• Three cocktails Rainbeaubelle

    Winter Cocktails To Try This Christmas

    Christmas party season is here which I reckon means cocktail hour can be any hour you like – for the next few weeks, anyway. I mean I love a glass of Sauvignon or a gin and tonic, but it’s nice to have a change and…

  • Julia and Sabine personal training Ilkley

    My personal training diary part one

    This is going to sound really showbiz, but a month ago I started personal training sessions and I think I’m ready to let you know how I’m getting on. I’ve been a casual runner for about 10 years, going out 2-3 times a week when…

  • Living room different angle

    Living room style | A little update

    I haven’t done many interiors posts lately, probably because I haven’t made many changes to my home after the initial moving in stage. Ok, so I realise it has been more than a year since I moved but these things take time, don’t they? This…

  • House of Koko at The Hepworth Cafe
    Food, Outings

    The Hepworth Cafe | Art and Avocados

    The Hepworth has been a destination for art lovers in Yorkshire since it opened in 2011, and now the cafe has had a makeover it’s hoping to put itself on the map for food as well as for sculpture. The Hepworth Cafe in Wakefield was…

  • Pumpkin cake and soup

    Pumpkins | the ultimate autumn comfort food

    Pumpkins are for carving, I know, but what if like me you just never got round to it? We bought three pretty big pumpkins a week before Halloween and although the kids made a great job of decorating theirs, mine stayed uncut and on the…

  • Apple bobbing in the woods
    Family, Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for October 2017

    I’m not sure these photos show my best look but you know, seeing as it’s halloween I’ll forego any idea that I’m any good at creative make-up and just go for it! We’ve had loads of opportunities for a Me and Mine portrait this month;…

  • Love sign in lights
    Family, Life, Loss

    Widowed, single and dating

    You may have guessed (well it’s pretty obvious as I write about being widowed) but I’m single. I’ve dated a bit but so far nothing serious has happened and I think I’m ok with that. I’m in a period of major change and adjustment and…

  • Cocoons at the Midland Hotel Spa Manchester
    Beauty, Outings

    A spa day at The Midland Hotel with Spaseekers

    On my constant quest for escapism and relaxation, I was more than happy to try out the spa at the Midland Hotel in Manchester last weekend. Would I like to go for afternoon tea with friends, followed by time in the newly-refurbished spa, they asked?…

  • Bright flowers August

    A wildflower diary from summer to autumn

    There’s a patch of land near where I live which most of the year looks pretty unloved; but in the summer, it blooms. It’s been scattered with wildflower seeds and to watch it flourish has been so lovely. I started taking photos of it in…

  • Me and Mine September
    Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for September

    September has been a month of new beginnings, new routines and making plans. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t relieved to start this month; I mean I loved the summer holidays and we did so much – fitting in a few holidays, a…

  • Eating an ice cream in Plymouth
    Family, Holidays

    Our summer road trip to Devon

    We spent a week in Devon at the start of the summer holidays, staying with one of my best friends from school who now lives in Plymouth. It’s a long drive from our home in Yorkshire but worth it to spend time with friends, hang…

  • September Me and Mine
    Family, Life

    Figuring out what comes next

    I feel like I’ve been in a kind of summer blog hibernation, where although I have managed to write a few posts and keep things ticking over it’s been ages since I’ve managed to grab enough time to sit down and write about how things…

  • Flo close up in Kidunk

    A walk in the woods | Muddy days testing out Kidunk

    These first few weeks of September have been a pretty chilled out time, with Sam back at school and Flo easing her way into reception class with a run of half days. These short days mean my daughter and I have plenty of time to…

  • Jules on Snowdon 2
    Outings, Travel

    Snowdon | A Night Walk for Wirral Hospice

    In the early hours of Saturday, I joined a group walking up Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, to raise money for a fantastic cause. The group was from Wirral St John’s Hospice, the place where my late husband Roger was cared for and eventually…