Monday, 19 January 2015


On New Year's Eve we ventured to Camber Sands, a short drive away from Rye. It was almost deserted, barring a few people walking their dogs and riding horses. I guess it was FREEZING. There's nothing like taking a refreshing walk along the coast to say goodbye to a lovely year.


We first went away for New Year's Eve a few years ago, and we couldn't believe we hadn't been doing it for longer. Its so lovely to get out of London for the New Year. The countryside/ the Sea/ The North, wherever. Anywhere with open spaces.

This year we returned to the lovely Lantern Cottage in Rye with two of our best friends. The location is perfect. I love the history of Rye, and the fact it's so close to London makes it even better!


A good chip shop is hard to find in London, but this one is lovely. Dennis' on Lea Bridge Road.


A lovely fresh crisp morning in Walthamstow a couple of weeks ago. I love Walthamstow. I love that the access to central London is super quick, but it also has the most amazing open spaces!

Sunday, 18 January 2015


As previously mentioned, I made all my own Christmas presents this year... And this one, I made just enough extra to enjoy myself also I made a sweet chilli jam, I used Nigella's recipe, and to be completely honest, it is a bit heavy on the vinegar, so I think next time I will hold back a little on it. It's not so much a jam, as a sticky, lovely sauce also. I like to eat it with slices of Godminster

Thursday, 15 January 2015


Hello there! Another yoga pose! Headstand- or sirsasana. The king of all asanas, and the ultimate hangover cure- although it might be the LAST thing you want to do when hungover!

Headstand is PERFECT for strenghtening your upper body and core. Alot of the stability in headstand comes from your upper back and shoulders- contraction of these muscles helps to protect the head and neck.

Sirsasana also has a variety of other benefits including stimulating brain function- sending the blood to the head, as well as stimulating the pineal gland, which helps to calm and steady the brain. The part of the brain is also responsible for regulating our sleep patterns! More headstands- better sleep! WONDERFUL.

Headstand also stimulates the pituitary gland- responsible for releasing endorphins- the happy hormone! Headstands also reduce the production of cortisol, the STRESS hormone. Sold yet? If not this is BOUND to tip you... Some say headstand is the equivalent to a facial! (yes really) This is mainly due to the blood flow to the face, increasing circulation to the skin of the cheeks and forehead mean oxygenation and beautiful young skin.

HOWEVER, do not stay so long in handstand that you start bursting blood vessels- 1-3 mins is quite enough!!
How do you get into head stand?
  1. Start on all fours. Place your forearms on the floor, elbows should be shoulder width apart- not sticking out to the side. Clasp your hands around the base of your head/ neck. The FLAT part of your head should be down on the mat, so the neck is nice and LONG.
  2. Lift the knees to straighten the legs, sitting bones high to the sky. We want to keep the torso long and straight. Engage the triceps as you flatten the shoulder blades down the back, this will protect your head and neck from the weight of the shoulders. You now have a beautiful inverted V.
  3. Walk the feet towards your face. Little steps. Imagine someone is pulling your hips up, so the weight isn't in the feet, the strength comes from the core and the upper body, it's almost as if your feet are being dragged towards your face and eventually up in to the air. I like to think of my legs and weightless and floating, rather than trying to throw the shotput up in the air!  It's more like a bird soaring! NOTE: If you're beginning the best bit of advice I can give you is stay in the upside down V for a while, listenng to your body and how it feels, you will still be inverted, so you are still enjoying many benefits! Walk the feet closer and closer until one day your feet with naturally just float up. There should be NO KICKING UP in headstand. If you need to kick, you aren't ready. WHICH IS FINE- just let it come to you naturally in time. And it will come. Many people feel they need to get from A to B very fast in this position, but I think it's important to enjoy the journey and the transition just as much as the end result. No rushing!
  4. I lift one leg at a time in sirsasana, which technically is a perfect yogic world I shouldn't be doing, but I bring my knees in to just about my elbows, like an upside down squat and then straighten, which I am currently fine with! Once those legs are up in the air, floating around, rotate the inner thighs together and press the feet flat firmly towards the ceiling- like you were standing (picture is not doing this... but I was hungover!) Ideally we want the arches of the feet should align with the pelvis, which in turn should align with the crown of the head. The weight should be even between the two forearms and the fingers relaxed, and it is vital that the tailbone keeps lifitng upwards towards the heels, and not sinking- we dont want lazy snaky headstands!!
Give it a whirl and let me know how you get on! I like to add 5-10 seconds each time I do it, i'm up to about 2 minutes currently before I start swayingggg everywhere.

Questions welcome! Just drop me an email!



My work recently got ping pong tables installed. It's been a wealth of fun. I am shockingly bad, as is Tonje.

Monday, 12 January 2015


Bakasana! Or crow pose as it's more favourably known. Crow is AMAZING for strengthening the shoulders, arms and wrists, as well as improving balance. It stretches the muscles of the forearms, wrists and fingers.

It is super beneficial for RSI, or carpal tunnel synrome, and also for people who spend alot of time at a computer!!

So what are you waiting for! Get crow-ing!!


Again, apologies that this is a little belated. But this year, I made the majority of my Christmas presents. This one is my favourite, and most simple also!! Method and ingredients below:

You will need:
500ml extra virgin olive oil
2/3 stalks of fresh rosemary
4 full garlic cloves, peeled

  1. Heat the oil on a medium heat, and allow to cool slightly
  2. Pop the rosemary and garlic cloves into the bottle and decant the warm oil into the bottle. It's important the oil isn't too hot, or it will cook the garlic and rosemary and make it all cloudy and mossy- not a good look!
  3. Tip upside down once a day for a couple of weeks and let the infusion happen naturally!


Clarence is literally one of the cutest cats of all time, ever. This is one of his favourite positions. Yep, under the cover with his little fluffy head on a pillow! If i'm on a late shift, as soon as Paul leaves for work, Clarence jumps right in.


Apologies for radio silence!! It has been a busy month, and I was quite enjoying just rolling with the holidays! Taking it back a few weeks to the day I purchased a bath bomb. Also feel like I'm taking it back to the 90's. I used to LOVE these from LUSH. Then I saw my friend using one on her instagram, so I HAD to have one. I had had a really crap day at work and this worked wonders!! All I kept thinking was "PLEASE DON'T STAIN MY BATH!" and it didnt!