Seasonal Rituals // Summer circus adventures with Giffords Circus…

Ever dreamt of running away with the circus? Have a yearning for acrobatics and clowning around?  Well, why not try an afternoon at Giffords Circus, before you commit to a life on the road? Last Friday, we visited the travelling circus, as it stopped in Marlborough.  The tent was filled to capacity with a mix of children, parents and grandparents.  It was immediately obvious to me that some parents had finished work early, and were joining the rest of the family at the

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Seasonal Rituals // How to transition your home into Autumn…

These past few days I’ve felt autumn in the air… the scent of the earth, the liquid hazy light, the colour of the hydrangea in the garden…. it’s coming, the golden hush. I love Autumn.  It’s mellow musty smell, the abundance of harvests, orange pumpkins, kids scurrying for fallen conkers. The colour of the hedgerows, slowly, slowly turning through all the shades of rust until they fall, lying there waiting to be kicked and thrown by laughing kids. But before

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Seasonal rituals // Summer manifesto 2017…

It’s that time of year again…. so it’s time for the LGS summer manifesto.  A little wish list of things we want to do / achieve over the coming six weeks.  These could be large day trips like to Legoland and to the seaside, plus camping and holidays.  Down to smaller everyday simple pleasures, like eating a juicy flat peach… oh my word they are my favourite. So here in detail are some of the things we are up to:

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Seasonal Rituals // Iced coffee on a sunny day with Nespresso…

Sunny weekends in the garden deserve good iced coffee.  These past few days I’ve been enjoying the latest ‘limited edition’ capsules from Nespresso, sipping this cool intense yet refreshing drinks whilst smelling my roses and reading a book. Bliss!  Shame the kids are on holiday now – as those relaxed days in the garden are going to be few and far between now… hey ho :) Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle

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July babies are the best babies // hint it’s my birthday!

July! The month of heat waves, stormy nights and thunder claps. School term endings, the start of the summer slow down, boozy pimms in the garden whilst watching Wimbledon… and, and, most importantly its my BIRTHDAY month. So, if you are feeling you want to celebrate my birthday with me, buy yourself a gift or one for me if you are feeling flush – I do accept all presents with the eager hands of a small child.  Here is my

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Summer List // plans, hopes and dreams…

I know, the summer holidays are already nearly three weeks in, but I’ve been in France don’t you know!? Each summer, I love to sit down with the boys and discuss things we want to do in their summer break.  It can be grand, wild adventures to eating peaches in the park.  We see our summer as a chance to reconnect, to let go of the busy and rushed, and enjoy those long endless days. So this years Summer Manifesto

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Seasonal Rituals // A BBQ in the roses…

This weekend, in between the usual Saturday cleaning, clearing, homework and DIY – we managed to escape the house and spend a few hours in the nearby Ashton Court Estate. A chance to blow away the cobwebs and cook our supper outside. A few years back I won a Weber portable BBQ in a photography competition – random but true.  The Weber is brilliant for packing up and taking out to cook whenever the mood takes us.   Like last

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Seasonal Rituals // Elderflower cordial…

June, the hedgerows are in bloom.  White fluffy flowers adorn the bushes, and the air is thick with pollen.  I suffer with hay fever at this time of year, it is those pretty Elderflower blooms polluting the air.  I try to just muddle on, sneezing, and dealing with it without drugging myself with anti-histamines, so far so good.  But some days are worse than others. I read somewhere that by making and drinking Elderflower Cordial at this time of year,

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