Wednesday, March 11

. mOthers dAy . partTwo . garden time & tea time .

a more traditional approach to mOthers dAy in today's post . some wonderful ideas from NotOnTheHighStreet who have a great mOthers dAy gift guide . & . a rather cute mOthers dAy advert this year . so for mums who like gardening . & . or . afternoon tea here's a few ideas . 

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. hAppy gArdening .


. hAppy teAtime .

. have a hAppy day .

Monday, March 9

. mOthers dAy . partOne . bright .

after celebrating international women's day yesterday it seems fitting that close on it's heels will come mOther's dAy . next sUnday chocolates will be gift wrapped & flowers delivered . or perhaps you'll give something a little different ?

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{ don't you just love the ' gin ' teacup & the ' drink me ' hangover remedy ? }

. have a bright & sunny day .

Thursday, March 5

Sunday, March 1

. hellO mArch .

& onwards to spring . february was an incredible month . lots of rUnning . lots of cAke & cOokies . & filled with a lot of lOve . but i have a sneaky feeling that mArch will be just as good, if not a little bit more mAgical .

. a little trip away to here & then here .
. a wOnderful excuse to make lOvely things for a gOod cause .
. a chance to spoil our mUms on mOther's dAy .


. not forgetting saying hellO to spring .

. have a mArvellous day .

Saturday, February 28

. nearly spring .

this time last week i was looking forward to running my first hAlf mArathon & to enjoying a wonderful weekend in brightOn . this week i'm looking forward to travelling a little further afield . i feel so lucky that next week i'll be flying out to hOng kOng & then this time next week will be arriving in brisbane to enjoy some time in australia . i'm not sure that excited quite covers it . although i'll be working in hong kong i'll also be catching up with friends & taking a little bit of time out . & then australia will be the first holiday i've had in a very very long time . meeting family . travelling around . seeing the sights . enjoying the sea, sand & sunshine .

but before i go i'll leave you with another little freebie dOwnload . say hello to mArch & next months calendar for you to download & use & abuse as you wish !

although i'll be enjoying the end of summer when i'm down under it's so lovely to think that when i come back home spring will be here . & . easter won't be too far away . lots to look forward to .

. have a fAbulous last day of february .

Thursday, February 26

. brighton rOcks . partTwo .

i've been really lucky to travel a lot with the job that i do . & i've been lucky enough to stay in some gorgeous hotels around the world . unfortunately this has left me a little bit fussy when it comes to choosing places to stay for my own trips . brighton seemed full of chic little boutique b&b's but i know from grim experience that not everyone's idea of ' boutique ' is my idea of ' boutique ' so it was with finger's crossed that i booked ' the white house ' for our stay in brighton . 

on-line it looks like everything i'd ideally want in a b&b . modern . clean . simple but stylish . cole&sonmarimekko wallpapers . orla kiely bath & body products . a lovely sounding breakfast menu


it didn't disappoint . sean is a lovely host . unassuming & accommodating . friendly & attentive . all in just the right way . 


neither did brighton itself disappoint . part of my reasons for choosing to run my first hAlf mArathon in brighton was due to me wanting an excuse / reason to visit the town . whilst i may not have had quite as much time as i'd have liked to look around, it was enough to know that i would love to go back again in the summer to see more . i popped by the pAvillion & the museum . & then, i should confess, i got waylaid for a little while in the royal pavillion tearooms . coffee & the loveliest slice of caramel cake . well, come on, i had just run 13.1miles !

a stroll back along the front by the pier & the wheel & then a cheeky afternoon tea at the wonderfully retro metro-deco cafe . a delicious end to a fabulous weekend .

. brighton .

. can't wait to see you again .

. have a lovely day .

Wednesday, February 25

. brighton rOcks . partOne .

hEllo all . sO brighton is now behind me but i wanted to share some of the lovely things i spotted whilst i was down there . on the way down we stopped at lewes a gorgeous little town just outside brighton . first stop was lunch at the needlemakers, which has been wonderfully converted into a little haven of independent shops & a cafe whose menu left me completely spoilt for choice & cakes which left me drooling !

of all the shops there my favourite has to be mary's . a tiny little shop crammed full of old fashioned sweeties, hand made pottery, cute screen prints, cards & all sorts of things that make you want to hand over your purse on the way in . 

downstairs was the aladdin's cave that is revive-all . an amazing collection of books from my childhood, shelves of enid blyton's, shelves of teacups & crockery, rails of vintage clothes, purses & jewellery, the kind of shop you could get lost in for the whole day & still not have seen everything .

a wander into the town via the famous lewes flea market & a last cup of tea in lewesiana before heading off into brighton just in time to catch the sun setting over the pier . . .

. lOvely lewEs .

. have a rOcking good day .