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Just playing.

Click on the pic and it will take you to the post that features the image, see if you can spot the original!

In Other News, Team MDAS are off to a wedding today……..so excited!

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Grow: Spring at last



So finally it’s here, Spring. Garden preparation has begun and seeds have been planted. Cauliflower, courgette, celeriac, cayenne pepper, nasturtium, french beans, dwarf sunflowers, mustard leaves, aubergines, to name but a few, went in at the end of March/beginning of April and have this week been put outside to harden off before finally going into pots or joining the herbs in the vegetable patch.

Seed swaps are happening between friends too, we are hoping to trade some of our cauliflowers (which were sown a little too enthusiastically!) For delights such as electric daisies, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.

Now I can’t say that my growing skills have improved any since this time last year, but it turns out C is rather talented when it comes to growing, and has a little more patience too. Last autumn’s offerings, despite the rubbish weather, were encouraging. So with a bit of luck and sunshine hopefully this year will be even better.

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Do: Set the table

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living room

Whilst I love to cook at home, nothing quite beats the luxury of an evening spent in a good restaurant. There is something so inviting about a well set table with perfectly placed crockery, a neatly folded napkin and a fresh bouquet of flowers. These tables often wink at me through restaurant windows, tempting me in with the promise of good food, good company and possibly a little glass of wine. Over the past couple of years I seem to have collected images of tables that i’ve sat at, or wished I could have sat at. The above selection shows just a few of my favorites.

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Our Week: 19th – 25th Jan


The week E had…

Made: I’ve had my eye on this delicious recipe  all week, so i’m planning a lazy sunday pot roast lamb later today

Did: Lunch at Le Petit Rouge  it wasn’t quite paris, but we did eat some lovely french style tapas

Spent: I’ve not shot any film so far this year so today I bought ten rolls of 35mm, which should keep me busy for a while…

If you click on one link this weekend: I don’t usually listen to hip-hop, but I’m quite enjoying  this Granddad chic offering 

The Eiffel Tower, Paris

The week B had…

Made: Plans to make many a thing in the future… I haven’t had much time to be crafty recently, but have plenty of ideas to put into action soon…

Did: Visited Paris for the first time! (More on that soon)

Spent: Far too much on transport – mainly because of the snow! (Taxis seemed a better option than digging my car out at 5.30am!)

If you click on one link this weekend: Bridget from Thinking of the Days has written a brilliant post examining her’imperfections’ – and what they really mean

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My 2012 E

Some of my favourite moments from 2012

January Morocco

cactus in morocco

February Hambleton Hall


March  grow





May comfort food

comfort food

June Jubilee Celebrations


Holkham Beach

Holkham beach

July Road trip


August rowing in stratford

Visiting Stratford

Meeting Jen and Kerry

afternoon tea at the White Rabbit

September foraging, jam making and baking

Rhubarb Raspberry and Ginger jam

October infusing and bottling

Chilli, Garlic and Herb olive oil

pumpkin selection


November Clandestine baking

Raspberry Sherbet Bundt cake

Christmas puddings



Christmas Tree

Homemade Christmas hampers

kitchen aid


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