Simple Gardening // The RHS Malvern Spring Show…

I’m green fingered through and through. Loving plants of all manner, from spiky cacti to blousey roses to rows of cabbages.  All plants bring out a nurturing passion in me, a yearn to make a beautiful green oasis even in my small back garden. I get my passion for gardening from my mum, and her from my nan, and her from Elsie, my great grandmother.  It’s an inherited green gene, well I like to think of it like that anyway.

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Simple Living // Krups bean to cup…

A friend of mine from school owns Bristol’s best coffee place.  The scientific method he uses to extract the best flavour from his artisan coffee beans will boggle your mind.  My word he makes a good brew, something that has eluded us in our own home coffee making for years.  Until now.  We’ve recently purchased a new Krups ‘Bean to Cup’ coffee machine and now I fancy myself as a bit of a barista.  However, if you are the proprietor or

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Travel // Bluedot festival + ticket giveaway…

We have been festivaling (not a word, but I’m going with it) with the kids since they were small.  Feeling that a festival or two over the summer is an important part of their education as well as ours.  It’s a chance to kick back, soak up some great music and learn new skills. This year, we decided to look further afield than a kids festival, something a little different to broaden their young minds, and discovered Bluedot Festival. Bluedot

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Travel // Ferrari Land opens in Port Aventura, Spain…

My eldest, Charlie, has an effortless understanding and appreciation for all things engineering and mechanical.  When he heard we were going to Ferrari Land, he was over the moon.  His drawings and Lego creations have a wonderful aesthetic and he loves to ask questions about the way things work.  I’d like to think he is like me, but to be honest I’m finding it harder and harder to answer his technical questions. Lou and Rufus are less into vehicles, but

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Simple Travel // Bath Independent tour…

A few weeks ago I was invited along to Bath for the Independent Bath tour for local social influencers and foodie journos to see what Bath has to offer.  The tour was organised by the whirlwind Bath power house, Silvana de Soissons of The Foodie Bugle.  It was set to be a day not to be missed. We all met in Silvana’s own beautiful shop / cafe in the centre of Bath, in a pretty square behind the old spa

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Simple Style // Spring style edit…

So Spring is upon us, even though it seems not have got the memo, where has the sun gone??.  It’s still quite cold in the shade, and that teamed with biting winds and sharp showers, Spring is a season where we still need to wear layers. I’m desperate to wear just a breton, floaty skirt and sandals again, but sadly this April weather still means some days call for skinny jeans, boots and jumper!  But a girl can dream… and

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Sisterhood // A celebration of Flowers…

Spring has sprung!  And all the hedgerows, parks and gardens are full of blooms.  I love this time of year, the earth is laughing in flowers. Flowers and Sisterhood go hand in hand. We have a huge love of flowers, and use them not only in workshops but in the styling and decoration of events.  After all a supper table without flowers would feel naked wouldn’t it?

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Weekend Collected // A spring walk with Fjallraven…

Well April, you have been pretty glorious so far.  Thank you for your bright sunshine, and cool breeze.  This weekend was full of adventure and breathing out.  Whilst Rufus was off on a cubs activity day, the rest of us headed to our secret spot, just outside of Bristol to enjoy the sun. Our favourite place is in a small wooded valley, with bubbling stream running through it. One side is a pine forest plantation and the other native trees

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