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Itching for an Etching

french fields

My family and I went out to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea a couple of weeks ago. Our children like these fairs because the art is quite approachable.  No one tells them to shush and maintain their dignity.  They like looking for quirky artwork and usually there is some […]

Visiting Kenwood House

portico

You don’t actually need to leave London to get the whole English country house experience if you are a visitor to London with limited time.  My last post looked at the famed Adam designed library at Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath.  The rest of the house is beautiful too!  The outside […]

Kenwood’s Colourful Library

ceiling

I had the pleasure of having a tour of Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath a couple of weeks ago.  English Heritage has undertaken a fabulous restoration of Kenwood.  The result is light and bright, a far cry from the austere, gloomy house I remember from visiting a few years ago. […]

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! […]

Home Sweet Hotel Christiana

Tom Dixon tea lights

As a general rule, we don’t stay in the same hotel more than once because we like to try new places and experiences.  The only time we have broken this rule is sking in Val D’Isere and the Hotel Christiana.  So you figure the Hotel Christiana has to be something […]

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 […]

Pinch Me: A Fairytale Chateau

peacock

We got married in Chateau de Breteuil in the suburbs of Paris.  Why?  Mostly to stop our mothers from interfering (neither lives in France).  I can’t say our choice was a hardship because we had a beautiful setting, delicious food and wine and a sunshine-filled day.  I was working full-time […]

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