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Spring in My Step

pillars

With all this beautiful weather, I’ve been taking doggie on longer walks.  Our community spaces are beautiful with cherry blossoms everywhere.   You feel automatically happier with such beauty around you. It’s not just the parks either.  I have come home to realise our drab front garden doesn’t quite meet some […]

Irish For A Day

Leprechaun

We had glorious weather here in London yesterday for the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square.  London’s Trafalgar Square celebrations are in its 13th year.  They were instituted by former Mayor Ken Livingstone in 2002.  Previously, there was only a parade.  The first such parade was in 1958 […]

A Pyjama Party The Easy Way

nail polish cake

There are lots of nice things about having twins (especially now that they are older!) but, birthday weekend, is not one of them.  We either have to have their parties together or back-to-back to avoid hurt feelings and accusations of favouritism.  I’m usually exhausted by the end of the weekend! […]

High Drama at High Tea

planet cake

I always find myself ready for a snack after visiting a museum or other excursion but usually museum cafes are fairly uninspiring and crowded.  The Drawing Rooms of the Ampersand Hotel is a perfect alternative if you are visiting the museums in South Kensington.  I was delighted to be invited with a […]

Round and Round an Oast House

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Traveling through Sussex last week, I was struck by all the very pretty oast houses we saw.  You can spot an oast house by its distinctive conical roof.  Oast houses were used for drying hops which you needed to brew beer and ale.  The conical roofs had a couple of […]

The New Terrariums

terrarium

Interested in creating a terrarium for your home?  Terrariums are simply a fancy word for little gardens enclosed in a glass case. They were popular with the Victorians and are now in vogue again.  Presumably urban minimalists with limited outdoor space and/or crafting enthusiasm need a (small) outlet for their […]

A Little Something Red

red pillows

I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day which always seems so commercial and forced.  When I was living in Japan, I learned about “White Day” which is even more commercial and forced having been invented in 1978 by a Japanese confectionary company.  The distinction is very simple — on […]

The Wanderlust Travel Photo Contest

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I’ve been stricken with wanderlust for as long as I can remember.  To help with the wanderlust (the condition), I am a big fan of Wanderlust (the magazine), an independent publication with a mix of interesting articles and insights for curious travellers. Billed as the biggest and best travel competition […]

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