Finding your Festive Spirit

Lovely things to do with big and little people… Take your Friends A Very Cowley Christmas: A lovely festive event at beautiful Cowley Manor, created in conjunction with Space.NK, Harvey Nichols , Whole Foods and Taittinger. There’s the expected Christmas shopping, but also a fashion show, several festive skincare and makeup masterclasses, as well as…

From Lost to Found…

Wonderful words with Cheryl Strayed… I spent a wonderful evening at The Cheltenham Literature Festival on Sunday. We are blessed to have such a diverse and interesting literary event on our doorstep. This year the likes of Jo Malone, Jilly Cooper, Clare Balding, Bryony Gordon, Jay Rayner, Paddy Ashdown, Justine Picardie, Maureen Lipman, Jack Monroe and Lionel Shriver were…

Feeding the wolf…

Some Monday inspiration, which I first heard on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought a few weeks ago… An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. “One is evil – he is…

Desert Island Distractions…

Since having a baby and moving to the country, I’m in the car an awful lot. And I’m also in the kitchen – cleaning, washing, cooking, feeding – an awful lot too. And it’s nice to have some company while going about the (mostly) mundane day-to-day jobs. It makes you feel less lonely, it gives you something to…

400 years of wonderful words…

Celebrating the anniversary of someone’s death always seems a slightly maudlin subject, but with someone like Shakespeare, I think we can safely say that enough time has passed for this to be a joyful celebration of all he brought to the world. Full disclosure, I’m an English scholar and I have always loved Shakespeare – despite…

Printed Edition

Today would have been William Morris’ 182nd birthday. Born in 1834, he was a prolific textile designer and a major figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. While he spent much of his life in the famous Red House in Bexleyheath in London, in 1871 he rented Kelmscott Manor in the Cotswolds, which was to be…

Five things to read this week…

While the internet is mostly peppered with an awful amount of rubbish, there are occasional flashes of wondrous brilliance, especially for those people navigating the choppy waters of modern parenting. Here are the five things that have made me smile, laugh, weep or nod sagely this week. Wise words on Motherhood: ” In time, you realise…

Always…

“Talent is an accident of genes – and a responsibility.” Alan Rickman It’s been a weird old week and I’m so sad to hear about the death of Alan Rickman. He has in turn thrilled, terrified and moved me in everything from Die Hard to Harry Potter , and it is tragic to think that…

“I’m not a prophet…

“…or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.” The incomparable David Bowie. A sad day, thinking back on a man of such style and such musical magic. I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” I hope, wherever you are…