The Gown by Jennifer Robson: Historian-turned-novelist Robson sets her latest historical release in 1947, when times are grim: so many have lost so much, war rationing continues, Britain is in ruins. But in a bleak year, there’s a bright spot: Princess Elizabeth’s royal wedding captured the hearts of a nation, and was a beacon of … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading June 2019
Cobb salad With the arrival of better weather, I'm encouraging salad to make a consistent appearance on our evening dinner plates. But what to do when The Boy Child only really likes the tomato and cucumber branches of the salad family tree (although he does eat a lot of them on a regular basis)? Salads … Continue reading Inspiration for Spring and Summer Salads Needed
I've written before about how I've been trying to be more intentional in my use of technology. If I'm honest, it's still very much a work in progress. But as we've been spending more time in the house because of the cold and inclement weather, I've been considering other ways for us to connect and … Continue reading Five Tech-Free Things To Do Indoors This Winter
I've fallen out with lunch. Same old, same old. I'm someone who likes to eat. I don't do well if I've missed a meal. But the truth is, I'm bored with lunch. I tend to eat the same thing, more or less, every day - a sandwich (filling is usually ham, but could also be … Continue reading Let’s Do Lunch
Welcome to December Daily; my favourite project of the year. Let's begin by seeing what my hopes and dreams for this Christmas season look like … My manifesto for December Daily 2018 came down to just a few sentences (and they were inspired by the ever-brilliant Ali Edwards): December, welcome back! Twenty five days in which … Continue reading December Daily 2018 | Manifesto and Days 1-5
February 2018 marked my Blogoversary – ten years of blogging. I recognise that I wasn’t very good in early days, but it still might be fun to look back over the years …In 2014 I was Zooming In, Zooming Out. In 2010 I was making Gruffalo Crumble. In 2009 I was talking about crochet flowers.
February 2018 marked my Blogoversary – ten years of blogging. I recognise that I wasn’t very good in early days, but it still might be fun to look back over the years … In 2016: I wrote about it being six months. In 2013: I wrote about right now. In 2010: I posted a recipe. … Continue reading On This Day
Our weekend in a nutshell: supper at the pub, the tower of Westminster Cathedral, Bicester Scramble, Pimm's and supper in the garden.
It's no secret that I'm not a particularly brilliant cook but, every now and again, I'm tempted by a new recipe ... Classic Tomato Soup Ingredients: 2 tbsp unsalted butter A few sprigs of fresh thyme (if you have it; I didn't, so substituted it for Italian Seasoning) 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic … Continue reading Classic Tomato Soup
At our recent Non-Christmas Christmas Party, I made a batch of Mulled Cranberry and Raspberry Punch* as an alternative to an alcoholic beverage. I thought it turned out rather well (but I'm biased, naturally); it actually received a mixed reaction. Here's how to make it and try for yourselves: Pour 2 litres cranberry juice into … Continue reading Mulled Cranberry & Raspberry Punch