The Waitrose Summer Festival

When my BFF asked if I fancied the Waitrose Festival as a venue for meeting up for a few hours on my birthday, well I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to spend a morning.   Just back from it earlier on today, and I wasn’t wrong. As you would expect, the Waitrose Summer

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Window Wednesday — Highcliffe Castle

The first clue we had were the ladies “of a certain age” occupying ever bench in the grounds.  It wouldn’t have surprised me if they had a picnic and a Thermos hidden in their bags too because they certainly looked like this was a regular occurrence for them.  Certainly in the summer, anyway.   4pm

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The Amazon Dash is a game changer

You might not know what I am talking about when I say the Amazon Dash, so let me bring you up to speed. A while ago I wrote this: Genius or most stupid thing ever   about how much I loved the Amazon Dash Buttons.  In a nutshell, pre-programmed wifi enabled buttons that by pressing once

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The one about Paddington Bear

I was standing in a doorway, my mum on her hands and knees in the far corner of the walk in wardrobe.   There was a sizeable pile of assorted towels, sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases behind us on the bed.  Some cushions already gathered up off the bed and stuffed into a bin

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An afternoon cruise with Gin? Oh hello

  I have always said I would be suited to being a lady who lunches.  It seems like the perfect way to spend your days, doesn’t it?  A couple of weeks ago I had that very thought confirmed.  Right after I had spent a leisurely afternoon on board the Betsie Jane on the River Hamble,

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Window Wednesday — London

Samuel Johnson famously said that “When a man is tired of London he is tired of life” and he wasn’t wrong.   Though the other way round is not necessarily the same thing at all. This week on Window Wednesday it is the window that made me think about how wonderful windows are, and really

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If Elizabeth Barrett Browning had a Roomba

  Then Sonnet 43 might have read like this: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee for relieving me of the plight Of carpet cleaning that you get just right For your gentle whirring and idle grace. I love thee at 11am every day’s As you do your deed,

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When your best friend moves house….

  … and you want to give them a house warming gift.  What do you give them?  When they are your best friends and you want to get them something that will last for years and that might remind them of your friendship whenever they see it. I have known the Cookes for over 15

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