Apricot Jam

I’m in France, by the sea, relaxed and refreshed.  And guess what, I just can’t let go of that deep down desire to boil a few fruit.  The market was heaving with luscious fruit, and Carol was urging me on. So cheap, so easy, and so delicious………. so off I went. Kids were packed off … Continue reading

My new life as a Marketing manager

So after my holiday I have a new role in the company; marketing manager. Bye bye crazy design life, hello swot analysis of markets, organisation of the advertising dept, and general strategy of the marketing elements of the business. At least that’s what I think it’s all about. 3 weeks of Le vin et Le … Continue reading

There must be an i-phone app for……

romance on the train

Why does it always happen to me? Here I am again, on route to North West France, in First Class, next to a couple of old fogies, with a iphone loaded with movies, radio 4 podcasts, and the latest tunes.  And guess what, the kids have done it again, they’ve nicked the headphones out of my handbag!!  … Continue reading

Absence makes the heart grow stronger (and tv is just bad for your eyes)

It felt weird but wonderful.  No kids, no cat, no hubbie……….. just peace and quiet.  Everything was in it’s place (whether right or wrong, it was exactly as I had left it this morning). Ok the dutch flags and the remnants of an orange defeat still hung over the house, but I did not have … Continue reading

Viva Espana

Well what can I say….. according to the dutch – the germans stole their bikes,       and according to the english, the game of football is 90 minutes long and then the germans win.  So from a multi-cultural family – Ye Ha!! and Hup Holland for sunday,………… (and by the way I prefer … Continue reading

I’m sure my orange crocs made all the difference today…..

Sometimes in life you have to follow your heart and your man.  When it comes to football, it is vital. So even though he was 100’s of kilometres away, I picked up the kids, rushed home, tuned in the dutch channel, got out the orange hats, flags and crocs, and sat glued to the tv … Continue reading

Deja vous

Was I at work or at home today?  My days have begun to blend into each other.  Everywhere I turn there are packing boxes to load or unload, clothes and samples to sort out, decisions to make on what to keep and what to throw.  As we are sorting and moving at work, as well … Continue reading

the bbq and the brits

boys and bbq's

What is it about the brits? As soon as the temperature rises above 10 deg we have brought out the bbq from its winter slumber,  and as soon as there is any promise of dry weather for more than 2 days we plan all our meals on it. I don’t actually like burgers and sausages, … Continue reading

Green grass and Gooseberries

So finally I used the last 2kg of gooseberries in a gooseberry crumble that will be launched on unsuspecting friends tomorrow, topped with gooseberry and elderflower ice-cream. I feel liberated by the fact that I can enter my kitchen again without having to delve through pages of recipes to find something to do with a … Continue reading

thila’s cup cakes, and various non associated little green things

So I have now seen enough green furry things to keep me going for a long while. I gave up on the gooseberries tonight, and went back to cup cakes.  These are from Thila, dedicated to her cookery pals at isb summer school tomorrow! (plus – I had a social life with my very interesting … Continue reading