Taking Comfort From Ruins

It’s been a tough week for our planet. After the high of the Women’s March and all its positivity, the subsequent legislation emanating from Trump’s hand and our own government’s inability to stand up for what’s right, it’s been a momentous downer. I’m left feeling small, unrepresented and powerless. And scared. I realise you’re here

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The Tea Journey: Jasmine Silver Needle Tea

I’m starting the Tea Journey with Jasmine Silver Needle. But why jasmine? It doesn’t seem like an entry level tea, with its exotic connotations and the fact that it’s made with flowers. But it’s a natural start for me, as I love all things jasmine – scented candles, shower gels, the tiny white climbing flowers and

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Inspirational Reads – Creative Countryside

Sometimes we all fall a little short in the inspiration stakes. Times when it can be easier to slob out on the sofa with a takeaway rather than get outside or cook from scratch. And that’s ok. But to help you re-kick start your simple lifestyle, there’s inspirational reads: blogs, magazines and books full of ideas

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Food and Memory: Cooking Up Comfort

It’s been a cold old week, one of those periods where you feel like you never really get warm – January is really starting to bite. We’ve been coming in from dog walks comparing cold hands and digging the big scarfs out from the bottom of the wardrobe. At times like this, your mind turns

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4 Quotes To Inspire Your Goals

When you’re working towards something, and particularly at New Year, you become like a sponge for tips and soundbites. The cynics among us may think that we seek out inspirational podcasts and articles to avoid actually doing something scary towards our goal, however I do think they’re useful for getting us going, giving us an

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Welcome Aboard The Tea Journey

Tea is having something of a renaissance. The supermarket shelves of my youth sold six or seven varieties of English Breakfast, with the bigger places perhaps stocking a dusty box of Earl Grey. Not so anymore. Long aisles of brightly coloured boxes boast myriad varieties of fruit, herbal, green, white and black teas, with brands

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Mid Week Eat: Sling Together Stew

It’s easy to eat seasonally with a whole lazy Sunday and 6 hours to roast a joint ahead of you. It’s more difficult when you get in from work late and all you want to do is order a pizza. My Mid-Week-Eats recipes are all quick, really easy and made mostly using ingredients you’ll already

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Rethinking the New Year’s Resolution

How often around this time of year do you hear the words “I’m not making any resolutions because I always break them”? I do make one each year, even though I’m hopeless at them – last year’s, to read a few pages of a book every day, was broken by January 2nd. Those of you as into corporate planning acronyms

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