Chelsea Flower Show

Thrilled to be invited to Chelsea Flower Show on Monday – Press Day, before it opened to the public – before the queen even!

Garden

Amazing – there was hardly anyone there – I could actually see the plants – it was incredible. I realised a couple of days beforehand that I was going on my own… a bit nerve wracking – why had I not organised a chum? Anyway, I was going for work not for fun (believe that, you’ll believe anything) and off I trotted.

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Glamping anyone?

Very, very proud of a feature we have done for the current Coast magazine, the April issue…

outdoor kitchen

It is about the Glamping facilities in the breathtaking surroundings of Cambo House, on the East Neuk, just by St Andrews

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Style File

Isn’t this gorgeous? A one bedroom apartment in Sweden, £172,000…think it might be sold now…

swedish room

What is so gorgeous about it though? Is it the fascinating, gauzy pendent lamp? The period windows and radiator? I thought I would take a second to try and analyse it…

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My Support Network

When I was a mother of small children I went to lots of ‘Mother and Toddler’ groups. I would not say ‘I learnt how to parent’ at these groups, but I certainly learnt a lot about parenting and small children. Now I run a small business, I have found myself attending business groups with similar reliance and enthusiasm.

Business group

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What makes a home a castle?

A home, to me, is a sanctuary, somewhere you should feel utterly content. Prompted to ponder this question by the highly regarded home insurance company NFU Mutual, they do say ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’. I wonder whether this desire for a castle is peculiarly British?

Castle exterior with topiary

I don’t think it is, but I do think our uncertain climate makes our homes very important to us. Fifty years ago, there was a thriving cafe culture in Europe, but not here. I am half Hungarian, so I was brought up to ‘go out for coffee’, it was a huge part of my childhood, but not for many of my London friends…

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