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Review: The Wonderbag

The following comments have stumbled from friends’ mouths when entering our kitchen/ galley and spying our slow cooker: ‘Is that a sleeping bag?’ they ask. Or, ‘Is that the lagging for your boiler?’ Even, ‘Is it [...]

The best sites to inspire your period interiors

I know how you all love decorating and home makeovers so I’m very happy to join up with and feature a partnered post from Maria at the Sash Window Workshop. Maria has researched the web and [...]

A site with a silver lining

The first has fallen. A friend has turned 40. Although mid-life isn’t what it was (apparently we have to wait until we’re 60) it still deserves to be marked. Enter J A Campbell, the London-based Silversmiths [...]

A chat with author Amanda Egan

Writer and blogger Amanda Egan has released her fifth chick lit novel ‘Lottie’s Luck’. Amanda’s writing career took off when her son suffered with School Phobia. Wanting to be close at hand, Amanda camped out in the school car park, [...]

On board with train travel

It’s our wedding anniversary today – the perfect excuse to reflect on 9 happy married years and the ones that came before saying ‘I do’ such as when we traveled to Paris by train. This is [...]

Fresh and tasty foodie finds

It’s nice to have more time to cook and even more so when the things I cook with are fresh and at their best. Over the last month we found some great foods foraged from the [...]

My Big Greek Lunch …with Total

Yassou! We’re currently sailing around the Greek islands – a long way from the UK. If I ever need a reminder of home I need look no further than the Greek supermarkets where I never struggle [...]

Coffee Machines Versus Coffee Shops: Which Is Best?

For me coffee drinking is still very much a treat  because the making of a good cup involves time and effort (of the barrista). However, when the price of a couple of lattes leaves you with [...]

Diary of a family ‘Eco challenge’

Last week was Climate Week, Britain’s biggest climate change campaign, promoting ways that people can live and work more sustainably to help combat climate change. Climate Week sponsor Andrex ECO asked my family to take part [...]

Review: John Lewis ‘House’ Bath Towel

When a new, fluffy, whiter than Simon Cowell’s teeth bath sheet from John Lewis’ House collection turned up for review it showed my other bath towels up for what they were… greying, old and scratchy… The [...]

5 minutes: 5 stories – Mother’s Day

In case you hadn’t noticed (the shops are bursting with cards and chocs) Sunday 10th March is Mother’s Day. If you want to give your well-deserving Mum something really special this year take a look at [...]

Review: Tefal Compact Steamer

Dinner on February the 14th was a steamy affair. A really hot one. You see I was trying out the Tefal Compact Steamer – here’s how we got on… I’m a big fan of healthy eating [...]

5 minutes: 5 stories – say ‘Bonjour’ to Glamping!

From glamping in France and the car seat that lasts to dying your hair ‘Helen Mirren pink’ . Here’s this week’s 5 minutes: 5 stories. Enjoy! Bonjour Glamping! You know I love to camp and to [...]

Week 2: Phwooarr-it’s-Friday

You probably know that in the Blogosphere there is such a thing as ‘Saturday is Caption Day’ and ‘Silent Sunday’. Both involve posting pictures and not many words. It’s fun and a great chance to see [...]

Rosemary Shrager: ‘Be Chefy in advance’

You may remember that a few weeks ago I found myself in the final of a cookery competition – well, I didn’t ‘find’ myself in either the ‘lost’ or ‘profound’ way but one of the things [...]