Sitting down to a coffee in the morning is one of my most favourite simple pleasures and we all can relate to. The whole ritual around it is so satisfying; from choosing your favourite mug, the coffee style (black, with milk or plant based milk), in whatever method you choose to make it, it is something we all look forward to every single day. But, how many of us actually think about what goes into making our morning cup of
The weekend before Christmas we travelled southwards to St Ives, Cornwall… for some fresh air and enjoy St Ives in winter. I personally prefer Cornwall in winter, the beaches are empty, windswept and wild. Walks across the headland followed by good food in a local pub by the fire, makes Cornwall the best place to escape the mayhem of the Christmas season.
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.
Last Friday, we left the boys with their Grandparents and travelled to the Cotswolds for an overnight treat at the newly opened Artist Residence hotel. Passing through honey coloured villages in the traditional Cotswold stone we reached the village of South Leigh, Oxfordshire. The hotel is small and cosy, situated in a thatched country pub. With only 5 rooms in total, you really feel like you are hiding away from the world at a country retreat. Surrounded by countryside for
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,
Last month, I visited Skåne in southern Sweden along with a small group of other influencers – Sarah Akwisombe, Abi of These Four Walls and Kimberly of Swoon Worthy. The trip was hosted by Visit Sweden and Visit Skåne, with the aim to share the design aspects of this little discovered region of Sweden. I knew I would love Sweden, but I hadn’t expected to fall in love with it. Especially Wanås Estate (pronounced Vanoos). I almost sobbed when it was time to leave this wonderful place. A
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?
A couple of weeks ago Dan and I were invited by Nespresso to the Cheltenham Literature Festival to experience the buzz and listen to the inspiring authors and adventures who have redefined their lives. We have never been to the Literature Festival, even though it’s less than an hour from home, so we were looking forward to soaking up all that this festival had in store. Nespresso is one of the festivals’ key sponsors, and focused on authors/speakers who have in