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Taking Time Out

Taking time out? I must be joking. Everyone is busy these days, lurching from one activity to the next, trying desperately to multi-task and keep all the balls in the air. It’s become a badge of courage, being busy – in fact sometimes I think we let it define us. After all, if we are busy, Read More…

Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies

The other day I returned from running errands to find my 23 year old son baking this batch of Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies, using  the recipe I used to make with him when he was growing up. That recipe is, in fact, one I have been making since I was a little girl. It’s Read More…

Highclere Castle – The Real Downton Abbey

The history of the real Downton Abbey – Highclere Castle near Newbury – is every bit as exciting as the much-loved television series. Not only that, but the real life characters who lived here at Highclere Castle were every bit as interesting. The best thing is, you can actually come and see the real Downton Abbey Read More…

Nigella’s Italian Breakfast Banana Bread

Although my favourite Nigella book is still How to Be a Domestic Goddess, both for it’s writing style and its recipes, Nigellissima, Nigella’s take on Italian cooking, definitely has a place of honour on my bookshelf. One of my favourite recipes from the book is Nigella’s Italian Breakfast Banana Bread. As Nigella points out, Banana Read More…

Great Ideas from The Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party

It’s time once again for the Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party! This week I’ll be featuring some great ideas from last week’s hop. The party is open from now through Saturday and we welcome all family friendly posts whether they be about home, family, travel, self improvement, crafts or DIY. And of course we love Read More…