Tuesday, 7 July 2015

MAKING AN EDIBLE POSY


I've always been enchanted with edible posies, nosegays and tussie mussies, in fact my wedding bouquet was full of herbs. So inspired with my abundant herb garden in a crate, I thought I'd make some edible bouquets to give as end of year gifts to my sons' teachers.


I've grown purple sage, thyme, rosemary, salad burnet, and sage and will combine them with some bramble flowers from the hedgerow too. The pink bramble flowers and green blackberry not-quite-ripe-yet fruits go really well with the leaves of the purple sage and thyme in particular.


The bouquet is quite small but smells amazing and as a bonus you can eat it all too! These aren't expensive to make and affordable pots of herbs can be bought from local WI Country Markets or found on the sale shelves in your local garden centre or farm shop.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

STRAWBERRY SUNDAY


We picked a load of strawberries from Over Farm Market in Gloucester on Friday, they are perfectly ripe right now!


Stanley and I have been busy chopping some of them for jam, but because it's Sunday, today we made the most delicious pavlova. Meringue, cream, strawberries and a garnish of borage flowers. Simple, easy and the most delicious dessert! 



Thursday, 2 July 2015

DREAMING OF DANISH SUMMER HOUSES

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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.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

VILLAGE ENGLAND COMPETITION


In partnership with This Is Your Kingdom, Village England are having a competition to name their latest bag! Village England bags are made for real life, inspired by quirky wrought iron village signs and antique horse brass, the Village England logo incorporates elements of village life and each bag is named after an English village.


So here's where you come in, they want you to suggest a village to name this gorgeous new bag after. My vote is to call the bag the 'Painswick' after my favourite Cotswold village (well actually it's a town!) and to support my campaign (I'm taking this quite seriously!) my lovely friend Anne-Marie took some pictures of me wearing the gorgeous bag around Painswick, so you can see why I think it's the perfect bag for this quintessential Cotswold village.


To enter the competition, to name (and win) this gorgeous bag worth £195 just click here to take part - it's simple! The competition ends on midnight 8th July so enter quickly now while you're thinking about it (I always forget if I click away to do something else). 


THANK YOU #30DAYSWILD

We've had a really fab 30 days making time for a little bit of 'wild' in our lives. It's made me realise just how important it is and that we need to #staywild! Here's a Steller story of our 30 days in no particular order! How did you do?

Monday, 29 June 2015

MAKING ELDERFLOWER CHAMPAGNE


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

OUR FAVOURITE UK FAMILY HOLIDAYS


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


The ultimate escape-from-it-all holiday, you cook and heat your water on an open fire, there are no cars allowed on site and no wifi! The boys went completely feral and absolutely loved fishing and cooking their catch.

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?
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