I know what you’re thinking, the Alps is a winter destination: snow, skiing, a sneaky vin chaud at the top of the mountain. Well yes of course it is, but have you ever considered going in the summer months? We hadn’t, until we bought an apartment in the Alps. In fact even then, we assumed that Les Gets would be a ghost town in the summer holidays and we might be the only ones foolish enough to drive 12 hours to spend two weeks with bored teenagers. How wrong we were! The first time we visited the Alps in summer, was June 2015 and we were surprised to find that the whole region comes alive in the summer months. I’m now genuinely… View Post

I am really starting to look forward to having a sneaky peak at a new home every month; I hope that you are too. If you would like to check out one of my previous nosy parker moments, you’re welcome to check out Becky’s home. This month I would like to introduce you to Claire, from Clarina’s Contemplations. I first met Claire about 5 years ago and we clicked immediately. She’s much younger than me (obviously I hate her for that reason!) but we share a faith in God that brought us together and I love watching how she weaves this into her life as a mum of four – yes you heard me correctly! Claire never ceases to amaze me… View Post

Since we last convened, there’s been a two-day women’s conference, a day trip to London, various medial appointments, a trip to the dog groomers, some lovely social get togethers, a family party, and even a local bloggers coffee morning (I feel a tad old calling it that but you know what I mean). It’s been a whirlwind folks and there’s no sign of it calming down before the end of term. I always forget that things go mental as the end of term creeps ever nearer and it takes me by surprise. I actually ended up cancelling three engagements last week because I simply couldn’t fit it all in, even turning down a ticket to Wimbledon’s Centre Court on Friday… View Post

Do you ever feel embarrassed when someone pays you a compliment? Perhaps the response “Oh no I’m not *that* good (insert name of talented friend) is much better than me” trips all too readily off the tongue. Or maybe your in-built modesty forces you to reply with “Well I’ve got a long way to go but I’m trying”. I’m not sure whether it’s because we are terribly British or due to a crippling fear of arrogance, but I am certain I’m not the only one who shrinks back when compliments come my way. A short while ago, I came across a snippet from Marianne Williamson’s bestselling self-help book ‘A Return to Love‘ and it stopped me in my tracks…

Before you say it, I do know that we are now in early July but I discovered some really great things last month; things that I squirrelled away with a view to sharing at the end of the month, but never quite got around to it. Better late than never eh? This seems to have become my life motto these days but it’s the end of term so I have a great excuse. Anyway, here they are…five things that have improved my life in some way or another. Succulent from Tesco – £12.00 I’m loving succulents at the moment, isn’t everyone? Earlier in the year I bought a few fake ones (at vast expense) from Wayfair but I spotted this actual… View Post