• Archive for August, 2010


    by  • 31/08/2010 • Country moment • 1 Comment

    Just back from a lovely trip with my family to Jersey. What a charming island and just 45 minutes on the plane from Gatwick! We had a great time (in fact I think we will go back next year!). Here are 5 things about the island that I loved:

    1. Staying at the The Atlantic Hotel. A really beautiful hotel (one of the best Small Luxury Hotels of the World) with its breathtaking ocean views and a Michelin starred restaurant.

    The Atlantic Hotel, Jersey

    The Atlantic Hotel, Jersey

    2. Hiring bikes from Zebra Jersey and riding the old steam train route from the lighthouse at Corbiere to St Helier. Great fun despite the torrential rain!


    Cycle Route 1 from Corbiere to St Helier

    3. Playing on the beach at St Brelade’s Bay. Beautiful sands, rolling seas, canoeing, surfing, buckets and spades. Very happy kids!

    St Brelade's Bay

    St Brelade's Bay

    4. Climbing up to Mont Orgueil Castle at Gorey. The Medieval castle is outstanding with impressive art installations that retell the history of this East Coast stronghold.

    Mont Orgueil Castle, Jersey

    Mont Orgueil Castle, Jersey

    The Wounded Man, Mont Orgueil

    The Wounded Man, Mont Orgueil

    5. Learning about the history of the island during the Second World War at the Jersey War Tunnels. Really moving stories of the occupation.

    If you ever get a chance to go I would thoroughly recommend it!

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    Cover a lampshade with designer fabric

    by  • 25/08/2010 • Country craft • 2 Comments

    As the October issue’s out while I’m away I thought you might like a little preview of one of my favourite features…

    There are lots of lovely monochrome fabrics around at the moment and a great – and inexpensive – way to use a favourite design is on a lampshade. These ones are wonderfully easy to make yourself. Why not have a go?

    Follow this link for instructions. For more stitch and craft ideas visit our sister site House to Home.

    Tailor a shade to suit your decorating scheme.

    Make a template by rolling the shade along a sheet of newspaper and tracing its path with a pen.

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    by  • 19/08/2010 • Country moment • 1 Comment

    Thought you might like to see this photo of my three-year-old who had his first horse ride yesterday. He absolutely loved it and kept saying ‘Yee-haa’. Sweet or what!

    First horse ride

    First horse ride... with me on right and friends

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    Make a macramé napkin tie

    by  • 18/08/2010 • Country craft, Country style • 2 Comments

    I hope you like these simple napkin ties made by our Deputy Editor Sara Bird. To make cut 50cm lengths of twine or string. Tie a knot about 10cm from the end of one length then continuously slipknot the twine until desired length. Pull thread through last knot and tie a single knot to neaten. Thread beads on both ends, knot to secure and trim end to 2cm. Finally fan out ends of twine.

    For twine and beads try Hobbycraft. For similar tableware visit The Dining Room Shop. Napkins made from Kusami Collection, Bennison Fabrics.

    For easy to follow macramé instructions, knots and patterns visit www.free-macrame-patterns.com.

    Macramé napkin ties

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    Your very own veg bags

    by  • 17/08/2010 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    I am loving these veg bags from CL Leavey & Co. Each bag is printed on one side with the legend “Produce! From the garden”,’ says Claire, ‘and on the other it says “Compost! For the garden”.’ Made using genuine antique wooden lettering and traditional hand operated presses, they are the perfect way to package up your garden glut as gifts.

    Claire Leavey veg bags

    Twelve double-sided bags presented on fun stripy red and white string – complete with a sweet printed tag, £5.50

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    Create an organised home office

    by  • 16/08/2010 • Country style • 4 Comments

    I mentioned last week that I have been doing a series of country-style decorating videos for housetohome. This one is ‘How to create an organised home office’. Just click below to view my tips on clearing the clutter from your life!

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    Meteor shower

    by  • 13/08/2010 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    I was very excited to see some of the meteor shower last night. Looking up from our balcony around 10pm, the sky cleared to show me a display of shooting and popping lights and flashes. It was a good way to end the day…

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    by  • 12/08/2010 • Country food • 5 Comments

    With more friends coming to stay this weekend, I am already planning what we will be eating and drinking!

    Top of my list for a fine day picnic is this to-die-for Layered Picnic Loaf featured in our September issue (on sale now). All you have to do is hollow out a rustic or sourdough loaf and pack well with roasted vegetables, salad, and cheese or meat. This is outdoor food heaven!

    Sandwich loaf

    Layered picnic loaf

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    Real vintage collectibles

    by  • 11/08/2010 • Country moment, Country style • 2 Comments

    A find for lovers of real vintage homeware, visuals and collectibles: Milly & Dottie‘s blog celebrates their love of the 20th-century kitsch our mothers probably remember from their childhood.

    Milly & Dottie's jolly holiday

    Right now, it’s jolly summer holiday pics and brilliant tips from old magazines that make the pair well worth a visit – and their black-and-white photo of ‘snail watching’ is utterly charming. And if you fancy a little light shopping, don’t miss their Emporium

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