A trip to Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds was a given in the calendar as the owner, Rosie Pearson, had an Open Day through the National Garden Scheme. We had lunch first in the garden of the Potting Shed opposite, open sandwiches, followed by these magnificent strawberry meringues. The house is covered with roses in
It’s summer time and I spent a morning in a friend’s garden taking photos as part of a project to document it for a year. My younger daughter requested a lemon and elderflower cake for her birthday. It was a straightforward Victoria sponge decorated with roses from the garden.
Ron has a stall at the end of the High St on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with bowls of fruit and veg for a pound. There isn’t a local greengrocer’s shop but Ron inspires what I make each week.
If you are in Cornwall, then the Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar in Newlyn, is the place to go for seafood that could not be more fresh or more local as it comes from the harbour opposite. It’s a conservatory on the corner as you drive through Newlyn on the way to Mousehole and you can’t miss it.
February is snowdrop time and thanks to my friend S and the wonders of Instagram, we were inspired to venture out to Colesbourne Park in Gloucestershire where the Elwes family are snowdrop specialists. On the way, we did a slight diversion by way of Stroud Farmers’ Market for some lunch and a wander. My husband
On the Sunday after Candlemas, Fingest Church is open to groups of ramblers who break up their walks around the Chilterns with an opportunity for a break in the warm and dry to eat their lunch or snack and have a cup of tea and cake. The day is organised and the groups are booked
This year, I went on a course at Petersham Nurseries on Christmas Table decorations and then I actually followed it up by decorating our table for Christmas Day. This was a first for me, as it just hasn’t been my thing. One year, I bought a blue velvet table runner and a relative asked
For a pre-Christmas expedition, my elder daughter requested not to go shopping but to the Rachel Whiteread exhibition at Tate Britain. One of the best things about living in London is the easy access to art exhibitions. It’s even better with a Tate members card which means I can get in free, take a guest,