Window Wednesday — Basildon Park

  I know we can’t visit National Trust properties at the moment but we went to Basildon Park a few months ago so I have finally got around to sharing the photos for Window Wednesday in the hope you can add it to your list of places to go when we are able to travel again Basildon Park is one of the most modern properties we have visited because although

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The social isolation diaries — week 6

The social isolation diaries — week 6 If we didn’t suspect it already this was the week that we finally realised Donald Trump is batshit crazy.  He suggested this week that if bleach and disinfectant can kill germs on surfaces in a minute why don’t we start injecting it into ourselves in an effort to kill Coronavirus.   No, seriously he did.   Within 24 hours the likes of Dettol

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Lemonade Scones recipe

A quick and easy lemonade scones recipe I have been making this recipe for about 20 years, simply because the first time I heard about it I thought it was just too bonkers to be serious.  And then once I had done it a few times and realised it did actually work it became my “go to” scone recipe. It is also a great way of getting children involved in

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My top five home made ice cream recipes

I realised recently whilst doing some blog admin that I have quite a few ice cream recipes so I have rounded them up into my top five ice cream recipes to make it easier to find them all! Ice cream is one of those magic desserts for me.  It can be really mundane or it can be knock your socks off incredible, and actually it isnt a case of the

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National Tea Day

National Tea Day As National Tea Day on April 21st in the UK is a day I felt I couldn’t let go unnoticed given that my actual name is T.  Okay so maybe that is my nickname but it still feels like a day I should mark.   There is also an International Tea Day in December should you want to read a post I wrote about that a few

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The social isolation diaries — Week 5

The social isolation diaries — week 5 Is it really week 5?  It feels so much longer than that to be honest, and in reality it actually is.  The last time I went out for anything other than the supermarket was on March 11th when I went to Westfield for the day with the girls.  Even then we knew lockdown was coming, and debated whether we should have gone at

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Banana, maple and pecan bread

Banana, maple and pecan bread The internet seems to be awash with banana bread recipes at the moment and it seems you can’t be in lockdown unless you have made one.  So you don’t really need another recipe but, well you’re here now so I am going to share this one: Banana, maple and pecan bread   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour

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Not Gregg’s sausage and bean melt

If you’ve never tried a Gregg‘s sausage and bean melt then you don’t know what you are missing.   And if you HAVE tried one, well, you will really be missing the fact you can’t grab one of these at the moment.  They aren’t a regular staple in our house but something about not being able to buy one as we self isolate is really making me want to buy

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The social isolation diaries — week 4

The social isolation diaries, week 4 The statistics are horrifying, the stories heartbreaking. This week we passed 10,000 deaths being recorded, whilst also being reminded that this is just deaths recorded in hospital.   This doesn’t include those dying in the community, or indeed in care homes.  One care home has recorded 12 deaths in a fortnight.   We also learned that 31 members of front line NHS staff have

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The A to Z of Coronavirus

A handy A to Z of Coronavirus.  You know, should you ever feel you need one. Antibac.   You can’t get anti-bacterial hand wash for love nor money.  Actually that isn’t true.  You can get it for money: £25 for 50ml on eBay from unscrupulous sellers who want to capitalise on our need for it.  I have not held back on reporting every ad I see for it on Facebook

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Window Wednesday — Rainbows

Rainbows and children’s art in windows and on pavements   Window Wednesday has been paused of late because we haven’t done an awful lot that has offered me the opportunity to post a photo of a window (and if you are new to Window Wednesday here is a little more about it) I am not sure where the idea came from but as the lockdown came into force children all

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How Coronavirus impacted us

How Coronavirus impacted us in 2020   When we look back on this period of our lives it will be hard to remember just what has changed.  Things will have gone back to normal (whatever the new normal will be) but people will have been lost, lives will have been changed and I don’t think things will ever really be the same again.  And we will forget some of the

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