1970s House Renovation

Where have I been?

Same place as everyone else. At home. I’ve worked on other creative projects, and this blog took a little hibernation. But during lockdown we bought a home! We sold our flat, and purchased a 3 bed detached property in a tiny village in Oxfordshire. And I mean tiny. It doesn’t have a shop, or a pub, or a school. Nothing. I don’t know where it gets off calling itself a village really. I googled ‘definition of a village’ and it said ‘bigger than a hamlet, but smaller than a town’. So I googled ‘hamlet’ and it said ‘smaller than a village’. Helpful.

So I’m here, in Oxfordshire in my village location. Whatever that actually means.

Home Renovations

So what have we done since we moved in in February? A lot. We’ve had most the property (minus the kitchen and bathroom) painted, and re-carpeted. We have had electrical works done since it failed it’s safety inspection. We’ve also had work done to the sewage pipes since they were cracked, and to the asbestos in the property as there was exposed and damaged asbestos in parts of the property. We’ve installed a fridge, a washing machine and new furniture.

And still to come we are getting the parquet floor restored, carpeting the back room and sorting out new front doors. It’s been a whirl wind but we are finally getting there. So in celebration of that fact, I filmed a little before and after tour. Hope you enjoy!

5 Things to do this Autumn

Wow it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I’ve had a busy term at work. But now Autumn is in full swing, and I’ve been absolutely loving the change in the season. I normally hate the cold and the dark, but I’ve been trying to embrace each season for it’s own beauty, so here are some things I’ve been doing to welcome in Autumn.


1. Drinking hot Apple and Cinnamon Tea. No drink smells as Autumnal as apple and cinnamon.

Apple and Cinnamon Tea

2. Harvesting. Whether it’s walking along an English hedgerow and harvesting the blackberries, or digging up veg from the garden or allotment, nothing is more heartening than cooking with something fresh out of the earth. Somehow it tastes so much better.


3. Eating porridge – I’ve never been that much of a fan of porridge, I find it rather claggy. But I recently tried putting blackberries into it to make ‘purple porridge’ and ohmygoodness, it’s so good. Add pumpkin seeds, blueberries, chia seeds and maple syrup for extra sweetness, goodness and crunch.


4. Welcoming in the darker evenings by stringing up fairy lights, and lighting candles. Make a little Autumnal display and change up some of the cushions for a cosier Autumnal feel. Try adding warmer tones, and cosier textures, it’s amazing how a change as small as cushions and throws can change the feel of a room.


5. Reading. I’m not much of a reader, and in Summer I always feel like I ought to be outside, not reading. But in Autumn and Winter, it’s often too cold or wet to be out, the perfect time to re-kindle you’re love of books.

What traditions/rituals/routines do you have for welcoming Autumn?

Beautiful Burford

This morning I met a friend for brunch in Burford. It’s a beautiful medieval town which grew rich on the wool trade. It’s a superb example of a classic Cotswold Town with many thatched buildings and almost all built of Cotswold stone, of course.

By the church we found a blossoming tree brightening up this gloomy day.


Back home, later the same afternoon I found myself making a coffee to counter-act how sleepy I felt. This weather is really taking its toll. When will the warm weather arrive!?