Best Foot Forward

Five of the Best Shoes for Little Feet Buying shoes for your children is usually a painful process – first there’s the ongoing, astronomical cost for something they’ll grow out of in five seconds. Followed by the strange penchant for the high street brands (Clarks I’m looking at you here) to design clumpy, ugly footwear…

The Love Edit…

Valentine’s Gifts for busy parents… R has bought me a hand-blender for Valentine’s Day. I know this because I saw it when he tried to hide it in the car after we’d been to the supermarket. “But..but…I bought you the more expensive model…” he protested. It’s ok. I bought him a novelty mug, so I…

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…

Weddings & Dresses

There is perhaps one phrase from one of my favourite books of all time, that floors me every single time I read it. It is one of the most famous – and radical – lines of literature ever written. “Reader, I married him,” says Jane Eyre  in the closing chapter of the eponymous book. Not…

Those Summer Days…

There have been flashes of a most glorious British summer in the last month or so. (There’s also been flash flooding and freezing evenings when I wanted to light the fire, but hey, whose counting?) On days like this I feel especially blessed that we live where we do, and that we have all this…

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…

Woodland Retreat

A few months ago I interviewed the owner of The Lakes by Yoo near Lechlade for a magazine feature. This modern country retreat estate is an incredible example of how to bring urban style and convenience to a country setting, while looking after the local environment. The lakeside homes are hidden from view and the…

Easter traditions

Last year, when Munchkin was about nine months old I wrote about how I wanted to start marking seasonal holidays and events throughout the year in a way that becomes an annual family tradition. This year it’s been all about colours from these wonderful baskets that I snagged here (can you believe it?). Pop a few…