Thursday, 21 July 2016

Interiors: A trip to Germany and Luxembourg with Villeroy & Boch


I have (and suspect I will be forever) always been the sort of person who likes to know how something's made. There's an anecdote about Deborah Devonshire, the late Duchess of Devonshire and youngest Mitford sister, who received a moss tree as a present. 'I pulled it to bits to see how it was made', she said.

That's where the similarities between Debo and me end. Except when I get invited to stay in a German castle and dine with the family behind the world's leading ceramicware, of course.

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Review: Siemens avantgarde iSensoric Freestanding Washing Machine - part one


A few months back, my boyfriend watched me getting hysterical over the laundry, declared me incompetent and took over the chore for the entire house. So it's only fair that he reviews our new Siemens avantgarde iSensoric Freestanding Washing Machine.  Over to Mike...

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Travel: Bristol and beyond - an exciting new venture


The day has finally come for me to announce two very exciting things for Oyster & Pearl. I haven't written a blog post in over a fortnight but there is a good reason for it, honest. Here's what I've been up to.
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Interiors: DFS and Team GB team up to create Britannia


I can't believe the Olympics have come around again so soon. Doesn't feel like four years have passed since the last one, does it? I remember the buzz around the London 2012 games - visiting the capital, we came across mascot statues at every turn, and stumbled into the victory parade where athletes walked the streets between London landmarks.
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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Travel: Glamping weekend in Dorset with Honeybuns

Glamping weekend in Dorset with Honeybuns gluten-free cakes

I hate camping. There, I said it. Yes, I know the great outdoors is all kinds of good for you and I know you can take airbeds and duvets and a few minor comforts of home to compensate for the hard ground and the condensation and the crouching over. But by the time you've gone to all that trouble I think you might as well stay in an actual building. An unfashionable opinion, maybe, but I'm getting too long in the tooth to worry about that.

Honeybuns is a bakery based on an old dairy farm deep in the Dorset countryside. If there's one thing I do like it's a cake, so when Honeybuns invited us to stay in the 1940s cedar clad caravan on their farm we were thrilled. Putting aside any fresh air apprehension, we said yes.
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Saturday, 28 May 2016

Recipe: Strawberry cider pound cake with raspberry and wild berry cider jam


Earlier this month, I was challenged to use an unusual ingredient in a recipe. Rekorderlig has just launched a new summer range of cocktails-in-a-can (or journey juice, as we like to call such drinks when on the train). Come on sun! These cocktails will work so well for all the festivals and barbecues we have planned this year.

The Strawberry-Lime cider cocktail reminded me of the lollies from a Sherbet Dip-Dab and served as the inspiration for this glorious cake, while the Wild Berries cider cocktail was the perfect base for a summery jewel-like jam.
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Home & garden: Al fresco lounging with HomeSense


That there is our new bench. It sits at the end of the garden, facing back towards the house, and is surrounded by a big old rambling rose that's tantalisingly in bud. I don't even know what colour they'll bloom, but I do know what a job it was to hack it back, prune and tie to the wall. All those thorns! There's one bud that'll come out first which I've snapped here. What colour do you think?

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