The Weekend Edit

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… Granddaddy and Munchkin, playing with a vintage (ie used to be mine) multi-storey carpark/garage…kids really will play with anything (1970s Fisher Price Garage, now worth £70(!), ebay.com) 2. Tete a Tetes in a pot, finally feeling like spring… (£4.50 for three, Market Garden, Cirencester) 3. Lunch outside, even more like…

The Weekend Edit

Seven wonderful things from the week that was… Out and about on our trike (SmarTrike, £59,99, Argos) 2. Sleeping beauty (Pyjamas, £5.99, Gap Kids; Amber anklet for teething pain, £35, The Amber Shop, Suffolk 3. Anthropologie loveliness (Cup, £12 , Anthropologie, sold out, similar here) 4. Springtime scented sols… 5. Making friends by the bay tree…

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…

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,…

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…

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…  

Beautiful Blackberries…

Unmistakeable signs of the season… Yesterday afternoon, in the gorgeous, fading early autumn light we headed out for a bit of a walk. Munchkin relished the chance to have a toddle around, and we loved picking fresh wild blackberries from the hedgerow and eating them straight from our hands, our fingers all black and sticky…

Anchovy toast…

A simple lunch of sourdough, cheese and anchovies… Working from home, in the back of blessed beyond, means there is nowhere I can just ‘pop’ to to buy a sandwich or salad for lunch. Making something edible out of the nothing that is usually in our fridge is therefore a daily challenge. This brilliant recipe which…

Mary Berry’s Almond Biscuits…

Easy peasy biccies… This recipe appeared recently on Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites programme, where she cooked biscuits with her grandchildren. Ergo, this recipe is easy enough for a ten year old, which means anyone – even I – can handle it. The idea of her recipe was to split the dough into three separate balls and…