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Seasonal Rituals | Christmas Eve supper with friends…

This Christmas Eve, we are celebrating with a few of our dear friends. A chance to chat over a special meal, drink a cocktail or two and swap gifts.  Christmas Eve needs to be a special affair, but a light one, nothing too heavy to digest as we have a huge feast coming up the following day. A couple of our friends are vegetarian, so this means forgoing our usual fish pie for supper, so in search of something suitable

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Seasonal Rituals | Oh Christmas tree, with Balsam Hill…

Oh Christmas tree Oh Christmas tree How beautiful are your branches… It goes something like that, I think.  Anyway, yes I know it’s early but I couldn’t wait to share with you my Christmas tree for this year.  This season we have gone for a monochrome look with white and glass baubles, white stars and white feathers.  With a little touch of gold with gold dipped white feathers and gold chocolate mice.

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Seasonal Rituals | wrapping gifts…

Gifting season is upon us!  I’m busy curating my annual gift guides full of thoughtful gifts from our favourite makers and indie shops, plus a handful of cool tech gifts from larger brands.  But I thought I would start off this festive season with my a gift wrapping post. To me Christmas gift wrap doesn’t need to be all about traditional colours of red or gold, but instead use what you have and have fun.  This year I have chosen

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Seasonal Rituals | Advent calendar…

This year time has slipped away from me :( and I haven’t been able to make the boys an Advent Calendar.  But I’m not going to sweat it, my boys have lots of great things lined up in the next month, so not having a ‘handmade’ advent calendar isn’t going to be a disaster. In fact, letting that pressure off myself has made me feel so much better.  Honestly, as a woman and a mother we have enough bloody guilt

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Travel | A Nordic Feast at the Southbank…

Shortly after Lou returned from Sweden, we took a trip to the Southbank centre, and enjoyed a Nordic Feast.  The food was cooked on open fires, and prepared with authentic regional ingredients.  Scandinavian chefs were joined by London chefs who had been on a foreign exchange-style visit to learn new skills, and discover a new ethos.  The expansive canvas tent was dimly lit, and there were two gloriously large fire pits dominating the space.

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Simple Living // Last minute food shopping…

It was one of those days.  Dan and I had back to back client meetings in Gloucestershire.  We were busy and focused on what our client needed from us, and was looking forward to a quiet evening at home, when suddenly a text comes through from Rufus’ school.  The text was reminding us to send him to school the next day with a packed lunch and snacks for a trip to London.  I had completely forgotten. Sometimes the balls drop,

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Seasonal Rituals // Christmas with Ikea…

Last summer I was invited to preview the IKEA winter decor range. It felt wonderfully weird to be viewing Christmas decorations in the middle of flaming June, but I couldn’t help to feel a little giddy with Christmas excitement at the sight of a sparkling tree. The space, in central London, was bedecked with candle light and baubles, with a table laid ready for a Christmas feast.  During the event we were treated to a decorating masterclass, sharing some valuable

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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-esque in style,

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