If you go down to the woods today…

Getting muddy at Forest School… We have spent some lovely mornings recently at a local Forest School, a really fantastic way to get your children outside and into nature, learning little things along the way and embracing the liberating freedom of muddy hands and hide and seek among the trees. Of course, you’re still dealing…

Be Bold for Change

International Women’s Day this year is all about making changes. “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. “ Eleanor Roosevelt The #BeBoldForChange campaign for International Women’s Day this year is all about being braver, about taking risks and putting yourself…

A World of Beautiful Books

Favourite books from the past two years… It’s World Book Day today. Listening to all the children on the radio heading to school dressed as stick men, mermaids, wizards and bears, it got me rifling through all of Munchkin’s books and digging out some old favourites from when she was too small to talk, but old…

Flippin’ Perfect…

Pancake Day…gorgeous recipes, ingenious ingredients, perfect frying pans, and more! There’s nothing like Pancake Day to jazz up the long slow end of winter before Spring arrives. Even the worst cooks can manage to throw a pancake mix together and drizzle it in a frying pan. The most traditional recipe is of course something like…

Great Granola

Simple to make granola, perfect for using up leftovers… I love learning to make something like granola, something that seems really complicated but is, in actual fact, really easy. There are all sorts of different recipes for granola, some healthier than others, but once you’ve mastered the basics, you can improvise a bit – adding…

Moments in Monaco

Charming and chic, old but new, Monte-Carlo is unlike anywhere else in the world…. We were in Monaco at the weekend for work. I was there to see and write about the annual Rallye Monte-Carlo 2017, as well as generally get a sense of this unique city. And I took R along to explain things…

The Five Year Trees

Planting trees to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary… It was our fifth wedding anniversary just before Christmas. The fifth is ‘wood’ – and we decided to buy each other fruit trees, which we can plant here, and take with us when we move. Hopefully our simple apple and plum trees will be the start of slowly…

Duck & Pheasant

The shooting season is coming to an end, but that didn’t stop R heading out with friends for an early New Year’s shoot last weekend. He’s been shooting several times before, but only with my father and never on his own, so this felt like one of the many necessary country initiations since we moved…

Snow Day

It makes me sad that in nearly three years this is only the second time that Munchkin has seen snow. And certainly the first time it has settled and been worthy of a snowball or two. I worry about global warming and the weather changing and how much wetter and warmer it is. I don’t…