Are Friends Best for Anti-Ageing?

As a young woman in an ever image conscious London, the desire to remain looking youthful is often a consideration. Thankfully I do not have the money to let it become a full-blown obsession and go and buy all the anti-ageing, collagen boosting products out there. Alright, I might have some coconut oil on my…

Help, Greenfly Invasion!

Dear WordPressers, I come to you for advice! I have a persistent army of greenfly (or aphids) nibbling away at my one and only rose bush. I live in a flat, have a tiny balcony, and this little rose is my only hint towards a much longed for garden. Are these green critters actually hurting…

The Pleasure of Blogging

It’s taken me a little while to allow myself to fully indulge in the world of Blogging, the Blogosphere, Blog Land, but I’m getting there. I’ve realised that blogging, to get it good and to really make the most of it and enjoy it, takes time. Sometimes, a hell of a lot of it. You’re…

Faye’s Double Chocolate Mousse Tart… It’s Gorgeously Simple

This recipe is so wonderfully simple and delicious that it has now become my go-to dinner party dessert. It has so few ingredients and looks absolutely brilliant (if I do say so myself) with its crisp shortcrust base and its light, dark and white mousse filling that just melts in the mouth!  You Will Need…

Glorious

St. Paul’s Cathedral stands glorious, basking in London sunshine. Finally, two weeks after a touch of snow, it feels like spring is just around the corner. It’s a blissful afternoon here in Old London Town.

Watercolour No.5 – Miss Giraffe

They’re really funny creatures, giraffes, so why not try painting one? Unlike Mr Hare, I started with a sketch to get the main outline. I think I prefer the freedom that comes with not sketching first, but it is certainly harder and much more can go wrong. With Miss Giraffe here, I also have the…

Roasted Butternut Squash and Feta Salad

I admit it, I’m not a salad eater. In fact, it’s taken me almost 24 years to not extract lettuce from a burger or a sandwich and now, today, I have made a gorgeous, leafy salad that is simple, tasty, healthy and doesn’t make me feel like I’m feeding on rabbit food. You will need –…

A Moment to Savour in London

An empty London tube carriage, all to myself, in the middle of the day. I thought it was a moment to savour! It’s a rarity where I am. So, of course, I took full advantage of my personal carriage for those two stops – I swung through the carriage like a monkey, choosing the least…

Book Club – ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton’s novel The Miniaturist – published last July – has been incredibly well received, being named Waterstones’ book of 2014 and a Sunday Times number one bestseller. One of the aspects of this novel which makes it so good, particularly from the view of an aspiring author myself, is that it is her début…