It’s not that I don’t like my friends, I do a lot. In truth my main reason for moving is to have a bigger house so we can host gatherings, BBQs, and have friends and family to stay. I would LOVE that. However this past Saturday when my lovely husband, tipsily suggests that the 12 people there, come to our house for a BBQ on the 1st August…well frankly I could have strangled him. Our house is a bomb site, there is stuff which I was going to put into storage *everywhere*. You can’t get into the dining room, the office is now piled to about my height and more importantly for 12 people to come to a BBQ, you […]
My Dad took some pictures of my parent’s garden this week and it’s absolutely glorious! So I thought I’d share them with you, in case they give you any planting inspiration for your own cottage gardens?
I spent about three months looking for a new lounge from rug , and bought one about a month ago. Then I had an email from Carpetright asking me if I’d like to review their new range of rugs, I didn’t know they did rugs and it never occurred to me that they would!. I have bit of a soft spot for Carpetright, all the carpets from our first two houses came from them and they are cheap and hard wearing. So I was quite interested to see what they had one offer as finding a nice stylish rugs is much harder than you’d think, especially having wasted hours looking for one! I was sent a pretty decent selection to […]
I have now been to see 10-15 houses in the last 6 months and I’ve still not found one we want to buy. House buying/selling is incredibly expensive now, so as a buyer I’m thinking twice but third and forth times too! I’m not saying a house has to be perfect, that would be dull but there are certain things that trigger warnings in my head. So here’s what I’ve learnt in my 6 months of house hunting…. 1. Let the estate agents show it, don’t do it yourself. A) you’re paying them a LOT of money, make them do some work. B) It’s beyond awkward walking around a house with the owner trying to be enthusiastic about anything you can […]
As most of you know hay fever is the bane of my life, every April to September without fail my life becomes a snotty, eye itching misery. It came to a head three years ago where bog standard hay fever started to morph into food allergies, hives and seasonal asthma – fun times!. I made some radical changes to my garden, I can’t get rid of all the grass and trees but I could alter what I planted close to the house. Then last winter I was flicking through my phone and I came across a picture of my patch testing and I remembered that apparently I’m as allergic to milk as I am to trees, shrubs and weeds….but I’ve […]
My parent’s very kindly bought Miss L (and us!) tickets for the Harry Potter Tour for doing well in her school exams. To be honest none of us knew what to expect, everyone I knew who’s been said it was ‘good’ but no more that that really. We headed down to Leavesden where Harry Potter was filmed, and it was horrible! Driving rain, freezing cold your average British Summer, ick! From what I could tell, you need to book in advance. We had to show our booking confirmation to the parking lady, and then she told us to park right next to the main building which was a god send as we then didn’t get utterly drowned running to the […]
I have a competition for you all today. abodent.com would like to give one lucky reader £30 voucher to spend on their website! All you have to do is a leave a comment below *saying what you’d buy and I’ll run a lucky number generator to pick the winner. Abodent.com have a wonderful collection of drawer knobs, coat hooks and home accessories on their site. I’ve picked out a few of my favourites below. I really need to find somewhere to use those bunny knobs! You can see more of their collections on their Facebook Page , Twitter and on their Instagram pages. Looking forward to your comments and announcing a winner! Rules: 1. Competition runs from 2nd June 2015 – 9th June […]
Not that I’m planning ahead or anything, but viewing new houses has made me think about changing up my style a bit. I’m rather liking the serenity of blue bedrooms, and I’ve found some fun ideas for spare bedrooms. Here’s some of the bits I’ve found so far, imagine these with some crisp white sheets… The map is in fact custom canvas from wallpapered.com they made this image especially for me and it’s where I met Paul! Love it! You can get it from wallpapered starting from £38.95 I love love love this Arne Jacobsen The Egg Chair with Ottoman from Italia Designs, isn’t it the most gorgeous colour? However it’s a budget busting £731.00 so I can dream. And this cute lamp […]
May is I think my favourite time in my garden. The Clematis and Lilacs are out, peonies just about to bloom and roses just budding. This is my front hedge, which has taken years to be full of clematis, roses and lilacs. Clematis’s scrambled up the trees in the back garden. Apple blossom in the sunlight New lavender’s and sweetpeas ready to go in the ground. What’s your favourite month in the garden?
This is a sponsored post by Legal and General, they’ve written about home tech here and asked me if I’d write a post about Home Technology. They came to the right place! We went to Curry’s a couple of weeks ago, and I was amazed at how much new home technology is out there now. One quick wander round a store and we saw… A floor cleaning robot (small children were torturing it with bit of large paper, poor thing), an LG Washing Machine which you can control from your smart phone, TV’s you can voice activate, wifi lighbulbs (no idea why you’d need those but they looked cool!) and the new massive Dyson ‘fan’ which frankly looks like wonderful black magic. It was one of […]
We were all exhausted in dire need of a break, so we went to Hunstanton which is about 40 minutes from home. I booked The Lodge which is in Old Hunstanton, in the attic which was just amazing! It’s beautiful with a sea view, just what my soul needed! We went for a wander down to Old Hunstanton beach and along the coast to Hunstanton, taking in the beautiful views How adorable is this cottage? And then there was this… I happily used the bubble bath provided, and locked myself in the bathroom for an hour while Paul and L chilled in the lounge. Heaven! And this is how I finished off the day, in the garden We really, really […]
As most of you know, a new kitchen has been on my to-do list forever! It’s small, but extending it would cost a fortune I don’t have. Over the years I painted it, got rid of the faux Oak and that’s looked ok for a good few years, we got rid of some cupboards and got a dishwasher in. But paint only lasts so long and it was looking really tired and we’ve decided that we’d like to move. I saw from the Estate Agents faces when they were valuing the house, that they saw the kitchen and the state of it was a problem. The rest of the house is fine, but there was lots of muttering about well the kitchen […]
I originally thought my daughter was a bit odd, she isn’t interested in social media AT ALL. I mean nothing, she doesn’t want a Facebook account, not interested in Instagram, mention Twitter and she’s out of the room. To be honest she’s not even that interested in Facetime or iMessage. In her eyes they are a necessary evil she needs on her iPad, so she can message me for more food when she’s in another room or to talk to her grandparents. But mostly for me to get her food!. I had a quick look and my nieces and nephew’s also don’t really seem to use Facebook that much and neither do my cousin’s kids – all of whom range between 11 […]