SNS

I am not particularly high maintenance when it comes to beauty. I have no idea what’s new. I work in a veterinary practice so generally speaking fancy nails are a no no. Those girls with the long acrylics, all glossy, decorated and bejewelled, would be crying 5 minutes into my job. Try wrangling a feisty…

Life After Life

Just a very hurried I-am-halfway-out-the-door shout out to all the book lovers that read this blog… I have just finished Life After Life by the insanely clever Kate Atkinson. I know, I know… you all said it was brilliant and that I should read it eons ago but sometimes you just need to figure these…

Winter Flowers

I’ve just planted some flowers hoping to have some Winter colour. I chose Hellebores and Cyclamens. They’re all readily available at the moment. I chose Cyclamen (Rembrandt Pure White) as a bit of a filler. They flower for ages (from Autumn to Spring!) and have beautiful silvery foliage. They’re meant to be easy peasy as…

Bed

My husband and I have had the same bed frame since before we got married. We’ve now been married 16 YEARS. I’m too embarrassed to even talk about the mattress. You know those Dreams adverts that say you’re supposed to replace your mattress every 8 years? Hah! Are we weird? Do people update their beds…

BFF

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a Nigella Super Fan. I have every book she has ever written (I even have one as an audio book). I have seen every episode of every series and I watch Nigella Christmas every year like it’s Groundhog Day even though I have never cooked…

Russian Royalty

As mentioned in a previous post back in January (click here) I have always been interested in the Russian royal family. So recently we took the opportunity to visit an exhibit currently on at the Science Museum entitled The Last Tsar: Blood & Revolution. The exhibition featured items belonging to the last Russian royal family…

Clued Upp

I love games. I love board games, video games, parlour games, card games. Games you play in the car or on your smartphone. Pub quizzes, party games, murder mystery dinners. I love them all. I’m not hugely competitive. I don’t really care who wins, although winning is fun obviously, but I very much enjoy the…

Arch Planting

Back in March we erected a new arch to replace the metal one we had that went down in a storm in January. I love the new arch. It’s made from tanalised wood, so it shouldn’t warp or rot and it’s planted in the ground with heavy metal spikes which are concreted in, so it…

Mary Rose

When my husband, then fiancĂ©e, asked if I’d be willing to get married the day before his birthday I thought it was a wonderful idea. Our anniversary would be the day before his birthday always. This would mean he would never ever have any excuse for forgetting the annual celebration of our nuptials. Aha! I…

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…