• 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…

  • Me and Mine at Just So
    Family, Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for August 2017

    The fact that I’m writing this August update a few days into September may tell you all you need to know about how the last month of the summer holidays went. With just a few days left until Sam and Flo go back to school…

  • Just So in the forest
    Family, Outings

    Our weekend at the Just So Festival 2017

    A spellbound forest, a midnight feast, lantern making, a fairy queen, twinkly lights and lots and lots of glitter – Just So was our first weekend family festival and it was absolutely magical. I could tell you about my favourite bits – hanging out with…

  • Belgrave sign
    Family, Food, Outings

    Belgrave Feast | Leeds

    I have a bit of a tick list of places I’d like to go out in Leeds and Belgrave Music Hall was one of them, until that is I took my children with me to their monthly food, arts and crafts extravaganza last weekend. Belgrave…

  • All of us outside the cabin at Crealy
    Family, Holidays, Outings

    Glamping at Crealy Adventure Park in Devon

    We’ve just spent a week in Devon, staying with friends before travelling up to Crealy Adventure Park and Resort in Exeter. As a child many of my family holidays were spent camping and I was weaned on nights under canvas in good weather and bad,…

  • Green People Rose products

    A rose crush with Green People

    I’ve got a bit of thing for anything rose-scented at the moment, I think ever since I was given some rose hand cream from Jurlique I became a bit obsessed. My favourite perfume has a strong hint of rose (Le Parfum by Ellie Saab, if…

  • Flo blowing out her candles

    Flo turns four with a unicorn party

    Some of my happiest memories are of the birthday parties I had as a child; you know, in the 80s, when everyone just invited their school friends, neighbours and cousins over to their house and you played party games and ate jelly and ice cream.…

  • Flowers in milk bottles Rainbeaubelle.com
    Family life, Loss

    Two years on

    Two years on from my husband’s death and when people ask me if I’m ok, well sometimes I am and other times I am anything but. The thing about loss and grief is that time might make those sad moments more spaced out, but when…