Category Archives: OOT AND ABOOT

(Woodland bluebells at Basildon Park, May 2016) The Bluebell is the sweetest flower That waves in summer air: Its blossoms have the mightiest power To soothe my spirit’s care. – Emily Brontë

This huge slate slab is part of a chunky Georgian kitchen worktop in Castle Green House, Cardigan Castle. Hundreds of years of chopping, slicing and food prepping have left thousands of tiny knife marks in the surface, giving it a … …keep reading

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the newly re-opened and restored walled kitchen gardens at the National Trust’s Croome Court, which is a truly remarkable feat of restoration and attention to detail. The garden is still a work-in-progress, but … …keep reading

This house is just around the corner and I admire it every time I pass. Peach and wisteria mauve – what a winning combination. I love it when people match their front door colour to flowers.

And so, to the fields of Oxfordshire. If you want rhubarb,  tulips, fresh eggs or pickled onions, hurry – while stocks last.

While shooting in New York recently, I became a bit very obsessed with beautiful Brooklyn ‘Brownstones’. Exposed brickwork, tin ceiling tiles and stunning vintage ‘metro-style’ wall tiles – I was in interiors heaven…

Picked up these 1950s bad boys at a flea market recently. I couldn’t resist the stunning covers and the content is really inspiring, too – a mixture of articles and poetry, all beautifully illustrated.

Ah, Autumn. L’automne. C’est un saison de mistes et mellow fruitfulness, etcetera, et bien sur, le cassoulet. Mmm. Cassoulet. Avec les haricots, et les saucisses, et le canard – c’est comme un ‘bean stew’, mais pas exactement. This dish delicieux … …keep reading

Artisanal skills and exciting new ethical design brands stood out for me at Tent London and designjunction this week. Clockwise, from top left: Recycled, hand-made glass and hammered brass cups made in East Africa, via innovative new fair-trade studio, Otago; … …keep reading