May 2018

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In Inside

Love handles

What makes a house into a home? Or more accurately what makes a house into an Instagrammable home, because that’s all that matters these days. Right? For me, it starts with the details. I don’t mean the obvious things, like artwork, textiles, ceramics, (although of course I love spending time finding the right finishing touches).  But I’m talking about one layer down from that, the things that are designed to have function, but which can still be aesthetically pleasing in their own right. The things that perhaps weren’t originally intended to be noticed; handles, knobs, doorplates, keyhole covers, locks. They can tie the rooms together, …

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In Outside

Spring Snapshot

Finally. It’s here; the lime chlorophyll of new leaves clashing against the periwinkle blue sky, so bright and vibrant it almost hurts the eyes; but I can’t look away because I can’t get enough of it. There is fullness where once there were naked skeletons. As the saying goes, no winter lasts forever and no spring skips its turn. The soil is warming, there is green abundance along the roadsides, purple mosaics of bluebells, dazzling yellow dandelions.  I’m a pretty careful observer of nature in the garden, but one blink and everything has grown again, or blossomed or bloomed.

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In Travel

Time to get lost

One of my favourite books as a child was The Secret Garden; the story of a hidden garden abandoned and unloved, like the children in the story, all of whom are transformed through the power of kindness and caring for others, as they bring the  garden back to life.  The book is captivating and magical, rejuvenating and ultimately uplifting. But, there is a real life secret garden that was similarly left to languish and crumble but which was rediscovered in the 1990s and has since been restored to its former glory; The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

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