the silence is deafening

Thursday, 10 August 2017

If you follow me on my other channels you will know I haven’t fallen under a bus. The blog silence has been procrastination and then a technical hoo-ha. I’ve been redesigning the blog layout and then trying to implement it, which, didn’t happen successfully. So I’ve scratched my head a bit and gone back to tutorials and how-to videos. So in a very over due fashion, I’m back with a post that should have been posted at least 6 weeks ago when I wrote it.

So what news have I to share:
  • The big news is that my Pinterest boards have been blowing up lately and I think you might like what I’ve been pinning there
  • I'm working on a project with the House that bloggers built where 5 bloggers are styling a house from top to toe in Brighton. I'll be having fun styling the living room and a home office space - watch this space for updates
  • As always I'm having fun over on instagram where you might have seen my latest trip with Yelloh Village to Biarritz
  • Also, I am going to be launching a quarterly newsletter and will be sharing the sign-up details with you soon. 
Sorry again for the absence, I PROMISE I won’t leave it so long next time. 

Why Oslo is a Family Friendly City Break destination

If you have young children then Oslo is a brilliant family friendly city break destination to add to your travel bucket list.

Back in May when bank holidays bookend the month, I went on two city breaks with my family (my DH and my 4-year-old boy, Milo stayed at his doggy friends house). One was a break in London and one to Oslo in Norway.
Oslo with children, family friendly Oslo

If you were following along on Instagram or twitter at the time you’ll have seen that we had a fabulous time in Oslo.  We were the lucky ones to experience glorious sunshine in Oslo even if the temperatures weren’t exactly Mediterranean, I still came back with some new freckles.  Oslo shone like a jewel with all the reflected light from the water and that I really hadn’t been expecting. We rediscovered how much we love Northern European cities (in May 2016 we went to Copenhagen as a family) and discovered what a compact do-able city Oslo is for a family travelling with a child who needs to stop regularly but equally run off some energy from time to time.

Clerkenwell Design Week whistle stop tour

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Yesterday was the start of the 2017 Clerkenwell Design Week, which is in fact 3 days... but don't let that stop you from attending. As they say in their own literature it’s a jam-packed design jamboree and they are not wrong. I started out the morning joining the official press event, which included a tour of the major stops and installations. With over 90 showrooms taking part and 7 temporary exhibition spaces plus a series of commissioned installations, this 8th edition of Clerkenwell Design week has a lot to offer. Following on from last years improvements signage and routes are incredibly well laid having been designed by specialist way-finding design agency Space Agency so that you don't get lost in the warren-like streets of the City fringes.
Hakwood installation, geometric wood, design blogger
So what caught my attention from my crisscross tour across Clerkenwell yesterday?

#Take12trips: Next stop OSLO

Monday, 22 May 2017

I’m barely back from a wonderful weekend trip with my family in London and we’re all off to Oslo. It a city that been on my travel list for a while and yet keeps getting bumped to next year. Well, it’s finally happening at the end of the month, it's my next #take12trips stop so make sure to stay tuned on Instagram while I am there for the bank holiday weekend. 
Visit Oslo, Opera House, Visit Norway
VisitOSLO/Sabine Zoller
Everything I read about Oslo says it's expensive, but then so is London. I’ll be intrigued to see what this is like in reality.  I’m used to expensive coffee everywhere except in Italy. The hotel I have booked for the 3 of us in a family room was pretty good value via Booking.com and our flights were a bargain (under £100 each) with Norwegian Air, but then I booked them more than 6 months in advance.

Why you should try a city break as a family holiday

Thursday, 11 May 2017

What makes a good family holiday for you? It’s different for everyone obviously, but I find the need to be outside of our usual routines such an overwhelming pull. Getting out of the Groundhog Day familiar of school runs, commuting, juggling chores, work commitments and life in general. My lovely DH commutes daily to London and has scant time with our son in the week. And as many of you will know I have a rather advanced wanderlust addiction, so coupled together it’s a driving force for a family holiday.
Back at the end of 2015, my Mum died not long before Christmas.  Christmas is obviously so associated with family and the realisation that life is infinitely precious but can change at the drop of a hat was the impetuous to make 2016 a year all about travel.  Using the #take12trips challenge as my stake in the sand we set off to explore - Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Singapore..... My travel fixation hasn’t waned and this year we’ve already undertaken some fairly spectacular trips.
 
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