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  • Cushion Comforts

    My love of my Kate Forman, Cabbages and Roses and Susie Watson cushions is not filed under my poker face folder. Cushions are the heart of the home…oh no, that’s kitchens, ok, cushions are the hug of the home. I almost defy you to find a photo of a country cottage that doesn’t have cushions somewhere in shot. Albeit, perhaps not the bathroom (although that’s a thought… maybe I NEED…

  • Cutting Garden Progress and reflection

    If you’ve been following my blogs, you will know that earlier on in the year I had four raised beds built for the purpose of growing cut flowers.  Towards the end of May, I started to plant these beds up so thought it would be useful to reflect on progress and what I’ve learnt so far. Dear Santa, please can I have a Greenhouse for Christmas.  Because I don’t currently have a greenhouse, at the start of…

  • Candles make a home

    Candles make an English Country Cottage…ok, fine, they make pretty much anywhere a home. Their fragrance, the ambience created by their flickering light as well as their original purpose to actually light a room. Our cottage can be rather dark (hence the variety of off white shades on every wall, I tried embracing the darkside and painting everywhere glorious dark shades of colour and frankly rampant joy. Unfortunately I had…

  • For The Love Of Peonies

    For the love of Peonies I adore Peonies – in fact, some may say I’m a little addicted to them. I am, however, rather new to growing these stunning blooms. I’m in my second year growing but I will certainly be growing more – in fact I’ve just pre- ordered next years beauties from Sarah Raven for an October delivery. If you love them as much as I do and want to have a go at…

  • Pear, Apple and Chocolate Crumble

    Good morning lovely lockdowners…here we are, the sun has decided it needs a break so to cheer everyone up I thought it was time for another pudding.  However it might not be the obvious choice for a June pudding, not a delicious, fruit soaked bready summery summer pud (its time will come though…) but a decadently fruity chocolatey crumble.  So use the excuse that the weather is looking a little…