Annual autumn appreciation session

It’s autumn appreciation time! Every year in spring, Albert and I head to the Iron Age hill fort Blackbury Camp near Honiton for a bluebell photoshoot [ 2015 | 2016 | 2017 ]. Last year, it suddenly dawned on me that the place probably looks equally beautiful in autumn – and thus another annual tradition was born. [If…

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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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