Wednesday, 2 December 2015


I’ve spent the last 2 days writing in a cathartic manner, trying to purge my feelings onto paper. Trying in a manner of sorts to actually discern what I am feeling.  I am not going to share that outpouring here; in fact I’m not even sure I should be sharing this here at all. I mostly stay in my little corner of the internet, sharing lovely and beautiful things that cross my path hoping that the occasional person might like what I do and have a read.

I am grieving and there is no sunny spin on that. It’s not picture perfect, it’s messy and unhinged. My grief will run its course, it will come in stages and I’ve been through this before. It’s just that she was my Mum and she was taken so quickly by cancer that it’s hard to process. There is nothing that can prepare you to lose a parent and now that they are both gone I’ve become unmoored.  I am rollercoaster-ing through the what if’s, if only’s, the pleading, bargaining, guilt and anger. Acceptance seems a long way away but it will come eventually.

The author Haruki Murakami writes with a poetic richness that I do not possess and I think his words on the storm are rational words of wisdom.  A rationality that eludes me right now.
Grief, Loss, Mother, Haruki Murakami, Cancer, Mourning, Quote

I’ll be taking a break from hellopeagreen and I hope I’ll be back here again in 2016. 

Image by Pippa at Fears and Kahn modified with quote from Haruki Murakami by Mary Middleton.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Lately on Pinterest – Striking minimal

Everything in moderation is how I like to see the world. No point and striking off huge swathes of visual fun because you don’t think it you.  I’m no minimalist guru but I do like a place for everything, which is at the core of minimalist design. Plus quiet frankly everything John Pawson, Olivier Lempereur or Tadao Ando designs makes me feel calm. I thought I’d share some calming black and white and minimalist space that have been clearing my head recently over on pinterest.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Flying made easy with a toddler

This weekend is the Family Travel show at London Olympia, the UK’s first exhibition completely dedicated to family travel adventures.  I’m going to be heading along to see what the specialist operators and family holiday providers have to offer for a family with an energetic and inquisitive 3 year old.  I’m always on the lookout for fun and interesting things for us to do/places to visit and plus I want to travel like I used to before my little one arrived. It’s a quandary faced by parents up and down the country I think.  Plus for us there isn’t huge amount of time before he reaches school age and we’re legally bound to take our holidays in the peak season of school holidays.

My son went on his first flight aged 12 months, to New York, of all the cosmopolitan starts to have.  At 15 months he took his second flight, a major long haul one. In fact the flight was very nearly 32 hours from London Heathrow to Palmerston North in New Zealand. And guess what? We’ll be doing it again next year. Since then he has clocked up a further 10 flights.

As a new Mum I had the “fear” about both of those initial flights. I think it’s actually every parent’s fear, the crying child who just won’t settle. Flying with a child is hardly the world’s most relaxing experience after all. Through trial and error (!) I have however been fine-tuning my approach and I have 5 top tips on how to make your journey as stress-free as possible.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Would you stay in a haunted house?

With Halloween fast approaching and spooky activities being top of the coming weeks fun I pondered whether I would stay in a Haunted House?  In fact I have already stayed in a haunted inn for a wedding but I think I was too inebriated to notice.  There are a number of reportedly haunted locations in England most notorious of course being the Tower Of London and Hampton Court Palace.  However the only place that’s supposedly haunted that I’d like to stay in is the luxurious Amberley Castle not far from Brighton. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a moated medieval retreat? 
I remember seeing pictures in Mr & Mrs Smith’s 2003 book about places to stay. It’s funny how books used to be how research was undertaken. I for one had lots of these luxury travel books by the likes of Herbert Ypma but now of course we just pick up our phones and do a google search when we are looking for inspiration. How times have changed…. Now I sound like my mother!


Thursday, 15 October 2015

Lately on Pinterest - the mist

My mood really impacts my visual focus so I find it really interesting that I’m pinning lots of moody misty images of Autumn in the last week or so. Don’t worry though it’s clearly a wish for the mist to rise and to see clearly again.  I’m hopeful it’s soon.

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Monday, 12 October 2015

Elsewhere last month: Do you need Kitchen inspiration?

A few weeks ago I was asked to contribute to a post for The Lux Pad, the blog by interiors store Amara Living. Aside from my chosen kitchen there are lots of other inspirational selections by other interior designers and bloggers, so if you’ve got a kitchen project coming up this is well worth the read.

 You can read it here.  

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