Month: November 2016


4 Instagram Finds

Today I’m taking a peak at Instagram and would like to share four instagrammers I think are worthy of following: #hopeinthewoods – How many ways can you photograph wooden spoons? Brit Luke Hope knows how to make you swoon over a spoon with his hand-made wooden pieces which he styles to perfection. #woodlucker – Artists Ann Wood and Dean Lucker make ‘botanical paper constructions and interactive mechanical sculptures’. The photographs of their work, Minneapolis studio and home are exquisitely moody and predominantly filled with butterflies. #vegetarianfoodmaker – The words French and vegetarian aren’t usually associated together but The Vegetarian Food Maker makes mouth-watering food bowls and plates them up so beautifully that even a hardcore meat-lover would have to be impressed. #theslowtraveler – UK photographer Carolyn documents her travels, most recently around South America – like the image here from Buenos Aires – with misty grey and pastel tones.  


6 Unique Holidays Under the Stars

Sleeping out in nature is the signature drawcard of any camping holiday – listening to the night-time warbles of frogs or crickets, the slosh of a nearby sea or lake, the scuttle of spiders and the buzz of pesky mosquitoes. But who’s slept hanging from a tree? In a glass igloo at minus 15 degrees Celsius? Or glamped it up in an open treehouse in an African reserve? I’ve found six holiday destinations where getting back to nature is taken to a whole new level. Waldseilgarten Höllschlucht, Germany: Elevated tenting If you hate heights, look away now! The Waldseilgarten Höllschlucht adventure resort near Munich in Bavaria takes ‘sleeping in the trees’ or ‘in the rock’ to their most literal meanings and it’s not for the faint-hearted. Platform beds are either nestled in trees or ‘portaledge’ tents are higher up. The sleeping pods are draped in fabric and suspended from branches several feet above the ground. Want to be even higher? The more elevated option is 3,280 feet off a cliff face! During the day you can add to the …


10 Top DIY Christmas Crafts

We’re on the slippery slide to Christmas where must-do lists seem to elongate and time whizzes by at twice the speed. Take some time out to add a festive ambience to your home by attempting these crafty suggestions. Instead of popping to the shops for the umpteenth time, because the reality of the angst in searching for a carpark is truly traumatic, check your home supplies first. Raid your stationery stash, wool basket and pantry for materials…although purchasing fresh strawberries is kind of essential. Clockwise from top left: how gorgeous are these Santa Hat Brownie Bites? Follow the recipe at Erica’s Sweet Tooth; Challenge yourself to produce variations of these textural Crocheted snowflakes from an Instagram tutorial; Reindeer jars complete with pipe-cleaner antlers, googly eyes and a tell-tale red nose are a classic receptacle for everyone’s favourites – scorched almonds; Handmade gift-tags are divine in their simplicity. Clockwise from top left: Book angels require basic origami skills and discarded pages (image from on Pinterest); How many ways can you wrap a present? Select one from 30 superb suggestions; Snowman chocolate bark not only looks delicious but the addition of …


6 Luxury Travel Destinations

It’s that time of the year when life gets busier and I start dreaming of getting away somewhere exotic. So, since there is nothing wrong with indulging in a little dreaming, come and join me on a trip around the world taking in Nairobi, Iceland, the Maldives, France, Argentina and Italy. We can swoon over these six destinations together and plot a way in which at least one could be a future holiday locale. Nairobi: Giraffe Manor The Giraffe Manor boutique hotel blends English country manor house with a truly African experience. A herd of endangered Rothchild giraffes not only lives on its 12 acres but will feast with you morning and night through the manor’s windows. It’s an animal lovers delight situated within 140 acres of indigenous forest in the Langata suburb of Nairobi. Tea for two takes on a whole new meaning. Image courtesy Giraffe Manor. The Maldives: Swinging at Anantara Veli Resort If a carefree sun-kissed holiday could be summed up it would be this. The Maldives in the Indian Ocean certainly feature highly in online travel imagery and it’s easy …