The Five Year Trees

Planting trees to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary… It was our fifth wedding anniversary just before Christmas. The fifth is ‘wood’ – and we decided to buy each other fruit trees, which we can plant here, and take with us when we move. Hopefully our simple apple and plum trees will be the start of slowly…

Stir It Up

The Ultimate Christmas Pudding…. We missed Stir Up Sunday this year – not because we forgot but because, once I’d read through all the recipes and decided on the best, we realised that the fruit needed to soak for at least 24 hours before mixing with the flour, suet and sugar – so Stir Up…

Salad Days

I used to hate salad. I never ordered it in restaurants, because it was always a massive bowl of bland Little Gem and one sad, white piece of chicken, bulked out with stale croutons. No thank you! No so, anymore. As our awareness of healthy foods and the need for more fruit and vegetables in…

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…

First Frost…

As temperatures drop, winter’s icy presence makes itself known… I love the first frost, it’s always such a special time – a  bitingly cold morning, the sun streaming through and everything covered in that crisp sprinkling of white frosting… I remember taking photos of this last year, and thinking how amazing it was that the seasons…

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,…

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,…