A Year of Family Portraits

Portrait - May

Our first Me and Mine photo - May 2015 Last May, on the first weekend when Roger was well enough to come home from the hospice, we had some family photographs taken by a friend. I wanted to make sure we had some pictures of the four of us that we could look back on, and see there were moments of happiness when life was so tough, remember what we ... read this

A Roald Dahl kind of day at Tatton

Fantastic Mr Fox tail at Tatton Park

'And above all watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.' The Minions, Roald Dahl. Tatton Park may not be the most unlikely of places as it's a beautiful place for a day out, but there's definitely ... read this

Father’s Day without a dad

Father's Day gnome

As it's coming up to a year since Roger passed away there have already been many milestones without him. First holiday, first Christmas, first birthdays, first wedding anniversary - but something tells me this one is going to be a bit more tricky. Father's Day is coming up on Sunday and who knows what the right thing to do is if you don't have a ... read this

New season jewellery from Black and Sigi

Black and Sigi Spring Rose necklace http://rainbeaubelle.com

Black and Sigi jewellery is a firm favourite accessory of mine. If you look at practically any photo taken of me in the past few months I'm nearly always wearing my current favourite piece of theirs, the gold Mini Aphrodite. It's a small wire-wrapped circle on a chain, just the right size for everyday and it goes with absolutely everything in my ... read this

Packing away my husband’s things (or trying to)

Piles of books belonging to my husband

It's been a few weeks since I wrote about my plans to move house and try to find somewhere to live nearer my family in my hometown. Well since then, quite a lot has happened as just when I was starting to wonder if I'd ever see a house I liked in my price range, the perfect one came along and on the same day I accepted an offer on my own. And ... read this

Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park

Geronimo sign

On the last weekend in May we went to Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park - a family festival set in the grounds of the historic estate in Knutsford, Cheshire. We had the weather, we had friends, we had so much to do we could have gone round the festival two days in a row and still not done everything we wanted to. It was an amazing day and one I ... read this

Five under £5 for June

Five under £5 for June 2016

There's a definite sunny day theme going on in this month's five under £5 post, which is pretty fitting as it's supposed to be an absolute scorcher today. We are on standby with the barbecue here, the paddling pool is all good to go so hopefully the English weather won't let us down. Even if it does, there's no harm in pretending we're on ... read this

Coffee, cake and the perfect espresso martini

Coffee in the Nespresso machine http://rainbeaubelle.com

It all started when a recipe for espresso martini came up on my Facebook feed the other day; a friend had shared it and it just looked so, so good, I knew I had to try one. I love strong coffee - and martini - so together it had to be amazing, right? I'm not a huge maker of cocktails (i.e. I don't ever make them) but this one looked pretty ... read this

Me and Mine – a portrait for May 2016

Me and Mine for May

May, the month of two bank holidays, is nearly over and looking back now we seem to have packed quite a lot in. We've had a few busy but fun weekends - including this last one where we visited the Geronimo children's festival in Cheshire - and a lot of driving across the Pennines as our house move grows nearer and our plans become firmer and more ... read this

Big Fish Little Fish family rave in Liverpool

Big Fish Little Fish

Raving with your kids? What a fab idea, as I found out when I went to the Big Fish Little Fish family rave in Liverpool last weekend. You see once upon a time, I was a bit of a raver. As a teenager in the 90s I used to tape Pete Tong on Radio 1 on a Friday night, then listen back to it all week and save up for the occasional trip into Leeds ... read this

Five things we love about Whitby

Whitby fishing scene

We spent a day in Whitby while we were on holiday in North Yorkshire last month. It was the beginning of April when we stayed in a cottage in Pickering, ideally placed to visit our friends in York as well as the coastal towns of Whitby, Scarborough or even Filey a little further away. The weather was pretty overcast but we were lucky to avoid ... read this

My boy’s room styling with a comic book cushion from Coconutgrass

Kapow cushion from Coconutgrass

If I were to try to pinpoint a theme for my son's room, it would probably be a mixture of superhero meets cuddly toy overload, with a lot of homemade craft creations, self-painted pottery and fancy dress. So you're telling me that's not really a theme? Oh. Well it kind of follows the decor of the rest of our house as we've stuck to fresh white ... read this

Life’s changes and moving house

Superlambanana http://rainbeaubelle.com

When I'm not writing about the bigger issues, like getting things out of my system or wondering where this thing called life is going (I've been listening to a lot of Prince lately), I'm probably writing about other stuff like make-up, running, or tea. It isn't because the bigger stuff has gone away, it just feels like too much to write it down. ... read this

Lavender tea, Styling the Seasons in May

Lavender grey tea http://rainbeaubelle.com

There's never an occasion where drinking tea isn't the right thing to do in my view. Even when it's time to switch to something slightly more celebratory, like prosecco or a gin and slim, tea can still taken either side! There's a certain ceremony that goes with making tea in a pot, the old fashioned way I suppose as most of us are more used to ... read this

Our team 10k for the hospice – how it went

Substandard before the run

At the beginning of the month I ran the Great Birmingham 10k with a dedicated team of work colleagues known as the Substandards, in memory of our much-loved colleague and of course my husband, Roger. I thought it was about time I updated you on how it went, as so many of you were kind enough to sponsor us and we all turned up, ran and finished! ... read this