Travel // Artist Residence, Oxfordshire…

Artist residence oxfordshire Littlegreenshed blog November 2017

Last Friday, we left the boys with their Grandparents and travelled to the Cotswolds for an overnight treat at the newly opened Artist Residence hotel.  Passing through honey coloured villages in the traditional Cotswold stone we reached the village of South Leigh, Oxfordshire.

The hotel is small and cosy, situated in a thatched country pub.  With only 5 rooms in total, you really feel like you are hiding away from the world at a country retreat.  Surrounded by countryside for walks in the fields or if you feel like it, you could drive to visit nearby Blenheim Palace or the beautiful city of Oxford.

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Travel // Sweden part 2, Lund and the Skissernas Museum…

I’ve finally found time to edit some more of my Swedish adventure.  In particular focusing on the City of Lund and the Skissernas Museum.  Lund is situated about 30 minutes drive North from Malmo.  It is a large University town and reminded me very much of Oxford, with it’s grand buildings, and bicycling students flocking the streets. On our little tour, Lund was our second overnight stop, staying at the aptly named The Grand Hotel.  Very Wes Anderson-eque in style,

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Simple health // The perimenopause and me…

I’ve thought about writing this post for the past couple of months now, wondering if you wanted to know about my personal struggle with my hormones. I know many of my readers are nowhere near this point in their lives, but many of you are, so I hope to help with this post. Here goes. The Menopause, for some reason, is still an unspoken word. A ‘thing’ that women go through hidden struggling in silence. Although I am still a

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Scenes from Sunday // a beach cook out…

What a gloriously sunny weekend.  November has really gotten off to a fabulous start with it’s crisp sunny days and cold nights. I love it!  Yesterday we decided to have ‘cook out’ and headed to a bay outside of Clevedon, on the river Severn. While the boys busied themselves climbing the rocks and discovering caves, Dan and I made camp and built the fire.  We both love cooking outside in the colder months, there is something so primal about it. 

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Simple Living // An autumnal celebration with Fox and Ivy…

This autumn I plan to celebrate the darker evenings with a little sparkle.  Once the clocks go back, the darkness can feel overwhelming and depressing, but with a few changes at home you can make the day light saving a little more manageable.   November is a month of transition, from autumn to winter and can be the forgotten month on it’s lead up to Christmas. All those parties being arranged, presents being bought & the madness of the school

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Travel // Sweden Part 1, Wanas Hotel and Sculpture Park…

Last month, I visited Skåne in southern Sweden along with a small group of other influencers – Sarah Akwisombe, Abi of These Four Walls and Kimberly of Swoon Worthy. The trip was hosted by Visit Sweden and Visit Skåne, with the aim to share the design aspects of this little discovered region of Sweden. I knew I would love Sweden, but I hadn’t expected to fall in love with it.  Especially Wanås Estate (pronounced Vanoos).  I almost sobbed when it was time to leave this wonderful place.  A

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Seasonal Rituals // November….

November, the month of sparkle, magic and mystery.  The last of the autumn leaves cling to the trees, like natures fairy lights in the grey misty gloom. When I think of the month November, I see images of dark velvety blues and emerald greens, deep magenta and sparkly gold. Many years ago I travelled to India in November and experienced first hand the stunning Hindu festival of Diwali. Those images of colour, fireworks and celebration will always remain. Children dressed

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Simple Living // Temple Cycles at Wapping Wharf, Bristol…

Temple Cycles has recently opened a new shop in a shipping container near the dockside in Bristol.  Their neighbours include a Yoga studio, an Ice Cream specialist, a Cheese deli and a Barbers.  At Wapping Wharf there is an energy about the place that inspires you to take your time and enjoy the space.  Recently re-energised, the area spent most of the last 50 years as a gravel car park and not a place you would want to spend any

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