Thornback & Peel Chicken and Carnation

Pick Your Own Flowers

Having planned a relaxed, outdoor supper party at the weekend, I wanted to decorate the table with flowers and candles. Armed with my Chicken & Carnation tote bag and favourite scissors, I headed to my local ‘Pick Your Own’ farm in search of some brightly coloured blooms. ‘Garsons’ in Esher has been a firm favourite day-trip of mine for many years, and I feel very lucky to live so close to this gem. Their PYO fields are an absolute joy to visit and the variety of produce available to pick is just incredible. The availability of crops changes regularly of…

How to Create Natural Hand Dyed Easter Eggs

My maternal grandma, Omine, has always been an inspiration to me and Easter is a special time of year for our family. Tips of pale green are pushing their way through on all the trees and bushes and the air is beginning to lose its chill. Every Easter it’s a tradition in our family for Omine and all the grandchildren to colour hen eggs with natural dyes to decorate our breakfast table on Easter Sunday. Here’s our tried and tested family recipe that we’ve used over the years to create natural dyed eggs. You will need: White hens eggs 1 red cabbage (to create the…

Win a Year of Flowers

Receiving flowers in the post is one of life’s little luxuries. Who doesn’t enjoy the scent of fresh cut blooms in the house – especially as we get more impatient for Spring? So we were thrilled when florists Bloom & Wild asked us to collaborate with them on a competition – to offer one lucky winner a year’s worth of flowers, delivered fresh through their letterbox each month. Bloom & Wild are the original letterbox flower delivery company. It’s a genius idea: your freshly cut blooms arrive in a sturdy cardboard box that fits neatly through your door. And it’s…