Friday, 29 July 2016

Recipe: Sour cherry and almond cake - a summer tea party | part one

sour cherry and almond cake recipe | oyster and pearl blog

This time of year is just so good for kitchen spoils. So far this summer, we've picked strawberries from the garden, raspberries from the farm, and been given cherries from a friend's tree.
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Thursday, 28 July 2016

The BFG reimagined: a guest illustration by Laura from Cardboard Cities


This week, we took the kids to see the new film adaptation of one of my favourite Roald Dahl books, The BFG. It was every bit as wonderful as I'd hoped it would be, despite how clear a picture I had in my head of the imagined world so perfectly described by the great author.
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Wishlist: Seven buys for bat obsessed kids

My boy loves bats. Like, really loves them.

'I'm going to be a bat zoologist when I grow up'... *heart breaks*

He's going to turn six at the weekend, so - in tribute - here's a wishlist of bat buys for obsessed kids.
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Monday, 25 July 2016

Family: Fantasy pets with Petplan

What happens when you ask a bat obsessed nearly-six-year-old to draw his fantasy pet? Magic, that's what.
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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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