• Roast peppers for Veganuary - Rainbeaubelle

    Veganuary – how did it go?

    For the month of January I was a vegan. Well – I was mostly a vegan. With the month behind us now, I think it’s time for a debrief on how the so-called ‘Veganuary’ was for me – what I liked, what I found hard,…

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    Five under 5

    Five under £5 for February 2017

    My monthly Five under £5 posts are published on the 5th of each month, so I hope you will forgive me if the 5th January one went unpublished. Like most of you, I was still in semi-hibernation mode at the start of the year and…

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    Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for January 2017

    January, you have been long, cold and brutal. I had to dig way back to the start of the year to find these sunny photos, as it just feels like it has been a really grey monotonous month. I suppose you always get the post-Christmas…

  • Shredded paper in my office

    Continuing the life detox and declutter

    One of the things I wasn’t prepared for when Roger died was the masses of paperwork that needed doing in the weeks that followed. At a time when your mind goes to pieces and your concentration is lost, as a widow you’re expected to focus…

  • Glasses for gin with Darlington high balls

    The gin bar in your kitchen

    The popularity of gin is so great that there are so many varieties out there to choose from – or should I say try. As a gin lover I have managed to acquire a small but lovely collection of different brands – some of them…

  • Filo pastry roast veg tart

    Veganuary – an update two weeks in

    I have been a vegan all year – well we are only just over two weeks into it but you know, I have been vegan for that whole time. It’s because I’m following Veganuary and have committed to spending the month of January without consuming…

  • Close up of my desk space Kit Out My Office

    Styling my work space with a Kit Out My Office desk

    I haven’t had my own desk space for years but since I had the garage of our home converted into a playroom, I’ve managed to claim a corner of it for myself and create my own little work space. The renovations were finished about a…

  • Roger in France

    Reminders and 18 months gone

    I was reminded this morning, thanks to Facebook and those little notifications that tell you what you posted on this day in the past, that it’s been two years to the day that Roger was admitted to intensive care. Not for the first time but…

  • Vegan chocolate from Raw Chocolate Pie

    Going vegan for January – Veganuary

    I have been vegan for four days now. It’s not a permanent lifestyle choice, more something I wanted to do to satisfy my curiosity. I know a few vegans and they seem to be happy, healthy souls who eat nice food with a clear conscience.…

  • Me and Mine on the sofa Christmas 2016
    Me and Mine

    Me and Mine – A Portrait for December 2016

    It’s the last day of December and I think I’ve forgotten how to write. I’ve been trying to put into words how I felt about this month for the past few days and I can’t quite put my finger on what I want to say.…

  • Brass Band at Kirkstall Abbey

    Hidden Christmas Market at Kirkstall Abbey

    The last few days before Christmas and I think I’m finally starting to feel festive; my house is back to normal after the renovations, the tree is up and decorated, I’ve finished my Christmas shopping and put my ‘out of the office’ on at work.…

  • Ollie and Leila snuggle sacs
    Family, Interiors

    Snuggling up for sleepovers with Ollie and Leila

    My kids love sleepovers – or should I say they love the idea of sleepovers. Both Sam and Flo have beds that pull out and transform from singles to doubles (the IKEA Hemnes day bed) and they’re always asking to stay in each other’s rooms.…