Instagram gallery: April 2014

Here’s my Instagram gallery for April – a month when lots of cake was eaten!


Mini kiwis


When we got home from work this evening, we spent some time in the garden. We haven’t done this for such a long time, so it was really nice to get a few things done and be outside after being cooped up in the office all day! The main reason for going out there was that we needed to plant our mini kiwis. Yes, you heard right – we planted mini kiwis in the north of England! They actually come from Siberia so can cope with low temperatures, so we should be ok here. Continue reading…

Vintage sewing books

Vintage craft books

I love vintage finds – especially when they are craft related! I have to admit that these were not actually my finds, but Tom’s 🙂 He found them in the second hand bookshop during our visit to Clumber Park a couple of weeks ago, and thought that I would love them. I do, and at £1 they were a steal! I’ve put together a little gallery of photos here to show you just how lovely these books are. Continue reading…

Pasta with tomatoes, ricotta, parma ham and sage


This recipe takes hardly any time at all to make, so it’s a delicious meal for a weeknight. The combination of flavours is really good (although the first time we made it we were missing the sage because I couldn’t find any at the supermarket!). You could easily make a bigger batch for family or friends, or even leave out the Parma ham for a veggie version. I had linguine, but Tom has wholewheat fusilli instead – use whichever pasta you prefer. Continue reading…

A trip to Clumber Park


A couple of weekends ago we went to Doncaster to stay with some very dear friends who we hadn’t seen for ages! On the Sunday afternoon we went up to Clumber Park – it was a glorious sunny spring day, which was perfect for wandering about and having the first picnic of 2014 🙂 Clumber Park is maintained by the National Trust (find out more on their website) and so there are lots of lovely things to do with great facilities. You can stay in the busier bits, or wander around on your own and hardly see anyone, so it’s perfect for spending a lazy afternoon! Continue reading…