A Pencil Posy

Today 30 March is Pencil Day so designated because on this day in 1858, Hymen Lipman received the first patent for a pencil with an attached eraser . His pencil featured graphite for three-fourths of the pencil and natural rubber in the other fourth. Sharpen one end for the pencil and the other for the eraser. I have always loved pencils and […]

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Dotty Doxies

Today 29 March it’s time to roll out the dotty doxie aka the spotty dachshund. I have always loved the distinctive silhouette of the dachshund and of all its nicknames – weiner dogs, sausage dogs, doxies, daschies, dobsons or hot dogs – I warm to doxies most. Got me to thinking where the doxie word actually came […]

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28 on the 28th

Today 28 March I feature the Mary wrap to mark Dr Mary’s 28th birthday which she is celebrating with her gorgeous husband Michael. Word is it that champagne and chocolates are involved. And in a nod to all things Mary, the belli band is a floral pattern which was created just for her nuptials last […]

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Treading the Boards

Today 27 March is World Theatre Day celebrated annually since 1961 by ITI (International Theatre Institute, an NGO in formal associate relations with UNESCO) and the international theatre community. Events are organised nationally and internationally to mark the day. I had no idea that the undoubted high point is the circulation of the World Theatre Day […]

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Golden opportunity on purple day

Today 26 March is Purple Day – a global initiative to raise awareness of epilepsy. This year Purple Day falls slap bang in the middle of the Easter break so it’s even more important we give a shout out to this very worthy day. It’s a golden opportunity to colour your world purple and take […]

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Hippity Hoppity

Easter is the perfect time for a brunch and that means searching for the best mocktail, cocktail or even Peter Cottontail drink recipes. As you would expect there are many many options. So I have gone for the aptly named Hippity Hoppity, which turns an Easter Tipple into a styled event. Check out the recipe featuring gin, […]

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Easter pastels

This year, I am trying to move to a sugar reduced Easter. I can’t quite get to completely chocolate free and there are a few little people in my family who certainly could not get there either. However, I am certainly going for other sorts of Easter gifts like books , small toys and a few […]

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Anatomy of a Macaron

Did you know that today is Macaron Day? Absolutely not to be confused with Macaroon Day on 31 May. Please do not stand between me and a macaron – you may get hurt. So you can understand why I am a bit impressed with François Payard, chef and owner of FP Patisserie, François Payard Bakery and Payard […]

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Under pressure

Marble is having a moment in the sun. Thank goodness the marble floor to marble wall to marble column days when too much marble was never enough are long gone. Now it’s all about marble accessories and decor and you know what that means in my world…. Marble gift wrapping paper. I have always loved the […]

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Luck of the Irish

The shamrocks, green beer and leprechaun hats come out in force on St. Patrick’s Day 17 March. I am not a big St Patrick’s day reveller but I do have a big interest in the origin of words, events and traditions, so I was quietly looking forward to finding out more about St Patrick’s Day. I […]

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