Tuesday, 14 June 2016
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.
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
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.
Saturday, 28 May 2016
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.
Thursday, 26 May 2016
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?
Monday, 23 May 2016
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!
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
|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.
Thursday, 12 May 2016
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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