Upgrading From Starter To Absolute Perfection

December 3, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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, 2019 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

Matching Kettle & Toaster To Likely Masterchef

April 3, 2019 Gifts Homewares Shopping Toys 0

Giving gifts at weddings and anniversaries is sometimes an nightmare.  If the happy couple have co-habited for any length of time, they will of course have at least one of each of the major items considered once to be the absolute wedding present.   Coffee making gizmo;  carving sets;  toasters, etc. et.  There of course are… Read more

Unique Giftware and Homewares Need That Special Browse

March 5, 2019 Gifts Homewares Shopping Toys 0

When we’ve been in a home for quite a few years, it becomes very difficult to throw things out – downsize or just reduce the amount of ‘stuff’ around.  There seems to be this problem in my own abode – I’m forever picking up things that don’e seem to have a permanent home elsewhere and… Read more