• Wild swimming at Atcham

    I have lived alongside the river Severn all my life, yet  only swam in it this year at the age of 35. I mean I did fall in it when i was about 7 trying to catch tadpoles but I’m not sure that counts. Truth is, I didn’t really realise you could swim in it. I had always had in in my head that it was to be admired. Definitely not to swim in. Yet as the years go by and I saw fishermen stood dressed in waders, canoes going down the shimmering water and more recently stand-up paddle boards exploring what the river has to offer, I became curious.…

  • Wild swimming and why I love it

    Last year I did something totally out of my comfort zone and went wild swimming. Once was in a small river in Wales and the second time was a river nearer to me in Shropshire, the river Teme which was delightfully still and deep. Pretty much instantly I knew this was something that i needed to do again – its euphoric, a bold statement but it makes me feel amazing. The cold water is exhilarating and it’s so calming. once you step out to dry off the buzz I feel is like no other. I can honestly say too that once in the water my mind is quiet – no…

  • Wild garlic foraging and easy wild garlic butter recipe

    On my last post I discussed some easy to find mushrooms and greens. Today I’ll share a super easy recipe to use wild garlic which is about to explode all over uk woodland. Easy to smell before you see, white flowers and deep green leaves, this fragrant and tasty green is perfect to use in a wide variety of dishes. like me, you may even remember it from your own childhood, it is also known as Bears Garlic, Ramsons or wood garlic. Wild garlic identification Once you are confident you have got your ID (beware of lords and ladies, Bluebells and Lily of the Valley!)  – I always break a leaf from…

  • Foraging in Shropshire

    If you follow my Instagram you will know that i am an avid forager, as too are both the boys. This has been something that started when i was little, learning different traits of flora and fauna with my dad, the special moments of finding wild garlic and the first ripe damson of the year.   I really enjoy getting out in the fresh air and finding things that are all around us just waiting to be discovered. My boys are just the same and have already learnt so much from coming with me and hearing about things I have done. Recently i have broached out more into edible mushrooms…

  • Five Most Beautiful Gardens in Tokyo

    Are you travelling to Japan this year? You can book your flights online through Cathay Pacific without any hassles.  Japan is famous for its beautiful gardens but there is more to it than just flowers and beautiful landscapes. So, read on to find out everything about the five most beautiful gardens in Tokyo.1. Kiyosumi Teien Kiyosumi Teien is a traditional Japanese stroll garden located in Tokyo, which is a short walk from Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station and allows its visitors to stroll along with the beautifully landscaped areas near its pond. However, the Kiyosumi Garden has a long history. This was the residence of Kinokuniya Bunzaemon long before it became a garden in 1878. and when Kuze…

  • #ACEit challenge for mucky paws and pups! #gifted

    In the mix of our family dynamic there are three cats, two dogs and two whirlwind boys and I’m not sure who is messiest. The dogs will endeavour to get mud everywhere and the boys will always get tomato based stains down their white polo shirts. It’s inevitable and it’s a way of the universe, I’ve come to accept that. With the dogs we leave a towel by the backdoor in attempt to catch any muddy footprints before they come into the kitchen. However this means the towels (aka dog towels!) have become grey overtime and mud can be really tricky to wash out. In the same vein the kids…

  • #ad Delicius Anchovy Fillets Rolled with Capers

    This is a collaboration with Ciao Gusto. One of my guilty pleasures is eating anchovies straight from the jar. That salty comforting taste is second to none and I covet them often. My husband is the only one in the family who isn’t really keen so it tend to omit them from dishes he has. Other than that we cook with them a lot, I love them to add some zing to Bolognese, a real depth of flavour to lamb and another dimension to gravies. one dish I have always wanted to have a go at making is tapenade, an anchovy and olive based spread that is as delicious on…

  • #ad Great little bakers with Nadiya Hussain baking kits

    The kids love getting in the kitchen and creating something edible, but even more so as the autumn sets in and the cosy nights come along. We have been testing out a wonderful making kit from Nadiya Hussain, a previous winner of Great British Bake Off, perfect for little hands and creative fingers that want to get busy in the kitchen. There are few things that evoke more memories of my childhood than cooking (and eating!) with family. Those custardy, fruit filled crumbles, crumbling scones abs buttery shortbread take me back to the first time I tasted them, I hope this is the case for my own children as I…

  • #AD making Halloween mischief with MAOAM

    I’m working in a paid relationship with MAOAM promoting its Mischief Hub, Get ideas at https://maoam.fun/ As a family we love a prank. My husband has passed on his mischievous streak to both the boys, and pranks and tricks are a daily occurrence. Freddie loves the suspense of waiting for the fun and Dexter loves the surefire laughs afterwards. When we got the opportunity to work with MAOAM and take inspiration from its Mischief Hub for our lighthearted pranks, we couldn’t resist! MAOAM, with its tasty sweets, encourages families to enjoy mischief together. As well as being great fun, family mischief is a real bonding experience and a way to encourage your…

  • Devon cliffs – A weekend break

    Just over a week and a bit into the new “back to school” routine since CoVid madness and we drove down the M5 to Devon cliffs. Devon cliffs We all love the sea and any time spent near the ozone air and lapping of the waves is enough to satisfy us, so we trundled down on the Friday night after the first full week of school and took residence at Devon cliffs Holiday park. we have been here before, it’s a perfect caravan site and had easy access to the beach, we worried earlier in the year it would be cancelled like our trip to Norfolk, but thankfully we got…