A pukka life

Today was mainly spent cooped up on a flight home from the UK; not fun with a one year old. I didn’t get to watch any films but on the plus side I did manage to read a few more pages of my current book ‘A Pukka Life‘ by Sebastian Pole. Inspired by Ayurveda it promises to help you find your path to perfect health. I’m yet to report on perfect health but think I’ve found the perfect book for January.



After over indulging last night O and I decided we needed a long walk in the beautiful Peak District. We decided on a good old amble up to the beautiful Chatsworth House. Although the house was closed for the Christmas break we loved the surrounding views, plus breathing in all of the lovely fresh air is definitely good for the soul.

Beautiful surroundings

We made a friend


The Peacock at Rowsley

Mum very kindly agreed to look after Rory for a couple of days to allow O and I to go off for some alone time. We chose a gorgeous local gem of a hotel in The Peak District called The Peacock at Rowsley. The service was impeccable (hot toddy greets you when you arrive, afternoon tea served in your room after a walk, sheets turned down with a delicious chocolate etc.). After an explore of the very picturesque village and craft mill we decided to have a long leisurely lunch in the pub. Then we took advantage of some quiet time by relaxing in our room, reading and having an afternoon nap – bliss. Supper was a formal affair in the dining room where the six course menu was exquisite but very filling. A lovely day with my favorite man.


The girl with the dragon tattoo

As you know from previous blog posts I am a big fan of Millennium Trilogy books so I was very excited to go and see the new film The girl with the dragon tattoo. After a delicious family meal out at local Il Rosso we dropped mum home with Rory for some precious ‘Granny M’ time whilst the rest of the family (loaded with chocolate treats) went to the cinema to see the film. I absolutely loved it. I already knew it was a great story but the casting and locations were completely accurate to how I imagined them when reading the book. Good stuff.

Rory’s 1st Birthday Party

Yesterday was Rory’s first birthday party and what a wonderful party it was. We held it at Pomme, a beautiful children’s shop at the end of our road which has an event space where Rory and I do music each week. The exposed brick and beautiful oak beams were a wonderful backdrop for me to work with. I decided to go with a white, grey and duck egg blue color scheme and serve an afternoon tea party since it was 2:30 – 4:30. With Ella Fitzgerald playing on the iPod and Jo Malone candles creating a beautiful Orange Blossom scent, the atmosphere was already warming up nicely, ready for our 30 adult guests and 11 one year olds. All of the preparation finally came together to create some wonderful memories that we were lucky enough to get on camera by the talented Rue. But obviously a party is only as good as the sum of it’s guests and we were blown away by all of the love and generosity that our beautiful friends provided us with. A very special day was made all the more special thanks to our wonderful friends. Thank you.

Rory is one year old!

I’m feeling rather emotional as I can’t believe that a year ago today I gave birth to my beautiful little boy! Where has the time gone? So today I’m reminiscing on all of the wonderful memories that Rory has given me so far and looking forward to hopefully having many, many more to come.

Buttermilk Channel

Tonight O and I went on a lovely date night to the stylish and delicious Buttermilk Channel. A cosy neighborhood restaurant serving comforting American dishes, it was all intimate with candlelight and a buzzy but not too busy atmosphere. After enjoying three scrumptious courses we decided to walk home hand in hand. A gorgeous evening with my gorgeous husband.

Personalised Printing

I love my printing kit. It’s simple, easy to use and make’s even the simplest, cheapest thing look good. For Rory’s party I ordered some bamboo ‘sporks’ to eat the cake with, and have made them tie in with the theme by printing a grey ‘R’ on them. I’ve done the same thing with paper napkins. Suddenly everything is looking very coordinated. I can’t wait to put it all together on Saturday…

Personalised paper napkins