Come the beginning of September, I can normally be found studying the trees and local woodland for a golden glimmer, a falling leaf or two and a nod that autumn will soon be on its way. But I've not felt inclined to do so this year. I miss the sun. The warmth. The lazy days in the garden. The smell of BBQs. And ambling around barefoot or in sandals. Autumn's well and truly here but for the first time ever, I don't feel ready to race through leaves and embrace scarf and gloves weather. I'm not tempted by hot chocolate and I'm quite happy for Christmas to remain months away and undiscussed. I don't know myself any more!Read More
Before having children, Paul and I used to have friends and family round for parties, gatherings, table tennis tournaments, pool competitions and other random celebrations on a regular basis. It was rare for us not to have a house full come the weekend and you were never quite sure who’d be hanging around for breakfast the next day. Bacon butties and strong cups of tea all round!
But when our two sleep thieves came along and we were barely able to lift ourselves off the sofa of an evening never mind welcome anyone in to our home, hosting raucous parties became a thing of the past in favour of early nights and hangover free mornings. But we were still partial to the sizzle of bacon and a hot cup of tea after being woken up by teething babies all night long.
It's no secret that I'm obsessed with tinkering with my boys' bedrooms. Partly, it's due to their changing tastes and interests but mostly it's because kids' rooms are so much fun. You can pack an extraordinary amount of colour, interest and quirkiness in them which would look a bit strange elsewhere in the home. I always keep any big purchase plain, though, - beds, wardrobes, cupboards, carpets - tending to opt for white or neutral colours so that they serve as the perfect backdrop for the ever-changing accessories.Read More