General Commentary, lifestyle, London, writing

April Summer Weekend in London…

I must admit that I have always secretly admired the British approach to Summer,  stripping off at the very idea of the sun.  Like cats stealing any sunny spot, turning up to work on a Monday morning Lobster pink regardless of age, wage or stature.  The supermarkets from Asda through M&S to Waitrose are left… Continue reading April Summer Weekend in London…

Food, Gardening, Guided Tour, interiors, lifestyle, London, Travel

Abridged Sunday London Market Tour

At least once a month I make a trip into the city early on a Sunday morning when there are few people about, it feels more intimate, just me and London town. I take photographs and wander around the markets, walking the streets in search of new discoveries. It's my me time, where I explore… Continue reading Abridged Sunday London Market Tour

Budget, Food, how to save money, London, Projects, saving

£50 a month for food is very possible

  Food can be as expensive as you want it to be. If you don't plan, have a list or shop around then you will always pay more.  Savings never fall out of the sky; you have to do a little legwork.  I always use an ingredients list for the week or month, spend a… Continue reading £50 a month for food is very possible

Budget, Food, how to save money, lifestyle, London, Projects, saving

Final Week – Some Lazy Treats

When I have mentioned the challenge, guesses on how much a plate of food costs have varied from 50 to 80 % out (they have all guessed more expensive). To the extent that I think I'll consider a pop-up as I'd clean up 😉

Budget, Food, how to save money, lifestyle, London, Projects, saving

Week4-Eat for £50 a month-Final Week

By now I hope you will have mastered a few of the previous weeks recipes and even perhaps given them some of your own little twists.  I have found that it is often the simple and easy recipes which are the ones I return to again and again as they provide the best flavours.  So… Continue reading Week4-Eat for £50 a month-Final Week

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Week3-Eat for £50 a month-Recipes 1-5

My introduction to Italy was a trip from Napoli to Amalfi where the food made me sing.  The ingredients are often humble but with the most amazing flavours, my love story with Italy didn't begin with a cute guy called Giovanni (even though he was nice) but with a brioche and an amazing plate of lemon spaghetti… Continue reading Week3-Eat for £50 a month-Recipes 1-5

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Week 2 – Eat for £50 a month, recipe 6-7

I have founds so far on this challenge that I am rather partial to lentils and that's not just because they bulk out a meal and are cheap but because they are yum and research has found they are exceedingly good or us.  I love potatoes and eggs and I eat both a little too… Continue reading Week 2 – Eat for £50 a month, recipe 6-7

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Child Friendly Day Out in London

I have a large group of nieces and nephews 'young and old' and I love spending time with them.  I wear them out and give them back and then they annoy everyone, telling them about their fun Aunty in London.  They then say things like 'when I grow up I'm coming to London and I'll live in… Continue reading Child Friendly Day Out in London

General Commentary, how to save money, lifestyle, London

If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get!

In my youth I was somewhat shy and reserved, this was often misinterpreted as 'snooty or above herself'.  I would always wait to be asked to do things i.e.. get up to sing or dance (both of which I love....) as I didn't want to be seen as "pushy or a show-off". I knew I could do these… Continue reading If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get!

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Thrifty isn’t a dirty word it’s akin to brilliant or clever in my book?

I grew up in rural Ireland around strong men and women who taught me some key skills for life - even though I didn’t realise that at the time. I had a Nan called Kate and a neighbour, Hannah, who were both thrifty home cooks. They knew how to lay on a wholesome spread from… Continue reading Thrifty isn’t a dirty word it’s akin to brilliant or clever in my book?

Budget, lifestyle, London, Travel

An Evening Stroll Around London Town

To really know a place you have to walk it. It's amazing what you discover when you go off of the beaten track and take a chance on that cute restaurant or ask someone local where they'd recommend. Great conversations often follow which open your mind. It's hot and sticky at the moment and transport… Continue reading An Evening Stroll Around London Town