallic makeover. The process of painting them is actually incredibly quick and easy,…

Stay well this winter…

Natural ways to stay well and keep healthy this winter…. As the colder months arrive and you start to feel the inevitable onset of the sore throat, snuffley nose and aching head, don’t reach straight for the Beachams and bravely soldier on. You owe your body more than that. Sometimes a good night’s sleep and…

We are only two…

“We are only two, my son and I, but we are more powerful than all the world’s armies….every day of his life this little boy will insult you with his happiness and freedom.” Widower Antoine Leiris, from an open letter to Paris terrorists. Beautiful Paris, you are in our thoughts, and our hearts.

The Weekend Edit…

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… Splashing in puddles (Boots, £14.99; Coat, £16:99; Hat, £3.99) 2. Baby in red (Coat, as before; Shoes, £18, Clarks) 3. Three little ducks card, from Tante Laura…. 4. Just the morning mist… 5. Office angel (Jumper, £19.99, Gap) 6. Cobwebs and morning dew.. 7. Beautiful seasonal quinces…  

New York, New York

A very special trip to a very special city with some very precious cargo… This time, two years ago, I was pregnant with Munchkin and heading off to New York for the very first time. It was a press trip, to stay in the gorgeous St Regis Hotel, and indulge in some festive shopping. For…