Home & Heart

New house, new babies… This is a rather belated post, being as we moved into our new house in June. But hey, we’ve been just a little bit busy…! On New Year’s Eve last year, R and I went out for dinner at our fabulous local pub, while our grandparents babysat. We chatted about the…

Hopeless Hiatus

There is nothing worse than a blog you follow going on an unannounced hiatus. Ahem. *Hangs head in shame*  I can only claim temporary insanity –  pregnant with twins etc etc, many hormones, the pressures of moving house, with a toddler, while pregnant with twins (did I mention that?), and trying to fit in two…

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…

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…

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…

Christmas Snapshot

Due to a myriad of winter colds, Christmas was a gentle affair in our house… …but a happy, cosy, sparkly one… …Munchkin especially seemed to get into the spirit of it, she loved opening her presents and her stocking… …and we had some pretty special meals… …including a breakfast of smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, festive brioche,…

Perfect pumpkins…

Little twists on old favourites… I was recently sent some of this amazing copper paint from Crown Paints. Actually designed for walls, it’s incredibly striking stuff, and with a few leftover pumpkins and squash from Halloween I thought I’d give them a metallic makeover. The process of painting them is actually incredibly quick and easy,…

Gorgeous gourds…

Aren’t these just so cute…? I’m loving these seasonal gourds, in all their wobbly, nubbly-shaped, colourful brilliance, they feel so autumnal and very rustic. Try a few arranged around a pumpkin or nestled in a basket….available for £1 each, Waitrose.