A Sunday well spent brings a week of content (apparently!). Our ‘well spent’s’ will all look different to one another’s and mine today, is working from home and studying… But I am content (in my ridiculous pink socks again!).  Content because it is peaceful here and one can only be too aware that so many lives in the world right now are blown apart by war and fighting, through no fault of their own… We have SO much to be thankful for.  What are you thankful for today?



Card writing

In just a few days time our family sees the arrival of a baby boy (not mine, hello!).  Writing a card about a person not yet in the world is a funny thing, because most other cards we write are to or about people we know… but not this time.  Pausing mid-flow I thought of the unconditional love the new baby will receive; cuddles, cards and gifts, yet at this moment it’s not here.  Everybody’s having baby’s it seems and my sisters been pregnant since for ever but now it’s almost here… And it’s quite fab… A new life… So very special.  Anybody else expecting?



Dusk over Lake Windermere

One of my favourite times of day…dusk, the other would be dawn. Something very special about both times when experienced outdoors. You don’t really get to appreciate either when inside, but out under the sky…. Magic happens. Here’s to more dusky skies!

P.s. find out more about this beautiful place here.


The Lakeside Hotel

Do love a beautiful entrance!

One of our favourite places to get away to is The Lakeside Hotel.  Situated on the shores of  Lake Windermere, it is in an amazing location with stunning views.  We all look for different things from our holidays; anybody else a scenery person?  I adore beautiful views but also need a place my young daughter can enjoy and have a great time in too.  The Lakeside is that for us and we’ve been visiting since before she was born.  What I love as much as the hotel itself and the location by the lake is the excellence of staff every time we go.  Their continually renewed high standards make it so enjoyable time after time.


Spacious conservatory with spectacular views creates a relaxing atmosphere guests can just ‘be’!

Never the same view twice

Never the same view twice, always beautiful.

Table Decorations, straight from the garden

Table Decorations, straight from the garden.

I couldn't not!

I couldn’t not!

We ordered lunch before heading to the pool for the afternoon… this meat platter was for one – I could not finish it!

The pool; tranquility for those looking for a little RandR. Once the family in the picture left… I taught Miss P to dive bomb!

The view from my pool lounger

The view from my pool lounger

The quiet of the afternoon. Come evening this is a beautiful hubbub of folk enjoying the ambiance.

Hydrangeas in a Copper Jug

Hydrangeas in a copper jug

Stained-glass windows and chandelier

Stained-glass windows and chandelier

Just a jetty

Just a very pretty jetty

The Lakeside Hotel Boat

The Lakeside Hotel Boat

Taking a walk before evening meal

Taking a walk before evening meal

The train meets the end of the line just across the car park.

The train meets the end of the line just across the car park.

Drinks outside before supper

Drinks outside before supper


My heart

There are numerous places to enjoy an evening meal, we chose Ruskins Brasserie.

There are numerous places to enjoy an evening meal, we chose Ruskins Brasserie.

Halloumi and aubergine salad

Bechstein Piano

Evening entertainment, a tinkle on the ivories… the pianist was brilliant and played a real variety of well-known songs. He hit a home run for us when he played Frozen!

Moroccan lamps

Moroccan lamps that come into their own once the light fades.

The Lakeside Hotel

The back of the Hotel which looks onto the lake… such a beautiful building, slate, glass and old stone… in keeping with it’s surroundings.

Window Seat

How many times did you do this as a child… I used to love sitting in the window, found her in the bathroom here just having 5 last minutes watching the night arrive before bed.

Almost dark on the lake

Almost dark on the lake


We took our time over breakfast… bliss!

We stayed two days and really made good use of the hotel, going to the pool both days and enjoying just being together in the conservatory – would highly recommend!  Visit their website here.


How to: Make a Nappy Cake

Earlier in the Summer we threw a Baby Shower for my gorgeous sister and made a nappy cake for the occasion.  To my surprise, not many of the guests had known what the nappy cake was going to look like as they’d not heard of one before (alas one should never assume!)  Having made a couple now, these are fun to make, look great as a piece of party decor and my daughter loved getting involved (always a bonus)… Here’s how to!

A Nappy Cake

You will need:

Approx 74 nappies size 1 or size 2 nappies (if you want to use smaller than size one you will probably just need to use a few more than 74).

74 small elastic bands (or as many as the number of nappies you are using)

Approx 3 meters or string or 3 very large elastic bands

1 large bottle of baby talc, lotion or shampoo – just something large enough to be a central column in the cake

1 smaller item for the top column.  I like to use a baby bottle as these look cute poking out the top

6-8 feeding spoons.  Go multicoloured, or all blue or pink – your choice

Things to decorate the cake with.  Soothers, newborn shoes, pacifiers, get creative!

Toy Cars

2.5 meters of 40mm deep white ribbon

3 x meters of thinner coloured ribbon can be around 15mm, to bow up (I’ve used blue).

3 x sewing pins (for securing the white ribbon in place).


On your marks, get set…. MAKE!

Take the nappies and begin to roll one at a time.

Secure with the elastic bands until all the nappies have been rolled.

Nappy MountianNow for the construction part!  Take the large bottle of talc or shampoo and stand one layer of nappies around the bottle.

It all starts with oneSecure with string or a large elastic band to prevent them from falling over.  It should look like this when you’ve done.  My ring of nappies was eight nappies round the bottle.

Secure the nappy's to the bottleNow to create a second ring or layer of nappies round the first.  You can see I used 15 for the second ring.  Yours may be more or less depending on the size of the bottle and how tightly you rolled the nappies.

Layer Two

Because I wanted a three layer tier cake, my bottom tier had three rings to it.  If it were only a two-tier cake there would only be two rings round the talc bottle.  Here is the base finished ⇓.

Three rings of nappies round the talc

Now it’s time for the second tier.  Go about it the same way as tier one, placing your rolled nappies round the column and securing with string.

Tier TwoMake two rings round the bottle (not three).  You will see this allows the bottom tier to sit out wider than the middle, creating a tier.

Tier Two CompletedYou will most likely have now run out of central column for the top tier which is where the feeder bottle comes in.  Place the feeder on top of the talc bottle and create a top tier with only one ring of nappies around it.  The finished naked cake looks like this ⇓ (it was evening, can you tell with the reflections on the wall?).

The Three Tiers.Take the white ribbon and use it to essentially cover up the ugly string.  Secure at the back by pinning.  Your cake should be starting to look a bit nicer now!

Ribbon and PinsNext take the thinner coloured ribbon, place round the cake over the white (thicker) ribbon and make some pretty bows (such a girl!).

Ready to DecorateTake the feeding spoons to create ‘candles’ and place in the nappies on the top tier.

Feeding Spoons

Nappy Cake and 'Candles'Finally decorate with your shoes, pacifiers, figurines.. whatever you found to make it look amazing!

Cars on a Cake

A Nappy CakeDefinitely adds a WOW to the present table.

Cake and Presents

Et voila!  This cost around £50 to make but I would say that if you went for cheaper decorations and managed to get nappies at cost it could definitely be done for £30.  Do let me know if you attempt one or post your pic to my Facebook Page here

(P.s Excuse the white balance flip-out  across the images!  Pictures were taken over a few days and at different times of day meaning there’s a right mix of whites happening and collectively they don’t look so even… still, you get the gist!)


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