• Archive for July, 2010

    Hampton Court Flower Show

    by  • 06/07/2010 • Country moment • 3 Comments

    I went along to the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show yesterday. I like this show more than Chelsea Flower Show – it’s more relaxed, more real and I always come away with loads of ideas for my own garden.

    Here were my country favourites – and some quirky ones that made me smile…

    Tyrells Harvest Celebration

    Tyrells Harvest Celebration

    The Sadolin Refresh & Revive Garden

    The Sadolin Refresh & Revive Garden

    The Legoland Pirates Landing Garden

    The Legoland Pirates Landing Garden

    A field of sunflowers in the Home Grown area

    A field of sunflowers in the Home Grown area

    Astellas Pharma's A Matter of Urgency

    Raising awareness of the overactive bladder with an incredible floating pink tap!

    Thanks to budding photographer Columba Colivet for taking these pictures!

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    More Christmas

    by  • 04/07/2010 • Country style • 4 Comments

    Next up was Tesco. The supermarket giant has it all sorted for us this year. There is something for everyone in its vast lifestyle and homeware ranges. My favourite for country homes was this ‘crafty’ homespun look featuring felt, buttons and wooden decorations…

    Tesco Christmas

    Tesco goes crafty for Christmas

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    Christmas in July

    by  • 03/07/2010 • Country food • 4 Comments

    I think I mentioned last year that July in Magazine World equals Christmas press previews. This is when the UK’s high street retailers, independent shops and online business tell the media world what their interior, entertaining and foodie themes and new products will be for Christmas 2010. 

    First up this week was Sainsbury’s. Top of the turkey charts is its Taste the difference Norfolk Black Turkey – its British, free range and reared in woodlands – and you can order it in advance.

    The mince pie, another favourite with us Brits, gets a new twist this year in the form of Mince Pie Ice Cream. Using milk from dairy herds that graze close to their farm, this ice cream  is made by the Duncan family at Stapleton Farm in the heart of rural Devon. I must say it tasted like Christmas on a spoon – delicious.

    Sainsbury's Taste the Difference mince pie ice cream

    Sainsbury's Mince pie ice cream

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    Keep cool and carry on

    by  • 02/07/2010 • Country food • 3 Comments

    In this warm weather we all need a little refreshment to keep us going. Lakeland always comes up trumps and has discovered a lolly maker than can create fun frozen treats, literally within minutes! Try experimenting with different flavoured juices, yogurts and fresh fruit. Perfect after a barbeque. Enjoy!

    Zoku quick pop maker, £39.99, Lakeland.

    Zoku quick pop maker, £39.99, Lakeland.

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    Eating outdoors

    by  • 01/07/2010 • Country food, Country style • 0 Comments

    Eating outdoors requires beautiful serving dishes, I think. Casual handcrafted bowls filled with salads, platters displaying cold meats, maybe baskets with baked-that-day bread are – in my dreams – what would be on my garden table.

    Charlotte Storrs wrote to me to tell me about her elegant and rustic stoneware that can be used on a daily basis. She works from a well equipped pottery in her beautiful garden in Culham and, after visiting potters in Japan, she likes to incorporate akebia vine in her work.

    Mmmm…very tempting.

     

    Charlotte Storrs Stoneware

    Charlotte Storrs Stoneware bowls, from £32

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