Winter Colour

Regular readers of this blog may remember way back in November 2018 I had lofty ideas of having “winter colour” in my garden (click here). I enthusiastically planted up two large pots with hellebores and cyclamens. Well… nothing happened. The cyclamens were fine but later died off and the hellebores didn’t flower at all. All…

New Year, New Podcast?

I don’t really want to talk about my recent absence (see previous post here) so I won’t be talking about it in any great detail but just wanted to say thank you for the messages I received from people who read this blog. Strangers, with whom I have never exchanged a word with before, contacted…

Absence

Apologies for the absence. To touch on it briefly, we have suffered a close bereavement. In early September one of the kids in our family (not mine) passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, and we have all been trying to navigate our way through the unspeakable shock and loss. I really don’t want to discuss it…

smol

Just a quick post about this little company that I love! smol claim to have made the most effective concentrated laundry capsule in the world. They don’t sell in the shops so you buy directly from them and your order comes through the door at monthly intervals. And there are big savings to be made….

Limonene & Linalool

Regular readers of this blog will know that my teenage daughter has coeliac disease. This means she can’t ingest gluten. She adheres to a strict gluten free diet and we have to be careful about cross contamination. She was diagnosed six years ago and we haven’t stepped out the front door since without having to…

Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh is a meal kit subscription service. Essentially what happens is a courier delivers a box to your door each week containing ingredients for the meals you have chosen from a set list. I signed up a few months ago because I felt like we were stuck in a rut. I don’t consider myself…

Scorchio!

 This summer we have seen temperatures soaring across Europe. Today the UK had the hottest July day on record. The last time it was this hot was the summer of 2003. I remember this only too clearly because I was dealing with a newborn baby at the time. Newborn babies are hard enough work without…

I’ve been reading/listening to…

Everybody died, so I got a dog is the memoir of Emily Dean who you might know from the radio show she co-hosts with Frank Skinner. She talks us through her days as a child actress, her chaotic Bohemian parents and the close relationship she shared with her only sibling, Rachel. You hear about her…

Spring Garden

This is the time of year I start venturing back out into the garden to judge what’s doing well and what might not be. This week we’ve had quite a lot of rain and high winds, thanks to Storm Gareth (who the hell names a storm Gareth?!) so I haven’t had a chance to do…

Vase

I go a bit crazy at this time of year dotting fresh flowers around the house on every windowsill so desperate am I for Spring. I always think it’s a good idea to have a variety of vases at the ready. Tall and thin for gladioli, hourglass for lillies or peonies… shape matters when it…