Magical camping experience with bell-tent glamping!

Now, I’m not someone who is keen on camping. For a start, I don’t like being that close to bugs. And I hate getting dirty or wet. And I really dislike getting a crick in my neck when sleeping anywhere other than my own bed. Yet often when I go camping, all of the above […]

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My retro-inspired living room – an old armchair rescued!

I am pleased to say that I’ve got another freebie for my retro living room design project – an armchair that was on its way from a vintage furniture shop to the dump. It didn’t exactly look like this when my hubby brought it home to me; it had a cream damask patterned cover over it which […]

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Blogpost update: A day out at the races… and I saw @OfficialSteps!

Just got back from one of the best weekends ever – I went to the races at Newmarket and had a fantastic day despite on/off thunder-and-lightening storms! I loved looking at the horses in the paddock before they raced, chosing my favourite and putting on the smallest of bets… and twice it paid off – […]

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Weeknight recipe – Philly Chilli Pasta Bake

I’ve tried out one of the recipe that come on a pot of Philadelphia with garlic and herbs – their Chilli Pasta Bake. I found it very easy to make, and included a few things I’ve never tried before, such as a crispy cheesy topping and chilli with pasta. It all seemed a bit odd […]

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Burlesque dance class – update

As I mentioned last week, I was off to try out a taster session of a Burlesque dance class at the weekend, and I promised to let you know how I got on… Well, it certainly didn’t disappoint! I dragged one of my girlfriends along with me for support and I’m pleased to say we had […]

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I love the Olympics & Team GB are amazing!

I confess that I’ve got nothing done this week. I’ve seriously just been glued to my TV watching every event I possibly can and have been loving every second! And then re-watching it again on the Olympic roundup every night until the early hours. I’m so pleased that I have a ‘flexible’ job! So this […]

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A new table for my retro living room – and it was free!

As you probably already know about me, I’m quite thrifty and I like to get a bargain but this one takes the biscuit – I got this lovely retro table completely free! I was pretty lucky with this one, as it was sat outside a house nearby (I was just walking past back from the […]

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Drizzly day recipe – yummy almond hot chocolate!

I have tried out something a little different this week. Almond milk was on special offer in my local supermarket and I’ve always fancied trying it but having never tasted it before I was unsure whether the taste would be too weird for me. Luckily, it’s a lovely sweet taste and is a thicker, creamier milk […]

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It’s girl power at the London 2012 Olympics!

Yesterday saw the first 20120 Olympic gold medals being won by Team GB and it was girl power in action as the winners of the Women’s Pairs rowing event powered their way across the finishing line well ahead of their competitors. Olympic newbie Helen Glover and army captain Heather Stanning celebrated with hugs and tears as they […]

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Vintage beach huts at the seaside

This past weekend I took a trip to Southwold and luckily enough I stumbled upon a lovely vintage fair that was being held along the seafront, near the pier. It was so quaint to see beach huts opened up as vintage stalls, alongside traditional retro market stalls and even a fire engine!       I […]

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Recipe – Big Breakfast Pasta Bake

I love a good pasta bake and I rustled up this big breakfast recipe for my fry-up loving brother’s birthday dinner. This pasta bake contains lovely layers of favourite breakfast items and a lovely golden cheesy crust – made with eggs for an extra brekkie treat! What you’ll need: Penne pasta, tin of chopped tomatoes, […]

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Cloud-shape spotting – look at the lovely weather we’re having!

Hi everyone! It’s a lovely day today with blue skies and the most amazing fluffy white clouds! This is the prettiest sky I’ve seen in a long time and I thought it deserved a few quick pics and a blog post! It’s supposed to be a ‘mini heatwave’ today according to the local radio station! I’m not […]

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Recipe – Make your own stir-fry mix

Frozen stir fry mix can be expensive, and fresh veg can be pricier still. But I have a top tip for making your own stir-fry mix, which I’ve been busy doing this week: freeze-your-own! I  visiting my local Tesco in the evening for quick shop and was lucky enough to have arrived at the right […]

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The Olympic Torch Relay – in a town near you!

