Random act of kindness…

… to brighten someone’s day!

Having lived in our village for 4 years, there is a beautiful little house which offers the most gorgeous display at Christmas time.

It provides so much enjoyment to the children every year as we have so many in our community. I therefore talked to the children about thanking the people who make this mammoth Christmas effort for us! Both Clara and Axel wrote these lovely cards and off we toodled to drop them off through the letterbox.

Funny how life works, as having never met them before, they so happened to arrive in their car as we approached their house. The children therefore got to hand them in person. Also having never met Christmas babies like Axel before, they so happened to have 47 year old Christmas twin daughters!

All so beautifully coincidental and they were most definitely very touched!


Birthday eco Great outdoors for Axel

A sensational little find! For a real farm experience with fantastic staff, close encounters with animals and a huge variety of activities, the Green Dragon Rare Breeds Farm & Eco Centre is a perfect gateway for the whole day. Details can be found here.

Our son Axel had his birthday party there with all his besties and it was so refreshing to celebrate in nature!

Axel with no fear, holding the biggest of beetles.🙊


Discovery of FLOW…

… what a truly wonderful find!


On our way to Paris at the airport, we had lots of time on our hands. I was keen to find something to read but the only options available to me were the mind numbing magazines mainly packed with advertisements… until I stumbled upon THIS!

If you are looking for a fantastic read packed with ideas of “to do’s”, great interviews, lots to take away & keep and generally a real source of inspiration beautifully packaged then this magazine is so worth the investment.

If you want to slow down a little and take some time out with a really good read, I cannot recommend FLOW magazine enough.

More details can be found here: FLOW Magazine

Japanese food!

From a nutritional perspective, Japanese food is one of the healthiest you can eat. It can be so colourful, varied and beautifully flavoured. 🍱

I always encourage my children to sample  foods from around the world and thankfully this is one they love.


On a week end in Bournemouth with my favourite girls, my Mum and my daughter, we went to my favourite eating places: a traditional little Japanese restaurant called Miso.

Clara got the hang of chopsticks first time round!

Paris, coup de coeur!


Our lovely pad for the long week end in Montmartre


The best soupe de poisson et soupe a l’oignon!


Les quais de la Seine


View from Montmartre


Le Sacré Coeur



My favourite champagne to date, Laurent-Perrier


Off to see The Stranglers at La Cigale



Pigalle by day…


… by night


Souffle of the metro!


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Einstein

“I completely agree that just because you are different does not mean you can’t do well and achieve things in life; in fact looking at the world in a different way to everyone else is a strength and should be praised and encouraged. I have never looked at my dyslexia as a disability; like Mary said, it is an exceptionality and we should celebrate these exceptionalities in ourselves and others.” Richard Branson

Wonderful full article can be found here



 “What did you fail at this week?”


This is about the importance of celebrating failures, particularly as a child.

In an interview for Fortune, Blakely said, “I didn’t realize at the time how much this advice would define not only my future, but my definition of failure. I have realized as an entrepreneur that so many people don’t pursue their idea because they were scared or afraid of what could happen. My dad taught me that failing simply just leads you to the next great thing.”

Speaking of that, Blakely herself failed the LSATs twice before founding Spanx. On that particular chapter of her life, she says, “It was one of many tests that showed me how some of the biggest failures in our lives just nudge us into another path.”

Those who’ve made it big repeat that one of the main reasons they got to where they are is by taking risks. Over and over, they talk about the importance of taking leaps, which sometimes means falling down:

  • “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” —Robert F. Kennedy
  • “Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” —Oprah
  • “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas Edison

Well, what have YOU failed this week? 🙂

Variety is the spice of life…

… and I  try to live by this! A few of us had the crazy idea to go paddleboarding on a very cold windy mid November day 🌬❄️ Such great fun despite not feeling the end of my fingers and toes by the end of it!

Ride Leisure Events at Wyborton Lakes also had a lovely team looking after us, stunning location and absolutely wonderful food 🌟


Such a beautiful location!


Sexy outfit to brave the ice cold water


Kneeling down initially…


… the tribe gathers…


… and we give standing up and paddling a go! 💪


Simon’s favourite therapeutic past time 😊

“Women in Rail” event

Whilst I work in the transport industry, I attended my first ever “Women in Rail” event, was unsure what to expect but it was absolutely FANTASTIC! The topic was “Empowerment and Self Confidence”. The event had a perfect blend of information without overloading, practical exercises, a great presenter, fabulous audience, tips to take away and a truly inspirational speaker. Added bonus: perfect venue and amazing canapés!! It has been a long time since I gave my undivided attention for two and half hours! http://womeninrail.org/


IMG_0116Pictures courtesy of Jan Sansi

Chocolate Workshop!

What?! I hear you say. Health & nutrition and you are promoting chocolate?

Well yes, despite the numerous conflicting messages around whether chocolate is good or bad for you, it does actually have some amazing properties. It really is all about moderation, this is so key. I am also not talking about the one you find on the high street packed with emulsifiers, flavourings and vegetables fats. This is about chocolate in it’s purest form, the one which takes your pallet on a journey, just like wine would. Dark chocolate for example is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc, selenium and iron.


A colleague at work mentioned Linny Lane and her incredible chocolate workshops. As I went on to find out more, it so happened that she was looking for volunteers to take part in a photo shoot for her website! Needless to say that I jumped at the opportunity et voila! My little moment of fame in her gallery 😀

More details can be found here: Linny Lane Chocolate Workshops

Linny Lane has a complete love affair with chocolate. With years of expertise, an incredible passion and in the stunning surroundings of her home in Woburn Sands, she enables people to experience how to make chocolates in their purest form! I got to make my very own chocolate decorated patterned lollipop and sumptuous truffles! From tempering the chocolate to tasting, designing and taking away your creations, she offers workshops and parties in and around Milton Keynes.

These are my own amateur pictures but more beautiful professional pictures can be found on her website as per the link above.