Making plans for summer

Dear Sam,   Welcome home! Your enticing Postcard from Los Angeles has started me thinking about the holidays, so I think it's time to sign off for our summer break from our regular blog posts for a few weeks, until we're back on September 6th. In the meanwhile, there'll still be plenty for our readers on…

Postcard from Los Angeles

Dear Claire,   Hello from LA! As I write, it’s the Fourth of July and we’re gearing up to spend the afternoon and evening at Manhattan beach. Looking forward to picnicking; lots of red, white and blue; sunset over the Pacific Ocean and, of course, fireworks! Highlights of our trip so far: •   The…

A postcard from Rome

Dear Sam,   I hope you've had a good break over the Easter weekend? We spent some of the time doing jobs around the house and I'm still on a mission to clear our clutter , so I was able to use some of your tips for  recycling what you usually can’t - they were very useful! It hasn't been…

Happy Holidays

Dear Sam, Mmm, the roast chestnuts  you were telling me about sound very tempting - I will add them to my Christmas shopping list!  Your post started me thinking about all the delicious aromas that we associate with Christmas and it's also one of the themes of a book I've been reading lately, Nigel Slater's The Christmas…