Exploring Oundle in Northamptonshire

Oundle, Northamptonshire

It is no secret that my heart belongs to the Cotwolds, however a rival has come on the scene.  A couple of weekends ago we spent a gloriously sunny Saturday taking in the splendour of Oundle in Northamptonshire. With it’s golden stone you’d be forgiven for thinking you might well be in the Cotswolds. I […]

Motivational Monday – Let’s Explore

Motivational Monday - Explore new places

Motivational Monday – one word to motivate your month.  Schools out for summer and that means there’s more time to EXPLORE. Home or abroad there’s plenty to satisfy every taste. Remember when you were a child and the summer holiday seemed to go on forever and ever. Of course that’s due to children not having […]

Review of Cafe Rouge in Birmingham

Cafe Rouge, Birmingham Mailbox

A few weekends ago I spent a leisurely Sunday afternoon, in Birmingham, with my friend Teresa. We had lunch at Cafe Rouge in the Birmingham Mailbox. It’s been many years since I ate at Cafe Rouge and so I was keen to see how things might have changed in that time. When we met the […]

Summer Playlist 2015

Summer playlist 2105

I was asked recently what music I’d downloaded lately and I was a bit unsure what to say. You see I’ll let you into a secret……up until two weeks ago I’d never downloaded music. I can hear the gasps now. Totally shocking I know. What era was I living in? I have to admit that […]

Mediterranean Vegetable Couscous Recipe

How to make a Mediterranean Vegetable Couscous

I’m a big fan of couscous. Firstly it’s a much lighter carb than pasta or rice and secondly I feel it has much more versatility.  It’s a great all year round accompaniment to a variety of dishes.  For example in winter with a tagine and in summer with salads.  I’m always experimenting with different ways to […]

Creative Arts with Warwick Open Studios

Coach House Studio and Gallery, Warwick, UK

I was looking for something different to do this last weekend and so decided to head to Warwick to be inspired by some of the local artists.  With blue skies and sunshine I drove through the Warwickshire countryside heading to my first destination.  In its 15th year Warwick Open Studios is the biggest exhibition of […]

Coconut Chocolate Truffles

Coconut Chocolate Truffles

I’m really trying to get back into the rhythm of baking.  Life has just been so busy of late that this is one thing that I’ve let slip by the way side.  So late week I decided to make some of my three ingredient chocolate truffles.  I made decadent Coconut Chocolate Truffles. They are a […]

Motivational Monday – Let Go of Fear


Motivational Monday – one word to motivate your month.  At one time or another we’ve all been gripped by fear.  But we shouldn’t let the unknown or what others might think rule how we feel or behave.  This month I want you to let go of FEAR. There are lots of different scenarios which evoke […]