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…

A postcard from Liguria

Dear Sam,   I enjoyed reading about the difference the Free Rice game has made to so many children and it was nice to start September with some good news! Boat trips, food and sunshine... For us, since W left school, the autumn has become a time to take a break and, you're quite right that…

Breathing space

Pink lemonade in a glass jug wiht a vase of pink flowers

Dear Sam,   Yes, it certainly has been very hot here, too, so I was grateful for your tip for reviving tired bees .  I needed to put it into action when I found an exhausted bumble bee in our kitchen; I gave it some of the sugar solution on a teaspoon and after a few…