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Weekend Picks

Friday, 30 January 2015

It's been a week of firsts.
First night at the new house, first trip to work going a different way, first workout at my new gym...
And. It's. All. Great.
Friday is already upon us ~ here are some interesting bits I've been reading around the web this week...  

: : Shoot
As we being to explore our new 'hood I'll be using these tips for showing the spirit of a place in a photo essay

: : Wander
If winter is starting to give you itchy feet but your bank balance isn't playing nicely, check out these 10 ways to save money on travel

: : Nourish
Who can resist this recipe for brown butter cranberry muffins?!!

: : Nest
Loving the style of this calming kitchen

: : Inspire
Get more connected this weekend by using your 6 senses to create mindfulness

Enjoy your weekend!


El PeƱon Holiday House

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Well it's flipping freezing here in London at the moment. There's even talk of snow at the weekend! To warm things up a bit, I'm sharing some pictures from the holiday house we stayed in the south of Colombia between Christmas and New Year.

The house is in a large condominium complex about 2.5 hours' drive south of Bogota, near to the town of Girardot. It's safe to say that we didn't move far from the poolside during the entire week we were there. It was warm and relaxing, just bliss!

I loved the style of decoration in the house ~ white and wood, accented with sculpture, bright textiles and other crafts. Definitely food for thought as we start thinking about the look we want for our new home in London...

The communal area and bedrooms were on opposite sides of the pool. We were 12 people and 2 children. There are 7 bedrooms, which could easily sleep 20 people.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures ~ roll on the British summer now please!


Mid-week Inspiration

Wednesday, 28 January 2015


Moving Day!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A few snaps from Saturday, taken with my iPhone. I can't believe it's all done, at last.
So far we're loving our new home ~ I couldn't be happier!

Everything went really smoothly on the day. In particular, I'm grateful for:

~ a clear sunny day
~ flexible & friendly moving guys
~ that we didn't have any parking problems
~ that Jade has settled in really well and was exploring all the rooms within hours, purring her little head off
~ cards waiting on the mat for us from friends & family, welcoming us to our new home
~ that my best friend & her husband stopped by in the afternoon to say hello, bring tulips and give us a hand with the last of the unloading
~ that we met our new neighbours and they are lovely


We're going to give ourselves a bit of time before we start getting down to the nuts and bolts of planning the refurbishment, but watch this space!


Weekend Picks

Friday, 23 January 2015

It's the big move weekend! Excited? Yes. Nervous? Yes. Happy? You bet!
The weather's looking good ~ watch this space for updates...

: : Shoot
This amazing story of undeveloped film from a WW2 soldier

: : Wander
Love this cute family project: stitch the places you've been

: : Nourish
It's almost the end of January. Before you fall off the 'New Year New You' bandwagon, try these 5 tips & tricks for rebooting your wellness

: : Nest
Yes, yes, YES to this New York guest house!!

: : Inspire
Some interesting ideas here to help you choose happiness

Have a great weekend!


Pomegranate Recipes

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Ever since we saw pomegranate trees growing in Spain last October, I've been on the look out for some recipes using the jewel-like seeds of this beautiful fruit.

Pomegranates (granada in Spanish) are abundant and cheap in Colombia, so our recent trip got me thinking again...
Here are a few tasty-looking recipes that I've got my eye on making this year...

Feeling inspired? Check out Michelle's cute video on how to peel a pomegranate.


Mid-week Inspiration

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

These hand chairs inspired me on holiday!