Have you heard of Tom Kerridge? He owns two (soon to be three) pubs in Marlow and his pub The Hand & Flowers was the first pub to receive two Michelin stars. It is booked up months in advance. He has also appeared on TV (Tom Kerridge Proper Pub Food) and has published cookery books. He is therefore rather a popular and well-known figure in Marlow. His second pub is The Coach (no booking required) and he is about to open a third, The Butchers Tap.
At Christmas he set up a Pop-up Picture House (with food being served) in the town. The tickets for December sold out within minutes so they added in January too and they sold out and I didn't get a look in! He is now working with Rick Stein and has created Sunset Cinema at Cliveden and Chewton Glen during the summer - and I did manage to get tickets this time. We will be eating lovely food and watching Scandal at Cliveden.
Then he had another idea and created a festival-style event 'Pub in the Park', this took place last weekend in Higginson Park in Marlow. I managed to get six tickets for Saturday afternoon. There were about eight pop-up pubs (Tom's mates) all serving 'tapas' sized portions of their famous dishes. Lots to sample and lots of wine, gin, beer etc. A stage providing live music from famous bands (Toploader, Tom Odell, James Morrison and 10cc as well as a few others), a demonstration tent where well-known chefs were showing off their skills plus a shopping village fulling of tempting culinary delights.
We had a blast! The weather was a bit off but we mostly saw sun and only had a couple of really heavy downpours.
I had to dress for rain and mud (oh to be in England now that summer is here ...) and wore navy jeans with my long leather waterproof Dubarry boots (best buy ever). My breton top is from French Connection, my scarf is Mint Velvet and my messenger bag is Mulberry.
Then I added my Targetdry waterproof parka! This is no fashion statement but it is bright, warm and waterproof and it is perfect for Spring and Autumn - I love the longer length as it keeps your legs dry too. Mine is a few years old now but there are similar here - I like the navy one.
I will leave you with a few photos of the afternoon. It involved a lot of alcohol and we were also celebrating our niece's birthday. I felt a little tired by 9 pm (I just can't take the pace these days). But it was great fun and Tom if you are reading , please do it all again next year!!
Last week I took myself off to Windsor. I used to go to Windsor a lot and then our local town centre opened a new shopping mall and life got busy and I have been doing more online shopping. But this isn't always successful, I do seem to spend a lot of time disposing of packaging or going back and forth to the PO with lots of returns. So I went to Windsor and it was very successful and I really should go more often, when my bank account allows!
I had decided that as much as I love my MIchael Kors blush handbag it is rather heavy and I am saving to buy a new Mulberry or Lous Vuitton in the autumn but for now I wanted something lighter weight and summery. I had researched Karen Millen having seen my friend using a very nice navy bag from them. So instead of ordering online I wanted to go and have a look.
Now this bag isn't leather but it is very good quality and very lightweight plus I really like the monochrome look I can create with it and that the off-white goes with everything
Karen Millen Bag £85
Karen Millen black crop jeans £90
Jigsaw poncho £85
Stan Smiths from Next £72
Karen Millen currently have 25% off online and instore
This outfit is from Mint Velvet and I can't find the top online so maybe it is only in the boutiques. The jeans are their Seattle Navy Jeans £69 and the scarf is also Mint Velvet along with Stan Smiths (as above).
I really enjoyed my wander is Windsor, I love the French Connection there and bought a lovely navy top and a new summer breton top. I'm pretty sure I said on a previous post 'no more stripe tops' but clearly they are my uniform and that is not going to change!
Let's hope I will be posting about summer dresses soon.
So as you know I've been moaning that I am cold! To be fair expecting better weather before June was probably a bit unrealistic but hey ho a girl can dream. I have loads of summer outfits ready and waiting in my wardrobe but in the meantime I have been digging deep to find things that a are 'spring-like' but 'keep me warm'. Here are a few recent outfit ideas:
I didn't need a coat this day! I wore my Next coated skinnies with Mint Velvet blush trainers, a lace vest layer from The White Company and a Hush jumper (no longer available). And this is Katy my Westie!
This day turned out really warm and I actually went in our hot tub and dried off sitting in the garden in my swimsuit. It was cold again the next day though. My grey jeans and top are from Mint Velvet and my sandals are new from Holster Australia.
