My Life in England

Book Now! I’m hosting a supper club for Red Magazine’s Smart Women Week

September 2, 2015 My Life in England

I’m thrilled to be taking part in the inaugural Smart Women Week hosted by Red magazine in London, which runs from 21-15 September, celebrating the brilliant women around us. So, please join me and my friends at Red for an intimate supper club, where I will be cooking up a feast for a very small number of dinner guests. […]

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Travels: A Long Weekend in Mevagissey, Cornwall. Part One.

September 1, 2015 LLG Plays & Stays

Rachel and I had been muttering at each other for some weeks about the upcoming August Bank Holiday at the end of the month. The muttering was along the lines of: “Don’t feel like Carnival this year“; “need to get away from London”; “can’t face getting on another plane“; “sea air, I need sea air“; […]

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Sunday in the English Countryside

August 17, 2015 My Life in England

On Friday I drove up to my mother’s house in Northamptonshire to help her prepare for her 70th birthday lunch the next day. We had such a lovely time, surrounded by her dearest friends and, by Sunday, all we were fit for was flopping languidly in the sunny garden with the papers and dogs.

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Port Eliot Festival 2014

July 31, 2015 LLG Plays & Stays

Port Eliot in Cornwall is my absolute favourite-est festival. Last year I was invited down by my friends at Bumble + Bumble, who had a fantastic tent set up to give festival goers wonderful hairstyles throughout the weekend. Lovely Stephen Jones, milliner extraordinaire was also on site with Bumble and I was lucky enough to […]

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Travel: The Moonraker Hotel in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

July 28, 2015 LLG Food

I can’t believe it’s a year since Hannah and I packed our camping gear into a huge rental car, and set off for the Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall (which takes place this coming weekend). On a good day, it’s a five hour drive from London, on a bad one you don’t even want to […]

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A Long Weekend in the Cotswolds (with Aston Martin, picnics & the dogs)

July 20, 2015 LLG Plays & Stays

My sister and I, plus sausages, are currently in the Cotswolds for a long weekend. It’s a little summer holiday with picnicking thrown in – of course I travel almost continuously for work, but this is a proper mini break, with no meetings and no commitments. Although…drum roll…I have been lent the most wonderful car for […]

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London: House Festival 2015

July 20, 2015 LLG Plays & Stays

I’m not great at letting my hair down. Naturally quite reserved, I could never be described as the life and soul of the party. I rarely drink more than a glass or two of wine, and prefer early nights and long lie ins with a book, my laptop and darling Lettice to big old partying […]

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London: Dog Friendly Hair Salon – Jo Hansford

June 24, 2015 Dogs

Since I never, ever go in direct sunlight without a sunhat, it’s become inevitable that my once all natural blonde-ness needs a little helping hand. (There’s no point in pretending that at my age I am completely blonde by mother nature’s gift.) It’s a shame really, but I’d rather substitute three hours in the salon chair […]

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London: A Hampstead Heath Sunday with the dogs

June 13, 2015 Dogs

(The Mens’ Bathing Pond on Hampstead Heath last Sunday.)   I’ve been in Detroit since Thursday afternoon and am little disappointed to discovered that the predicted 25C+ temperatures haven’t materialised – and that the weather was nicer back in London last weekend. Although Detroit is an extraordinary place in any weather – it’s been an eye-opening trip […]

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Buying Flowers at New Covent Garden Flower Market at Nine Elms

March 15, 2015 Flowers

I’ve been going to New Covent Garden for years to buy flowers wholesale: my mother used to arrange flowers for weddings, and she would often drive down from Northamptonshire the night before to stay with me, so that I could give her a hand at 5am at the market. We’d buy a carload of flowers, […]

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