– 2018/191 – random Thursday

Is it me or it’s absolutely freezing out there? Today is one of those days I wished I had a rewind button, to start over, to shout a little less (although if you could see No 3’s bedroom you would actually give me a medal for my restrain… but still) and smile a little more… […]

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– 2018/162 – individual sticky toffee puddings

I had never heard of sticky toffee pudding before coming to England and because I’ve always been a chocolate girl it took me years to try it; that was a gross error of judgment.  It makes me sad to think of all the delicious puddings I’ve missed out on through the years. There are thousands […]

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– 2018/136 – small steps

As a family of five we drink a lot of milk everyday, probably 2 to 3 pints each day and sometimes more and I was starting to feel guilty about the amount of plastic we were bringing into the house.  Yes, we recycled it…. but… still… Stop drinking milk wasn’t an option and neither was […]

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– 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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