The above has been part of my tagline on Instagram for some time now because it very much sums up my consumer philosophy. Part of the draw to move back to Deal was the ability to do all my shopping on the local High Street, especially with its independent shops selling local goods (see blog … Continue reading “Champion of handmade and local.”
Last summer we spent a good few days down at Folkestone Harbour Arm which I posted about here. It's a really fantastic regeneration project which is still ongoing, but during the summer months (March to October) pop up restaurants and bars open on the harbour arm and the place is alive with live music and djs. … Continue reading Free pizza?! Family fun at Folkestone Harbour Arm
I'm often asked how as a mum with a (albeit part time) busy job I find time to bake. I've always baked, right back to the photos I have of me and my Nan making sausage rolls, cakes and biscuits when I was about 4. Every Friday I would go and stay at her house … Continue reading How do you like them apples?! Some easy (mainly apple based…) recipes
You know when you've lived somewhere for a long time and think you know the good places to go and all that shenanigans... And then you discover somewhere new which takes your breath away? That was my Saturday. Half term was busy with lots of friends visiting which was lovely, but on Saturday I fancied … Continue reading Discovering somewhere new on your doorstep… Well. Almost.
I like open spaces. I like quiet. I like getting back to basics and having time to think and declutter my ever manic head. I like simple living and I adore being outside. So when I discovered Elmley nature reserve while aimlessly surfing the Internet and recovering from pleurisy in January 2015, I struck gold. … Continue reading The owl at the end of the bed: Kent’s hidden hideaway
Happy new year!! It's fair to say that over Christmas formal meal planning went out of the window. We had lots of family over on a number of different days so I felt like I was perpetually putting out food on the table for people to dig into and in between we were winging it … Continue reading First meal plan of 2017
A couple of years ago when I was on maternity leave with my youngest, I had a crazy wannabe WI moment where I decided to make Christmas hampers as gifts instead of buying. Then, unknown to me, I was also volunteered to have a craft stall at the school Christmas market, selling homemade gifts... All … Continue reading Home made Christmas gifts (for crazy people with lots of time…!)