Something to share: Annie Brougham designs

Something to share: Annie Brougham designs

One of the things I love about the online world we now exist in, is its ability to connect us to people, places and things we might not normally come across.  Last month whilst birthday shopping for Adam, I stumbled across Annie Brougham’s Instagram page. I instantly fell in love with her beautiful flora and fauna illustrations and knew Adam would too, so I placed an order…

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Birthday apple cake

Birthday apple cake

January is a busy month for birthdays in our family and with that comes a lot of cake.  While sponges and chocolate cakes are always favourites for special occasions, sometimes it’s nice to celebrate with something a little different.  So for Adam’s birthday this year he decided he wanted to bake his own cake, and an apple one at that…

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The fabulous baker boy

The fabulous baker boy

Adam celebrated a birthday over weekend so we’ve spent the last few days stretching out festivities, instead of trying to cram it all into one 24 hour period.

As I wrote out a soppy card for him last week, I began to think about how interesting it’s been seeing Adam back in his ‘native territory’ over the last few months.  Most people who travel (including Adam) will happily tell you the experience is life changing.  The person you were when you left isn’t always the same as when you return.

Adam baking bread.
The baker boy in action.

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Exploring Croome

Exploring Croome

Last week I celebrated my birthday and as part of his gift to me Adam bought us National Trust membership.  I’d been ogling at some of the properties the Trust owns in the lead-up to our departure from Australia and we recently had a wonderful stay in a National Trust cottage in the Lake District, so I was thoroughly chuffed at the present.

After a scan of the thick book of attractions that was sent to us, we quickly decided to head to a property about a 20 minute drive from Malvern, Croome – which for many years was the home of the Earls of Coventry and more recently the site of a secret World War Two airbase, RAF Defford.

The main house is stunning and I must confess I immediately felt like I’d stepped onto the set of a Downton Abbey episode!

The approach to Croome Court, Worcestershire.
The front approach to Croome Court – can you spot Santa’s sleigh and reindeer?!

The house had been decorated for December…

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Reflections

Reflections

Is it just me, or do special occasions often make you think about life?  The past, the present and what’s happening right now. Today is my birthday, the first I’ve celebrated abroad (!), and this week I’ve been spending a lot of time just thinking about how much has changed since December last year.

Twelve months ago I was getting ready to host my family for Christmas in Wagga Wagga. This year I’ll be with Adam’s family in England. It still seems slightly surreal that I’m here, in the UK… and not on holiday! I’m still pinching myself, realising this is now my every day.

Sunrise over the Severn Valley.
Sunrise over the Severn Valley.

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