Confession: I am 45 years old and have no idea who I am any more. That got your attention didn’t it? Ok I’m exaggerating a little but somewhere in between teaching 3 children to poop on the toilet (instead of the floor) and getting them all successfully enrolled in secondary school, I’ve lost my way a little. I’m bored of wearing the school mum uniform of knee high boots and a jazzy scarf. And before you hide your legs under the table or whip your scarf off, I know I’m not alone! If I analyse this a bit deeper, I’m not all that confident in myself any more – either in what I like (that can be home decor, hair styles, clothes, make up or even TV… View Post

Where actually has all the sunshine gone? I think you northerners must have pinched it! We’ve been shrouded in this horrible freezing fog all week and I’m really beginning to wish for January to end and Spring to be a little closer than it actually is. We’ve had decorators in the house this week, meaning that my ‘Playroom to Snug’ transformation is at last becoming more than just a Pinterest board. More on that to come. We had our wood burning stove installed last weekend and it has been an absolute God-send in this cold weather. Loving it already. Want to know what else I’ve been loving this week? Read Buying a Red magazine is one of life’s little pleasures. I used to have… View Post

Let’s just get one thing straight before we kick off…I am no domestic goddess. Phew, I just wanted to make sure that we’re all well aware of the facts and that I’m not misleading anyone. So why a post about ‘hearty winter soups’? I hear you ask. Well if there ever was a time that you needed something to warm you up, this would be it. It’s been flipping freezing this last week! If you hadn’t guessed, creating tasty winter soups is my new ‘thing’ at the moment. If you’ve been following my nonsensical ramblings for some time now, you will know that I tend to have a ‘thing’ and go all out for a short while, until I find something new to obsess over.… View Post

What a wonderfully, cold and frosty week it’s been down here in deepest darkest Berkshire. I know that some of you have had rain so I’m sorry to rub your nose in it but breathing in that crisp, fresh air has been so welcome after the thick depressing fog of last week. We’ve also had sunshine, making for the most stunning photographs. I’ve taken to stopping my car whenever/wherever I can to get a snap. All this beauty is free folks! We really should make the most of it. I’ll stop gushing about nature for a minute and continue with my #littleloves for this week. By the way, if you’re new here, Little Loves is a linky hosted by Morgana from Coffee,… View Post

All we needed was the excuse of a 50th birthday and one Gin Cocktail Masterclass plus Gin Tour, was booked. With three months to look forward to the event, Sunday 15th January couldn’t come soon enough. If ever there was a gin-lover’s paradise, I think the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery in Laverstoke (near Basingstoke) is it. Before registering we were greeted by this amazing building; if only it hadn’t been pouring down with rain! Not long in and our heads were quickly turned by the venue for our gin cocktail-making masterclass. A true vision in purple… We had booked the gin tour as well as the masterclass and I would highly recommend both. The girl running our masterclass was very knowledgable and… View Post