5 Weird and Wonderful Things To Do at Camp Bestival

Hurrah! The clocks have gone forward!! This annual event literally makes me smile from ear to ear. Goodbye winter. We’ll miss you! Said no-one. Ever. It’s that time of year where I start coming out of hibernation and begin to look forward to the warmer months that lie ahead. We bought a family calendar a few weeks ago in the Kikki K sale and have been merrily filling out the boxes; marking off when we’re away or have people staying. One of the things that certainly puts a smile on my face is planning our festival weekends. Thinking about the colour and joy of festivals is always a lovely distraction. Having a look at what bands are on, at which particular festival. Take Camp Bestival for example. This year they’ll be celebrating their tenth anniversary and have got a stellar line-up in place. They’ve got Mark Ronson gracing the Castle Stage on the Friday night. Madness are doing a slot, plus Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is the Sunday headliner. The thought of long hot days, sipping cocktails, watching the bands; then sloping back to Dolly, tired and happy, to have a  lovely sleep in our cosy Duvalay beds makes me smile from ear… Read More

Packing for a long weekend away

Even before I had the boys I was never one for packing light. I used to pore over the pages of Red and Grazia, marvelling over glossy pages of chic capsule wardrobes. Then when it came to packing in ‘real’ life, I’d panic and cram in clothes for every eventuality. I’ve never been too good at the pared down look; be it for home, fashion — or life in general. A case of go big or go home. But last month when we went on our little adventure in St Mawes, I made a pact with myself to ‘try’ and pack as lightly as possible. Tricky — as the weather can be so unpredictable at this time of year— but necessary. Particularly as the car was bursting at the seams, with everything two little boys might need for a week away. Two (or three) outfit changes a day for me, plus bikini, wellies, rain-mac, sunhat, maxi-dress, dungarees, sequins (just in case) was not going to cut it. I needed something casual to wear during the day — and possibly a sweater to throw on if things got a little too chilly — plus we’d got a special dinner planned, to celebrate my birthday and wedding anniversary so I wanted something a little bit glam and… Read More

Chiaroscuro | Decorating with dark walls and mirrors

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we’d painted our snug. And if you happened to be flicking through my Insta Stories, that day, you’d have seen the action taking place; and the paint actually going onto the walls in real time. The room had been a mid-dark grey for quite a few years but in a fit of wanting something lighter and brighter. And being swayed by all-white interiors over on Instagram (pop and have a look at the lovely feed by love, tears and teepees to see what I’m talking about); I painted the room in an icy (almost white) grey, just before Christmas. Oh. Dear. Not one of my best moves. But hey, it’s only paint. Easily rectified. Never one to do things by halves, I decided to buck the trend and go the polar opposite — dark, dark walls. To which everyone, that I ran my idea past, solemnly shook their heads; ‘You’ll regret it! The room will look poky and dark!’ Well. It’s the strangest phenomenon. You’d assume that very dark walls would make a fairly small room — that doesn’t get a great deal of light — feel even darker and even smaller. But quite the opposite has happened. The room feels… Read More

Home Etc #89 — and some news!

This week has felt very springlike indeed. And with spring comes newness and change. Talking of which, Jess and I have some really exciting news to share this week! Our little Home Etc team is growing! After almost two years of hosting this little linky each week, by ourselves, we’ve decided that the time has come for us to expand a little. So we’re delighted to announce that a couple of our fave Home Etc regulars — Lins from Boo and Maddie and Kerry from Noah and the Girls — will be taking turns, with us, to host each week. Exciting! Next week Kerry and Lins will be taking over the helm and you’ll find the Home Etc link up over on their blogs. Jess and I will be hosting the following week and we’ll alternate each week thereafter! We’re hoping it won’t cause too much confusion and will just mean that we’ll have a broader reach and will grow our lovely community even further! But back to this week. Home Etc Favourites Faves from last week came from Nancy — who writes over at ‘Hello Nancy’ — with the most gorgeous peek into her trip away to south Wales. And Karen who writes over at the… Read More

