Autumn Anthems: Listen to this playlist on Spotify

Autumn Anthems – new season, new playlist! It’s October! Think colourful leaves, fresh air and brazing walks followed by hot chocolate, candles, blankets and doggie snuggles – and autumn anthems! It’s time to get ready for Halloween – and just a few days into November, it will be Guy Fawkes Night. Autumn is quickly becoming…

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Summer in Surrey: The Essence of England

Forgive me, Blogiverse, for I have sinned. It has been nearly 3 months since my last update. This summer has been stressful for all the wrong reasons. The death of a most beloved dog (monkey’s ‘brother’, who lived with my ex). Serious illness among friends and family. A ridiculous workload. Other dramz, too. Let’s not get into it….

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The benefits of being an early bird

From night owl to early bird I’m not a natural morning person. I used to baulk at the idea of getting up early. I run my own business from home, so it only takes me seconds to get to work and there never seemed to be any point in getting up early. However, lately I have been waking up…

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Morning walk along the River Otter

Last Monday morning, the sun was out and the tide was high – it was the perfect time for a morning walk along the River Otter. It was an unusually beautiful morning. The birds were singing, the flowers were blossoming, and the monkey was making a splash in the river. (If you can’t see the video above,…

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How to celebrate a double belated birthday

It is never too late to celebrate a belated birthday! My birthday was back in April, and I celebrated it with my family when they were here. They surprised me with a party and a meal out just after our Easter Eggstravaganza at Killerton! In the evening, my lovely friend Emily popped round with a beautiful…

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11 ways to help you chill out

Chill out! Easier said than done, isn’t it? I haven’t been getting much sleep lately. I fall asleep late and wake up early, it’s a catch-22 (which is a great book, by the way). My friend reckons Mercury retrograde is to blame. Let’s hope she’s right – in that case, it should all be over soon! Anyway,…

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Lazy evening in playlist

The weekend is very nearly here, and I have a lot of activities lined up – a bit too many, actually – and all I really fancy is a lazy evening in. My comfy chair, a blanket, my cuddlebug of a monkey, a good book, lit candles, a cup of tea or two and – obviously – chocolate!…

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English bluebells: the ethereal beauty of spring

The admiration of the first English bluebells of spring is the closest British equivalent of hanami in Japan and leaf peeping in the US. There is something so fragile and fleeting about their delicate flowers! The ethereal beauty of blue forest floors is virtually impossible to capture in images, but I really enjoy trying.

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Killerton Easter Eggstravaganza and Family Fun

Last Easter, I jetted off to Norway to surprise my mum and my twin nieces for their big birthday. (They share the same date.) This year, my family came to visit me. My nieces are real tight with the Norwegian Easter Bunny, who had been in touch with his English cousin on their behalf. Together, the bunnies had arranged no less than…

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