Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Scooby Doo Adventure...

The husband and I have finally collapsed on the sofa after a weekend of partying...Matilda's 5th Birthday party happened yesterday. Thirty children joined in the celebrations together with local Queen Of Stories who provided a magical hour of storytelling, in which the children remained entranced.

Scooby Doo was the theme and he even made a special appearance at the end! Matilda had a wonderful time and when asked what her favourite moments were she replied 'my cake and dancing with Scooby Doo'! Can't get better than that.

I want to say a very special thank you to our wonderful friends Lisa, Mathew, Alex and Matt who not only made the journey up the M11 from London but helped with the food, serving drinks and then the daunting task of tidying up the hall. Thank you so much, don't know what we would have done without you!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Stapleford Christmas Craft Fair this Sunday...

I'm doing a little plug here this evening for Matilda's school Christmas Craft Fair. If you're in the Stapleford, Cambridgeshire area this Sunday between 10-4pm do come on down! You may even spot me indulging in a little mince pie or two...

Over 35 Independent Local Crafters will be attending as well as Father Christmas himself! The children have also been busy bees creating their own Christmas crafts, see Matilda's class's efforts below. With an Elves craft workshops, good cake and tea and a whole lot of Christmas shopping to be done get yourselves down here! Support your local school as well as local businesses, it promises to be a fantastic festive day!

Photo: Just two months to go until the Stapleford Christmas Craft Fair 2014!

Join us on 23 November for carols, cake, crafting and Christmas shopping!

You'll find something for everything, from handmade planters and cake stands, to locally-produced honey and beers. Not to mention miniature mohair bears ♥ 

Watch this space for some sneak previews...

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Festive accessories from Anthropologie

I've always sworn never to get sucked into the whole Christmas crockery thing. Everywhere at the moment they have them piled high, beautifully displayed ready to leap into your shopping trolley then proudly displayed for a couple of days before being laid to rest and gather dust in a cupboard. So no I definitely will not be persuaded.

Well that was until today when a little email popped into my inbox from none other than Anthropologie. As you might be aware I'm a huge fan of all things Anthropologie, it's one of those shops that I've never mastered the art of leaving without a shopping bag full of goodies that I really have no need for or shouldn't have bought but have given me endless pleasure.

I mean how can I resist these beautiful items available here that will adorn our family table for years to come...

Star Gazer Brownie Pan

Treetown Tea Towel

Embroidered Andes Cocktail Napkins

'Tis the Season Cocktail Napkin

Anthropologie if you're reading Cambridge is missing one of your stores, please come here. I may just have to start a petition!

All photos taken from the Anthropologie website.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

My pick of this year's Christmas jumpers

There's no denying it now, with Bonfire Night over the Christmas season is now in full swing. The shops are no longer discreet about, Christmas displays, decorations and festive music have taken over our lives until the beginning of January.

It would seem that the modest Christmas jumper has quietly made itself a big part of our celebrations, the previously naff jumper has now risen to the heady heights of cool. They are no longer only the domain of the cheaper end of the high street with jumpers costing in their hundreds.

I've taken a little wander around the shops and have come up with my favourites for Christmas 2014 with prices to suit all purses and a couple of more tasteful choices...enjoy!

£12 from Primark Light up Christmas tree

Image 1 of Brave Soul Ginger Bread Man Christmas Jumper
£15 from Asos

Knitted Deer CHRISTMAS JUMPER XMAS  Sweater  for Women Men Boucle
Very cute £19.99 by Strawberry Leopard on Etsy

£46 from Topshop

Buy Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis Monty & Mabel Kissing Penguins Jumper, Grey Online at

£49 Monty and Mabel as seen in the Christmas commercial from John Lewis 

£89 from Boden

Markus Lupfer 

If you fancy breaking the bank I loved this one by £275 from Markus Lupfer on Net-a-porter

Thursday, 13 November 2014

The Linton Kitchen

On one of the UK's most picturesque high streets lies The Linton Kitchen. Linton is an especially chocolate box Cambridgeshire village with a thriving high street that favours the independents. A warm welcome awaits you in this deli as well as delicious homemade cakes and light lunches, the staff are more than happy to take the time to chat not only about their own business but that of their neighbours. Despite being busy with customers they were happy to share conversation with me, I don't think I've ever met some delightful people. In this small village it would seem that everyone is very supportive of their respective businesses coming together to provide a delightful high street.

Back to the Linton Kitchen though which really was a joy to visit. Their menu is locally sourced and everything is homemade on the day so is super fresh. Personally I can vouch for the great coffee and delicious Coffee and Walnut cake, though I did have a good snoop around and can report that it all looked mouthwatering.

Not only is this a meeting place to share in lovely food but where you can do a spot of shopping. Shelves are filled with interesting foodie goods and a lovely selection of local crafts. The specially dedicated tea shelves are most impressive with every Kandula Tea imaginable of which I am a particular fan.

With flowers from the gorgeous florist up the road The Flower Boutique and bread from the village artisan baker The Jigsaw Bakery Linton Kitchen lies at the heart of this community. Locals sit and chat over their teas whilst strangers like me are made to feel equally welcome. This is a home from home; pretty, comfortable, warm with great food. Who wouldn't want to hang out here?

Monday, 10 November 2014

My Christmas candle wishlist

As the nights draw in and the cold wind howls around outside, I like nothing more than getting cosy under my wool blanket with lit candles filling the house with delicious scent.

Each year I buy a new Christmas candle that I light religiously each afternoon. It has become a yearly ritual so over the weekend I took a little indulgent look around. Here is my wishlist for this year! Now which one shall I choose? Decisions...decisions...

  • White Christmas by The White Company comes in at the top of my list with a modern take on the traditional Christmas scents. A combination of Sweet Almond Blossom, Neroli, Frankinsense and honeysuckle will be sure to create a beautifully welcome home during the festive season

  • Having been a fan of Jo Malone since she first opened her first Sloane Street shop, I couldn't resist including her luxurious Pine and Eucalyptus candle which smells truly divine. I find her candles have a long burning life and are particularly strong which I love. 

  • Neom always get it right in my book and this Christmas Candle is no exception, a deliciously heady combination of Mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean I love this!
Buy Neom Christmas Wish Organic Scented Candle Online at

For the more budget conscious amongst us these little homemade organic candles by Ellie Ellie available on Notonthehighstreet promise a warm Christmas atmosphere.

Christmas Scent Christmas Tree Candle

All photos from the respective websites.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Remembrance Sunday

Our daughter's school paid a beautiful tribute to those that have lost their lives in the name of their country and future generations.

The local telephone box was decorated with paper poppies created by each child in the school. We will never forget their sacrifice for us and our children.

Photo by the husband Glen Cockman.