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I have only just discovered AirBnB and a whole load of countries that I have never considered visiting before. At the moment I am fixating on Parisian apartments and Scandinavian summer houses, Denmark in particular! One question though - do you get midges in summer? Tips, places to go, where to stay, things to do are most welcome.
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
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Photography by: Anne-Marie Randall Photography
Monday, 29 June 2015
This year is a great year for elder flowers and the hedges are blooming wonderful! I've already made some cordial and yesterday my champagne was ready for drinking! If you want to make champagne it's really easy and you don't need any fancy equipment, my recipe is here. I love this midsummer ritual.
Thursday, 25 June 2015
We have been blessed with having some really great family holidays together over the last few years, it's something I take seriously, both in discovering fab places to go, spending months planning and looking forward to getting away (which gets me through the darkest winter months). Here are just a few of our favourites;
1. DRIFTWOOD BEACH HUT
I dream of living in a beach hut by the sea and this beach chalet at Gwithian Towans is pretty much perfect, I'd move in tomorrow if I could and owner Phil would let me! The boys would surf after school, I'd serve cappuccinos in the surf cafe nearby and wear flip flops all year round!
Ok, back to reality, if you share my dream you can hire this beach hut through Forever Cornwall, which even has surfboards in the rafters to borrow.
2. CORNISH TIPI HOLIDAYS
3. RUSTY THE TIN TENT
This is perhaps the most imaginative and quirky holiday property we've ever stayed in, the boys had acres to roam, we had real fires and Rusty was so cosy you could stay all year round - utter bliss in the most magical of settings in Cornwall.
4. FEATHER DOWN FARM
I love Feather Down Farms, they've got it spot on when it come to family holidays and whilst they are quite pricey they really are the stuff of childhood memories and we remember our holiday so fondly and have judged all our 'glamping' holidays against it.
5. WENDY THE ABERPORTH EXPRESS
When the boys were little we stayed in a railway carriage called Wendy right by the sea in west Wales, it was beautifully converted and contained lots of railway paraphernalia. The train loving boys thought it was brilliant!
6. CAMPING AT FARRS MEADOW
We discovered this gorgeous campsite last year, with quirky compost loo's and showers in horseboxes it was enchanting and we'll certainly return.
7. A ROAD TRIP IN A VW CAMPER
Despite being quite a squeeze this road trip in a camper to the Norfolk coast (taking in the world snail racing championships on the way) was perhaps my favourite holiday. I would love to hire one again and go on another road trip with the boys, now they're older they would love it - although I'm not sure we'll fit all five of us in!
So after so many great places over the years, where next?
Sunday, 21 June 2015
I've had a hectic week and it's been more difficult to make time in my life for nature, but I've sort of managed it for at least five out of seven days! The week started with a trip to London, which I thought would be really hard but I ended seeing red kites flying over Reading railway station then walking through the leafy streets of north London with Cerys Matthews who showed me walnut trees, garden squares hidden between the houses and eating cherries from trees!
Day 15: Make petal perfume! I remember doing this as a child and giving my mum squashed rose petals in glass bottles. It always smelt like compost though, but she was far too polite to say!
Day 16: A bit of a hectic day at work meant that I didn't manage anything today, but my head was filled with the rooftops of Portobello Road and the greenery springing out from them.
Day 17: Read a map
Day 18: Have lunch outside
Day 19: Follow a path we've never followed before
Day 20: We were meant to be going for a wild swim but the heavens opened so just dashed out in between the downpours
Day 21: Midsummer crowns for the Solstice
Saturday, 20 June 2015
For those of you that follow me on Instagram (you can find me here) you'll have already seen my latest purchase, my granny shopping basket! Isn't she a beauty? So practical for carrying loads from the farmers' market. I love her and completely realise how old I must sound. I also bought one of those Coca cola crates in the picture too - whoops!