On the hunt…

Easter this year pretty much involved nothing but chocolate…. …which was  somewhat of a shame for me, as, oddly, since I got pregnant, I can’t really stomach anything sweet, especially chocolate. Even mini eggs were out of bounds. Gasp. We spent one chaotic morning in the kitchen attempting to make ‘family chocolate cake’ – an activity…

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…

The Caged Bird Singing

The beauty and the bravery of Maya Angelou… Desert Island Discs celebrated 75 years of programmes last week. An incredible feat for a format that has barely changed since its inception in 1942. Presenter Kirsty Young did a special two hour show looking back at the show’s history, in which she featured some of the…

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…

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…

Healthy Hens

Making sure your brood is fighting fit… Keeping chickens as healthy as possible is totally worth your while. No-one wants to be dealing with a sick chicken. (Unless you’re like my friend Francesca who takes hers to the vet, because she fancies him….but that’s a whole other story). Sick chickens are miserable chickens, they don’t…