What I’m Growing in the Garden This Year

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With the house now in a reasonable state following our renovations last year, this year's focus was always going to be the garden. We completed a patio area at the back of the house late last summer and our big plan for this year was to add two large railway sleeper raised beds at the foot of the patio. We have one raised bed right at the far end of our garden, which we've been growing veg in for a couple of years, but I really wanted to have more growing space. We'd cleared the space for the new raised beds over the winter, and luckily had ordered all of the materials we needed just before lockdown hit, so it's ...

What I Read in March

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March was a bit of a funny reading month for me. I started off great guns with The Heart's Invisible Furies, but then the Corona Virus ramped up and I found it really difficult to sit down and focus on reading. So I didn't quite manage my usual number of books, but I definitely had a few great ones in there. The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne This was my Book Club's choice for this month, although sadly we never got to meet up to discuss it as we were on lockdown by that point. And I'm quite sad about that, as I really loved this book and could talk about it for ages! It tells the story, from birth until ...

What I Read In February

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February was a great reading month for me! I feel like I've found my reading groove again, and I got through quite a few books that I've wanted to read for quite a while. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain I am very much an introvert, and it's taken me a long time to learn to accept that about myself. I heard about this book a long time ago, and it's been on my to-read list for ages. It sets out just how much the modern world is set up for extroverts and how extroversion is seen as the only way to succeed. I found myself nodding along with so many of the ...

A Festival of Tulips at Standen House

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When I was looking at the best places to see tulips in the UK, I came across Standen House, which puts on a festival of tulips every year. We are big fans of the National Trust, and Standen isn't too far from us, in West Sussex, but for some reason is a place we'd not visited before, so I was keen to head down last year to see the tulips. Standen is an Arts and Crafts house, filled with Morris & Co wallpapers and prints, and really is worth a look round. We arrived a little before the house opened, so we took a stroll around the grounds, finding this beautiful cottage, and then at the back of the house, ...

Review: The Massage Company, Camberley | AD

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Disclosure: I was invited by The Massage Company for a massage in exchange for this blog post. When I think of massage, it tends to be something that I think of as a luxury and a bit of a treat. I love a spa day, and the massage is always my favourite part of that, but it's not something that I've ever done as a regular thing, and I suspect many people are the same. But The Massage Company want to change that, and encourage more people to make massage a part of their regular routine. There are so many health benefits to regular massage, including decreased stress levels, improved circulation, reduced muscle tension, reduce anxiety and depression, improved sleep, and increased ...

What I Learned From 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene

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I'm not a stranger to yoga, having started practicing about 6 months ago, and managing to practice at least twice a week. But I always tend to struggle with the month of January, so when I saw that my favourite YouTube yogi, Yoga with Adriene, was launching Home, a 30 Day Yoga Journey, to take you through January, I was in. I know how much yoga can lift my mood, so I was hoping that 30 days of yoga would have a positive impact. If you're not familiar with Adriene Mishler, I urge you to check out her YouTube channel, Yoga with Adriene. I love her videos, I think she cues really well, talks you into poses with enough information, and ...

The Pressure of ‘Self Care’

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Self care is definitely the buzzword of the moment isn't it. You read about it everywhere you go, and for so long it got my back up. Whenever I saw people talking about self care, it was all about long bubble baths, trips to the spa, getting your nails done, or your hair cut. All things that I just didn't have the time or money for, and it just felt like one more thing on the list that I didn't have time to tick off. One more pressure. One more thing that I wasn't managing to keep on top of, and one more thing to feel guilty for not doing. I've written a lot about how much I struggled in the ...

The Giant Houseplant Takeover at RHS Wisley

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Houseplants are tricky beasts. I'm pretty good in the garden, but when it comes to looking after plants indoors, I have something of a black thumb. When I saw RHS Wisley were putting on a their Giant Houseplant Takeover display in the glasshouse I was really keen to check it out and maybe get some tips. When you head inside the glasshouse, the main part of the exhibition is laid out straight in front of you. It's set up as a series of rooms inside an old Victorian house, as if it had been abandoned and taken over by the plants. I love the look of these kind of abandoned places, it's amazing to see how things can get reclaimed and ...

What I Read In January

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Back when I was younger, I was always such a huge bookworm. I remember coming back from the library with a stack of books piled high and I'd race through them. But having children definitely puts a stop to that, and I've found it very hard to make time for reading over the last few years. I started picking up the odd book towards the end of last year, and remembered just how much I loved getting lost in another world, and I've been determined to make more time for reading this year. So far I've managed to keep it up well, so I thought I'd share with you what I've read lately. _ Transcription - Kate Atkinson Kate Atkinson is ...

Our Favourite Children’s Books for Christmas

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Disclosure: This post uses affiliate links marked *. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases I'm a bit of a children's book addict and a huge fan of Christmas, so when it comes to combining the two, I'm right there! I have so many memories of Christmas books from my own childhood and I've loved creating our own family collection of children's Christmas classics. And there are new children's Christmas books released every year, with beautifully festive illustrations and always a touch of magic. We've enjoyed discovering lots of new stories the last few years and our collection has grown rather large now! Here are some of our favourites from our collection. Pick a Pine Tree - Patricia Toht This was ...