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This happened…

{I do love a stop-motion GIF}

For the August break


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August 2nd, 2013 at 5:23 pm


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When we booked this camping trip many months ago… we dreamed of long summer evenings in the sunshine, cooking round the fire… but my experience of camping has taught me, that more often than not, it can be chilly, windy and sometimes wet.

Thankfully the dream came true, and last weekend we were blessed with glorious sunshine and the most peaceful time at the secret campsite.

As you can see from this film, this summer evening revolved around cooking on the open fire…

I thought it might be fun to share our menu…

Lamb chops (from the local farm shop) – prepared with a garlic, rosemary & sea salt rub

Burgers & ribs (pre-made or marinaded by the farm shop)

Fried potatoes – par-boiled and then fried with a little oil and sea salt to extra crispy if possible (as the boys love it like that)

Corn on the cob – coated with olive oil & salt and grilled

Salad – leaves from the farm shop & foraged sorrel and edible lilies from the campsite + creamy ripe avocado (with squeezed lemon)

Asparagus – grilled with olive oil and sea salt

It was yum! food just tastes SO good cooked and eaten outside…

Then with full bellies, we sit round the fire telling stories and waiting for the sky to get dark, to do some star gazing…

It really was magic… Thank you.



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July 18th, 2013 at 9:34 am


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Another Five Fact Friday… playing along with all our friends in Behind The Scenes… just to let you know, there are still places for the September round of this course. We’d love to have you join us.

1. Billy Goats Gruff is one of my most memorable book from my childhood.

2. I used to hate life drawing at art college, but lately I’ve been realising what impact it’s probably had on me, in terms of understanding light, shape and form.

3. I’ve experienced one earthquake, in our 21st floor apartment in Manila, it was a weird feeling wobbling all over the place, as pictures fell to the floor.

4. I’m crossing off the weeks till California and attending Oasis at the end of October! Kim & I are heading there a little early, and we’re so excited!

5. I love camping… sleeping in a tent, cooking on the fire, being outdoors… yep everything.

And with that… we’re off camping this weekend to play in a field and I can’t wait!

Happy weekend x.

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August 10th, 2012 at 8:23 am


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To help deal with the ridiculous rain while camping… I searched out pops of colour.


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June 8th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

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There was a lot of rain during our camp this weekend. A lot of rain.

Then we had a gift… a window of blue skies during the glorious golden hour and I soaked it up.

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June 6th, 2012 at 2:43 pm


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Exciting day today!

First, the new e-course I mentioned earlier this week is open for registration TODAY…

Behind the Scenes is a creative guide to blogging your passion with myself & the wonderful Kim, all the details can be found here. The course is going to take place in a new space called Reflection Of You, which we’re planning to build into a space full of creativity and connection… truly wonderful.

Please pop on over and take a look, we’re super excited.

Secondly, I’m over at Shutter sisters today launching our month of colour… I do hope you’ll join in? A month of searching for colour… YES PLEASE!

I’m in… what about you?

 {photos from my colourful day in San Francisco with Leslie)

And then of course this weekend is full of celebrations of the Jubliee kind… we’re escaping all the pomp and ceremony to sit in a field in this beauty and hang out with friends, old & new. I’m sure there will be bunting, ’cause bunting always makes things happy.

Happy weekend to you all x.


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June 1st, 2012 at 1:02 pm


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Here she is… our new tent.

Number #1 off my list, we own her! thanks to my parents for this wonderful birthday present. We slept in her last weekend. It’s was freezing at night, sometimes camping in the UK in April isn’t wise, not at all like this place last year.

Thankfully days were glorious… outside all day, chopping wood, making fires, whittling, playing games, hanging out, eating good hearty food off the fire. So needed, to clear my head, especially after last week.

Many more trips planned in this beauty.



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April 20th, 2012 at 11:07 am

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fire starter

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July 27th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

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camping hat

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Missed Friday’s grateful post because we were away camping.

So good to be back on camp again, outside all weekend….. singing, fire-making, good food, games, whittling, swimming, talking & laughing, and general merriment.

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July 11th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

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all you need is love…

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June 4th, 2011 at 8:55 am

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