A little bird told me....

The Vicarage Hotel, Holmes Chapel - We Are Converts!

The Vicarage Hotel, Holmes Chapel - We Are Converts!

Please note: we were unable to resist inserting a few vicar-related words or phrases into our post.....how many can you spot? I’m not sure how many...

"I Know What Goes With Stuff": Interior Design Tips from Liam Gallagher

"I Know What Goes With Stuff": Interior Design Tips from Liam Gallagher

The first in an occasional series of celebrity interior design advice Part 1: Liam Gallagher It’s bizarre what you can find when poking about in t...

Beach Hut Chic: Nautical but Nice

Beach Hut Chic: Nautical but Nice

A gorgeous sunny winter’s day and a stroll along the beach at Hengistbury Head near Bournemouth.  If you’ve never been here it’s definitely worth ...

Llamas, Botanicals, Bamboo & Flatulence Pants: a day at Spring Fair 2018

Llamas, Botanicals, Bamboo & Flatulence Pants: a day at Spring Fair 2018

To the NEC’s Spring Fair, and a day spent wearing out a considerable amount of shoe leather walking through the 19 – yes 19! – halls of trade stand...

Buns in the Oven: My Attempt to Make Fika-friendly Cinnamon Buns

Buns in the Oven: My Attempt to Make Fika-friendly Cinnamon Buns

I am not a natural baker.  On the rare occasions when I make a cake or a batch of biscuits, I am not showered with compliments (the words ‘you shou...

Fika: is eating cake Sweden's secret to happiness?

Fika: is eating cake Sweden's secret to happiness?

A cup of coffee with a pastry or slice of cake.  A treat once in a blue moon?  A once a month chance to catch up with friends?  Something that only...

Five Go Mad in the Quantocks

Five Go Mad in the Quantocks

    To Somerset, and a walking weekend in the Quantock Hills.  An annual get together for five of us who attempted the Three Peaks Challenge a few...

The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

  Congratulations to those of you that live in Leamington Spa – according to yet another new survey published this week, it’s the happiest place t...

Spitbank Fort - It's the Fort That Counts

Spitbank Fort - It's the Fort That Counts

As Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower faded into the distance, the speedboat upon which I was precariously perched leapt through the water towards a gre...

Photo Finnish

Photo Finnish

My son and his girlfriend have recently moved into their first home - an unfurnished rented apartment in a converted Victorian house in Bristol.  T...

Keep Calm & Stay on Trend...

Keep Calm & Stay on Trend...

The world of fashion, interiors and gifts moves quickly.  Christmas 2014 saw everything adorned with owls, and the following year the same products...

The One Where I Visited Friends

The One Where I Visited Friends

Sometimes, one of the most memorable things about a film or tv show isn’t the actors.  It isn’t the dialogue.  It isn’t the scenery.  It’s the prop...