Summer Holiday 2021 – Padstow, Cornwall

A few years back, Hubby managed to convince me to go on a camping holiday for the first time- yeah, I did not like the idea of it at all at the time. But I have to say, I did become a camping convert after that! I think that it helped that we made it… Continue reading Summer Holiday 2021 – Padstow, Cornwall


Spiced Pumpkin Loaf Cake

In the weeks leading up to Halloween I will usually make at least one pumpkin pie, if not two full pies and maybe a dozen mini pies! While I usually use my own pumpkin purée,  I do like the convenience of canned pumpkin purée and I really wish it was something you could find easily… Continue reading Spiced Pumpkin Loaf Cake


Back to Blogging

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Dear readers, I'd like to start by apologising for my long absence. If I am perfectly honest, I did lose my blogging mojo for a while and this was down to a number of reasons... A lot has happened over the course of this year; firstly hubby and I bought… Continue reading Back to Blogging


Wristband Pin Cushion – DIY Craft

Recently I have really wanted to take up dressmaking, both to make some unique vintage style clothes for myself and to also hopefully be able to update my wardrobe while saving money. I have some sewing experience, mainly making cushions using my sewing machine or making small toys for my mum's school.  As much as… Continue reading Wristband Pin Cushion – DIY Craft


Weekend Travels – Manningtree

Last weekend, Dimas and I decided to have a day out somewhere exploring. For January, the weather seemed pleasant enough to risk going out - unlike today which is rainy, blustery and basically a duvet day. We live in Essex and decided to go somewhere that's not too far out of the way but enough… Continue reading Weekend Travels – Manningtree


Navidad en Alicante – Tibi

Since my last post just before Christmas, we've had a wonderful time with all the family and so much yummy food for Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch! Most evenings, we have been going for walks around the city centre and wandering in and out of the shops; occasionally stopping for coffee and of… Continue reading Navidad en Alicante – Tibi


Navidad en Alicante – Our Christmas Holiday Diaries

At Christmas, Dimas and I spend alternate years in either England or Spain and this year it's a Spanish Christmas year! This year is even more special as we have not been back to Spain since our honeymoon a year and a half ago.  It's been a long time coming and we have both been… Continue reading Navidad en Alicante – Our Christmas Holiday Diaries

Vintage Hair & Beauty

I Love Lucie Vintage Hair Workshop

I was really looking forward to meeting Lucie and to learn how to create styles similar to those gorgeous looks that you see on Instagram and I was not disappointed. It was also a lovely opportunity to meet other like minded ladies within the pin-up community. Lucie has her own salon in Stockport near Manchester and holds… Continue reading I Love Lucie Vintage Hair Workshop


War-Time Cookery: Mixed Fruit Pudding Recipe from 1940

Over the summer, I happened to pop into a local museum on my lunch break; it was a wonderfully calm (and air conditioned!) way to spend an hour. After having a look around the exhibits, I came across this little reproduction booklet of War-Time Cookery from 1940. Inside there are recipes for meat and veg… Continue reading War-Time Cookery: Mixed Fruit Pudding Recipe from 1940


Kirstie Allsopp Rose Soap Making Kit – Review

I have always loved using natural bath products like the ones you would find at Lush, and I have always wanted to have a go at making my own so that I can choose the scents and ingredients that I like. In a previous post on welcoming autumn, I mentioned picking up a new cosy… Continue reading Kirstie Allsopp Rose Soap Making Kit – Review