What is going on with the shoe department at M&S?? They've gone seriously high fashion with their Christmas range this year and now they're on sale at really great prices. I indulged in a feeding frenzy there yesterday and now I'm deciding which ones are the keepers. The blue and pink Manolo-esque ones (£16) are … Continue reading It’s All About The Shoes…….recreating the look without breaking the bank.
We fancied a bit of the highlands and islands for our October break this year. We duly booked return flights to Inverness and then set about researching where to stay. The Telegraph ‘best of’ travel guides are usually pretty reliable so we booked ‘The House Over-by’ which is connected to the ‘Three Chimneys’ restaurant in … Continue reading Breathtakingly beautiful Skye…………and Loch Ness.
What on earth were we thinking?!!? A few months ago we decided we would put our name down for a puppy to join our much loved dog, Sam. I was seduced by visions of two dogs frolicking happily in the garden, or snuggled up together in a Cath Kidston dog basket by the aga. So … Continue reading Drowning In Dogs………..The Truth About Puppies.
Our quick trip to Marrakech began with a three-hour delay at Gatwick airport. Still, they threw in a gate change to give us something to do with the time. No-one seemed to have a clue what was going on, least of all the air hostesses. Eventually the Captain announced that there were not enough baggage … Continue reading Marrakech
I heard the author, Ali Land, being interviewed on BBC radio 4. She was talking about her background as a child and adolescent mental health nurse and how she has drawn on her experiences to write this book. I was initially attracted to reading Good Me, Bad Me because I thought it would be fascinating … Continue reading Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land
I've been down to Exeter to visit Uni son. The pretext was to find a venue for his 21st birthday bash. I'd booked myself into what used to be known as The Magdalen Chapter hotel. It has been sold to a hotel chain and has now, rather tragically, been renamed the Hotel Du Vin Exeter. … Continue reading Exeter In The Freezing Fog…..And Puppies
An English gardener shares the inspiration behind her January return to the greenhouse in spite of the freezing cold.
I was immersed in a tech-mare yesterday. I realised I had an issue with my email and spent the best part of two and a half hours dealing with our internet provider. No help there, either by phone or online. You know you've got no hope of a resolution when they put you through to … Continue reading Having A Bad Tech Day
The Alpha (my husband) tore a muscle in his calf while playing tennis at Queens last night. The wonderful staff managed to bundle him into a taxi and he spent the rest of the evening with my frozen, organic peas wrapped around his leg. He is unable to walk and under strict instruction to rest … Continue reading Crutches And Roses
I'm very lucky in that I live less than five minutes away from a large Common. This is where you will inevitably find me, once a day, whatever the weather, walking or running with my black labrador Sam. There are times, when the temperatures are sub-zero, or when the wind is blowing a gale, that … Continue reading Woodland Walks With Sam
So it's resolution time again. Most of us will have thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas period and are now avoiding the bathroom scales like the plague. The papers are full of New Year diets and fitness regimes, they're unavoidable and everywhere in January. This year I refuse to sign up to some insane diet/exercise plan. It's usually … Continue reading A Brand New Year
We're in the thick of the Christmas countdown here. The boys have perfected their hot toddy recipe and have kindly allowed me use of it for this blog (see below). We've been busy making the red cabbage and cranberry sauce in readiness for tomorrow and the kitchen smells authentically wonderful. "It's beginning to feel a … Continue reading Hot Toddys And Some Winter Treats