Christmas Door Love

I love front doors. Front doors are possibly one of my favourite features of any home. Maybe my love of beautiful front doors stems from my desire to be a home owner and that I have never had my own front door (I have rented for nearly the last 9 years..gulp thinking of all that money spent on rent makes me a bit green..)

Front doors are like a little peek of what great things might be on the other side, they are a home owners opportunity to make a little statement about what kind of person they might be or aspire to be. Sometimes I even think of front doors as lipstick for houses, the perfect one bringing warmth and character, sophistication or even fun…an ugly front door is like a coldsore, needs treatment and fast.

My love of front doors extends to friends sending me pictures of doors they think I might like or me getting my camera phone out to snap little beauties, which is exactly what I did today whilst walking down a particularly lovely road in my neighbourhood. If a front door is lovely in its own right, a beautiful pathway and gate are icing on the cake and if a door has a beautiful Christmas wreath, well that’s like the jewel in the crown. Today’s offerings are nothing short of spectacular dressed up in their Christmas finery, I just wish my camera could do them justice.

Yes, I know I’m slightly unhinged (get it!) but each to their lovely own I say.

I think dark blue front door with the two Bay trees either side was my favourite today, followed by number 33.










Autumn inspired quilt in progress

Autumn is my favourite season. Fact. I love it so much, that if Baxter had of been a girl his name would have been Autumn. Love it. So being inspired by my favourite season I decided I needed an Autumn quilt, my only challenge being that I had to use fabrics I already owned.

I chose fiery reds and purples and originally a lilac polka dot ‘to add interest’ – what was I thinking! The lilac red looked hideous, so I swapped it out for some ‘bonfire/firework’ fabric that I treated myself to earlier in the summer from Cornwall. I think it looks muchas better with the new fabric. I’m planning on binding it with a navy small star fabric to look like a cold starry night. The backing unfortunately is an uninspiring plain pink, as it was the largest single piece of fabric I could get my mitts on… so any ideas for jazzing it up would be greatly appreciated!

On a separate note, Fabric Land on Western Road, Brighton, why oh why have you put all your patchwork fabrics at the top of your steep staircase? How am I ever going to wile away a happy half hour looking at your fabric goodness when I can’t get up there when I’m in town with B in his pram!? I’m going to have to shop in the over priced shop over the road!!! Pants.





Sunny afternoon in Portishead

A couple of weeks ago, my rather large family had a bit of a get together to celebrate my Aunty and Uncle returning to the UK after 30 years abroad and my cousin popping over from Canada for a visit. We hired out Portishead Lido Kitchen for the event, which is nothing like the scruffy open air pool I remember from my childhood! This place is gorgeous, the views are amazing and the food is great.

Baxter was a bit disappointed he couldn’t go for a dip (he has got over his bath phobia fortunately) so settled for a walk in the somewhat changeable autumn weather. Cloudy and wet one moment, glorious sunshine the next.

I can’t wait to take Mr Egg and Baxter there next year for an alfresco swim, as we will be living near there by next summer!






like to match my food to my pants!