Clematis

Almost as soon as I pressed the publish button on my previous post I decided I’d placed my clematis’ the wrong way round.  So this morning I took a risk and swapped them over. Thing is the Nelly Moser was a late addition whereas if I’d bought them all at the same time I’d have done this…

Climbers 

Just after Easter I decided I wanted to buy an arch for our garden. I’ve wanted one since we went on a garden safari last year and saw several.  Being a nervous sort I was worried about spending a lot on an arch in case it didn’t work out. What if it looked stupid or didn’t suit…

Strong Annabelle

I have been looking for something to put in a gap at the end of my garden. It’s been bare since we had some of the fence panels replaced. It just wasn’t the time of year you’d want to risk planting something new so it’s been left abandoned and has thus far served as a…

Pillow

Most people are creatures of habit. They always eat the same cereal for breakfast. They have a wee first thing. They complain about their kids not turning the lights off/putting the loo seat down/ tidying up… because that’s what they always do.  Or in my husband’s case they have a nightly ritual that I like…

TV Picks

For reasons too absurd and long to go into we currently have access to Virgin, SKY, Netflix and Amazon Prime. Due to this televisual abundance I have become rather choosy about what I watch. Why watch yet another Top Gear repeat on Dave when THERE’S SO MUCH GOOD TELLY ON! So with that in mind here…

Lies & Handmaids 

I’ve just finished Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney.  The story is told by Amber who says “I’ll tell you three things about me… I’m in a coma, my husband doesn’t love me any more and… sometimes I lie”.  You flit between current time (in a coma) and flashbacks to the months preceding the accident (or…

Clunch 

When we moved into our house there was lots of “…the best thing is we don’t have to do anything!”. Two years on we’ve redecorated half the rooms in the house with the stairs and hall being a particular bugbear of my husband’s. “I hate the green in the hallway” he announces on an almost…

Emergency Pudding 

Sometimes one requires an emergency pudding. We’ve all been there when you just need something sticky and gooey and sugary and there’s NO TIME to make anything.  Or y’know, you’re just feeling really lazy.  That’s where these come in!  Cuppa Bakes (sold in M&S) are brilliant! You mix the pre-prepared ingredients into a mug (with some…

Big Little Lies

If you haven’t seen it already then you simply must watch Big Little Lies.  Based on the book by Liane Moriarty it follows the lives of some school mums (I refuse to say moms) in Monterey, California.  Yes it’s about mothers and their kids and school gate politics but it’s also about relationships and what…

Little Plants

Yesterday I was in Waitrose and I spontaneously bought these weeny plants for my kitchen windowsill.  One is a mini orchid and the other is some kind of succulent. Don’t ask me which and please ignore the shockingly awful photos.  I have one of those very narrow windowsills in my kitchen above the sink. It’s…

Not happy

I’m not happy.  Months and months ago I bought some pink daffodil bulbs from Amazon.  This was the photo advertising them. But mine have just opened and… and… they’re not pink. They’re a sort of orange peachy middle with pale creamy petals.  Don’t get me wrong, they’re very pretty and all that but THEY’RE NOT WHAT…

Recipe for happiness?

I touched on the subject of hygge on this blog just over a year ago. My love for all things Scandi hasn’t really lessened and the concept of hygge is one that I am still very much a fan of. For those that don’t know, hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish pastime that sort of combines happiness,…