Monthly Archives: April 2011

We’re Having a Street Party!

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Secret Garden, Hampstead Heath, Wonderful Place for a Picnic

Picnics have always been a bit of a tradition in my family and location is just as important as food. I have a memory of a childhood picnic in the Secret Garden on Hampstead Heath and wanted to know if … Continue reading

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How to Make Your Own Bunting

How to make 5 metres of bunting. Bunting equals instant festivity, countless times it’s dawned on me too late, some bunting wouldn’t go amiss here.  Making bunting, something I have always wanted to do but never quite got around to. … Continue reading

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How to Make A Bag

How to make your own bags from fabric scraps. Every Easter the cry goes up, what shall we collect the Easter Egg Hunt eggs in? This year there will be bags at the ready for everyone. Make reversible bags quickly … Continue reading

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Staycation, 5 Tips For the Best Staycation

Petrol prices soaring and a succession of glorious long weekends coming up it’s time to plan a great staycation. It’s about being local, discovering what’s on your doorstep, here are 5 tips from Elegance on a Shoestring for the best … Continue reading

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Blue Sky

Don’t ask me how, but bright blue has swept me off my feet, the stronger and higher voltage the better. I am thinking Santorini, zingy white with celestial lapis blue. Parting clouds in the sky, singing bright blue shining through. … Continue reading

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Great Garden Chairs

Great garden chairs take a bit of searching, it’s like any other accessory it’s got to be right, here are some of the great garden chairs I’ve seen recently. Chairs at Ham House perfectly positioned for a cosy gossip session, but … Continue reading

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Pallant House- Robin and Lucienne Day

Robin and Lucienne Day, courtesy Robin Day Pallant House, go there for the current unmissable exhibition Robin and Lucienne Day- Design and the Modern Interior. A few years ago a friend described her day trip to Pallant House in Chichester … Continue reading

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Where the Wild Roses Grow

I’m an exercise book girl, I have tried other books, but return to the originals again and again, it’s ingrained. The collection goes back years. Sometimes the urge to cover an indifferent book miraculously synchronises with enough time to do … Continue reading

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Pocket Handerchief Allotment

Like clockwork every January my fantasy gardening reading material arrives in the form of seed catalogues. As ever I was particularly thrilled with Seeds of Italy, it’s a lovely catalogue with seeds that are just right for every kind of … Continue reading

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