I have this habit of inviting people round for dinner, but instead of choosing a foolproof recipe that I know works, I search around on the internet for something new and exciting to wow them with. This doesn’t always turn out well, especially when I then decide to go off piste, substituting ingredients for ones that I prefer; not to mention leaving some out simply due to lack of focus at the supermarket. This was the background to my latest discovery – the white chocolate and berry cheesecake. You’ll be pleased to hear however, that it turned out to be a triumph and so easy to make! I only ever share the best recipes on here, ones that even a… View Post

At 15 years of age, you think you know everything. Remember that phase? The fact is, whatever stage of life we’re in, we do know more than we did in the last. Even the defiant, opinionated 15 year old has a point – she (for argument’s sake) certainly knows more than a 5 year old and a decade of experience does give you some sort of wisdom. But does she know everything? Absolutely not! Turning 40 seems to be THE milestone that everyone dreads. I guess it’s because it is slap back in the middle of most people’s lives. Assuming we’re going to reach the ripe old age of 80, once you’ve hit 40 everything must be downhill, right? Wrong!… View Post

Hello my lovelies, it’s the end of another glorious week of sunshine and if the weather forecasters are to be believed, we are all in for a wonderful weekend of wall to wall sunshine. I can hardly remember those awful grey, drizzly days that I was droning on about last week. It’s amazing how a bit of sunshine can spark the amnesia, isn’t it? How has your week been? By contrast to last week, I’ve spent far too much time indoors working (bar walking the dog and snapping the gorgeous sunny meadow scene above), when I should be outside enjoying the sunshine. We’ve also been preparing our garden for the chaos that will be descending next week – in the… View Post

Welcome back to my homes and interiors series where I’ll be introducing you to a different blogger and their home each month. I am a nosy creature and love nothing more than checking out someone’s home; I think it says so much about a person, don’t you? This month I would like to introduce you to Becky, from The Spirited Puddle Jumper. In her own words Becky is ‘a digital marketing bod, blogger and interiors and travel enthusiast, who strongly believes that you can never have enough coffee‘. We like her already! Becky has two children, 6 year old Freddie and 4 year old Sasha, with another little one due any day now. Let’s find out about their home… Where do you… View Post

As I write, the skies are grey, there’s a hint of rain in the air and I’m still contemplating my vote later on this afternoon. Never before have I researched so much before voting; never before have I been so undecided as to where I’ll be putting my cross. I know it’s a privilege to vote and I certainly wouldn’t insult the suffragettes by staying at home, but I really am feeling confused this time round. So there’s been a lot of election talk in our house this week. I’ve also been out more evenings than I’ve been in, so it’s been a busy one. As always, I’m here to share the lovely aspects… Read Despite being out a lot this week, I… View Post