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…

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…

Magicool

I bought a can of this for my daughter to take to school with her during this mini heatwave we’ve been having. She’s absolutely rubbish in the heat. We’ve had tears this week. Actual tears! Now, yes, I do realise children of today are incredibly spoilt and pampered… yes, yes I know you just had to…

Picnic Basket Bag

I don’t generally buy myself accessories. I’m not a big jewellery person, usually just sticking to my wedding/engagement rings and a pair of simple studs in my ears. I don’t have overflowing collections of decorative scarfs like some of my friends. Or hats. Or sunglasses. But once in a blue moon I see something and…

Hot 

I’ve changed our bedding. The banished duvet has been replaced with crisp white sheets. This is because it’s suddenly summer. The heat. Oh god. The hot hot heat with all of its hotness. I defies belief that I ever lived quite happily in Africa… or the Middle East… like, the actual desert. Because I am…

The Reluctant Gardener

I’ve always been a reluctant gardener. I was never remotely interested. The last place we lived had a garden the size of a postage stamp and it suited me just fine. The only thing I did was mow the grass occasionally and tend my lone hydrangea (which was the only plant that didn’t die on…