Mrs Cholmondeley and a duck.

On my most recent visit to Wisley I bought a new clematis to replace my “Nelly Moser” which succumbed to Clematis wilt, a fungal disease that can kill the plant and even affect (infect?) the soil. Anyway, I don’t think the recent heatwave helped and it died. Yes I could have cut it down, left…

Summer Reads

School’s out, it hasn’t rained in weeks and I’m not beach body ready… so I guess it’s officially summer! Many of you no doubt will be toddling off on your holidays, in search of relaxation and sun (although God knows why, my village had hotter weather than Barbados the other day. BARBADOS). Whether departing or…

Lilo

I have mentioned Bravissimo before. It’s where I buy my bras and I’ve championed their maxi dresses. Well now they’ve branched out… into pool inflatables. Why? I hear you ask. Lingerie? That makes sense. Dresses, fair enough. Swimwear, totally. Bikinis, after all, have boobs in them and Bravissimo, as we know by now, is a…

No Man’s Fort

If I’m ever nervous about anything I get my husband to do it first. So I let him turn 40 in September and he said it was actually fine so I followed suit in December. One of our presents, from some very dear friends of ours, was an experience gift voucher to visit one of…

Ta dah!

I have news. The new shed is up! I know you never thought this day would come, frankly, neither did I. Now you may think this will mean that I shall stop harping on about it. Wwrrrroonngggg! Because there are now so many new things to do! Like planting and gravel and hooks and fairy…

Afternoon Tea

I love Afternoon Tea. I love the weeny crustless sandwiches and the scones with clotted cream and jam. I like the dinky pastries and miniature cakes. I like that I can drink an entire teapot’s worth of tea and nobody lectures you about caffeine. They positively encourage it! So I was delighted to skip off…

Documentary

I love a true story. My favourite books are biographies, memoirs, travel logs. So it will come as no surprise that I love a documentary. Fortunately there are lots of good ones about. Here are some that I highly recommend! Circus Elephant Rampage (U.S Title: Tyke Elephant Outlaw) This well publicised documentary is the story…

Chelsea Flower Show

I timed my fall well, what with first the royal wedding and now The Chelsea Flower Show. It’s been a week of televisual delights! The house and garden have gone to rack and ruin but to hell with it. The Chelsea Flower Show for those that may not know, is the best flower show in…

Royal Wedding

Yesterday Prince Harry married his love Meghan in a beautiful ceremony in Windsor and the world watched. I ended up watching all of it seeing as I am sofa-bound after hurting my coccyx in a fall the day before (I’m refraining from telling people that I broke my bum). And I have to say that…

Stairs

So earlier today I tripped and fell down the stairs. I’m sure it looked nothing short of hilarious. Had you seen it on You’ve Been Framed you’d have pointed and chuckled and then probably winced. I’m sure I’d have laughed had it not been so excruciatingly painful. It was still early in the morning. I…