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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Seasonal Rituals | Autumn forage in the woods…

Sometimes the smell of Autumn just takes hold of me, and there is a real need in me to go to the woods. I love to forage for wild mushrooms, except I really wish I knew what I was doing, mushroom identification is a dark art, that’s for sure.  My style of foraging is that I gather plenty, come home to identify them, get scared and end up throwing them on the compost heap!  I should take a foraging course,

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Simple Living // Urbanears Stammen Speaker…

I felt a surge of excitement as soon as I clapped eyes on the box the courier was delivering.  I’ve seen ads for Urbanears on Instagram for a while, and I instantly fell in love with the design and the concept.  The Stammen speaker looks beautiful, sounds wonderful and is effortless to use. Do you need to read on?  Its beautiful and its so satisfying to use – job done.

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Freelancing Life // What to pack on a press trip…

Press trips are becoming increasingly the norm in my business.  Brands are wanting to not only share their product with social influencers and their followers, but are increasingly wanting to share the brands ethos by taking bloggers to the source or creating an event.  I think it’s a great idea.  I love to fully get to know a brand, and in turn this helps me create valuable content.  I get a real feeling of a brand, and in turn so

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Simple Living // Rufus’ bedroom makeover…

It’s that time again.  Living in a tiny house, with increasingly growing children means we need to re-address rooms to make them work for the next few years.  This time it’s Rufus’ bedroom.  Ru turned 10 last month, and with that we felt we needed to make his room ‘work’ for him now and for the next few years. Key elements to the room must have: built in storage, a desk for him to do his war hammer painting and

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Simple Style // How to fill your home with meaning…

A home should reflect you as a person, and the people living in it.  Filled with functional and practical pieces of furniture (we all need a bed and somewhere to sit), but most importantly it should be filled with personality. The best homes, to me, are ones when you walk in through the front door and instantly get a feel of the type of people who live there.  Eclectic, individual and honest.  Not a home that has shopped all in

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Travel // Is Haven a place on Earth?

I’ve just returned from a weekend in Dorset, where we stayed at a Haven Holiday Park.  Lou was in Sweden, so it was just me and the boys.  Haven invited us to test the facilities and have a mini break at Rockley Park.  In return for the trip, I joined a 90 minute discussion about our experience.  In my pre-arrival questionnaire, I described my perception of Haven in three words as: “Old-school, Family, Value”.  So what is Haven like these days?

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