Now on this day I was too hot!! I went out in the afternoon and could easily have worn at least a long sleeve t-shirt anyway. My jumper is from Boden, my scarf is Marks & Spencer, my jeans are Gap forever skinny and my trainers are Mint Velvet (see above).
New outfit here all from Mint Velvet (I can't find the top online) plus new Adidas Stan Smiths from Next which I had been lusting after for a while but as I had my blush trainers and my superstars I resisted then I didn't resist and I now have them and they are so comfortable!
Not sure whose bottom that is disappearing but I thought it might amuse you! Another new outfit from my wandering in Windsor last week. I love my Michael Kors handbag but it is so heavy. So this new one is from Karen Millen and it is smaller and lighter and I like the monochrome look I can create as it is so simple. My breton is from Halhuber. My poncho from Jigsaw and my jeans and bag from Karen Millen, Plus Stan Smiths!
I wore this outfit to see Footloose at our local theatre at the weekend. My jacket is old from Mint Velvet, cropped jeans and handbag from Karen Millen, shirt was a sale bargain from All Saints and shoes are from Russel & Bromley.
On Friday night we went down to my home town Maidstone in Kent for dinner to celebrate my oldest friends 50th birthday! I am on the left, birthday girl Nicola in the middle and Joanna on the right - we have known each other since we were 6. We had a lovely evening as we always do and looking forward to the final 50th later in the year!
I didn't get a good outfit post of my dress, I wore a previous season Whistles dress in navy and cream.
So quite a long one today, hope there is some outfit inspiration in there somewhere.
We have lived in our Victorian 'cottage in the woods' for over 25 years now. We bought it as a renovation project with the intention of moving on before we had a family. But as we progressed with the project, extended the house, bought a bit of extra land and basically fell in love with our little oasis of calm on the edge of a busy town, we decided to stay!
A few weeks ago we did some decorating. Nothing major. We spent so many years renovating an extending that I don't ever want to go back to that kind of work. But the house did need a lick of paint. Some of my lovely blog followers asked me to share the results.
We are so lucky, as our little cottage stands by itself on the edge of the woods in a little hamlet in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the bottom of a bridlepath. It does get a bit bumpy and muddy in the winter but every time I drive home down our lane I feel happy. It is a good place to come home to!
We have a painted kitchen from Cotteswood of Oxfordshire, it is a shaker style and has been in over 20 years and has really stood the test of time. It hasn't dated. We upgraded from wood worktops to granite a few years ago and changed the floor from traditional terracotta to cream porcelain but the kitchen units themselves are still as good as new. They are handpainted and we had a very talented lady - Nicola from Picked Onion Furniture come and re-paint them for us. We used Farrow & Ball paint on the units and for the walls we chose from the Dulux Heritage range.
Next up was the lounge. It is only small and we have always struggled to fit the right furniture in, we have a conservatory too which really adds space and opens up the downstairs but for watching TV we like to cosy up in our lounge! I am not a confident 'interior decorator' so I kept it simple and chose Caliko from Dulux for the walls throughout downstairs and the hall, stairs and landing.
I discovered a new home accessories company recently online, via Instagram, and purchased a few new bits from them - take a look at Kirsten & Belle. I purchased my new cushions from John Lewis and Laura Ashley.
And here are a few shots of our pretty garden. It is surrounded by woodland and trees and we have really developed it over the years we have been here to a place where we love to spend time but that is easy to maintain.
Our 'treat' this year was a Lay-Z-Spa' which my son went and bought and set up for us. It is proving to be a very relaxing addition to our garden.
And no post about our home would be complete without sharing our beloved pets - we have Pebbles a 13 year old Siamese cat and then two West Highland White Terriers. Katy is 5 years old and her half-sister Bonnie is 2 years old. My sister in law also has two westies and Bonnie's full sister so it is busy when we help each other out and they all come to stay.
I still need to finish decorating upstairs, in particular our bedroom, but that will have to wait until post GCSE's now.
There is a lot of history in our house which I researched many years ago when we were trying to identify the ownership of some land we wanted to buy. I will share a few snippets in another post, it is quite interesting.
I hope you like it! I love living here, I never feel nervous about being in a cottage with no neighbours and although it is by itself, civilisation is very close by.
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