Sunday, 19 October 2014

Bake


Each week that the Great British Bake Off was aired, I was challenged to bake something different for my work colleagues. With the stress of moving house, I think I missed two weeks, but I did bake so many different things! Iced bun fingers, boston cream pie cupcakes, schicttorte and gingerbread men come to mind, but I am sure there were more goodies than that!
Anyhow, since bake off, I have made a delicious chocolate pie (homemade pie crust and filled with a chocolate custard) and today I baked wholemeal chocolate and cranberry cookies. Not to mention the weekly loaf of bread that has become my Wednesday ritual.
I am so, so glad to be back into my baking routine again so please be prepared to be bombarded with my new favourite recipes and makes!

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Village Life




I'm back at long last! We have been living in our new house for a month today and we have only just had the internet installed. It as been a long few weeks! 
It is safe to say that we are enjoying ourselves in our new house and in the village we are now calling home. Here are some photos we took a few weeks ago when we went on a little exploration. Everyone seems so friendly and we were even invited into someones home for a model train exhibition which Louie was thrilled with. So now we are settled, I hope that we can resume documenting our everyday.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Stowe Landscape Garden


A week or two ago, we visited Stowe, a National Trust property that has been on my to do list for a year or so. It was a long overdue visit, but as I imagined, it was a spectacular view in its autumnal glory.
We are still working on getting the internet fixed up so I do apologise for the delay, but hopefully we will be back in business some time next week!
















Thursday, 25 September 2014



Apologies for the lack of posting, we are currently completely off grid after moving in to our new home at the weekend. In the sticks, we have zero mobile coverage and we are still waiting for someone to come and hook us up to the phone line, internet and TV!

It's quite nice really to have some peace and quiet, but I'm sure it will be welcome when it comes to being fixed up.

It has been a stressful few weeks so yesterday's trip to a (very) local spa was well needed. A very quiet day of doing not a lot, being looked after and pampered went down rather well.

I hope all of my lovely readers are having a lovely week and I promise to get back to the usual posting schedule as and when I can!



Image taken from champneys.com

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Our Week










Another little instagram dump from our very, very busy week. After getting the keys to our home last week, we have been frantically moving our belongings in to our new house. What with work and school now, it has been incredibly stressful! I can't wait for it to be Saturday already so that we can get moved and settled in for good.

Saturday, 13 September 2014



So finally, we have bought a house!

We exchanged and got the keys this week so I have been a very busy bee moving all of our 'house stash' in to our actual house!!
All of the things we have been squirreling away for so many years can finally come out of boxes and we can hopefully make this new little house our home.

Apologies for being so quiet, but it has been rather stressful and not much time has been left for doing fun stuff, especially with Mr Bee being in school now! But hopefully once we are in, settled and finally have some internet connected, we will be back into the blogging swing of things.

In the meantime, these quick snaps can keep you guessing about our little house in the country, and once we have things how we want them, you might even get a little guided tour!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Our Week








Another exhausting week has flown by. We have been on a delightful night time bat walk, Louie has learned how to ride his bike (all by himself!), played games at Calke Abbey and had a delicious mid week roast. Louie has been settling in to school and we have been preparing for our impending house move, brimming with excitement.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Starting School

And so begins Louie's school life! This morning we dropped Louie off for his very first day of school. He has been very excited about it and very, very grown up.

We got up bright and early and got washed and dressed. Louie's school uniform is adorable, he looks so smart and so grown up! He has been dying to wear it since we bought it all a few weeks ago. After a yummy breakfast (wholemeal bacon and mushroom muffins, naturally!) we headed off to the lovely little village school that he will be calling his own for the next 7 years!

So brave, he marched straight in to his classroom and settled right in and we left only a a short while after arriving. He settled himself down on a big cushion with a book and had himself a lovely morning!

On  picking him up, he was very excited to have been playing with all of the children, making new friends and playing outside all morning. He has another few weeks of mornings before starting full time after we move into our new house.

I can't wait to see all that he will learn and achieve at school!




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Monday, 1 September 2014

Baby Steps









As our imminent to move to a countryside village draws closer, I have spent the past few weeks preparing for the rural life. Louie and I have spent days driving around the local area, getting to grips with the local shops and visiting places we can spend time in the future.

This weekend however, we have concentrated on the rural tradition of preserving. I can't wait until we will have produce from our own garden to make goodies from, but as we don't have the resources this year, we have sourced ingredients from the local area. On todays menu was Damson Jam, Tomato Relish and Malted Bread, all of which were made with local ingredients. The feeling of accomplishment is overwhelming!

It is a very exciting time for us at present, with Louie starting school and us moving in to our first home. You may need to bear with us at times, but we will be back, and bigger than ever by the looks of it, with lots  and lots more treats like these!




Sunday, 31 August 2014

Upton by Tractor










Today we drove down to Upton House in Oxfordshire for a tractor ride around the estate. The wider Upton estate is made up of private farms which maintain arable and grazing fields. The tractor ride took us around the different working fields of the estate, showing us oat fields that were being cultivated by training racehorses, a living bird feed table, working woodland and lots of sheep!
It was lead by the estate manager who also runs the Birds and Bee's seed shop, which uses grains and oils from the Upton estate to create delicious foods for the wildlife from the farming methods already in place.
The views from the tractor ride were phenominal, as you can see! Especially the view of the house and gardens from the other side of the hill.
We spent the rest of our afternoon on the green relaxing and listening to the jazz band playing all afternoon. It was a grand day out!
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