207 weeks and 2 days | Me and Mine {February} featuring Joules

February. A very short and very memorable month for me and mine. We’ve done some decorating. Been  planning and getting very excited for our upcoming ski trip with Mark Warner. And, of course, we celebrated our wedding anniversary down in Cornwall; at lovely Dreamcatchers; courtesy of St Mawes Retreats. It is definitely one of the most beautiful houses I’ve ever had the privilege to stay in; but bricks and mortar aside, Cornwall was breathtakingly beautiful. Even in early February. The sun shines differently on that little corner of the British Isles and even on the darkest, stormiest day, the little fishing village of St Mawes was bathed in a magical, clear light. Inside, outside and exploring… We took some family with us; my sister-in-law, her husband and our niece — who is the Twinkles big cousin — and her husband. Spending time with our nearest and dearest is always something I treasure; our annual family BBQs are something I really look forward to and it was lovely hanging out with them for a few days. Really freeing not to have a fixed agenda for a change; to not have to be at a particular place; at a particular time. To have leisurely lunches, bimble around the little towns; browsing shops and… Read More

207 weeks | Living with superheroes

Boys. Who would ever have predicted that I’d be totally outnumbered by them? I grew up in a family of girls. There haven’t been boys on my mum or dad’s side of the family in years. Until my cousin — who is three years younger than me — had her first child. And now, spanning four female cousins — with eight children between us — there is only one girl offspring. My niece Imogen who is totally and utterly outnumbered by boys. Weird how life works isn’t it? But anyway. Back to my boys. Life is certainly interesting with them around. Quiet games with Sindy (I was never a Barbie fan) are not on the cards, in our house.   Which is sad when I still have most of my Sindy gear in the attic!! It’s LOUD and boisterous (that word should totally be re-worked to boysterous). I always wondered about the gender stereotyping thing and made a conscious decision to give my sons a choice of toys from an early age; kitchens, farms and tea-sets, pirate ships, cuddly toys and dolls. But given the option my boys will play with little cars, rather than Silvanian Families. It’s not an item that has been forced on them — they naturally seem gravitate to tiny toy cars like a moth to… Read More

Home Etc #88

Happy, happy 1st March! And welcome to this week’s Home Etc! I’ll make no apologies for being a little bit giddy today; for me the 1st March signifies that spring is very nearly here and the dark, winter days are nearly over. Plus my little Welsh man is always very happy as it’s St David’s day. Hapus Dydd Dewi! Back to this week’s Home Etc. For those not in the know, Home Etc is a weekly link up for bloggers who have written posts that include interiors (wish lists, room tours or DIY), garden or allotment ideas, plus crafting or up-cycling, hosted by myself and my good friend Jess! Home Etc Favourites Last week’s favourites came from Lins at Boo And Maddie with the most stunning door wreath I think I’ve ever seen. It’s from the Big Door Wreath Company and is a work of art!! SO gorgeous and the perfect thing to welcome in the spring! Another favourite came from Suzanne over at Inside, Outside and Beyond. She showed us her cosy and stylish snug. Such a beautiful room. A far cry from my own snug, where the floor is often covered in a sea of Lego! Very well done ladies! Your names… Read More

A good nights sleep | Featuring Order Blinds

Getting a good night’s sleep becomes as evasive and mystical as the unicorn, when you’re a new parent. Sleep deprivation is most definitely a form of torture and ‘sleeping through’ is a hot topic of conversation; discussed in every playgroup up and down the country. Those first few weeks of life with a newborn can be  pretty exhausting. And then once you’ve managed to get your angel into a good routine — BANG — teething starts. And so, your good night’s sleep is disturbed once more. And again when they’re having a growth spurt. Or ill. Or when the clocks change. Aaah the clocks changing. The clocks going forward has always been one of the highlights of my year; a clear signal that winter is finally over and long light days are ahead. But when the boys arrived, putting the clocks forward was something that threw us all out of kilter. Losing an hour was bad enough but trying to put them to bed in the daylight was awful. Even a black-out blind — and curtains with black-out lining — couldn’t stop the light shining around the window frame on sunny mornings, like a halo. And as the sun greeted the world, so my little sons awoke… Read More