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Sunday, 25 September 2016


The girls started back at school at the beginning of the month (it's been that long since I've done a blog post.) Bella started on the next stage of her education and began secondary school.

Lots of new dresses and lots of modelling work for Mabel 

Marvel Comic Fabric 

Streets Of London 

Everyone's A Unicorn 




It was book loving kind of weekend when we went to Torquay Museum for the Roald Dahl Day

Mabel Sporting her handmade BFG ears.

On Sunday we went with friends to Hannahs at Seale Hayne for the Illustrating Harry Potter event.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016


It's been over two weeks since we returned from Spain, and the weather has generally be good to us. We've been missing having the space and warm late evenings. We've had various days and nights out in the remaining weeks of the holidays, and feel very fortunate that we live in a beautiful part of the country where we can continue having good times. 

When the tide goes out on the River Teign we go cockling, the tradition says that you can only do this when the month has an R in it so it was really our last haul, and a good one it was too.

We took the girls with us to Ikea in Bristol to buy them both new beds,we were planning to go onto the Bristol Science Museum but like any trip to Ikea it took far longer than it should (so we'll have to save that for another day) 

Last week we were in Amersham in Buckinghamshire for the house warming of friends Heinz & Jenny's beautiful house. Designed by Heinz it has won it's section in the RIBA Awards and goes onto the final in November.Great evening catching up with old friends 

We also booked a two hour mackerel fishing trip, minus Bella who a heightened dislike of boats since our crossing to Spain on the ferry. Great couple of hours in the sun, with a good catch of fish to take home for tea.

Bank Holiday Monday we packed up lunch and wine and headed down to the back beach for the day.  The Back Beach Music Festival was on and during the day friends and family came along to join us. We left after watching the beautiful sunset. 

We live about seven miles from Torquay (a popular holiday destination) and a town I spent a couple of years in before moving up to London. Today we took my in laws to see the show Cats at the Princess Theatre. With a couple of hours to kill we had a walk around the marina, went for lunch and spent some time in the amusement arcades.

And before we knew it I was thinking about "Back To School" and the fact I hadn't made my usual quota of school book bags. 

Very excited by my new dress design.  Many,many years ago (over 20) I bought a dress from Top Shop in the sale before going on holiday. Loved wearing in then, and still love wearing it, because it was made in linen, it's virtually falling apart.  So I've recreated it, firstly so I could carry on wearing it, and secondly to sell.  The reaction has been amazing and they will be available this month.

New makes as we go into Autumn and the sleeves get longer 

Vintage Style Flower Print Fabric Dresses 

Vintage Star Wars 


For The Love Of London 

Thomas The Tank 

Mickey Mouse and Pluto

And to use up some of those left over pieces, some little bags

And that is really the end of the Summer holiday of 2016. 

It's been fabulous, and we've all enjoyed it very much! 

Sunday, 21 August 2016


As I write this post we have returned from our Summer holiday in Valencia. We had a wonderful three and a half weeks, which we shared with both family and friends. We've come back relaxed, and a little bit sad (not helped by the grey skies and rain) 

We've enjoyed the continual sunshine, being outside eating, swimming and relaxing. We'll miss going out as a family late in the evening, eating lovely food and taking in the atmosphere, but we also know how lucky we are to be returning to such a beautiful part of England. 

Truly blue blue sky

Fun on the beach 

Eating and drinking late into the evening 

Visiting the Ivam Modern Art Gallery 

Having fun with friends

The City Of Arts & Sciences 

Adios we're going home.

Friday, 5 August 2016


One of the only times we visit Valencia during the day and endure the pulsating heat is to visit the food market in Valencia which opens from 7am - 3pm. We start off with churro's and chocolate a big favourite of mine. Thin hot doughnuts dipped into warm thick chocolate, they also do a gorgeous freshly squeezed Valencian orange juice.

The building is a shrine to all things edible, and even the building is stunning.

Plenty of olives to choose from

Pimenton used in a lot of Spanish cooking 

Dried fruits and nuts

Varieties of snails

Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables 


Live eels

Even though we are an island with many fishing ports, you never see a selection of fish like this in the UK.

As the temperature reaches a staggering 36 degrees we head back to the house and a dip in the pool