– 2018/126 – postcards from Paris

Paris by train… isn’t it great to be able to do this? So quick too.  And one arrives right in the centre of the city… fabulous. This is the view from the flat we’re staying   in this week (on the left bank, near St Germain des Pres): … it’s a pretty bonkers place, the […]

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– 2018/104 – birthday weekend, part 1

I had a fabulous birthday.  Fabulous, daaaahling! After sending the boys to school we leisurely drove to Babington House where we had a most delicious lunch with friends and then chilled out in the spa.  You know when you’re so relaxed that you lose the sense of time? That. Can you believe it was once […]

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– 2018/80 – breakfast

I grew up on breakfasts of Nutella on bread (not toast… fresh) or biscuits dipped in milk, sometimes a big bowl of chocolate milk full of fresh bread from the bakery down the road – don’t scoff until you try it –  cereals came later when I was older but they were expensive and exotic […]

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– 2018/64 – postcards from Palm Spring, Ca

A day of 2 halves. Early morning walk in the neighbourhood and short hike.  By myself, because my children are lazy and the husband is still not a walking model. It was a glorious morning. On the top of that little hill, in full sun, the Coachella valley spread in front of me I took […]

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– 2018/27 – banana bread

I’ve tried quite a few banana bread recipes through the years and this is by far my favourite. It’s definitively more like a bread than a cake.  It’s not too sweet or ‘bananay’ and it tastes incredibly divine smothered in good quality butter (unsalted please!) or with Nutella. But then again what doesn’t taste better […]

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– 2018/25 – vintage crockery –

You know what they say about buses… you wait for ages for one to arrive and then two show up at once.  Same with vintage finds. Last weekend?  the one before? who can remember… I popped into a big charity shop (thrift store for you across the pond) on the way back from a super […]

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– 2018/16 – ‘Cooking for family and friends’

I have a new cookery book and I love it. First a couple of premises: my children are fussy eaters and their taste don’t match either which makes cooking for them either very boring or very time-consuming.  I don’t like doing the same things over and over again and I certainly don’t want to be […]

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– 2018/4 – urge to purge

I don’t know about you but this time of year I feel the total urge of purging my cupboards, to sort out the unwanted things, the old clothes, the out of date food and spices… to get rid of the superfluous and the useless, the unused and the extra.  January is for cleansing.   I […]

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– 185 –

The first thing I did when I got up this morning was painting my toe nails.  Coral Pink.  And I put on a layer of clear ‘gel’ to make it last longer too. Why am I telling you this?  I have no idea.  Another early morning, another quiet morning if you don’t count the dog […]

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– 157 – Cheltenham Literature Festival, cont.

… aka ‘the busiest week I’ve ever known… The good thing is that this is the last post about the Literature Festival, the bad thing is that it’s a long one, so I’d suggest you grab a cup of whatever float your boat and get comfortable.  (alternatively you can just switch off now, I won’t […]

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