Five Happy Things In August

  1. Attending a gorgeous Art Deco themed wedding at Botelys Mansion
  2. Whipping up a trusty Mary Berry Victoria Sponge for my Uncles Birthday
  3. Pub lunch and stroll with my Grandad in Shamley Green
  4. Toasting marshmallows in the garden with some of my favourite people
  5. This little guard dog! Peekaboo!

London Boat Party

I spent a rather lovely sunny day sailing the River Thames last week, as a lucky plus-one on a boat party. We began the trip from Kew and spent a couple of hours touring the most famous sights of Westminster, through to tower bridge. It was happily not as rocky as I was expecting, and the weather didn't get us too windswept! The Houses Of Parliament is having restoration work done which was spoiling all those tourists photographs, but it was still wonderful to see all these landmarks from a different point of view, bobbing along on the river! 

As the party boat docked at Westminster it would have been rude not to take a quick spin on The London Eye, we timed it perfect to see the sunset across London. I have been on it a couple of times but there's always something new to spot, this time the 'Walkie Talkie' building had sprung up and the Shard in it's entirety. A very happy way to spend a Friday!

Thanks for popping by,


Happy Summer Snapshots

It was wonderful to enjoy some proper sunshine in July, the garden suddenly burst into bloom after all that rain and suddenly everything was looking very green and luscious! So many of my bulbs had rotted in the ground around the Shepherds Hut after such a bad spring, I am relying on wild flowers, dogwoods and shrubs to get some colour going. The vegetable patch has been absolutely ravaged by slugs and snails despite my attempts at defences, does anyone else think they get parachuted in too??? If I get some courgettes, beans and tomatoes I will be happy, the rest of my efforts have been truly munched!

I had a few days off when it was scorching to sit and enjoy such a rarity (admittedly, under protection from the parasol) but Mia really isn't a fan of the heat, so she dug herself a good little shelter in the shade and refused to walk more than ten paces. She now has a much cooler summer haircut, I even made her some doggie ice lollies (natural yogurt, banana and peanut butter) to try and keep her happy in the heat! 

Good weather called for garden parties and there were some fab gatherings with friends and family! I re-discovered that watering the garden was HOURS of fun (with a little help from Jax!) There was a hilariously brutal football match between littles ones and older ones who should know better, and plenty of BBQ food! This is what summer should be about.....and then soggy August shows up!

I hope you have been having a great summer no matter what the weather! Thanks for popping by!