• 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…

  • Me and Mine June 2017 on a bench
    Family, Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for June 2017

    I’ve been joining in with the Me and Mine photography project for more than two years now and although it’s great that we have family snapshots of every month in that period, they are also some months where the photos are pretty hard to take!…

  • Lido through the trees
    Outings, Travel

    A summer solstice swim in Ilkley Lido

    Growing up I was lucky enough to live in a town which had its own outdoor pool, something I always thought of as normal and not at all fancy. Now I’ve moved back there more than 20 years later, everyone calls it the lido rather…

  • Fashion

    Shopping for a weekend away with #MonksCrossStyleHacks

    I love fashion, clothes and shopping and although I spend lots of time reading style blogs, checking out instagram posts from my favourite fashion bloggers and watching how stylish people I see out and about dress, I don’t often blog about it. Mainly because I…

  • Lavender and elderflower gins

    Lavender and Elderflower Floral Gins

    Regular readers of my blog will know I love a gin and tonic, from the time I sampled the local gin at Slingsby’s in Harrogate to the creation of a simple gin bar in the corner of my kitchen. It’s a top drink and I…

  • Sam, Flo and Jules on the balcony
    Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Family Portrait for May 2017

    You may or may not have noticed I’ve had a bit of a break on my blog, my writing has slowed and I’ve probably posted a little less on social media too. I seem to have had such a busy month that time spent on…