Kissing at Christmas

When we lived in France there were trees lining the drive that were heavily hung with great balls of mistletoe. One was covered so thickly that we named it ‘The Mistletoe Tree’ and each winter as we headed towards Christmas, we cut down some branches to take indoors; there I tied them up with wide […] Read more »

Autumn Wrap Up

At this time of year we all start thinking about Christmas which seems a shame as it;s then easy to overlook the season we are in.  There’s so much to enjoy in Autumn and there are plenty of birthdays still to celebrate before we come to the Christmas Gifts.  In our family, everyone seems to […] Read more »

Preening Peacocks!

Sitting near my desk is a vase of peacock feathers.  Not great big tall ones but masses of shorter ones showing off the beautiful irridescent eyes.  There must be about 100 in there.  I think I’ve adored peacock feathers since I ventured into the amazing store that was Biba in the seventies and saw them […] Read more »

A Talent for Print

I’m always looking for design that stands out and last year I came across some wrapping paper that I thought was definitely different. It was bright, attractive, and the colours and print were far removed from the usual offerings you find in the UK.  They were designed by Emily Burningham.  Like me, Emily spent her […] Read more »