In the Welsh Wind Gin — A review

Item sent for review.   In the Welsh Wind Gin is a baby, it’s even younger than our five month old grand-daughter.  But this is one of the reasons I adore gin, you can make it and drink it just a few months later, unlike say wine or whisky.   You can make something and a week or so later sit down to enjoy it, without worrying that it is

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I have never lived by the sea but…

I’ve never lived by the sea but I’ve always been drawn to it and when I haven’t seen it, or listened to it, for a while I realise just how much I miss it. On Saturday we went to Selsey, just for a couple of hours, to wander, take photos and eat crab rolls on the beach. And to sit and watch the tide gently rolling in. ⁣ Or maybe

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Dearest Lily — Life isn’t perfect

Dearest Lily ⁣ A beautiful life isn’t perfect, it’s the one you choose for yourself. Decide how you want to spend your time when you’re older, and do it. And with whom you want to share your time. Don’t waste time with people who don’t lift you up, who are hard work, or who drain your energy. We call them mood hoover, and seriously you really don’t need them in

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How to make the perfect gin and tonic

You might think that a “how to make the perfect gin and tonic” post would consist of simply saying “pour some gin and some tonic into a glass, drink”. Well you couldn’t be more wrong.  Actually that isn’t fair.  And whilst this is my perfect gin and tonic recipe, there is no such thing as a bad gin and tonic, it’s a marriage made in heaven after all, but this

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Want amazing home made pizza? (AD)

I first wrote this post almost four years ago now and over lockdown we got pizza kits from a local company that had pivoted their business since they couldn’t sell hot pizza from their truck.   Having those kits delivered and being able to make and cook them on our Firepod really was the highlight of our week sometimes.  We looked forward to the kits being dropped on our doorsteps

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Mermaid Gin — A review

Contains an item sent for review The name “Mermaid Gin” was repeated a few times when I asked recently what the next gin in my collection should be.  To be honest I kicked myself for not thinking of it myself as I had actually spent an afternoon with one of the co-founders a few years ago and had learned all about the gin and its origins on the Isle of

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My (almost) 100 Gins Shelfie

My 100 gins shelfie Yes it is true, I have been on a quest to find the last few gins to take my collection of gins up to 100.    In fact I didn’t realise I was so close until I brought four new ones back from Wales recently and it led us to counting just how many were in the collection.  I was on 98!  I asked on Twitter

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Yorkshire Tea, jam and toast flavour

Last month I spotted on Twitter that Yorkshire Tea and released a new flavour of tea, not, as I hoped, specifically for people who like to drink their tea without milk, but flavoured with jam and toast. I mean, seriously?  Tea flavoured with jam and toast? I wasn’t impressed, as you can see from the tweet above.  I stand by that middle sentence, who in God’s name thought this was

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The Oak Retreat, Glanusk Estate

It’s up a lane, behind the church and you would never know the Oak Retreat on the Glanusk Estate was there unless you knew where to look. Thankfully Harry, whose family own the estate,  was on hand when we arrived at teatime one Saturday to show us where to go, and. to hand us our keys to this little woodland haven. The Oak Retreat is a wooden hideaway that sleeps

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Exbury Gardens

  Exbury Gardens was the destination for a much needed socially distanced mooch with my pal, Annie recently.  We hadn’t met up in months and I think both of us were feeling the social distance living at opposite ends of the M3 so with the weather looking good for a morning’s mooch we headed off last week.  I hadn’t been before but Annie lives locally so has annual pass and

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October half-term adventures with the National Trust in Surrey and West Sussex

  Autumn’s beautiful backdrop, its crunchy carpets of leaves and glossy conkers create a natural playground for children. For families who love exploring the great outdoors, there’s no shortage of seasonal delights to discover this October half-term. At Polesden Lacey, Standen and Petworth House and Park family trails will bring kids closer to nature as they explore acres of gardens parkland and woods. Make sure you pick up a ‘50

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October half-term adventures with the National Trust in Hampshire

  Autumn’s beautiful backdrop, its crunchy carpets of leaves and glossy conkers create a natural playground for children. For families who love exploring the great outdoors, there’s no shortage of seasonal delights to discover this October half-term. At Mottisfont, Hinton Ampner, The Vyne and Uppark, family trails will bring kids closer to nature as they explore acres of parkland, fields and woods. Mottisfont is offering different nature-inspired mini-trails and self-led

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