It's Showtime!

It's Showtime!

It’s time to get your comfy shoes on. The shows have started and, whether you’re going to a big indoor one, like the BBC Summer Good Food Show (Birmingham NEC, 15th-19th June), or a sprawling outdoor extravaganza, like Badminton Horse Trials (21st-25th April), there are a few rules of thumb worth following to make sure […]

Something Spicy & Simple for Spring

Something Spicy & Simple for Spring

Now that Spring seems to have arrived, and the nights are stretching out, here’s a quick and easy meal that the entire family can enjoy so you can spend more time enjoying the lighter evenings outside, and less time in the kitchen! Spicy Chicken Wrap Ingredients 1 lime, juice and zest 1 clove of garlic, […]

Super-moon madness

Super-moon madness

Police say it makes crime levels worse, doctors treat more dog bites, vets often see a surge in patients and gardeners frequently swear it helps their plants grow. The ancient Babylonians reckoned it controlled female fertility. Modern scientists say that’s all a load of bunkum. “It” is the arrival of a full moon and on […]

Pucker up

Pucker up

Everyone’s focused on pancakes and Shrove Tuesday at the moment, but we would much rather talk about kissing. England’s most splendidly non-PC festival, Kissing Friday, is celebrated this week – yippee! Interestingly, it’s preceded by the slightly dubious Petticoat Thursday when boys were given licence to pull up girls’ skirts and ogle their petticoats.  Apparently, […]

Cooking up a storm

Cooking up a storm

So, how brave are you feeling? It’s half term and the kids are at home, getting antsy – the Nintendo DS has bust due to overuse and it’s raining so you can’t chuck the little dears outside. Short of having a family bust-up over Monopoly, it’s time to let them go wild in the kitchen. […]

How best to love?

How best to love?

Valentine’s Day is a bit like Marmite — you either love it or loathe it. We couldn’t quite decide which camp we’re in. On one front, we loathe the schmaltz but, on the other hand, there’s nothing more wonderful than telling someone that you love them. After a bit of head-scratching, we reckon we’ve come […]

New year, new website!

New year, new website!

Happy new year, and welcome to our brand-new and very lovely website! We’ve made a resolution to make 2011 a year filled with loveliness, starting with our compliment-a-day screensaver. Just sign up, for free, and you’ll receive a new screensaver, direct to your desktop, every day, so that every time you turn on your computer […]

Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Some people say January is the most depressing month of the year, but we think you can find little pockets of loveliness in even the most dismal winter day. Here are some of our favourite things about January: The crunch of frost under your feet as you venture out in the early morning. Wrapping up […]

Respect your elders!

Respect your elders!

We all know that elderflowers are the perfect ingredient for a delicious cordial, but did you know that they’re also believed to ward off witches — or to attract fairies? There are dozens of myths and legends surrounding the elder, its berries and its flowers. Over the years, they’ve been used in medicines to treat […]

The etiquette of thank-you

The etiquette of thank-you

As we all know, it’s far lovelier to give gifts than to receive, and one of the things that makes it so delightful is seeing the pleasure and gratitude on the face of your loved one as they open their gift. If you’ve been lucky enough to receive some lovely gifts this Christmas, don’t forget […]