Simple Living // Harp Cottage, Wales…

A couple of months ago we stayed in the most beautiful little place, Harp Cottage near Radnor Forest on the Welsh Border.  Images of this pretty cottage had shown up on my instagram feed, and I was intrigued to discover more.  With it’s white tonal paint colour, natural elements and that kitchen, I got in touch with Justine and booked us in for a stay. Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel

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Travel // The National Botanic Gardens of Wales…

Travelling West to Carmarthenshire and beyond, you might have busily whizzed past this gem.  The National Botanic Garden of Wales is situated not far off of the end of the M4, blink and you will miss the sign post – but do look out for it, as a trip there is so worth your while. We visited on a Sunday morning, after our trip to The Big Cwtch festival the day before.  The September sun was glorious, making the garden

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Travel // Fforest Gather…

When I mention Fforest to friends they have all gushed to me about the Fforest camp charms, telling me tales of the campfire chats, how relaxed they feel there and how it’s the only place they will go on a UK family holiday now.  Is it really that good?  I had to find out, and was excited to visit Fforest Gather (their two week festival this August) with my brood. Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of

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Travel // The Big Cwtch festival…

This weekend we drove back over the Severn Bridge to Wales – to a small boutique festival known as ‘The Big Cwtch’. Cwtch means hug in Welsh, and it really did feel like that – this festival is charming and delightful.  More like a village fete crossed with a garden party, it small and perfectly formed. Lou ArchellLou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog Lou is also a busy mum of

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Festival // Gather at Fforest August 2016…

This summer our weeks are filled with wilderness and adventures.  Camping under the stars and toasting things on an open fire.  As a family it is one of our most favourite things to do, spend time outdoors, learning new skills and getting plenty of fresh air. Fforest over in Cardigan, West Wales (yes where Sisterhood is also held) is hosting it’s beautiful festival, GATHER, once again this summer.  Gather is a two week holiday/festival of adventures in nature, music, culture,

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Travel // Wild Meadow Cabin, Wales…

Over the Easter holidays (apologies I am very late with this post), we stayed for three nights at Wild Meadow.  Those of you who regularly read this blog may remember that Dan and I stayed here a few years ago, in the shepherds hut. This time returned to be the first to try out their new cabin. Hand built by Jonathan and Andrea, the cabin is a testament to their love of this part of the world.  Beautifully crafted from

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Travel // The Chicken Shed, Wye Valley, Monmouthshire…

A couple of weeks ago, Halloween weekend, we left the city and drove across the Seven bridge to Wales, in particular the Wye Valley.  It felt good to leave the darkness and the noise of Bristol behind and step in a calmer, autumn hued way of life. Driving through the winding golden leafed lanes, we breathed out.  I hadn’t realised how stressed I was until I left life behind.  The beauty of late Autumn touched everything, highlighting it in a

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Hobbit Houses in West Wales…

Wales, beautiful, rugged and wild.  A perfect place to holiday in my mind.  We were recently invited to stay in a Hobbit House, near the small town of Lampeter.  A Hobbit House!  YES!  A beautiful little self-catering property, set high on a hill surrounded by new born lambs and stunning scenery. For Dan, it really was like returning back to the Shire (I’ll stop the Hobbit references now).  Dan went to the University of Lampeter many moons ago, where in

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