Refitting & Redecor Inspiration From Over The Pond

February 3, 2019 Gifts Homewares Shopping Toys 0

There are so many daytime home and leisure programmes on tv nowadays, it’s difficut sometimes to take your eyes off the screen, get up and actually do something for real.  I have been drawn in to one of the home renovation and remodelling show imports.  The transformations are amazing from a building and decor point… Read more

Surprising Yarn about Knitting With Hands . . .

January 4, 2019 Gifts Homewares Shopping Toys 0

Ahha, some of you would have laughed your socks off if you’d seen one or two of the presents opened around our Christmas tree this year – reaching the depths of despair I thought.   One was an absolutely massive ball of knitting yarn – in the almost raw state, so it needed completely unwinding and… Read more

Upgrading From Starter To Absolute Perfection

December 3, 2018 Gifts Homewares Shopping Toys 0

The wonderful thing about watching someone moving house is being able to see and appreciate the before and after . . . . .   I’m thinking here of a young couple who bought a tiny but functional starter home some five years ago.  It had just what they needed, except a garage.  The kitchen was… Read more

Giving Gifts Filled With Care & Thoughtfulness

November 5, 2018 Gifts Homewares Shopping Toys 0

One of the things I really love to do at this time of year is to look out the best bird feeders I have, clean them all up and get them filled – lots of luscious nuts and berries out there.  I manage to attract many feathered friends throughout the year and I delight in… Read more

Hurrah For A New Colourful Phase Coming On Trend

October 9, 2018 Gifts Homewares Shopping Toys 0

I have been taking quite a bit of interest in the massive selection of furnishing and homeware ranges being introduced in stores and online.  It did seem for a couple of seasons that everyone just wanted grey.  Any shade of grey.  I personally find it truly dull – probably because of my own bright, sunny… Read more

Delightful Potting Shed Of Note

September 13, 2018 Gifts Homewares Shopping Toys 0

Whilst I was helping to care for a very ancient gent the other week, I had to ask for directions to the loo whilst we were out strolling in his vast back garden.   I was absolutely amazed when I got to the ‘potting shed’ as it was quaintly referred to . . . .   To… Read more

International Jamboree Brings Gift Buying To New Level

August 3, 2018 Gifts Homewares Shopping Toys 0

Knowing how to get the most out of a group of car enthusiasts who also come visiting the heritage property in the grounds of their chosen jamboree is sometimes a bit daunting.  Recently I had aexactly that task set for me.  We had a parituclarly huge set of serious car fanatics who were offered the… Read more

Online Shopping A Boon In Scorching Weather

July 3, 2018 Gifts Homewares Shopping Toys 0

When you get to this really heavy, sultry period in the summer months, it can be very difficult to concentrate and get any work done to a degree of satisfaction.   The heat is really something else and it consumes our whole being.  At night the humidity takes it out of you too.  I try turning… Read more

Historic House Wedding Adds Touch Of Class

June 4, 2018 Gifts Homewares Shopping 0

I was volunteering at a mini stately home recently, doing my usual stint of room stewarding.  The house had been the venue for a lovely family wedding the previous weekend and we were lucky enough to still have the flowers and other floral decorations around the main rooms.  It was a fantatic heady mixture of… Read more

Country House Craft Fayres Inspire Perfect Gifting Ideas

May 10, 2018 Gifts Homewares Shopping Toys 0

I have recently been involved with volunteering at a country house out ‘in the sticks’.  It has been an absolute pleasure to attend my watch – the other volunteers are really a great bunch and the property is beautiful.  The need for fund raising is constant.  This will never end as there is now no… Read more