Beachy Beauty: Littlehampton, West Sussex

A blazer of a day is on the cards tomorrow, had to quickly share Littlehampton. If you have no plans, I cannot recommend this beach enough. My older son’s school had an inset day yesterday, so we headed to Littlehampton to visit a poorly relative. Here we spent the day having lunch at the East Beach Cafe and […]

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Wild flowers, spiked trees and curious collections (or: For the love of the Grange)

Southover Grange Gardens is a jewel in this town’s crown, which says a lot about it, given Lewes’s overall beauty. For those of you who either don’t live here or have visited and not found it yet, it is a walled garden of ‘rooms’ that are bounteously planted up in an ordered, ornamental fashion. It makes us feel better […]

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Sweet things for Father's Day at Bonne Bouche, Lewes

One last Father’s Day post and then I’ll pipe down. As I walked past Bonne Bouche on Monday and saw this notice, I was reminded that a box of beautifully packaged chocs from the beautifully packaged Bonne Bouche, all chosen by the children, could be a beautiful thing.

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Celebrating the sunshine with Sanna Annukka

The sun is SHINING, but I’m stuck indoors working (or work evading by writing this post). So today has got to be about print and pattern. It’s got to be about Sanna Annukka, a textile designer and print maker who lives in Brighton. As a half-Dane, I’m irresistibly and unflinchingly drawn to the shapes, motifs and simplicity […]

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Pretty things for Father's Day at Woodruffs Yard, Lewes

I was walking by Woodruff’s Yard this morning and indulging in the prettiness it fills that alleyway with – you know, the one that runs from Cliffe High Street towards Malling Field. From March to October every year, this plant nursery brings the abandon of wild flowers – in an orderly way of course – to a kind of boring […]

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Creative mess-making at Red Jelly, Hove (Updated 07/10/14)

UPDATE: 07/09/2014 Since my littler son and I first went to Red Jelly, Tash has moved on from the business to start primary school teaching. She had had several amazing years starting and running the business that was incredibly popular, so she put the word out to see whether anyone would like to take over. We […]

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Observations from a walk home

For the first time ever today, I attempted two boys on scooters at the same time. I had my hands very full with a defiant toddler and a five-year-old almost rabid with cabin fever thanks to four days in the house with chickenpox. I admit it, I was irritated and scratchy for much of the time. […]

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