Diamond Jubilee

This weekend is a very special one here in the UK. We are celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne. An amazing feat. Congratulations Ma’am.

When we celebrated the Golden Jubilee 10 years ago, I was living in Singapore thousands of miles from home, heavily pregnant with my son, my first child. I missed home so badly and watching the celebrations on tv from so far away was difficult. Now we are back in the UK, in Wales infact, we have raised the Union Flag today and decked the front entrance with bunting. This feels much better.

Even if the weather tries to dampen our spirits, Gary Barlow will surely lift a nations.



Favourite Things No.2

I bought this pot in Dubai in a shop called The One

favourite things 2

I like everything about it.

It’s shape, colour texture, size, and probably the fact that it serves no other purpose other than to just look good. It sits on the coffee table in the lounge and makes me smile. I love having mementos around from travelling

Until next time……

Favourite Things No.1

I love my home. Although we don’t own the house we live in, we rent it ,(because we are only living temporarily in Holland), it is still a beautiful large and spacious house. There are a number of items around our home which I love, they are things picked up on our travels around the world or are gifts from loved ones. Things which you would hate to lose, or damage. I thought it would be nice to share a few of those things over the coming months.

One of my most favourite items is this


I bought it with some money left by my maternal Grandparents, which in itself makes it a treasured item.


There is a shop in Singapore called Framing Angie, and when we lived there, I would spend so much time walking around an admiring all the beautiful items in her shop. She and her team have incredible talent with taking ordinary items and framing them so they look extraordinary. One day we were in the shop organising to get an aboriginal piece of art framed which we had brought back from some travels to Australia, when these Peranakan hair pins caught my eye. I fell in love and they have taken pride of place in each house we have lived in since then. Apparently they are nearly 100 years old and are made from bronze jade, and the wealthy Paranakan women would have had long dark hair which they would pin up with hair pins like these. LOVE them!