Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Jewellery upcycling

Mairead was clearing out her jewellery box and gave me these goodies to upcycle to sell for St Julie's Day on Friday, our mad crazy fundraising School Founders' Day. I'll take them apart and mix them up with some other beads and see what happens.

Show you later in the week.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner.........

Congratulations Riitta! Send me your address and I will pop Levi's confectionery treats in the post to you straight away! Happy cooking!

Thanks to all who left a comment. Look out for another sweet giveaway soon..........

Monday, 21 January 2013


I have a fun cookery book to give away - if you have a sweet tooth, this is for you! Levi Roots, of Dragons' Den fame has produced a book of delicious spicy puddings and sweets, with a Jamaican flavour. If you have a fancy for cooking up a Reggae Reggae sweet treat, leave me a comment and I will pick a winner at random on Monday January 28th.


Not just limited to UK readers, I will happily post anywhere!

 Good luck everyone!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Winter wonderland

At last we are enjoying the lovely snow the rest of Northern Europe has had! I had already arranged to take some girls to St Anne's College, Oxford on Friday so we went ahead anyway, and found it looking beautiful in the snow!


Back in London, we still had enough for snowmen!

It's snowing again today! I will go out with my camera later.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Bright blooms

Here's a shot of colour for the dark winter days.

From Florist de Lille, in August.
We have turned the corner, it's a minute lighter longer everyday since December 21st!

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Welsh wool and wood

Some souvenirs from our Welsh adventure; tiny carved lovespoons and a wool rug which captures the water, moss, trees and bracken of Betws-y-coed.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Wild Wales!

We spent a lovely Wedding Anniversary weekend in Snowdonia, in Betws-y-coed. The weather was very wet and windy, but this made for amazingly spectacular rapids and falls!

Our hotel looked out onto the mountains, and local walks gave so many opportunities to enjoy Nature in all her splendour.

St Mary's, the main parish church, has the most beautiful Burne-Jones stained glass windows, like All Saints in Putney. The Eucharist was celebrated half in English, half in Welsh.

St Michaels's is a tiny church, simple and still standing at 700 years old. Just by the church is this fantastic suspension footbridge which wobbles wonderfully when you walk along! 
This Telford bridge commemorates the Battle of Waterloo, and welcomes you to Betws-y-coed.
Faces to be found everywhere!
We met a ceramicist, Martin O'Neill, who specialises in Japanese Raku jewellery, and also pit-firing.
Find him at http://www.martin-oneill.co.uk. His studio is just by the station, and do visit if you are ever near Betws-y-coed. I treated myself to this beautiful pendant.
We had a fabulous time, and would love to go back again in warmer weather and have a go at Snowdon; you can get up via a furnicular railway and walk down.......!

Sunday, 6 January 2013


Happy Epiphany! I had some lovely Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh gifts in the form of gold glittery tealights and frankincense and myrrh soap.

And a very Happy Christmas Eve to all my Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian and Greek friends - enjoy the festive season!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

New Year

All the best to everyone for a happy, healthy and hope-filled 2013!
Thankyou for your visits and kind comments; do keep coming!