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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Monday, 23 May 2016

Interiors | Living room makeover


Finally! Our living room is now just about okay to be revealed... Can you remember how hideous it was when we moved in? That red brick fireplace, the cheap, black furniture and the crazy Beetlejuice sofa? Yep, it really was this bad. Here are the before pics to remind you!

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Inspired by... / 07 Rebecca Vincent, tattoo artist

Rebecca Vincent photographed by James Hole for the Brighton Tattoo Convention







A few months back, I had the privilege of seeing Rebecca Vincent at work. This incredible tattoo artist works out of Parliament Tattoo, a studio in Finsbury Park, London, and has a huge following on Instagram which is where I first became familiar with her work. She's only been working for a few years and yet has already become a huge name and one to follow in the world of tattoos, perhaps because she brings to the profession a refreshingly different approach. It doesn't hurt that she's one of the friendliest people I've ever met, a natural at putting nervous clients at ease.

Fascinating people are always welcome on this blog so I interviewed Rebecca, asking her about her arrival on the tattoo scene, her natural world inspirations and her intricate blackwork.
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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Review: Wayfair hammock and garden toys


That there weekend just gone was a good 'un. Sunday, we decamped to the garden, playing games, burning food on the barbecue, splashing in an impromptu paddling pool and generally larking about. And we welcomed our really fantastic new hammock to the garden! Not to make you too jealous or anything...
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Saturday, 7 May 2016

Five reads for May: My monthly book recommendations


Each month, I pick five reads from fiction, food, homes, interiors and more. Want to know what I'm reading this month? Course you do!

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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Why I'll be supporting the Let The Kids Be Kids protest on Tuesday


On Tuesday 3 May 2016, parents up and down the land will be keeping their kids off school. Why? In protest at the unprecedented levels of testing that are now in force in our schools. Those in charge at the top may argue that the testing is necessary to assess the new primary curriculum. But when kids as young as six are describing themselves as 'failures', the system has become acutely out of balance. As a friend of a friend said, 'you don't make a pig fatter by constantly weighing it'.
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