Yesterday the Olympic torch passed through Suffolk so I went to our local town to see it go by. Although I’m always keen to join in local events (such as the Diamond Jubilee, see my pics here) I wasn’t quite prepared for just how exciting it would be to see the Olympic torch pass by! […]

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It’s festival season ~ Next up: Latitude Festival in Suffolk

Its less than two weeks to go until this year’s Latitude Festival, which is technically my ‘local’ festival, being held just up-the-road at Henham Park, near Southwold in Suffolk. I’ve been a Latitude festival fan since I first went in 2008 and it’s grown considerably over the years – probably due to its family-friendly-ness and its always being […]

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A partridge… but not in a pear tree – yet!

One of the cutest sights of the year so far is this absolutely beautiful partridge and her 13 tiiiiiny chicks. We had to rescue the mummy partridge when she decided to spend her first night with her newly-hatched chicks in the middle of an exposed lawn on a cold night. The lawn was actually being mowed at […]

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Tea for Two – at Starbucks??

I couldn’t quite believe the recent news that coffee-giant Starbucks is planning to open its first tea-only store in the autumn. The tea shop will open near the company’s headquarters in Seattle and will feature the US tea Tazo brand that Starbucks acquired over 12 years ago.           According to reports in The Seattle […]

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My Diamond Jubilee weekend in photos

I had such a hectic (but lovely) weekend over the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday that its taken me this long to recover and get back into full-swing! As you might remember me mentioning before the Jubilee, I had celebrations planned throughout the whole weekend – fitting in as many community parties and BBQs as possible! Luckily […]

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Update – our little chicks have hatched… and grown up!

After recently posting about two of the family chickens hatching out their first clutch of chicks, I was asked to keep my lovely readers updated with photos of them as they grew into adult chickens.  The first to hatch were these little black and yellow chicks – look how much they’ve grown already: Fair enough […]

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DIY Project – Bathroom cabinet makeover

Due to our recent house move, we’ve been in need of a little more storage and when my husband picked up an old, scuffed, dark wood bathroom cabinet I couldn’t really see the potential in it. The fact that it was only 50p at a carboot sale meant that earned its place in our new home, […]

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In the best possible taste eh, Grayson Perry?

Last night I watched the Channel 4 programme by artist Grayson Perry ‘In the Best Possible Taste’ in which he researches the British class system for his recent artwork: 6 tapestries titled The Vanity of Small Differences. Grayson believes that taste is directly influenced by our class and has created the tapestries to show the […]

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Photos & review of VW Festival Alive & V-Dubbin 2012

  Last weekend we attended the Alive & V-Dubbin festival hosted by VW enthusiast group Suffolk Bugrs at Jimmy’s Farm in Suffolk. We visited the festival on the final day, with the specific intention to view the main focus of the event; the show ‘n’ shine competition. We love seeing the best (and the worst if you’re […]

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Classic Sunday Roast Beef – Yummy Yorkie Wraps Recipe

This is one of my favourite Sunday dinners inspired by a meal in our local student pub when we lived in Lancashire and I’m sure you’ll love it too! This meal is essentially thinly sliced roast beef wrapped in a massive flat yorkshire pud with chips (or roasties if you prefer) and peas with a big glug […]

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It’s International Tiara Day!

I’ve just heard on Radio 2 that today is International Tiara Day! After a quick Google I’ve found out that this is the 2nd Annual Tiara Day from ‘The Secret Order of the Tiara’  and it aims to mobilizing women around the world to embrace and celebrate their powers of leadership in their own lives; […]

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Our cute little chicks have finally hatched!

Yesterday mum’s lovely little chicken ‘Friendly’ hatched 2 of her eggs into fluffy little chicks – here’s a photo of these angelic yellow bundles of fluff – one of these chicks is only 1 hour old – there was 1 chick at lunchtime and by 1pm the second one had emerged and puffed itself up already! […]

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A DIY project – renovating an old dining chair

I desperately wanted a princess chair for my dressing table but the chairs I’ve seen in places like Laura Ashley and Dunelm are way out of my price range – so I very politely asked my husband to help out with the renovation of an old mahogany dining chair. We chose a dusky blue Crown paint […]

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My little Maneki Neko obsession…

I don’t think it’s too much of an overstatement when I say I love these lucky cats! My love of all things kitsch has been well documented over the years (I think it started when I was 16 and began to choose my own decor!) and I’ve been admiring these tacky plastic cats in takeaway restaurants for ageees. Little […]

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